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    Re: Can I move a whole hollow branch?

    I would follow Adrian"s advise. I have removed several from trees with good success in nice weather. I just had a call last week when it was in the 30's-40's about a tree cut up after a wind storm...
  2. Re: Treatment-Free, Winter 2012-2013, How's it going?

    we are having a bad year in Virginia, losses running about 50% for some (my self included) 3 of my hives had CCD symptoms ( no bees at all in hive) 2 were weak hives despite my best efforts ( I...
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    Hampton Roads Beginning Beekeeping

    http://www.beekeepersguild.org/

    The Beekeepers Guild of Southeast Virginia and the Wesleyan Beekeepers Association present a three-day Short Course for Beginning Beekeepers with an emphasis on...
  4. Thread: dying hives

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    Re: dying hives

    I have no intention of ripping you apart, but I firmly beleive that most of the so called feral bees were wiped out by varroa about a decade ago. Todays Swarm from my hive is tomorrows feral colony....
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    Re: When do I pull the feeders?

    This year feed until they will not take it and have two deeps drawn out. Since they don't like to draw out the outside frames in 10 frame deeps, move them in a couple of frames after you have eight...
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    Re: Feral swarm caught...do I feed them?

    Feed Feed Feed. They need the energy to draw wax out. If they are out foraging or transfering necture from foragers they are not drawing out wax. By some counts it takes 8 pounds of Necture to...
  7. Thread: Bad Beekeeper!

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    Re: Bad Beekeeper!

    From a study done by a local club, about 80% of package bees don't surrvive until the following spring. About 60% of Nuc's with a commercial shipped queen don't make it. About 40% of Local Nuc's...
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    Re: Neighbors and bee problem

    You can also remind him that the feed that his cows are eating was probably made possible by the very same bees he is now complaining about. How much more is willing to pay for feed is it was scarce...
  9. Re: Outdoor observation hive: design, concepts, experience

    I building Bonterra's "Garden" Hive now. They do make room for 1 inch foam panels over the glass and inside the doors. The plans are not that great, missing steps, and a fair amount of "go to...
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    Re: Converting Deeps to Mediums

    Think long term. Make Splits this spring, or summer. When you split two deeps, put a medium on top. When the Queen has moved up to lay in the medium, put a queen excluder below her and add another...
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    Re: Newb with Questions...

    Eight or Ten frame mediums? Your math was a little off, Three ten frame Mediums equal Two ten Frame Deeps. Five Mediums should be plently, assuming your going Ten Frame (each 8 frame box is 20%...
  12. Beginning Beekeepers Class in Hampton Roads, VA.

    The Beekeepers Guild of Southeast Virginia and the Wesleyan Beekeepers Association presents a three-day Short Course for Beginning Beekeepers with an emphasis on sustainable, chemical-free practices....
  13. Re: In case you need a laugh-true story from yesterday

    Sad thing is, I have a full bee suit, just did not bring it. I will never again underestimate a blown over colony. In answer to the earlier question of leaving them a few days, they would have been...
  14. In case you need a laugh-true story from yesterday

    So, its mid-December and Im on my way home from work. Four O'clock and Im just about to swing into my driveway when a Beekeeper friend (who shall remain nameless and blameless) calls in a mild...
  15. Re: Where can you find screening for bottom boards ?

    Ace also has a ship to store option, you order and it shows up on their next truck. Handy.
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    Re: All Mediums a bad idea?

    Fishman- one school of thought is the 8 fame medium does well because it is closer to the bees natrual nest cavity, tree hollows. They tend to build them out edge to edge better, without having to...
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    Re: goldenrod and smell

    Dirty socks, locker room smell. The honey will be fine, just the drying down that smells.
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    Re: bees think it's spring???

    Your hive set up does not seem typical. Usually, 2 Deeps or three Mediums for brood, with medium supers. Three Mediums equal 2 deeps in space roughly, so it sounds like they where looking for more...
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    Re: Can you keep bees inside for winter

    no access tube, he would move them inside when the weather was bad for weeks, then move them back when it warmed up a little. 2 deep brood boxes as I recall, may have only been one. I have...
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    Re: Can you keep bees inside for winter

    It can be done, it it is a lot of work. My mentor took three week hives through the winter last year in his garage. Screen tops, and left them out most of the time. Moved them in for cold weather,...
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    Re: Sudden Mad Bees

    They are girls, since when did they need a reason to be mad.
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    Re: 500 year old tree trap outs

    If you leave your screen cone in place the queen inside will eventually die or leave.

    Thinking end game, what are you going to do to the tree once you've got the bees out. Leaving your screen...
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    500 year old tree trap outs

    I have an interesting trap-out coming up and could use some input. The tree is the oldest (over 500 yrs) tallest (120+ ft) and fourth widest (19 8) Live Oak in the state. It contains three hives....
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    Re: Help! Super challenge hive!

    Remember, alot of the mean genitcs is passed down from daddy. I have a hive that went through a hot faze, then calmed back down. I figured the the queen just ran through a "hot" drone, and now has...
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    Re: Label requirements for Honey?

    It is State driven. Check State agg web sites or food safety.
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