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    Re: Price Suggestions?

    I get quite a bit more than the quoted prices in ABJ or bee culture for my area. If you have just a small amount then find the highest priced local honey in your area and add a dollar. You can adjust...
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    Re: Messing with bees at night

    I prefer to move them early morning just at sunrise, according to how many I'm moving. Some folks make an assumption that bees don't fly at night but they are pretty defensive at night which makes...
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    Re: Screen Shrubs for Virginia

    Hollies work well but like Shane said select the right variety. When the hollies are in bloom they hum with bees. Privet is also a good hedge and like Hollies will hum when in bloom.
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    Re: Where do you order your bees?

    Pirate, You can check with Brandon Sutton. Sutton Honey Farm in Lancaster. He winters some of his bees in FL and does splits and sells nucs before coming home for the Locust and honey suckle bloom....
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    Re: Hive Stand Height

    I make hive stands 12" high using 2x12 lumber left over from construction jobs.
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    Re: Whats optimum size for swarm traps

    A deep single deep set up does fine. I have used corrugated nucs but the really large swarms will pass them by. I have also used the flower pot style trap with good success but they just didn't last...
  7. Re: Puzzling hive, possibly queenless? What can I try that I haven't already?

    I'm up in KY and there are no drones flying here yet, at least in my yards, I'm not sure if TN has drones flying yet. I would run the bees through an excluder and if I didn't have a queen I would...
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    Re: Do I remove dead bees from comb????

    I use my air compressor and blow them out, Just keep the PSI turned down so you don't blow holes in the comb.
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    Re: How do you spot eggs?

    As I've gotten older I now use over the counter reading glasses if I'm looking for eggs. It makes it super easy to see them. If not using magnification you have to find the "sweet spot" with the sun...
  10. Thread: Kelley Bees

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    Re: Kelley Bees

    I live about 45 minutes from Kelley's. I also have a Dadant about 45 minutes in the other direction so I usually go pick up anything I need instead of having it shipped. I have good service from...
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    Re: WHAT DEFINES FERAL BEES

    IMHO, I don't consider bees domesticated, they are managed but still wild by nature since you can't really make a pet of them. That being said, in context of the thread, I consider any established...
  12. Re: On splits - Take the old queen or leave her in the original hive?

    I have found that when I find sealed queen cells about 60% of the time the hive has already swarmed. If I want to make increase I will break the hive down into nucs with 2 natural queen cells in each...
  13. Re: Do the Descendants of the Package Queen Produce Successively More Irritable Hives

    One reason many beeks use commercially produced queens is to keep young queens in the hives but they do not want or don't have the resources to make their own, or for convenience. The usual debate...
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    Re: When Will You Start Nucs And Splits

    Possum, I'm out around Bardstown, KY, my earliest splits using purchased queens are done on Apr. 15th depending on weather conditions. If I am doing walk away splits and letting them raise their own...
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    Re: Migratory covers

    I first heard of Advantech from Cleo Hogan. I have 2 year old unpainted tops made of it. I also soaked a piece, submerged for 6 months and it didn't even get soft. No warping on my tops and no cleats.
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    Re: Can I put fish in a water source?

    You could always put a small fountain pump in to keep the water agitated.
  17. Re: Critter Eats Bees and Defecates in Front of Hive

    As a licensed nuisance wildlife control operator I like to deter the critters instead of trapping or killing them. With skunks, some states require that you euthanize them if trapped, I suppose it is...
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    Re: When should I put out swarm traps?

    When I see pollen start coming in but I start putting them out no later than mid March here.
  19. Thread: Hi! I'm Kim

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    Re: Hi! I'm Kim

    Welcome to the forum.
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    Re: Strip Mine Beekeeping

    Here's my take on the whole testing idea. If you think testing should be done, I personally think it should be honey from urban areas. I have watched honeybees in urban areas getting water from...
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    Re: General Questions Before I Get Started

    Mattse,
    I can relay my own experiences to help answer some of your questions.

    1) I have kept as many as 35 hives in my back yard within 50' of my home and have always had small children....
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    Re: Beekeeping clubs?

    I belong to our local and state bee club.
  23. Re: Pros and cons on Sharing a bee yard with another beekeeper

    I agree with Cleo, most beeks I know are honorable people. It wouldn't even cross my mind that another beekeeper in the same yard would do something detrimental to my hives or steal resources, but I...
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    Re: Trapping bees Ideas

    The first thing would be to plug any other holes except for their entrance, then do a trap out. Check out the Hogan swarm harvester, sold through Walter Kelley bee supply. There are many threads on...
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    Re: Prince of Pint Jar of Honey

    I sell out every year at $10/lb., I'm only harvesting 300-500 lbs./yr. so am in no big hurry to sell out, at this price I can usually have honey until Dec. or Jan. I don't do pints and quarts anymore...
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