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    Re: What happened to my hive?

    I would only treat if I saw evidence of a major mite infestation (stunted, deformed wings, etc.). I just treated two of six hives with Thymol.
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    Re: Bee eating insect

    Fire, it was probably a European Hornet, they look kind of orange when in flight. They have become naturalized in the Eastern US. I have a nest somewhere in the woods near my hives and they...
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    Re: Nectar flows in central VA

    I pulled some on May 30th and some last weekend. If the frames are more than 80% capped, I pull and spin them down. I also check the honey with a refractometer. With the recent rain we should get a...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    5lbs or so 70 feet up a Oak Tree. 22554 5/9/2011
  5. Re: What do you do when the swarm lands way up in a large tree.

    All good suggestions, Thank You. They were gone when I got home yesterday. I hope they found a good home.
  6. What do you do when the swarm lands way up in a large tree.

    One of my hives swarned yesterday and they are about 70 feet up a large oak tree. I put a couple of extra swarm traps out and baited them. Is there anything else I could do? Similar situation a...
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    Re: What kind of Bee education did you recieve

    Nothing formal. I read all I could get my hands on, bought some equipment and bees, and got started. I'm going into my third year and have four hives and have not lost one yet. I think it is an...
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    Re: Pollen in Viginia in Feb?

    Thanks for the responses. I don't think it is pussywillow because I have one on the south side of the house and it is not blooming yet. I do live near large areas of water (Potomack creek and river...
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    Pollen in Viginia in Feb?

    I live in Stafford VA. The bees were bringing in a lot of pollen yesterday. I didn't think anything would be blooming this early. Friday was very warm (upper 70's) and I opened the inner cover and...
  10. Re: question about wintering medium 8 frames

    I overwintered 2 new hives with 5-8 frame medium boxes last winter. They did fine. As a matter of fact ,they did not even come close to consuming all the "honey". I fed heavily until it got cold. ...
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    Re: raccoons

    A conibear 220 and a bucket trap will take care of that raccoon. But set it at least 4 feet up so you don't get a dog or cat.
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    Re: Foraging Close to the Hive?

    They will definutly come to stuff that is close. They are almost always on my asparagus when it blooms, same with rasberries and dutch clover if the flow is over. Mahonia in the spring, when it is...
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    Re: Excluder? Lots of bees now!

    Breakfast, 1st year packages can swarm. I had one last year that I hived on May 9th and it threw a big swarm on June 21st.
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    Re: White flowering roadside tree?

    I agree with Heck. Elderberry is in peak bloom right now.
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    Re: One medium or two?

    I put 3# packages into 8-frame mediums last year and they did just fine. Just feed, keep an eye on them, and add hive bodies as needed. Note: One of these swarmed 6 weeks after installing them, so...
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    I think they are going to swarm!

    I have two strong hives and it looks like they are both going to swarm. I tried everything. Checkerboarding, check. Plenty of room for necter, check. But, I went through looking for the queens...
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    First Drones in VA

    Saw the first drones in Northern Va today. They haden't quite figured out how to fly, but they are out. Now I can split.
  18. Re: What Should I Do With The Squirreliest Hive Configuration Ever?

    Seems like a good argument for going to to all mediums. Two weeks ago, I went to a new friends house and tried to straighten out a couple of hives that had shallow frames in medium boxes. Messy...
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    Re: Need advice about feeders

    I use the Brushy Mountain hive top feeders as well. I do screen the top of them to prevent robbing if the top cover is cracked open a bit.
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    Re: What to do with all the honey?

    Thanks for all the excellent suggestions. I don't have any empty frames with comb, yet. I think I will pull several frames from both hives and alternate the remander with frames with foundation. Then...
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    What to do with all the honey?

    Went into my two hives over the weekend and both seem to have the same problem. Too much honey and a heck of a lot of bees. So much honey and open nectar that I don't think there is much room to lay...
  22. Re: Anyone use composite decking for bee stand platform?

    I would not try it. I built a deck using TREX and even 1" thick planks will bend and are much more flexible than normal pressure treated lumber of similar dimension. They become more so when heated...
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    Hello and thank you!

    Hello, my name is Steve and I can't thank the members of this forum enough for compiling this excellent source of information about beekeeping! :applause:.


    I started two hives last May and thus...
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