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  1. Re: Package Bee Installation Learning Experience

    Be careful with those feeders. They are notorious for seeping just a little syrup around the base and the top, this will start robbing. I have quite a few of them and finally just stopped using them...
  2. Thread: New Hives

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    Re: New Hives

    You are going to get tired of refilling those pint jars. Look into getting atleast some quart jars or preferably those 5pound honey jars. The 5pound honey jars are my favorite, they have the same...
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    Re: Years since I've seen a honeybee

    You can try treatment free. Keeping good accurate mite counts will allow you to make the decision to treat if you need to. Then you can requeen and try it again. There's no need to let them die...
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    Re: Never seen this before...

    Usually when they hang together like that they are drawing comb. Maybe they are drawing some burr comb off the bottom of the frames? Just a guess.
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    Re: Fiberglass/nylon screen vs metal...

    Yes, they will chew through fiberglass screen. It's funny I just talked to someone last weekend, where a bee club had used some on their observation hive at the county fair. After a few days the bees...
  6. Thread: creamed honey

    by johng
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    Re: creamed honey

    Here's a youtube video. I followed this guys instructions and it turned out great! The Cinnamon creamed honey was awesome and sold very fast. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AiqrU71aJGc
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    Re: Transfer to Mating nuc

    Yes, two deeps will work. I make two frame splits most of the time and have never had any problems. Just give them a extra shake of bees to make up for drift if you leave them in the same yard. As a...
  8. Thread: Honey Extractors

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    Re: Honey Extractors

    Maxant and Dadant are both made with heavier gauge sheet metal. They are both made here in the US and will out live most bee keepers.
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    Re: Nervous about split .

    That is pretty normal the foragers flew back to the parent hive. Once the split notices that nothing is coming in the older bees will start to forage. The only thing you need to worry about is that...
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    Re: Do bees "waste time" on certain plants?

    No, I would have to say I don't think they waste much time. I'm sure they will switch to the better plants as they start to produce nectar. They may need more pollen right now to raise brood. They...
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    Re: Well, I blew it. Now what?

    Yes, that does look like a swarm. So you did good by getting it in a box.

    Yes, if the swarm came from one of your hives there could be after swarms with virgins as they hatch out. After I find a...
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    Re: Transfer to Mating nuc

    I'm not sure I would make up mating nucs. If you are trying to rebuild your hive numbers why not just make up regular nucs let them build up and then split again? What are you going with a bunch of...
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    Re: How are nucs made?

    I grafted on Feb. 16th, 10days later made up nucs with two frames of capped brood added queen cell and kept feeders full. Delivered all of them over the past two weeks. They were full of bees, 5...
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    Re: Really Screwed Up, I Think HELP

    If it was just today? I would go back and move most of the capped brood back into the queenless hive tomorrow. You want the queenless hive to have a lot of bees so they can make a good well fed...
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    Sticky: Re: Post your bloom dates 2014!

    Gallberry the tall version. Jacksonville, Florida. 32210 Our main flow comes from Gallberry so its game time now!!
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    Re: Finished my addition on my honey room

    Thanks guys! We are very excited. We have been bottling and extracting in the one little room for a couple years now and it is just way to small for bottles honey buckets and everything else.
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  17. Thread: Old queens

    by johng
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    Re: Old queens

    I'm by no means commercial. But, I like to requeen later in the year after our main flow. We normally have better mating weather, plenty of drones and these queens will be less than a year old going...
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    Finished my addition on my honey room

    We were quickly running out of room in my little extraction room, so we closed in the rest of my lean to so we can keep the bottling stuff and the extraction room separate. I still have to move the...
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    Re: Are spring splits required or recommended?

    I like to make a two frame split by moving the queen and two frames of brood into a nuc box about 1 month before swarm season. This will normally keep the hive from swarming and they will make a good...
  20. Re: Queen missing, new one arriving, now not sure of next steps???

    I would not put her in without doing an inspection. Most likely you have a virgin in the hive by now and they will most likely will not accept your caged queen. Do an inspection and look for a virgin...
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    Re: Behaviour of Bees When Releasing the Queen?

    I wouldn't do an inspection for several days. Keep the feeder full and leave them alone. The reaction you described was balling. They may not have killed her but, there's nothing you can do at this...
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    Re: Bee Yard Rental, and hives per yard

    Camero is right on the money. Don't go in offering money right out of the gate. You should have no trouble finding local yards. Yards out of your area or in another state may take you a little...
  23. Thread: Split question

    by johng
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    Re: Split question

    If you do it that way make sure you check the frames real good for queen cells before you introduce the new queen. They normally won't accept and new queen once they start their own queen cells.
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    Re: Orange Grove trip 2014

    I went down today and checked on the bees and I think we might get another week and half to two weeks tops left on the bloom. There are a few more blooms to open on the last flush of new growth but,...
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    Re: disturbing find question

    Its Deformed wing virus. It is normally caused by a high mite load. You need to do a quick mite count to confirm and most likely treat.
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