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  1. Re: how do you not smash bees when putting hive bodies/supers back in place?

    Sorry" should have mentioned that I seldom handle full supers, I will have another clean box where I place half the frames, then I pry the super loose, remove it and clean the top of the next box, I...
  2. Re: how do you not smash bees when putting hive bodies/supers back in place?

    A little smoke, use your brush, then slide the box in place from one end to the other so they will have a chance to move out of the way, instead of just sitting it on top.
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    Re: should cypress wood be painted or not

    I agree with MC, I can't tell any longevity difference between pine and the young cypress available today, both need painting every couple of years. The repainting will save you a lot of money in the...
  4. Re: Organic Apiculture Practice Standard, NOP-12-0063

    In my opinion they are discussing something that does not actually exist, except in some remote areas outside of North America.
  5. Re: Do corn fields offer much good pollen for our bees?

    Regular field corn doesn't attract bees very much, but the silver queen corn does attract them. My silver queen is always loaded with bees collecting the pollen. I've read that corn pollen is not...
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    Re: General Hive Inspection Questions

    Why would you move it ? What you describe is a typical brood frame, they will use up the stores raising brood. After the brood has emerged they will most likely fill the empty combs with honey and...
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    Re: Bees Not Gathering Pollen

    each strain of bees react differently to a given situation. I have mostly bees that came from survivors that I trapped, some are hard to "convince" to go into the expansion phase in the dearth...
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    Re: Partridge Pea

    We have a lot of partridge pea here this year. I have read that honey bees get nectar and pollen from it, but have never seen a bee on the flower, I have seen bees on the plant with bright red...
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    Re: Advice for Urban Ordinance Change

    Why not ask your neighbors if they have a problem with you keeping bees, because even if you are technically wrong, no one is going to enforce it until someone complains. If they do have a problem or...
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    Re: Autoimmune arthritis

    Sounds great, good luck.
  11. Re: Question/advice on possible 2nd queen loss

    It is more than possible, it is the normal outcome of adding a mated queen to a colony that already has one. She most likely lasted about five minutes. Adding a virgin queen would most likely end in...
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    Re: New guy from GA

    Welcome Tchap.
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    Re: What I've Learned My 1st Year

    Great post, and you learn fast. A state bee inspector asked me how much I knew about bees and I said, I was an expert after the first year, after four I was completely ignorant, after six I started...
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    Re: Queenless roar...with a laying queen

    That's interesting JMoore, I once split a hive and that evening I saw a swarm (not from my apiary) light in the top of a tree, and within minutes they streamed into the queenless half of the split,...
  15. Re: Bottom box kinda sparce, reverse in the summer?

    As stated, it is a normal hive configuration for this time of year, I would not reverse boxes.
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    Re: Queenless roar...with a laying queen

    I feed weak sugar water this time of year and when I pass a hive and hear the load roar I know everything is alright, the girls are dehydrating the "nectar" and cooling the hive. If I don't hear the...
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    Re: 4 0ver 4 frame double nucs

    I use divided deeps with five frames on each side, a little tight but it works. Before putting the box together I mark the center of the two end pieces, I then make two cuts with my table saw, one on...
  18. Re: Should I try a fourth Week of New Brood for the Laying Worker Hive

    I vote for dumping the bees out and forgetting about them, the strong queen-right colonies won't let the laying workers in, but the "good bees" can find a home. When a hive has laying workers they...
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    Re: 50/50 walk away split

    Sounds like a perfect split to me, I always try to put the queen in the one that is moved away, even if it's just a few yards. Just needs to have very small entrances and enough food to last until...
  20. Re: FUN: Go wide or go tall? a hypothetical question on overwintering....

    I'd over-winter with ten five over fives, feed as early as I could (December here) when colonies have almost filled both Five frame deeps and drones were available I would split into the ten frame...
  21. Re: Question/advice on possible 2nd queen loss

    Your queen may be just taking a break in laying if you are not on a flow. Some strains of bees decrease laying activity in summer, some will stop laying for awhile. Why not wait a week and check...
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    Re: Setting up a "seeding" hive?

    Sounds good bigtex, like you, I've found that plenty of ventilation and enough room along with some survivor mutts makes for a productive colony, and some good genetics to boost your managed bees.
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    Re: Police made me move my hives..

    What the Ga. code is saying is that honey bees can not be specifically excluded, yet a zone such as a commercial one can have a general exclusion of almost all things except a commercial business....
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    Re: Setting up a "seeding" hive?

    I have a few TBH in a large swampy area that I do that with, except that I do one split off them just before they cast their spring swarms, don't feed, don't treat. Other than losing some to vandals...
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    Re: No young larva

    Normal for some strains of bees, they cut down or stop brood production when nectar sources dry up. I find that if I do very much with my bees this time of year I usually make mistakes that cost me a...
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