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    Re: Hive turning aggressive- please help!

    Good advice from all, but why try to move the foragers if you are in a dearth, the colony with stores will be better off being moved in daylight hours and leaving the extra mouths to feed. They will...
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    Re: Swarm control, have we been doing it wrong?

    I run forty+ foundationless, I use Walt Wrights methods with good results, but also added another twist this year, I move the parent hive away ( sometimes only thirty yards ) and place a new box...
  3. Re: Small hive beetle: worth worrying about?

    Full sun, strong colonies, and no more space than the bees can defend, as for inner covers, never owned one.
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    Re: Check Mite Plus

    Everything is local, but my climate is not too different from yours, maybe more humidity because I'm on the coast. I don't even think much about SHB infestation now since I've kept my hives in full...
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    Re: NewBee from South Carolina

    John T, I started with top bar and evolved to top bar and lang deeps. Both had full bottom screens. I have experimented for a good many years and have settled down with a system where I have the...
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    Re: finally! some true feral genetics.

    Congratulations Harley, don't let the old timers that like their treatment schedule get under your skin. Sounds like a great start to a great line of bees.
  7. Thread: Morality

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    Re: Morality

    Just wondering how you did when you first got a colony of bees? If you had a mentor maybe it's time to pay it forward and help a new beek or two. Though I can say from experience some can be a...
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    Re: Moving Queen Cell question

    I always wait until a day or two before they are due to emerge.
  9. Re: Regressing to 4.9 and Frame Size Changeover Questions

    Regressing bees, changing frames, manipulating the colony. Is a big pain in the butt. I know, been there, done that. I gave it all up along with those weak commercial bees I started with. My solution...
  10. Re: leaving town and will not be back for one month

    If you do leave them with sugar water, make sure the entrance is reduced to just a couple of inches, because of robbing. JMO I would feed them 2 to 1 sugar water with a reduced entrance for the next...
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    Re: Robbing Screens - When To Remove?

    I leave mine on all year, I also decrease the entrance, except when the flow is on really good. You can get away with not having them during a strong nectar flow when you're not feeding, but I would...
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    Re: switching to small cell . How do i do it?

    some years ago I started with purchased nucs from a commercial operation. I put them on foundation-less frames. The results were horrible. I succeeded only after acquiring survivor bees. The...
  13. Re: Bees early for pollination, how to avoid robbing

    If by berries you are speaking of blueberries. It has been recommended to wait until they are in full bloom to introduce the bees, because blueberries produce so little nectar they will not draw bees...
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    Re: new swarm to top bar possible?

    You have a better chance for the colony to prosper if you just leave them alone and as whiskers stated, wait for the next swarm. The bees had gorged themselves on honey before swarming and have...
  15. Thread: Salt

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    Re: Salt

    I pour out a bag of rock salt in a small area near my colonies, it helps keep the bees out of the salt-water pool. The bees work it constantly in hot weather. I think it would work good under the...
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    Re: Maryland to ban neoniconoids?

    I'd be careful and not mention the two very powerful companies whose money is behind pushing the neoniconoids. I did on this site and was practically tied to a stake and stoned.
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    Re: First Mann Lake Experience.

    This reminds me of a swimming pool I had built, I had to wait two months before they got around to me. A neighbor ordered a pool built and his guy got right on it, the neighbor rubbed that in my...
  18. Re: Making Nucs when Small Hive Beetle are present

    I place a frame with eggs, and one frame of capped brood in a nuc, I move the rest along with the queen, ten to twenty yards away. I place the nuc in the hive's original location and let them make a...
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    Re: Brood from last year?

    It's new, not unusual for this time of year in your area.
  20. Re: bought 10 frame hive with bees only had 7 frames

    Or, add a deep now, a deep later and supers as needed. By mid to late summer they should have moved out of the first brood box and started filling it with winter stores, just remove the screwed up...
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    Re: OX Vap Battery Question

    I use jumper cable hooked to truck battery plus sixty feet of #14 wire, I did it to increase the burn time on my home-made OA Vaporizer, you could do the same with a larger diameter wire to keep your...
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    Re: Solid bottom or screened?

    Not at all, I still have a few and will probably always have some, but use the standard Lang for the bulk of my apiary. Not saying the langs are better, I just don't have the time to build everything...
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    Re: Solid bottom or screened?

    JMO, I think the removable tray may help, if you only have a few hives as a hobby, but when the "bee bug" gets hold of you and you wake up one morning with a yard full of hives, you will drop the...
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    Re: Solid bottom or screened?

    I'm in coastal Ga. which would be about the same weather and humidity conditions as you. I have a #8 screen on a third of the bottom area in the middle (about six to eight inches wide) I use a top...
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    Re: 2 spring packages in April

    ditto buddey99--survivor bees are the ticket to a successful apiary. Five frame deeps are good for starting a colony, but they will be in trees if not watched closely.
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