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    Re: What is "too late" to expand?

    Our hives typically do not draw new comb after the sourwood flow ends. That is around the third week in July. In the uncommon years we have a strong fall flow, they may pull some comb in the fall. ...
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    Re: Russian/Carni mix

    I had thought the Russian and Carni honey bees were closely related? Someone with more experience will hopefully chime in. From my limited experience with Carnis, they are my favorite to work with....
  3. Re: Queenless hive, low reserves, fall setting in...

    How long ago did you requeen? If you are absolutely certain the one hive is queenless, I would combine.

    As far as stores the queenless hive sounds like they are fine. A full deep of capped honey...
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    Re: Harvesting question

    After you harvest the super, how much honey will be left? Just be positive you leave them enough honey to overwinter on. Minimum for us is around 75 pounds for a full size colony.

    Shane
  5. Thread: help please.

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    Re: help please.

    I agree with Cleo. A trapout should shine in this case.
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    Re: Foundation or not?

    Not. Started foundationless early on and have never looked back. Why bother with the wiring and cost when the bees build comb just fine.
  7. Thread: Got Robbed

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    Re: Got Robbed

    Robbers will often kill the queen. Moving the hive is my suggestion. Robber scrrens and reducing entrances work/help, particularly before robbing starts. Once robbing starts, moving the colony is...
  8. Thread: Late swarm

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    Re: Late swarm

    Best wishes,

    Sounds like you have a great plan. Please keep us posted. It will be very interesting to see how they progress. Having drawn comb will be huge. Would you happen to have any frames...
  9. Re: Over the phone threat on life over bee removal. lol

    A threat over the phone is a serious crime. Blocked number or not, have you considered contacting the police?
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    Re: Possible bear in uncommon bear area

    It might be best to get a bear fence up asap. cleaning up after a bear attack is no fun. Like others have said, the bear will be back.

    Shane
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    Re: Found Queen Cells

    Gotcha,


    Shane
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    Re: Found Queen Cells

    Why would you not want a queen your bees raised?

    Shane
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    Re: Found Queen Cells

    If there was only one queen cell, it was almost certainly not a swarm cell. What stage was the cell? Did you have brood at all stages?

    Shane
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    Re: September swarm help!!!

    Yes, I would keep a feeder on them. There are many ways to feed. We usually set an entrance type feeder on top of the inner cover. Put an empty hive body on top of the inner cover. This...
  15. Re: If you could only plant one type flower???

    Like Vance said, I would probably choose one of the mints. Blooms a long time during summer. They are pretty hardy and can hold their own.

    Shane
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    Re: September swarm help!!!

    If you have access to some drawn comb, it would be a huge help. Maybe some local club members could help you out. especially if they just extracted.
  17. Thread: No Honey

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    Re: No Honey

    You should probably be worried,

    IMO, you should start feeding. Not sure how much honey you need to overwinter that colony on. Our fall flow ends around the first of October or so. It will be...
  18. Thread: 20 ACRES

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    Re: 20 ACRES

    We do this with a section of our property. Not nearly 20 acres, but the bees forage this section very heavy. I do go and transplant the sumacs before mowing.


    Shane
  19. Re: What is up with this? Really, upside down?

    I have seen this on occasion. Most of the time with a box full of foundationless frames. What I do now is, put a drawn frame in the new box. Put the empty frame down below. I guess they don't...
  20. Re: clean up frames from a dead out or throw 'em away?

    If the frames are not destroyed, I would freeze and reuse the frames.
  21. Re: Can I overwinter Bees in a nuc in North Carolina??????

    We have successfully overwintered nucs as small as an eight frame medium. We are north of you and at a much higher elevation.
  22. Re: Ideas for wildflower plantings for Virginia dearth

    Goldenrod and aster are good choice, but both bloom during our fall "flow".

    Chicory would be a good choice. Chicory blooms pretty much all summer, and from my experience, is pretty reliable. ...
  23. Re: Goldenrod is starting to bloom in Kentucky

    Hope you have some hives near that huge goldenrod bloom. :)

    We are south of you, but probably a bit higher elevation. Our bees have been working the "early" goldenrod for some time, maybe two...
  24. Re: Reviews and Questions on Megabee Winter Patties

    I had some "leak" on a colony. Since then, I use candy boards if I need "emergency" type of feeding. I try to avoid those situations, but they happen.

    Shane
  25. Re: Hive with an excess of bees but won't draw new comb

    Our bees typically do not draw new comb this time of year. We are having a fairly strong fall flow. A friend of mine has a hive that I am caring for right now. This hive is in a single 10 frame...
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