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    Re: thoughts on freeman bottom boards?

    Have them under most of my hives. The first few days after installing them we caught hundreds of beetles. Haven't seen many in the last couple of years. The only con is they are messy when cleaning,...
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    Re: Queen wandering around outside the hive?

    I walked up to a hive a week or two ago and saw a bee sitting on the back of the hive by itself. Looked different... sure enough it was a queen sitting on the back of the hive, alone. Tried to catch...
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    Re: Duragilt opinion?

    Hate the stuff. Keep finding it in my hives from when I bought some a few years ago. Sometimes they build on one side and strip the other down to the plastic. Other times they won't touch it except...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Decided to do the first extraction of the year. This year has been a great year for honey. Normally I have one and a half supers to extract by now. This year has provided me with three to four supers...
  5. Re: Add a box, alternate boxes or leave it alone?

    You did exactly what you should have done. You're not going to want to switch boxes around this time of year or put a deep on unless you're using it for a honey super. I'd just check the progress in...
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    Re: How many bee hives do you have?

    For me, the line between hobbyist and sideliner is when the "hobby" starts making more money than it takes. Including paying me for my time invested. 20 production hives should do that.
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    Re: short frames in a Deep

    You mean they put medium frames in a deep nuc? Well, you could cut them out and rubber band them in a deep frame. Or. just put a deep drawn frame on either side of the medium frames. Between drawn...
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    Re: Grape Pollinators

    Bees don't pollinate grapes.
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    Re: How many bee hives do you have?

    Hobbyist. 14 at the moment. Hopefully sideliner in a year or two.
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    Re: Flow of the decade

    We've had a better flow this year than any of the last five. Normally only get two supers per hive, but already have three full and getting ready for a fourth as the privet is starting to bloom. If...
  11. Re: Since 1980 this is the worst April Non-flow I have every seen...

    I have the exact opposite situation here. Everything blooming and hives have more stores before the main part of the flow than I extracted all of last year. Blackberry in full bloom, more clover and...
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    Re: Newbie Needs Help w/Hive Body Question

    Not a mistake exactly. One hive body helps by not giving them too much room at one time. I would break it back down to one if you are comfortable doing it. Just take each frame out one at a time and...
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    Re: Drones Everywhere

    Not seeing anything out of the ordinary there. I'm totally missing the queen cells. I see what looks like a cup in #2 but not a full cell. If the queen cell has hatched then the new queen will start...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    4/6- 4/9- 4/10/15. Lower NC, Robeson County. 80-85F Overcast turned to sunny & windy.
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    Re: Swarming, or just heavy traffic?

    Looks to me like they are going to swarm soon. If, in the next few days you see them covering the front of the hive you'll know for sure. When they start doing that they will swarm within a day or...
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    Re: pre made Bench as a hive stand? see pics

    Looks like it would make inspections hard. You would have to stand in front of the hive. Would also put it too far off the ground to stack supers. I really think this would not work well.
  17. Thread: ANGRY Bees

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    Re: ANGRY Bees

    We have just started seeing some new wax being drawn(Not feeding) but not going crazy with it. No queen = defensive bees. Feeding will get comb drawn but won't calm them. Could be just a bad day.
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    Already in the super

    So I left a super on four hives over the winter. Seems these hives are coming out of winter not only putting honey in the brood chamber but already capping honey in the supers. one has almost...
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    Re: Rose hive method

    I have done this. Didn't know there was a special name for it though. Last year had a hive that was a deep with a medium on top coming out of winter. Didn't like that combo so early spring I put a...
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    Re: For Southern Climates-Turnips

    A couple of things to consider. 1. You do not want to steer your bees toward a tobacco field. Heavy pesticide for worms and chemicals for turning leaves and sucker control. Not an environment you...
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    Re: Honey in brood comb

    I've taken honey from honeybound hives while extracting the spring flow. Haven't seen or tasted any difference. I don't treat and don't take comb with brood in it. If it's a hive that hasn't ever...
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    Re: Thrown into the Fray!

    I personally would prefer the wood. Couple of screws in each board down the stud. Probably not wider than one section anyway. Much more solid. I think you'll have a better chance of them surviving...
  23. Thread: Best size super

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    Re: Best size super

    Shallows sound like a lot of work and extra expense so I've never used them. Been using deeps for brood and meds for honey. Like the set up. Going to try some deeps this year just to get some extra...
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    Re: Another label question

    After a little more digging in the right place, it seems this image is indeed not public domain or permission given for reuse. Back to the drawing board. Thanks for the replies.
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    Another label question

    With all the recent posts about labels I started thinking about my own. I've been either not putting a label on them since I'm basically selling to family, friends or friends of friends. Call it...
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