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    Western - the Alleghenies. Highland County....

    Western - the Alleghenies. Highland County. Rather far from you.

    Jess
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    Thanks for the advice. I can wait until Spring. ...

    Thanks for the advice. I can wait until Spring.

    Jess
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    price to charge for complete hives

    I am moving and cannot take my bees with me :(.

    I have two complete hives, all medium hive bodies (5 per hive), small cell, Italians, with hive top feeders. Hives are painted and only 2 seasons...
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    We have this type of vetch all over the place...

    We have this type of vetch all over the place (where we do not mow) in Western Va. The bees seems to work it sometimes, but not exclusively, and a various times throughout the day. I see other kinds...
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    You can beekeep while pregnant. You suit just...

    You can beekeep while pregnant. You suit just keeps getting smaller.
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    book on organic beekeeping

    Stumbled across this on Amazon:

    Natural Beekeeping: Organic Approaches to Modern Apiculture (Paperback)
    by Ross Conrad (Author), Gary Paul Nabhan

    Will be available in June or July (I think).
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    The split went well and the girls are raising a...

    The split went well and the girls are raising a few queens. Thanks for the help.

    Last year at this time I was still waiting on my packages and watching the apple trees and dandelions bloom...
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    Sqkcrk, I've never used gloves - I made myself...

    Sqkcrk,

    I've never used gloves - I made myself not use them since the beginning and would encourage all newbees to put their's on the shelf. Besides, they just don't make gloves small enough to...
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    Post-split plan - your advice please

    On Sunday I split my hive. There was not alot of open brood - I think because of last week's weather. I put some open brood in each hive because I searched and searched and could not find the queen....
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    I think the best part about using the frame grip...

    I think the best part about using the frame grip is that it gives me more confidence when lifting the frame and holding it. When I am less worried I am more able to pay attention to what I am doing....
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    Frame Grips - the Jam!

    This is my second season with bees, but my first with a pair of frame grips.

    I will never go back.

    Before I got bees I asked a full-time beekeeper what he recommended as far as those extra...
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    Thanks for the links - I've read MB's site and...

    Thanks for the links - I've read MB's site and its been a great help, however, I think I read once that you have to wait a little while before introducing a new queen to a split so the bees don't...
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    help with split

    I want to split my one hive this year to make two but I have some questions.

    I would like to put a new queen in the split.

    How long do I wait to put in the new queen? Right away? After 24...
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    Just two cents from a middle school teacher. ...

    Just two cents from a middle school teacher.

    First of all, 20 minutes will fly by and you have alot you want to talk about. Take your time and don't be too technical - you'll loose them. Make sure...
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    Check for some traditional recipes. Baclava...

    Check for some traditional recipes. Baclava (spelling?) is a Mediterranean dessert that takes lots of honey (and is delicious).
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    Do you plan to wire your foundation? (You don't...

    Do you plan to wire your foundation? (You don't have to - there are different opinions on this.)

    I started last year with (unwired) SC and mediums also. I used starter strips instead of a full...
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    Thanks for your response, Jim. It make sense. I...

    Thanks for your response, Jim. It make sense. I subscribe to the belief that the bees know more than I do. It will be cold here again. West of the valley is nothing like the rest of VA as far as...
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    I just checked my bees today and they are alive...

    I just checked my bees today and they are alive and well (and stinging, ahem). I only popped the top and the bees were in a top corner.

    There is plenty of honey in the top box but I pulled a frame...
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    Hope everyone enjoyed the holidays. A few winter...

    Hope everyone enjoyed the holidays. A few winter inspection questions:

    Do I just pop the top and look in?
    Should I break the propolis seal and move all the boxes to clean off the bottom board...
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    Maverick, The Hogs Heart were pretty good...

    Maverick,

    The Hogs Heart were pretty good fresh, but nothing beats the Brandywine or Striped Germans. The Hogs Heart was slow to ripen and ripened unevenly. I also thought they we pretty watery...
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    Maverick, My husband and I are (young)retired...

    Maverick,

    My husband and I are (young)retired market gardeners. Now we just have a huge garden, a greenhouse, an herb garden, some bees, and some chickens.

    We tried Hogs Heart sauce tomatoes...
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    Its getting into the 40s at night. We have had...

    Its getting into the 40s at night. We have had some in the high 30's.

    I'll take another look through the hive. The last I saw capped brood was the 19th. This second half of September has been...
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    I have not seen eggs or larva since labor day. ...

    I have not seen eggs or larva since labor day. Last two times I checked them I was stung and they were just flying everywhere and humming really loud. The entrance has been business as usual.
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    I also have a noisy hive, but they are collecting...

    I also have a noisy hive, but they are collecting pollen and generally acting normal. But in the last inspection I noticed very little capped brood, no eggs or larva. I know they shut down brood...
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    I have a mouse guard from Brushy Mtn. that has a...

    I have a mouse guard from Brushy Mtn. that has a hole to attach it to the hive.

    I plan on drilling it in instead of beating on the hive with a hammer.

    My bees did not react at all to the...
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