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    Re: little black ants eat varroa off sticky boards

    They absolutely will carry off Varroa and mess up your counts. When I first started keeping bees I had a hive with DWV everyone said I probably had a high mite count. Well the only way I really knew...
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    Re: Where Should I move to?

    Every time I watch Swamp People I think the same thing. Almost every line they tie is to Willow, or Tallow with lots of Tupelo in the back ground. I'm sure there's Gallberry and Palmetto on the hill....
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    Re: Low acceptance rate...

    Can you see real good? It sounds like your on the right track. I don't use any brood in my starter at all, 1 good pollen frame, 1 good open honey frame, cell bar, and two foundation with a jar feeder...
  4. Thread: Queen cells?

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    Re: Queen cells?

    They will start cells within 24hrs. Now it may take 48-36hrs before they are easy to see.
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    Re: Extracting Others Honey

    I have done exactly what you are talking about. I paid for my electric 6 frame Dadant extractor at least one time possible 2 times extracting honey for other people. I charged a $1.50 per frame with...
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    Re: How does one normally go about wax production??

    No, secret just make lots of honey. Like Mark said it's normally a by product from extracting honey. You can crush and strain your honey to get a little more wax from each harvest. But, the drawn...
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    Re: Speckled Beetles Attacking Hive

    The ones I've saw here in North Florida are a green iridescence color. I've found them stuck in the queen excluders from time to time. As far as I can tell they don't cause any problems. I've also...
  8. Thread: Apivar

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    Re: Apivar

    I think as long as your Apivar was stored at room temp and unopened it should be fine. As always I would do some mite counts after use to make sure it worked.

    I used some Apistain this past...
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    Re: Question: splitting ideas and honey production

    I would do exactly what you did last year. To me that is the best way to maximize honey production and also make a nuc. If you just pull out a couple frames of brood from the big hive they may still...
  10. Re: Expensive Breeder Queens are a waste of money...

    Here's my take on a II breeder. I buy one every year from VPQueens. I'm only running about 80 hives so I don't have a large apiary. But, I like to start making splits in late Feb-early March. It's...
  11. Thread: Georgia update

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    Re: Georgia update

    How much farther North are you from the major package producers? They have been making queens already I would imagine most will be catching queens and shaking packages real soon. So if your not too...
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    Re: Dividing up drawn comb

    I always put them together normally in the middle. Even when I'm only using a few drawn frames in a super to help get them started working a super. When I first started I thought it would be better...
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    Re: Drone brood in honey super

    You can add whatever size box you want. The bees don't really care. The queen does normally need a little more room than a single deep during early spring build up. You probably do need to add more...
  14. Re: Minimum Outside Temperatures/Conditions for Creating Cell Builder?

    Unless you really need cells early. You are better off waiting a week or two to start. Like BrokeT said it's pretty easy to make the cells the problems come with the weather when it's time to make up...
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    Re: Overwintered hive beetle

    Yea, they overwinter quite well inside a bee hive. Their numbers do decline during winter but, some will survive. I've caught them right in the middle of swarms so you gonna have to live with them....
  16. Thread: Georgia update

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    Re: Georgia update

    That empty deep on top may not be enough to keep them from swarming. Bees naturally want to swarm so your fighting against a natural instinct. If they are that strong already there's a good chance...
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    Re: Drone cells in the Fl Panhandle

    Yep I plan on grafting this weekend. Will do it once a week for the next month or so.
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    Re: swarm commander vs ultra breeze bee suit

    I'm going to continue to buy the Ultra breeze. They are well made and over the life of the suit the $100 really doesn't make much of a difference. Ultra Breeze is a small American Made company...
  19. Thread: Winter combine?

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    Re: Winter combine?

    I think you would be fine. I'm not sure I would want to combine two queen right small hives. Moving one to a nuc should not hurt anything. You could try putting a queen excluder between the two small...
  20. Re: New Beek this spring. Starting with 5 frame nucs. Treatment ?

    They should not need treating when you first get them. I would feed and let them grow. Then I would start doing some mite counts around middle summer and then treat if needed depending on what your...
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    Re: True definition of "overwintered nuc"

    In my mind an over wintered nuc would have to sell for a big premium. To me a good overwintered nuc has so many possibilities not to bring a big price difference. I'm further South so keep that in...
  22. Re: How quick can a honey super with plastic foundation get drawn/filled?

    I would wait until right before the honey flow starts before you put a super on. If you put plastic foundation on too soon the bees will strip the wax off the foundation and then they will be slow...
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    Re: PVC Piping For A Maxant 400-1 Pump

    adamant, I love my Maxant honey pump. It is a nice compact little unit, it comes assembled on it's own little skid. I used a piece of clear 1in hose I bought at Home Depot to slide over the male 1in...
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    Re: Honey straining help please!

    The easiest way to stain is to use one of those paint strainer bags from home depot. Get the 5 gallon bags. Put the bag in the bucket stretch the top of the bag over the top of the bucket and fill...
  25. Thread: Jan 1st pollen

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    Re: Jan 1st pollen

    If they are bringing a significant amount it's quite possible Maple like G74 mentioned. It's been coming in on the nice days here in N. Florida for a couple weeks now. Some Maples will start real...
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