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  1. Re: If a hive has a laying worker, how long will that LW live?

    Laying worker hives are varroa factories and the varroa will spread to your other hives when they are being robbed out.
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    Re: 3 or 4 medium's for brood

    I run mostly 8 frame mediums, my two best honey producers this year were two brood box hives. They both produced over 100lbs. each. I over winter in double brood boxes also.
  3. Poll: Re: Treat for Varroa mites or let them suffer & die..........

    :rolleyes::rolleyes:
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    Re: Small Cell Benefits

    Is it possible that although larger honey bees can fly farther and carry more nectar they also may consume more calories in doing so and thus bring less nectar back for storage. Has anyone actually...
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    Re: Management Strategy Impasse

    What type of bees do you have? I live south of you and endure similar conditions. I have found that my italian queened hives sometimes eat themselves out of house and home from july to september, the...
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    Re: Spiders in the top of the hive

    The black jumping spiders are always under my tops. They do eat an occasional bee but not enough to really affect the hives.
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    Re: Burr comb and frames seething with bees

    What type of frames are you using? I have a big problem like this in my hives that I tried all plastic frames in. They are a real pain to work. My other hives with wood frames do not have this...
  8. Re: Goldenrod in NC.......Lots of Bloom But No Nectar?

    My bees are working the asters and the goldenrod really hard this week. The fields around my house are BUZZING with thousands of bees. They are also starting to work the pennsylvania smartweed as...
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    Re: Using the Varrocleaner

    Also if you are using all plastic frames and foundation you may end up with a huge glob of melted plastic on the heating pan......I did:pinch:.
  10. Re: Why the heck does my bee look charred by a fire?

    Time to move the barbeque.:D
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    Re: mowing around hive

    When I mow around my hives, even though the grass is always thrown away from the hives, it looks like someone is pouring a bucket of bees out the entrance. I always wear my suit and gloves and they...
  12. Re: Goldenrod in NC.......Lots of Bloom But No Nectar?

    My bees are working the tall goldenrod that has been blooming for about a week. I also have noticed that the smell that everyone associates with goldenrod only starts when the white asters start to...
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    Re: Cost of shipping queens

    The USPS also dropped the ball on my queen shipment. It was clearly written on the package to hold at the local post office and CALL me for pickup, however, they delivered them to my mailbox where...
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    Re: Maxant Extractor reel/basket runout comparison

    For the price that these things go for I would expect better tolerances also. If everyone just says "oh well, thats just how they are made nowadays." and does not say anything to the manufacturer,...
  15. Re: My removal videos in all their true hi-def glory

    Played beautiful for me, was up and running in less than a minute, quicker than any video in a long while. Nice bunch of bees.
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    Re: Urgent...advice required ASAP

    I'm glad to hear that covering the roof worked well. I love it when a plan comes together.
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    Re: Urgent...advice required ASAP

    Cover the ceiling with something to make the ceiling darker than the opening you wish the bees to exit from. They will fly towards the light. Or if you have a bee vacuum you could use that but they...
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    Re: Keeping long hives waterproof ...

    My long Langstroth hives have the lids you describe covered with a single large hinged roof. This allows easy access to the inner covers yet keeps everything nice and dry, it also allows for summer...
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    Re: Hive turned mean

    I had one hive out of three turn very nasty last summer and I just couldn't figure out why. It still had the original marked queen. Turns out that particular hive was being harrassed by skunks...
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    Re: Do bees know their beekeeper?

    When I open my hives my bees speak in tongues:eek:.
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    Re: Tired of losing all the honey to robbers

    In the spring when they are bringing in lots of nectar and drying it, the air smells of honey. However, once the dearth starts and they cap the now dried honey, the air around the hives no longer...
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    Re: is this some kind of scam?

    I received this exact same message, word for word and I live in NC. What a scam!
  23. Thread: need advice

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    Re: need advice

    We are definately in a dearth here in central NC, and many of my queens have greatly reduced their egg laying. If you are worried that you may be queenless and have access to a strong hive give then...
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    Re: Dead larva? What happened? Pics attached

    I had the same thing a few weeks ago. Check your bottom board, they were living in the debris that had accumulated on the bottom over the winter, luckily that was the only place I found them.
  25. Thread: What to plant?

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    Re: What to plant?

    The American Niger Seed Co. no longer is in business. I have tried using niger seed sold as bird feed but the germination rate is very low. Does anyone have another source for viable niger seed? I am...
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