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    Re: Yearly Hive Loss

    I keep 20 to 25 hives and average losses of about 10%. Of my losses, fully three fourths of them are late spring, early summer. I live in Arkansas, so winter losses due to inclement weather are not...
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    Queen Intoduction Into Hive

    Over the past eight years I have had the occasion a number of times to buy a new queen because of loss of queen in the hive. When I put the purchased, caged queen in the hive, I typically let them...
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    Re: NUC - What Happened

    All four of the queen cells were gone. They were located along the bottom of the frame. They were there about six days before this last inspection. When I looked this last time, there was not a...
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    NUC - What Happened

    I was going through a hive about ten days ago and found a frame with four queen cells on the bottom of a frame. One capped - the other still open. I pulled that frame (full of capped brood), added...
  5. Thread: Hogs

    by SwampCat
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    Re: Hogs

    There are a lot of hogs in my area. I agree, buy the fence panels - but instead of putting around your hives, build a circular fence as big as you can with about six panels, put a corn feeder in the...
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    Re: How much are my bees worth?

    I just sold a few for $315. I use all mediums. That price included a solid bottom board, telescoping cover, four mediums - including the top one about half full of honey. All hives full of bees and...
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    Re: Brood in Honey Supers

    The opportunity for splits is definately there - I just don't have that much woodenware. My intention was to remove the honey supers last fall but I just never got around to it. I will have to say I...
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    Brood in Honey Supers

    Last November I took the honey off a number of my hives and put the supers back on the hives for the bees to clean up. Most of those supers now have brood in them. These hives are busting at the...
  9. Re: No honey in first year with 4 packages, and some drawn comb? REALLY??

    Where I live in SW AR, I would not expect to take any honey the first year off new packages. I use all mediums for my hives and consider three mediums to comprise the hive body. Where I live, it...
  10. Re: Using 3/4" foam for closing entrance for moving

    I moved two hives one day about 40 miles in the back of a truck. Neither with screened bottom boards. Cut a piece of foam water pipe insulation and put it in the hive opening. 95 degrees in...
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    Re: Treatment free honey production????

    Always been TF - my established hives produce about 50 lbs of honey that I take per year. Average for this area is 60. If I had enough supers with drawn foundation to go around, I could probably do...
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    Re: Gentle hive turned into hot mess

    My hives are hotter coming out of the winter because I have not been in them. As spring goes along and I begin inspecting them, they tend to calm down some.
  13. Thread: TF concepts

    by SwampCat
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    Re: TF concepts

    Split your own strong hives to make new hives and refrain from buying queens. Don't fight a hive that is trying to die- help it along a little bit, and if they don't make it, they don't make it -...
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    Re: 2016 spring package production.

    No kidding - that is what I was wondering. My peach trees started blooming end of February. One of the warmest winters I can remember here in S Arkansas. I have already been sunburned a couple of...
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    Re: "OverWintered" Nucs?

    Some years we have a decent fall flow, some years not. The good years you could do it, but if you were counting on it, maybe it would or would not happen.
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    Re: "OverWintered" Nucs?

    Our flow is strongest in May. I am afraid if I made five or six frame nucs in May, the bees would build up so much that they would require a second med super by mid fall - which would put them going...
  17. Thread: mites?

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    Re: mites?

    Treatment free here - down to 22 hives today because I just sold two hives. I lose between 10 and 15% of the hives per year - with almost all of the losses coming spring and summer due to loss of...
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    Re: Huh? Bee flew in ear

    I climbed up in a deer stand a couple of years ago and just sat down when an insect flew into my ear. Had no idea what kind it was. Turned my head to the side and pulled my ear with one had trying...
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    "OverWintered" Nucs?

    Over wintered nucs seem to be the big thing nowadays. To make an overwintered nuc here in the south - when do you actually make up the nuc? I want to sell a few next year, but actually plan on...
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    Re: Starved to Death?

    That is fine. I usually do a few splits every year of my best hives. and I sell two or three hives each year to keep my numbers down around 20.
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    Re: Starved to Death?

    Some of them were but I am not sure about all of them. I have not considered queen rearing yet - but may try to produce some nucs in a little bit of quantity this year and if goes well, may sell a...
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    Re: Starved to Death?

    The other 17 hives looked good - actually, a little too good for mid February
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    Re: Starved to Death?

    Not really sure what the lineage of the queen might be. I have assembled a variety of swarms, splits, a few purchased nucs, and a few purchased queens. I actually have 24 hives altogether and this is...
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    What to do with drawn comb

    Checked on a lot of my bees today and the warm weather has got them out and about. Didn't get down in the brood nests on but just a couple. Did notice drone brood but no worker brood. I overwinter...
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    Starved to Death?

    Never had a hive starve to death - but I think this one did. I checked another 17 hives in the same location as this one and they all looked good - a couple even were working on some frames of...
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