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    Re: Hallmarks of a distressed colony

    From observations of my own bees I think the calm hive with low brood production and plenty of stores has an older queen that has cut back for winter, the active hive is a newer queen from this year...
  2. Re: To Feed or Not to feed ...that is the Question!

    I agree, do what you have to, to have bees in the spring. As to where you place the feed, in the hive box, or in the yard. It depends on how many bees you will be feeding that are not yours by...
  3. Re: Is it true that bees only bring in Pollen when they have a queen?

    I think the reason you have answers that are different may be due to factors such as location, ( i.e. what's available ) maybe laying workers, and mostly the genetics of the bees.
    I will have a...
  4. Re: Robbing - Cause and how to Prevent and Mitigate

    No your math is good, except I got it at Sam's for $18.00 for fifty pounds, after tax that's .37 per pound. It's gone up some since.
    I used quart jars so more bees could feed at one time. My...
  5. Re: Robbing - Cause and how to Prevent and Mitigate

    A little less than $4.00 per day ( 150 pounds left over ) slightly less than $10.00 per hive for the seventy five day dearth, About a pint per hive, not a quart. Community feeder away from the...
  6. Thread: Nozevit ?

    by stan.vick

    Re: Nozevit ?

    My neighbor got nosema in his hives, I looked for a preventive and found Nozevit, I researched it and found it sounded identical to what I used for steel trap dye, which I always made from red oak...
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    Re: TF until today

    The end goal should be keeping your bees alive with as little treatments possible, you did that, dead bees can't adapt. If ever I get in that position, I will also chose to treat.
    Where I would...
  8. Re: bee-friendly mosquito control for Atlanta?

    A couple of guys whose job it is to spray for mosquitos gave a talk on what they do at our beekeeping club. They said that to spray in the day time is almost useless, as well as spraying in the...
  9. Re: Robbing - Cause and how to Prevent and Mitigate

    I agree, my screens have helped with the robbing issue, I'd say it cut it down by eighty percent, but they can still get robbed sometimes, especially in a dearth. We have a long dearth here, about...
  10. Thread: TBH Entrance

    by stan.vick

    Re: TBH Entrance

    I have both TBH and langs, and have tried most all configurations of entrances. I find that an entrance at or near the very top and some screen in the bottom (not the whole bottom) is the best for...
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    Re: Found a exposed hive, what do I do?

    I'd contact a local bee club or ask someone on this forum to help you by supplying the equipment and helping you transfer them, as has been stated this would be easy for an experienced beek, but may...
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    Re: Goals for 2014

    Make bees pay their own way.
    Check-- if you don't count the countless hours of labor.
  13. Re: Over the phone threat on life over bee removal. lol

    Report it, that's what you pay taxes for, the problem about the possibility of catching them is for the police to ponder not you. Next time it may be a family member that takes the call, establish a...
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    Re: Regression Question

    I'd save myself a lot of trouble and just buy regressed bees. Ask around and you'll find some. I'm too far from you, but anyone that's been foundationless for three or more years and have not bought...
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    Re: Why Monitor???

    I treat the apiary near my home with Apivar because I sell bees off those colonies and the state of Georgia tells me I have to treat prior to selling bees. I don't count the mites, I don't treat...
  16. Re: Thinking ahead...Hive setup for winter...

    I'm a little south of you and will tell you what I do. You will need some top ventilation or you run the risk of drowning them with condensation. My screen bottoms comprise one third of the bottom...
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    Re: Advice for Package Bees

    I echo the local nuc recommendation. I hear a lot about southern packages being hard to deal with, I think it is that commercial bees are the problem not the location of the source. I live forty...
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    Re: Capped honey in natural brood comb.

    I eat about anything, but I would crush and strain the brood comb. If you try to extract wax from brood comb you find out how much gunk is in it, and I wouldn't want to bite into it. JMO.
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    The only thing I can think of besides taking a lot of brood out is to replace your entrance reducer with a screen reducer and crack the top open to get more ventilation in. I know I'm way south of...
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    Re: Clothes Dryer Lint

    Just curious, if dryer lint is so toxic why are we all here, alive, having this discussion,?
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    Re: Jacket opinions?

    I have several types of bee wear, but my " go to " apparel when I'm going to be knee deep in bees and don't want to have a heat stroke is a 29.00 net bug suite I got from Amazon it came with top and...
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    Re: Clothes Dryer Lint

    I've used it with good success, I've also used about everything else except sawdust and shavings from treated lumber. Usually when my smoker gets almost out of fuel I'll grab a handful of leaves and...
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    Re: Aggressive bees

    I get that from my bees a couple of times each year, I usually find that I have a queenless colony and after they start stinging the smell of the stings get the rest of them to sting. Every now and...
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    Re: Best way to feed honey back to the bees?

    I label my honey as "All Seasons Floral Mix" the allergy people like the fact that it contains pollen from all the year. So I would mix it with this year's and sell it, as mark said you just need...
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    Re: Smell of a hive

    I remember a thread on the smell of upset bees after a couple have stung, I think the conclusion was that everyone does not receive the odor in the same way, to one it smells like bananas and to...
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