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    Re: Supersedure Cells

    It is best to leave supercedure cells alone. The bees know when it is time to replace the queen.
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    Re: Honey price in your area

    My prices will pretty much mimic yours. We will have no problem selling our honey at those prices. A few will complain and not buy. Doesn't bother me in the slightest. We have a good product at a...
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    Re: Smoke when taking honey?

    I use a bee escape from Poor Valley Bee supply. Put the escapes on the day before harvest. Overnight the bees return down to the main cluster. Next day walk off with the supers we want. Very...
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    Re: Where to put Nuc

    I prefer to move my splits. We have two yards fairly close, so it is not a big deal for us. I have left splits in the same yard with success, and then I have had all the bees return to the parent.
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    Re: Bees not eating Sugar Water

    That would be my guess as well. We have some small colonies that have stopped taking sugar water as well.

    Shane
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    Re: Going into the winter with nucs

    We can easily overwinter in a strong five frame nuc. We are a zone 6A.
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    Re: Hive too hot - hive combination question

    This is excellent advice.
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    Re: Help with a hive cutout please

    As far as gaining access to the cavity, it is hard to say. I have never done one on a stump. We like to expose as much of the colony as possible before starting to cut comb.

    Here are some tips....
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    Re: What now? another box or not...

    In our location, I would not add more boxes. Our bees typically do not draw new comb after July.

    You can rotate the outer frames in to get them pulled out.

    Shane
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    Re: Anyone know what this plant is?

    The blooms look like some type of sumac.
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    Poll: Re: too late to make nucs?

    Yes, it could work. Will it? Or will you loose the starter hive ad the split?
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    Re: Time to give up and buy a queen?

    Many times it takes over a month from the time they start the queen cell and laying eggs. Probably should have added a queen on the 6th. Do you have drones this time of year?

    I would check for...
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    Re: Too late for a split?

    "a swarm in May is worth a load of hay; a swarm in June is worth a silver spoon; but a swarm in July is not worth a fly."

    From Oxford reference.com
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    Re: Too late for a split?

    If you let the split raise a queen, no eggs until Sept. IMO, doubtful the split makes enough bees, collects enough nectar to overwinter.

    Perhaps if you gave the split a queen to start they...
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    Re: Too late for a split?

    Beekeeping is local, but I believe it would be too late for a split to raise their own queen. Even in your warmer climate it would probably be too late.
  16. Re: Should I try a fourth Week of New Brood for the Laying Worker Hive

    My thoughts exactly,

    When a hive reaches laying workers, I shake them out. Use the comb to start new. Like Ricky stated, four frames makes a really nice nuc.

    Shane
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    Re: Honey bees and red clover

    We have red clover in abundance. We do not have crimson clover.

    Shane
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    Honey bees and red clover

    It has been said that honey bees do not work red clover. We have a field next to our home apiary that has several acres of red clover. Checked yesterday and today. There are definitely honey bees...
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    Re: Sourwood flow in NE Tenn/SW VA

    Shiny sumac is after sourwood. Linden maybe after sourwood, but I am not positive on that.

    Shane
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    Sourwood flow in NE Tenn/SW VA

    How was the sourwood flow in NE Tenn/SW VA? We had rain/thunderstorms nearly everyday the sourwoods were in bloom. Appears our colonies did not store much sourwood honey.

    Shane
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    Re: July queen breeding and robbing

    Could you possibly move the colony that is being robbed? I have found that moving robbed colonies is the best policy.
  22. Re: Wether to requeen a broodless 2 deep hive body or shrink and combine?

    You could purchase a queen and introduce it into the hive. But, if there is a queen/virgin queen in the hive, the hive will kill your purchased queen. Same as if you combine.

    Our local bees...
  23. Re: Wether to requeen a broodless 2 deep hive body or shrink and combine?

    If there was an unmated queen in the hive, I would not combine. I would let them requeen themselves.

    Shane
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    Re: WHY! WHY! WHY!

    :thumbsup:

    I agree 100%.

    Shane
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    Re: My son gave me this last night.

    That is really cool!
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