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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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    Re: NUC'S AND LATE SEASON SWARMS.

    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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    Re: Granulated white sugar sources/prices

    Watch sams club, I got some in July for .36 per pound in 50# bags. It is now .42 per pound, six cents don't seem like much increase but at ten bags each trip I pay 30.00 more, it adds up.
  11. Thread: Storing comb

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    Re: Storing comb

    Freezing it is best if you have that option, I would not store in airtight container, it needs air circulation to prevent mold, you could store in a container that has window screen on at least two...
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    Re: Anyone else keepng a log book?

    Keeping notes cuts down on my work load because I don't repeat an inspection that I don't fully remember the details of. I think it cuts down at least by forty percent my inspections and better...
  13. Re: Feral bees no different from managed bees

    I am curious how they found any feral bee colonies surviving, since they have proven how sickly they are. How many generations have they been feral,? In my area which is almost completely void of...
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    Re: Should I Combine Now

    Ditto on RayMarler's advice, I am also in Georgia and you do have time for them to produce a queen, which would work if your hives were strong, since they are not I think your best chance to save...
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    Re: Huge wasp attacking bees

    I believe what you are seeing are hornets, some bee colonies will pile on the hornet in great numbers and "cook" the hornet by raising the temperature, they do this the same way they do in the hive...
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    Re: bees only utilizing top deep

    Some will say switch them, but I would leave them alone, it is normal for them to proceed to the top box and fill it with brood, usually they will go back down prior to winter leaving the top box for...
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    Re: Feeding in the fall?

    If you are in an area where you won't be feeding everyone else's bees, you can community feed away from your apiary. At least one hundred yards, a little less if you have a barrier of trees.
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    Re: Do robbing screens work?

    They really do work, don't know how I would do without them, before you spend money, research how others make their screens, the complicated ones you can spend money on, but the simple ones that take...
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    Re: Summer heat and screened bottom

    Thanks Michael for straightening me out on that, I appreciate all your post and have learned a lot from you and others on this forum. As for the SBB issue I guess it doesn't matter which way the air...
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    Re: Summer heat and screened bottom

    After some research I find that once again I am wrong, my apologies dnichols
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    Re: Summer heat and screened bottom

    I guess the fog that I see hugging the ground is just confused.
  22. Thread: Apologies!

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    Re: Apologies!

    I have screened bottom boards on all my boxes but I do cover them for a few days when I hive a swarm or cut outs back when I did them. It just gives them a little time to get used to the extra...
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    Re: Starting w/ foundationless frames & nuc

    I am far from you and beekeeping is local, that being said, I would put two empties in boxes one and three I would put them in positions two and four, in box two I would put one empty in position...
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    Re: Starting w/ foundationless frames & nuc

    I don't know how many mediums you have per colony, one seems a little small, but on staggering empties between full ones, it is a commonly used method to get straight foundationless frames drawn out,...
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    Re: Bees seem runny but not aggressive?

    Ditto on Dave's recommendation, or if you smoked them that may cause it, if so cut down some on the smoke.
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