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    Re: Third queen this season

    I would add my inexperienced second year advice for you. *Don't panic*. In my first year I went through 4 queens from a new packaged hive. After the fourth, I threw up my hands and said fine, let...
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    Re: finally, fall flow!

    Haven't seen goldenrod in my area of Birmingham yet, (on the east side) but our showers have been pretty much hit or miss with my area being mostly miss. I've had queen problems all summer and brood...
  3. Thread: Honey taste?

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    Honey taste?

    Weird question time. 2nd year beek who got 50 lbs honey in May that to my taste, was overly sugary sweet. However, I went ahead and extracted and bottled it. Just took off another 50 lbs, and to...
  4. Thread: hive #4

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    Re: hive #4

    Privit is ending here. Clover is still going strong with the rains. I'm hoping for a decent run with mimosas and myrtles for June.

    MsBeHaven
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    Re: Sustainable Nucs

    Thank you again Daniel. Yes that's exactly the kind of nucs I want - to support production hives only. There's lots of advice on making them and having them, but little practical advice on...
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    Re: hive #4

    Out of curiosity, how much longer do you estimate the flow to continue? Here in Birmingham, I'm still getting comb drawn, but slower. This crazy spring makes it hard to read the signs.

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    Re: Sustainable Nucs

    First, thank you Daniel. The math was great to know. I can see keeping a nuc as a double deep would mean less work. The swarm question was really for the swarmed hive, not the captured swarm. I...
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    Sustainable Nucs

    I have 8 hives full hives, but would like to make 2-3 nucs for emergency situations. I get how to make the nucs, but my questions are how to maintain them as actual nucs. The goal would be for...
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    Re: Do you put new foundation on old frames?

    I'm going to ask a stupid question. My frames have a wedge bar that I glued, then stapled on to hold the foundation. Do you remove the old wedge bar? How without damaging the frame? Is there a...
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    Re: Insurance for Bee Keepers

    So do the majority agree that a hobbiest beek with less than ten hives who sells their excess honey (I'm talking 100 lbs or less) really need insurance? At $600, the insurance would cost more than...
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    Re: SHB: a curse for beekeeping in Georgia

    I'm here in Birmingham and I fought SHB all last year. This year, I tried the Beetle Baffles on my Freeman bottom boards. I have gone from 20-30 beetles/hive to literally none. I tried all the oil...
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    Wow am I impressed!

    As a hobbiest beek, I know I have the leisure to baby my hives more than most. Last year (first year beekeeping), I chased hive beetles all over my hives. I quickly went from a solid bottom board...
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    Re: Will it help for next year?

    Queen right and on wax foundation.
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    Will it help for next year?

    Being a second year beek, this is the first year for putting on my shallows. All are undrawn foundation. In listening and reading, historically I'm about 1/2 to 2/3 through my main flow. However, I...
  15. Re: can ants and SHB larva cross a Vasoline line?

    I live here in the South and the sugar ants were covering my feeders. I'm on cinderblocks so I can't do the oil stand. However, I tried Dichotomous earth, borax baits, regular baits, cinnamon, hot...
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    Re: new white wax/main flow

    That gives me hope here in Birmingham. Between the cold snaps and the frequent rains, we're due a good flow...
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    Re: Issue with ants

    I tried the cinnamon trick and the boric acid myself without success. Couldn't do the oil stand because I'm on cinderblocks. What really worked for me was smearing a thick layer of vasoline around...
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    Re-reversing brood chambers?

    Question. I reversed my deeps early spring- the bottom ones were completely empty of brood and stores. I put on a couple of supers. One hive has gone to town on the shallows, almost all capped. ...
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    Re: Anaphylactic shock

    I too have an epi-pen and an epi-pen jr for emergencies. As a registered nurse, I want to be prepared for emergencies rather than work one.

    And as for administration, when someone can't...
  20. Re: I think I have a medical disorder or maybe I'm just stupid.

    If it were just the pain of the sting, I could live with it. But the three days of horrible itching keeps me in my bee suit.
  21. Re: Has anyone actually caught a swarm with a bait hive?

    I'm still technically a first year until May, but don't make the mistake of thinking you're the only beekeeper out there. I'm still pretty sure I'm the only one within 10 miles or so, but I've...
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    Re: Documenting Individual Hives

    There are a million ways to do it, from pen and paper to computerized graphs. Just depends on what you want to do. I personally use beetight, and while it's a decent program for the geek in me,...
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    Re: Optimal size for swarm traps?

    I had (notice "had") 3 swarm traps out in single nucs baited with lemongrass oil and one frame drawn comb. I am a backyard-hobbiest suburban beekeeper with 4 main production hives. In the last 2...
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    Re: Advice desperately needed

    I thought of Craigslist but I hear too many horror stories for my to advertise my address. Plus, I have no idea if I got the queens. The first swarm is now laying eggs, but these three I have no...
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    Advice desperately needed

    I have a problem. Actually too much of a good thing. Over the weekend I hived my second swarm. Today at work I get a frantic call from my mother to "come home right now!" I come home to my...
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