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  1. Re: Should I try a fourth Week of New Brood for the Laying Worker Hive

    My thoughts exactly,

    When a hive reaches laying workers, I shake them out. Use the comb to start new. Like Ricky stated, four frames makes a really nice nuc.

    Shane
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    Re: Honey bees and red clover

    We have red clover in abundance. We do not have crimson clover.

    Shane
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    Honey bees and red clover

    It has been said that honey bees do not work red clover. We have a field next to our home apiary that has several acres of red clover. Checked yesterday and today. There are definitely honey bees...
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    Re: Sourwood flow in NE Tenn/SW VA

    Shiny sumac is after sourwood. Linden maybe after sourwood, but I am not positive on that.

    Shane
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    Sourwood flow in NE Tenn/SW VA

    How was the sourwood flow in NE Tenn/SW VA? We had rain/thunderstorms nearly everyday the sourwoods were in bloom. Appears our colonies did not store much sourwood honey.

    Shane
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    Re: July queen breeding and robbing

    Could you possibly move the colony that is being robbed? I have found that moving robbed colonies is the best policy.
  7. Re: Wether to requeen a broodless 2 deep hive body or shrink and combine?

    You could purchase a queen and introduce it into the hive. But, if there is a queen/virgin queen in the hive, the hive will kill your purchased queen. Same as if you combine.

    Our local bees...
  8. Re: Wether to requeen a broodless 2 deep hive body or shrink and combine?

    If there was an unmated queen in the hive, I would not combine. I would let them requeen themselves.

    Shane
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    Re: WHY! WHY! WHY!

    :thumbsup:

    I agree 100%.

    Shane
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    Re: My son gave me this last night.

    That is really cool!
  11. Re: How long do most neew beekeepers keep at it?

    You are right on both accounts. Many new beeks quit because they are tired of seeing their bees die. It is hard to keep bees alive now. We have varroa, SHB, bears and other scourges to deal with....
  12. Re: Could there be two colonies in this wall?

    Seems like two colonies to me.
  13. Re: Is treatment-free beekeeping possible at all?

    Excellent question,

    I don't have the data to answer that. But, by going TF, we are not looking at today. We are looking down the road. Hopefully breeding stronger bees.

    Take yellow...
  14. Re: Is treatment-free beekeeping possible at all?

    Basically, we take colonies that do not produce a surplus, and split them in July. We have found that the late summer splits have a very good overwintering success. We are a zone 6, so we have cold...
  15. Re: Is treatment-free beekeeping possible at all?

    We are treatment free. Took us a few years to be successful. Small cell helps. We raise queens only from colonies that are untreated for several years. We also have started doing Mike Palmer...
  16. Thread: Wahoowa!!

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    Re: Wahoowa!!

    :thumbsup:
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    Re: Planning my first hive cutout monday

    That should be plenty of wooden ware. Try to anticipate what the comb will best fit in. IE, will you need deeps or mediums to strap brood comb in. To limit SHB problems, only keep brood that the...
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    Re: Side by side split robbing

    Once robbing starts, I have found the best solution is to move the colony.
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    Re: Advice on nuc with queen cups....

    If they have eggs/larvae in the queen cups, they will raise a queen.

    If they are raising a new queen, splitting the hive by moving the queen to the new colony is an excellent idea.

    Shane
  20. Thread: Bee stings

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    Re: Bee stings

    I would advise against working bees with no protection. One day something will go wrong and you could get in trouble very quick.

    Shane
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    Re: Building Nuc Boxes.

    Very nice,

    We use "half lap" since it is easy, quick and in my skill range.

    Shane
  22. Thread: Wahoowa!!

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    Re: Wahoowa!!

    :thumbsup:
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    Re: what is this tree?

    Looks like a Chinese Chestnut to me. Like others have said, it is hard to tell from the pic.

    Shane
  24. Re: I guess you can shoot bears in Minnesota for raiding your hives!

    Yes
  25. Re: I guess you can shoot bears in Minnesota for raiding your hives!

    I'm with Mick. We have a bear fence. But if a bear is tearing down my apiary, it is going down. We have too much time invested in keeping our bees alive to see a bear wreck them in one night.
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