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  1. Re: Beekeeping restrictions in Henrico Co., VA???

    W/Henrico here, I looked for several months last year before starting a couple hives. As Rader posted, some info about poultry and swine, I could not find anything on Apiaries or keeping bees.
    Soon...
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    Re: Generic Foundation Support Pins?

    Ditto on the SMALLER bobby pins... the big ones don't fit in the holes, the smaller ones fit just right.
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    Re: Lab Testing of Honey

    I did a quick seach and got this...it's dated 1985, maybe something there.

    http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/getfile?dDocName=STELDEV3011895

    I purchased a refractometer to check moisture...
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    Re: Top entrance questions

    Great information here for us newbee's, thanks everyone.
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    Re: Top entrance questions

    I am going into my second year and have seen a lot around top entrances, couple questions that may help newbees thinking about going this direction.
    When would be the best time to switch over from...
  6. Re: First Winter still have bees in both hives need advice

    Thanks all, the sugar is below the inner cover and they are getting it, so I'm good there... I do wonder if they move down in the frames some as it cools down at night and when I check them at 60...
  7. First Winter still have bees in both hives need advice

    I'm running 2 deep brood boxes, with a screen feeder board above them with newspaper and suger on top on both hives... these went on in late Dec because both hives were lite.
    This past Tuesday...
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    Re: When should I rotate brood boxes?

    Thanks Hokie Bee Daddy, just taking it all in. It is very interesting to read about all the different methods folks use.
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    Re: When should I rotate brood boxes?

    I used the info in this post to come up with the ratio I used.... great info

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?290641-My-recipe-method-for-sugar-blocks/page7
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    Re: When should I rotate brood boxes?

    Thanks for the replies,
    Hokie Bee Daddy, I do have top feeders I could place on them... just concerned about additional moisture. Right now I am feeding dry sugar and sugar bricks, made up with...
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    When should I rotate brood boxes?

    Coming out of my first winter with both hives still going and my fingers crossed in Virginia.

    I'm running 2 deep brood boxes on each hive and want to rotate the top to the bottom so I can remove...
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    Re: Biggest mistake ?

    Biggest mistake?, starting to keep bee's in the first place, it's like an addiction, I can't get enough of them!!!
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    Re: Honeybees with GPS?

    Even though not a GPS unit...If it was, seeing the flight patterns and where they go would be awesome.
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    Not capping in Honey Super

    First year beek here with 2 hives, did a quick inspection today, one hive 2 deeps all frames drawn with egg's larva all stages of bee's looking good..but no stores. Some open comb in several frames...
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    Re: Mosquito treatment around hives

    Thanks everyone..... I'm going to go the bat route.... just another reason to get in the wood shop and build something and help the bat population while doing it.
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    Mosquito treatment around hives

    I have a couple hives in my back yard, staying treatment free, using no pesticides and the Mosquito's are just loving life around here. Obviously I can't control the neighborhood, but has anyone...
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    Re: First Year Beekeep with First Crisis!!!

    Well, I gave them a couple weeks, just got back from vacation and still no eggs or sign of a queen. Have no capped brood any more either.

    Does anyone know of a good queen source near Richmond,...
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    Re: First Year Beekeep with First Crisis!!!

    I do have a couple empty nuc boxes and extra frames... Should I take one of the frames with the queen cells? or leave queenless hive alone and pull frames from the hive that is doing very...
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    Re: First Year Beekeep with First Crisis!!!

    Thanks all.
    The "crisis" was more of seeing this for the first time and immediately starting to think, what should "I Do" and not panic

    In managing the bee's, I want to be here to help but only...
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    First Year Beekeep with First Crisis!!!

    Inspected both hives today, Hive 2 doing very well, brood, egg's in all stages. Hive 1, well it's queenless. Top box still has 5 or 6 frames with capped brood, bottom box has 3 or 4. Noticed 4 or 5...
  21. Re: 2 New Hives, 7 Week Progress and Questions

    for the supers and feeding while on, my thought was to rotate frames in/out of the supers just to get comb built out... not really to get or save capped honey/syrup....guess this creates extra work...
  22. Re: 2 New Hives, 7 Week Progress and Questions

    Thanks for the replies.. running 2 hives, with 2 deeps each for brood. Then one honey super.... I am not understanding the concern on the number of boxes... 7 to 8 frames in both boxes for both...
  23. 2 New Hives, 7 Week Progress and Questions

    Howdy Folks, I am new to this facinating world of beekeeping
    Started with 2 Nucs on 5/8. here are some progress notes and status. Need your thoughts on what I did, what I am seeing and where the...
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    Getting Started near Richmond, VA

    Just can't put it off any more, picked up a couple new hives last weekend :D, with bee's waiting for the weather to break to be shipped in. Working on getting the area I plan on placing the hives...
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