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    02/12/09 - Pear 02/13/09 - Blueberry NC 28334

    02/12/09 - Pear
    02/13/09 - Blueberry

    NC 28334
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    Noticed bees bringing in pollen 02.07.2009, but...

    Noticed bees bringing in pollen 02.07.2009, but I'm not sure of the source, possibly Camillia bushes. zip 28334
  3. Thread: Drones in NC?

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    Went through ten hives this past Saturday. Three...

    Went through ten hives this past Saturday. Three were lost. Saw several drones in the surviving six as well as loads of bees in five of the six remaining hives.
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    We extracted our first honey one week ago today....

    We extracted our first honey one week ago today. Two supers were pulled: one was 99% capped and the other 95%. After extraction the moisture content of the 99% capped was about 17.6%. We did not...
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    A local resident contacted us about honey bees in...

    A local resident contacted us about honey bees in his porch attic. Is it worth the trouble to try to remove these bees and hive them in a box? We are in central NC and are also wondering if is late...
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    I could not find a "quick" answer searching the...

    I could not find a "quick" answer searching the forums so I'll ask....

    I stopped by our hives today and noticed a rather excessive number of bees flying in a sort of "cloud" around the landing...
  7. Thread: Blue Honey?

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    The early ones have. The late ones are now. ...

    The early ones have. The late ones are now.

    One of the folks at the NCSU Apiculture Dept suggested Sourwood combined with certian soil mineral contents.

    No one seems sure, however.
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    Is anyone using a Sper Scientific, LTD. Model...

    Is anyone using a Sper Scientific, LTD. Model 30004 Honey Refractometer? If so, any pros or cons to it?

    Or, does anyone have a recommendation concerning a good refractometer?

    Chris
  9. Thread: Box Joint Jig

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    Bruce -Where are you buying them from? I would...

    Bruce -Where are you buying them from?

    I would have to say that "sense of accomplishment" is a large part of it. There is a great deal of satisfaction in looking at my woodenware and knowing I...
  10. Thread: Box Joint Jig

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    Here's my two-cents worth: I use 1/2"...

    Here's my two-cents worth:

    I use 1/2" dove-tails on my boxes. Dove-tail joints are stronger and the boxes square nicely without clamping (I glue and nail the joints).

    Chris
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    I assume that being chased around the room by...

    I assume that being chased around the room by your extractor is not fun.... :D

    I am just about finished building an extractor based on Dave Verville's plans and was trying to size a motor to...
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    When extracting with a motorized extractor, what...

    When extracting with a motorized extractor, what rpm is "recommended" to start with and what is the highest recommended rpm? Assuming a radial extractor....

    Chris
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    Hi Ken, I am about 2/3's of the way done with...

    Hi Ken,

    I am about 2/3's of the way done with the 20 frame extractor. Where you able to get your version finished? If so, how does it work?

    Chris
  14. Thread: Blue Honey?

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    Of course soybeans here have not blossomed yet....

    Of course soybeans here have not blossomed yet....
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    Soybeans might make sense as there are several...

    Soybeans might make sense as there are several hundred acres of them in flying distance.
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    Our hives are located in the Sandhills of NC and...

    Our hives are located in the Sandhills of NC and in the Cape Fear River basin. Last week we had a couple of the state bee inspectors come and look at our hives. During the course of the inspection...
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    We have some poorly designed hivetop feeders...

    We have some poorly designed hivetop feeders which came free with some other equipment. They used floats and had no screens and drowned alot of bees. So I modified one (which I am using on a weak...
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    I have a medium super with unwired thin...

    I have a medium super with unwired thin foundation in it. The comb is nearing 100% capped but the comb is BADLY sagging. So much so that in places it looks like it might begin to contact the comb on...
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    After allowing the block of wax to air out for 24...

    After allowing the block of wax to air out for 24 hours it has lost the rancid smell and actually has a very slight honey smell.

    Thanks for the help, information, etc.!
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    Actually, I noticed a slight bad smell while...

    Actually, I noticed a slight bad smell while heating, but attributed it to the dead brood in some of the comb. What you say makes perfect sense, however. None of this comb was capped and the honey...
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    I just finished cleaning up some wax from scraps...

    I just finished cleaning up some wax from scraps of burr comb. The wax had some honey and larva in it and had set in a bucket I was collecting it in over the course of a month or so. This was my...
  22. Dr. Rodriguez - An email is on the way. Bruce,...

    Dr. Rodriguez - An email is on the way.

    Bruce, thanks for the link.

    Chris
  23. Hi all, I am new to bee keeping and have three...

    Hi all,
    I am new to bee keeping and have three hives. One of the hives has SHB's and we are wanting to try treating with FGMO, et. al. Here are several questions I have:

    1. Where can one get...
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    Hi all, The PDF plans for the 10 Frame...

    Hi all,
    The PDF plans for the 10 Frame Langstroth beehive refer to "PDF 'Box Joint' files." I cannot find this file(s) on beesource.com's website. Any thoughts? It would be nice to see a...
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    My partner and I are in our first year of...

    My partner and I are in our first year of beekeeping and just hived two more packages of bees yesterday (Russian and Italian curtesy of NCSU). As I reached into one of the packages to recover the...
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