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    Russian vs Italian Bees

    I was wondering 1) if you can mix Russian and Italian hives in the same yard? and 2) would they eventually mix or would they remain with their own hives? Thanks for any comments of those who have...
  2. Thread: DEAD BEES --

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    DEAD BEES --

    I use a plastic tray with oil under a screened bottom board which has worked out fairly well in collecting mites. However, it also collects bees which die in the oil. Does anyone have experience...
  3. Went through hive and cleaned up excessive comb--bees acting a little strange

    After cleaning up excessive comb between supers and deeps the bees seemed to be in a different frame of mind today. There is no bearding and a lot of flying with a buzz. Is this normal or possibly...
  4. Comb between metal queen excluder and top of deep

    It seems this year the bees are building more comb anywhere they get a chance.... or is it just a highway to the super?? Any comments or ideas would be appreciated. Thanks
  5. Thread: Winter Feed

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    Winter Feed

    I have a hive that has two deep brood boxes (8 frame) and a medium super that has about 50% drawn n capped honey. The bottom brood box is light and the upper brood box is better with the most bees...
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    Re: Crystallized Comb Honey

    Thanks --kilnrat
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    Re: Crystallized Comb Honey

    [QUOTE=BeeGora;1151356]This man is a genius.........[amen -- thanks for the suggestions]
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    Crystallized Comb Honey

    I purchased some comb honey last year from another vendor and it has crystallized. I understand that with regular honey you can heat it and return it to its normal state. My question is can you do...
  9. Thread: Agressive Bees

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    Agressive Bees

    In my fourth year of bee keeping and have never had bees this agressive. I did a split on a hive that had a heavy bee population with plenty of room but seemed to be likely to swarm. In my...
  10. Thread: SHB oil tray

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    Re: SHB oil tray

    Thanks -- I had lost where I purchased some in the past. Many Thanks
  11. Thread: SHB oil tray

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    SHB oil tray

    Does anyone know the company that carries the plastic tray that goes under screened bottom board to hold oil to catch mites and SHBs? I like to use them and need some more. Thanks for your help.
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    Crystallized Honey

    I have several jars of comb honey that is starting to crystallize. Do you warm comb honey like you do honey without comb? Thanks for any suggestions.
  13. Thread: Hive(s) Lost

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    Hive(s) Lost

    Well I know a robbing screen will not prevent a swarm now. Ha Ha Late September, one of my strong hives swarmed -- It was an 8-frame hive w/ 2-deeps and a super w/ some drawn foundation. I had...
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    Re: Thoughts on Robbing Screens

    Thanks for your input. Always good to hear from other beekeepers.
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    Re: Thoughts on Robbing Screens

    Thanks for your input. It's always good to hear other's experiences.
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    Re: Thoughts on Robbing Screens

    Thanks for your input. It's always good to hear from other beekeepers.
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    Re: Thoughts on Robbing Screens

    Thanks for your imput. It's good to hear other's experiences.
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    Thoughts on Robbing Screens

    I have read several post of the last few years on robbing screens and had a couple of questions about them. I have noticed various designs -- one has an approx 2" opening on say the right side at...
  19. Thread: The Bee Tree

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    The Bee Tree

    In North Carolina Piedmont, does anyone have any experience w/ the Bee Tree? How old does the tree have to be before it starts to bloom? Is it winter hardy for our climate? Thanks for the poop. ...
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    Robbing question

    I checked my hives a couple weeks ago and at that time they had what seemed to be an adequate supply of capped honey. It has been a very wet summer in Piedmont North Carolina with fairly heavy rain...
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    Top Enterance w/ Bottom Enterance

    I have for the first time added a top enterance between brood boxes and queen excluder and was wondering about how much if any to reduce the bottom enterance. This is my first try with a top...
  22. Installing a package of bees using drawn foundation

    I have a two part question: 1) I have drawn foundation on deep frames as well as a limited supply of frames of pollen and honey/sugar water that are drawn and capped from a have that failed to...
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    Crimp Wire Foundation vs Duragilt

    I have used crimp wire foundation w/ 100% pure beeswax in all my hives to date, but was looking at the duragilt foundation and wondered if anyone would mind sharing their pros or cons on it vs crimp...
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    Wax Moth eggs and Larva

    I have lost a couple of hives due to robbing this fall and was cleaning up the frames and equipment for next spring and had a couple questions: 1) how long do you need to leave frames in freezor to...
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    Crystalization of 2:1 feed

    As you get older one seems to not remember what has been posted in past years. Ha Ha -- I was wondering if someone could enlighten me on what to do to prevent crystalization of 2:1 sugar water. I...
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