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    Sticky: Bee club reported calls on three swarms this week...

    Bee club reported calls on three swarms this week in Savannah, GA
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    I'm also in a residential suburb, and have two...

    I'm also in a residential suburb, and have two hives at the back of the lot in the center. Shrubs and trees help sort of "direct" their flight path up and into my yard rather than those of my...
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    Dandelion 30461

    Dandelion 30461
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    Organic Beekeeping in Mother Earth News

    FYI, there is a short article in Mother Earth News Feb/Mar entitled, "Keep Bees Naturally" by M.E.A McNeil. I wouldn't buy the entire magazine for it, but it touches on a variety of subjects,...
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    I asked my grandmother. She got a horrified face...

    I asked my grandmother. She got a horrified face and told of weekly waxings of the entire floor her mother she was forced to endure as a youngster. Also the reason so many of her generation covered...
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    I actually did plan to use all mediums, ordered...

    I actually did plan to use all mediums, ordered them, put frames together, etc. Then a chance came up to buy an existing hive that had two deeps, so that's what I have for #1.

    As for MDSH (My...
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    I'm a newbie too..and put mine together while...

    I'm a newbie too..and put mine together while watching TV one evening, used glue and nails. The plastic foundation popped easily into the grooved frame. They were pre-drilled, and not a problem,...
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    I got my first hive about a month ago, have a...

    I got my first hive about a month ago, have a package coming to start #2. I'm outside Savannah, GA. No bad winters, but hive beetles and fire ants.

    I'm lucky to have a local beekeeping club...
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    Article on yeast for SHB's

    Here's the USDA link:

    http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/AR/archive/nov07/beetle1107.htm

    SoGal
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    Okay, so what is a candy board, how are they made...

    Okay, so what is a candy board, how are they made and used?

    2nd question, I know cooks make powdered sugar from granulated all the time (especially when DH forgets it at the store). Is there...
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    Troutsqueezer: That is a brilliant solution. ...

    Troutsqueezer:

    That is a brilliant solution. What is the bottom of the holder like? I'm assuming it's weighted or heavier to support the frame?

    Sogal
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    Photographing hives?

    One of the good bits of advice given earlier involved photographing the frames while doing a hive check. I think it's a great idea, but then began to wonder about the details. Do you have one...
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    Someone else mentioned getting packages from your...

    Someone else mentioned getting packages from your local bee club. They often also know of anyone wanting to sell or dispose of hives, so can be a great place for Newbies.
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    I don't know what they use, monthly "spray around...

    I don't know what they use, monthly "spray around the foundation" application to prevent ants and palmetto bugs aka GIANT roaches to those of us transplants from the midwest. I stopped him before he...
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    ACK! Pest Control Came...

    Yikes, another thing that wasn't in the books...don't forget to tell your pest control company you are keeping bees! I just came home to find them spraying. Fortunately, they stopped immediately. ...
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    shipping, etc.

    David, I'm also a newbie, as I just got my first hive last week (two deeps, though I am hoping to start an all-mediums hive in March). It actually came to me via the local beekeeping club. One of...
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    suggest also post on Beekeeping 101

    I enjoyed the presentation a lot, and bet a few other "newbies" would as well. sogal
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    you could try..

    I don't know if you have sweetgum trees in your part of the country, but when I lived in KS my neighbor used to come pick up all the sweetgum balls from my yard. He used them as a mulch border for...
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    cold front?

    Okay, so I was going to complain about the 30 degree temps here. Think I'll keep my mouth shut. I do hear it's better for our moving plans, and I ALWAYS have an escape route!

    Sogal
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    Tomorrow is the day!

    Okay, tomorrow is the day. Thank you all again for the great advice.

    From ya'lls advice, here's what I have ready:

    Hive stand: check, comes with the hive (with room for #2!)
    Fire ants: ...
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    turn fire ants and distance from dog fence?

    tecumseh mentioned fire ants..and I am in that part of the country. The hive I am getting comes with a hive stand that will hold two hives. I'm not sure what sort of design would keep fire ants...
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    Okay, so treat the new beehive like my mama used...

    Okay, so treat the new beehive like my mama used to make me act in a china shop...look all you want, keep your hands folded together, touch nothing without care and reason. Oh yeah, and barehanded....
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    What advice 1 week before 1st hive arrives?

    Hey all:

    I'm excited and a little scared -- getting my first hive this week with the help of an area beekeeper. I'm planning to start a second hive from package in the spring. From lurking on...
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