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    Re: bees working fig trees

    I got some of that when we had too much rain on our figs a couple of years ago. Big surprise is, it tastes just like fig preserves mixed with honey;). Was much darker than the rest of the frame so we...
  2. Re: One medium super of honey - harvest or not?

    Take it. Makes about 30 lbs of honey. put it back on and take the second super off. If there is honey in the second one, let them rob it out and store it. You won't need it anymore this year. Too...
  3. Thread: Smoker fuel?

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    Re: Smoker fuel?

    Old blue jean material works great and burns slow. Take the time to get it going good and it will burn slow and long. Rush it and you will light it every time you need it.
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    Re: Honey flow Piedmont NC

    Ours just stopped. Yours will in a few days I'm sure.
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    Re: Possible Negative Points of Three Deep Hives

    +1. This has been my experience too.
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    Re: What did you harvest this year?

    7 or 8 years.. can't keep up with it.
    14 hives, mostly splits and swarms.
    Bad swarming season even with splitting.
    4 1/2 hives producing, got a little over 250#
    Last years pound buying customers...
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    Re: New to South Carolina.

    Yes.
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    Re: New to South Carolina.

    Can't speak for everyone, but I keep mine out of sight. As much as possible anyway.
  9. Thread: shb treatment

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    Re: shb treatment

    I used them for a while. The bees propolize the openings closed in about three days. At least mine did. It would have a couple of beetles in it but in my experience, not worth the trouble. The...
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    Re: When common sense just doesn't make sense.

    This past winter was longer in my area and I suspect in yours too. I noticed that when things bloomed, everything started blooming nearly all at once. With a group of hives that started buildup...
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    Re: thoughts on freeman bottom boards?

    Have them under most of my hives. The first few days after installing them we caught hundreds of beetles. Haven't seen many in the last couple of years. The only con is they are messy when cleaning,...
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    Re: Queen wandering around outside the hive?

    I walked up to a hive a week or two ago and saw a bee sitting on the back of the hive by itself. Looked different... sure enough it was a queen sitting on the back of the hive, alone. Tried to catch...
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    Re: Duragilt opinion?

    Hate the stuff. Keep finding it in my hives from when I bought some a few years ago. Sometimes they build on one side and strip the other down to the plastic. Other times they won't touch it except...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Decided to do the first extraction of the year. This year has been a great year for honey. Normally I have one and a half supers to extract by now. This year has provided me with three to four supers...
  15. Re: Add a box, alternate boxes or leave it alone?

    You did exactly what you should have done. You're not going to want to switch boxes around this time of year or put a deep on unless you're using it for a honey super. I'd just check the progress in...
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    Re: How many bee hives do you have?

    For me, the line between hobbyist and sideliner is when the "hobby" starts making more money than it takes. Including paying me for my time invested. 20 production hives should do that.
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    Re: short frames in a Deep

    You mean they put medium frames in a deep nuc? Well, you could cut them out and rubber band them in a deep frame. Or. just put a deep drawn frame on either side of the medium frames. Between drawn...
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    Re: Grape Pollinators

    Bees don't pollinate grapes.
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    Re: How many bee hives do you have?

    Hobbyist. 14 at the moment. Hopefully sideliner in a year or two.
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    Re: Flow of the decade

    We've had a better flow this year than any of the last five. Normally only get two supers per hive, but already have three full and getting ready for a fourth as the privet is starting to bloom. If...
  21. Re: Since 1980 this is the worst April Non-flow I have every seen...

    I have the exact opposite situation here. Everything blooming and hives have more stores before the main part of the flow than I extracted all of last year. Blackberry in full bloom, more clover and...
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    Re: Newbie Needs Help w/Hive Body Question

    Not a mistake exactly. One hive body helps by not giving them too much room at one time. I would break it back down to one if you are comfortable doing it. Just take each frame out one at a time and...
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    Re: Drones Everywhere

    Not seeing anything out of the ordinary there. I'm totally missing the queen cells. I see what looks like a cup in #2 but not a full cell. If the queen cell has hatched then the new queen will start...
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    Re: Swarming, or just heavy traffic?

    Looks to me like they are going to swarm soon. If, in the next few days you see them covering the front of the hive you'll know for sure. When they start doing that they will swarm within a day or...
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    Re: pre made Bench as a hive stand? see pics

    Looks like it would make inspections hard. You would have to stand in front of the hive. Would also put it too far off the ground to stack supers. I really think this would not work well.
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