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  1. Since 1980 this is the worst April Non-flow I have every seen...

    Since the last of the maples a vast majority of my hives are stuck in early March population size and very very low stores. I have bees in Kingston Tn and it looks like the late freezing temps into...
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    Re: Warning, feeding in Mid-April, very sad...

    Ditto here in East Tn but I don't think that the tulip poplar blooms were hurt too bad, likely setback 3 to 5 days. Biggest issue now is no sunshine so no nectar but lots of stuff blooming. The...
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    Sticky: Re: Post Your Bloom Dates - 2015

    Kingston, Tn. 37748
    Tulip Poplar 04/17/15

    Very high up in trees and hard to see but some have opened.
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    Re: Effects of prolonged rain on hive?

    Holly in bloom but no bee visits, mustard in the fields but no bee visits, zip on redbuds this year so for the past two weeks not much has been put into the supers. We had a great maple flow for two...
  5. Re: Fed up with two hot hives moved both back home, one will die and the other requee

    They were on a buddy's farm so I didn't want anyone to get stung by them. I'm in the process of requeening them, all the brood boxes were pulled off this week and those bees were requeened. The...
  6. Fed up with two hot hives moved both back home, one will die and the other requeened.

    Closed up both and put a screen top on, then started spraying dawn soap water on anything that flew in my direction. For past experience with these suckers the smoker just pizzes them off. Dropped...
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    Re: Redbud in bloom...

    REALLY? Bad weather for the past five days so it really doesn't matter what the bees think about redbud blooms.
    I'm still feeding some hives and they have slowed down taking 1:1 ratio so they are...
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    Basswood seedlings question...

    Do basswood seedlings have red buds on their leaf tips before opening?
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    Re: Redbud in bloom...

    Looks like the blooms don't open until the small leaves bud out. Still looking for bees working them...
  10. Re: How Much Capped Syrup is Enough? Spring Inspection.

    I'm in Kingston Tn and I've added an empty super and checkerboarded with the existing medium above the full size hive body on my stronger hives. My italians are way ahead of my carni hives right now....
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    Re: Firefox problems

    Try running NoScript with firefox to control what javascript/java and other plugins.
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    Re: How many shallow supers...and when?

    In the past before mites and small hive beetles I would add 4 shallow supers (waxed frames/ not foundation) on a strong hive a week before tulip popular started blooming (April15-20th). Now I...
  13. Re: How long do you leave a swarm trap in the same location?

    Right now in North Georgia, if I don't see bees within 30 mins I would not leave a box in any location. Scout bees will find it in a hurry so why leave a box in a bad location.
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    Redbud in bloom...

    Which I'm never impressed by since I've never seen a honey bee on a redbud bloom in East Tennessee.
    Do bees forage redbud anywhere? Thank God, TP flow is three weeks away.
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    Re: Beekeeping in 20 years?

    In a green socialized policed state, beekeeping will be a subsidized crop on a kibbutz-like community. Bee genetics will finally beat the mites.
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    Re: Difference between two hives question

    Could be honey bound and the queen only has a couple of frames to work with. I found this problem with a carni hive today. Italians hives right next to it were booming and the carnis were locked into...
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    Re: Who's got drones

    Lots of capped drone cells here in East Tn. Had to checkerboard two hives that were booming and storing a lot of maple honey + 1:1 feed, two weeks in to the higher temps and four weeks away from...
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    Re: no eggs, 4 queen cells

    Place the donated frame after brushing off the bees in the super on top of the queen excluder and close up the hive. Then after a couple of hours reopen and pull the frame. The nurse bees would have...
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    Re: Timing for adding supers?

    Supers with foundation or supers with wax? If you're in the first year of Bking your only option is to place them one at a time. Add another super with foundation when 80% of the frames have...
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    Re: too early to feed/add box?

    If you are going to split in April, get them room and feed heavy.
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    Quick look today in East Tn...

    One third of the hives mostly the Italians are in great shape. Two Coy Russians are booming. Carnis are a bit slower in early spring build out for now. I put 1:1 mixture on the strong hives and...
  22. Re: Small cluster + Negative Temps = Indoors?

    I've got two singles that I'm going to put a old 60 watt bulb under for the next three nights. My nucs are all under wraps close together and under tar paper that I stapled today. Likely wouldn't...
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    Re: Tulip Poplar Honey in East Tn.

    Super cold weather in Feb last year and late March blooms took out early spring build up last year so most TP honey went into brood production and the year before the heavy rain in May-early June...
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    Sticky: Re: Post Your Bloom Dates - 2015

    Kingston, Tn. 37748
    Silver Maple, Feb. 4, 2015
    In bloom but not many visits, 54 deg. high.
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    Re: Carniolan Queens

    John Pluta who has been posting here this month also has Carniolan queens and he's in Georgia.
    http://georgiabees.blogspot.com/
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