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    Re: Definition of "Best Honey"

    For me Sourwood is up there, but I actually like our poplar a bit better. Had some Eucalyptus that was really good as well. Best is hard to define.
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    Re: Russians or Carniolans

    Carnies, but I liked my Russians also.

    Shane
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    Re: my bees keep killing each other

    I would move the hive that is being robbed.
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    Re: 10 frame double deep or single?

    My local bees seem to prefer overwintering in smaller clusters. Double deeps is to much room for my bees. I would rather have a packed ten frame deep, or equivalent, than a half empty double deep.
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    Re: Ordering Bees

    Please forgive me for the OT post, but if they seem light on stores, there is still hope. Candy boards or "Mountain Camp" feeding are your friends.

    Shane
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    Re: what to plant for bees

    Chicory only produces nectar until noon. In our area, chicory is very reliable. Sometimes other nectar sources would fail to produce, the bees would hammer the chicory. Chicory blooms a long time...
  7. Re: Wax moths, found just a few, indicator that there are way more?

    Wax moths are active in our region during the warmer months, maybe June - September. They are not a problem during the winter.

    Shane
  8. Re: Two general questions for seasoned beekeepers (for fun)

    +1 About buying vs raising your own queens!
  9. Re: Two general questions for seasoned beekeepers (for fun)

    1. The best advice someone gave me was "don't stand in the flight path". Or like others have said start with more than one hive, preferably with different genetics.
    2. One piece of advice I was...
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    Re: How cold is too cold to move a hive?

    In somewhat of a bad situation we had to move some hives one late winter. Temps were very cold, low 30's (maybe a bit colder). But we had to move them almost four hours at highway speeds. We...
  11. Re: Have not even started and already discouraged...

    Frank Wyatt of Eden NC sells VSH nucs. I am sure there are others who are closer to you.
  12. Re: Have not even started and already discouraged...

    Well, it is probably harder now to keep bees alive than ever. This is regardless of whether you treat or not.

    In my opinion, foundationless is not a cure all, although I believe it certainly...
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    Re: Spiders in the top of the hive

    Found a spider on one of the inner covers this year. This particular spider was munching on a yellow jacket. This was not a particularly large spider. It was pretty impressive actually. I decided...
  14. Re: At what climate zone should one wrap their hives

    We close our bottoms as well. I am moving away from screened bottom boards. Phasing them out as I can. Our winters tend to be very wet, moisture is my main concern with wrapping.

    Shane
  15. Re: At what climate zone should one wrap their hives

    Thanks Bill,

    Last years winter was the coldest I can remember in a long time. I will experiment and wrap a few nucs. The strong colonies I don't think I will

    Shane
  16. Re: At what climate zone should one wrap their hives

    Thanks Matheson,

    Our late winter/early spring has pretty drastic weather changes.

    Shane
  17. At what climate zone should one wrap their hives

    Thanks everyone,

    How cold of a climate zone should one wrap their hives? Our clime zone is a 6B. Our winters are wet and can be cold. Usually we do not have prolonged periods of cold. But...
  18. Re: Do I have enough bees to overwinter or should I shake em?

    With a deep and a half of Carnies you can easily overwinter in your mild climate. We have overwintered Carnies on as few as six medium frames. Carnies do tend to shut down brood production.

    Hth...
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    Re: What is "too late" to expand?

    Our hives typically do not draw new comb after the sourwood flow ends. That is around the third week in July. In the uncommon years we have a strong fall flow, they may pull some comb in the fall. ...
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    Re: Russian/Carni mix

    I had thought the Russian and Carni honey bees were closely related? Someone with more experience will hopefully chime in. From my limited experience with Carnis, they are my favorite to work with....
  21. Re: Queenless hive, low reserves, fall setting in...

    How long ago did you requeen? If you are absolutely certain the one hive is queenless, I would combine.

    As far as stores the queenless hive sounds like they are fine. A full deep of capped honey...
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    Re: Harvesting question

    After you harvest the super, how much honey will be left? Just be positive you leave them enough honey to overwinter on. Minimum for us is around 75 pounds for a full size colony.

    Shane
  23. Thread: help please.

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    Re: help please.

    I agree with Cleo. A trapout should shine in this case.
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    Re: Foundation or not?

    Not. Started foundationless early on and have never looked back. Why bother with the wiring and cost when the bees build comb just fine.
  25. Thread: Got Robbed

    by tsmullins
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    Re: Got Robbed

    Robbers will often kill the queen. Moving the hive is my suggestion. Robber scrrens and reducing entrances work/help, particularly before robbing starts. Once robbing starts, moving the colony is...
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