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    Re: Devastated...

    Like others have said, sounds almost certainly like a bear. They are scourges. The bear will be back tonight to finish off/clean up any remnants.

    I have cleaned up after two bear attacks. One...
  2. Re: Italian or Carnolian Queen for New Beekeepers

    The Carni's would probably be a better choice for your climate. But I would not worry too much about it. The Carni's I have had were just the calmest bees. A joy to work. They do tend overwinter...
  3. Re: New to bees - new hive is setup - one bee is investigating

    What were your "house bees"? A swarm could possibly move in, but I wouldn't count on it.

    Shane
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    WTB 2 Nucs in SW VA/NE Tenn area

    A friend of mine is looking to buy two nucs in NE Tenn/ SW VA area.

    Shane
  5. Re: Have my first Queen Cells - Now what? ***Pictures***

    If it were me, I would do the following:

    1. Leave the swarm with the emergency cells alone. The queen will emerge and go on a mating flight a few days or so later.
    2. Split the booming colony....
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    Re: Supercedure cells in very strong hive

    The myth about queen cell placement and swarm vs supercedure is an excellent point.
  7. Re: Have my first Queen Cells - Now what? ***Pictures***

    Swarm cells are produced by booming colonies under very favorable conditions. Emergency cells not so much. Not saying you can't get a good queen from an emergency cell.

    Shane
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    Re: Mean Old Queen?

    Like Vance said, the different drones can impact defensiveness. Typically, as a hive gets bigger, they get more defensive. Keep in mind they are probably low on stores, and not much blooming. At...
  9. Re: Have my first Queen Cells - Now what? ***Pictures***

    They cap the cell at day eight. So, she should emerge in eight days or so. You will probably not see eggs for over three weeks. Mr. Bush sums it up very nicely here: ...
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    Re: Mean bees or just normal

    Had a nuc last fall that was very defensive. Late this winter I needed to check stores. Same thing, they would try to hurt you.

    Today with a nominal maple flow they were very pleasant to work...
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    Re: Rethinking Dandelions...

    Well said.
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    Re: Bradford pear trees

    My sentiments as well. We have three in our yard. One of those the bees do hammer. The other two they pretty much ignore. The two in my yard are coming down this year. The third is on the...
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    Re: Mean bees or just normal

    When colonies get larger, they do get more aggressive. Hard to say if you have a mean hive or not. Lots of factors, some of which are regional. How much smoke are you using? A few puffs in the...
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    Re: Remove or leave the bricks?

    When the maples start to bloom I pull the bricks off. That is if, like Vance pointed out, the bees have capped stores. If I leave the bricks on after maples, the bees will draw comb in the brick...
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    Re: Rethinking Dandelions...

    This is my philosophy as well.

    Shane
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    Re: Screen Shrubs for Virginia

    Joe Pye weed grows near water. You mentioned the area you have is somewhat dry. Might not be the best choice, but I am not certain.

    Like others have mentioned, it would be nice to have...
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    Re: Built my First Nuc!

    Nice,

    I like the handles over grooves.

    Shane
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    Re: Screen Shrubs for Virginia

    We have a small section of Privet at work. The bees work it very hard. I would choose privet if I wanted a more formal hedge. Some hollies, especially the American holly, can get quite large.
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    Re: TBH -- ready to swarm?

    Back filling is when the bees start to store honey in the broodnest. You typically see backfilling before swarm cells.

    HTH,
    Shane
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    Re: TBH -- ready to swarm?

    Really hard to judge swarm intent by looking at the outside, IMO. Best to have a look inside. Queen cells, of course, are a dead give away. Also, if the bees are backfilling the broodnest, that is...
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    Re: Screen Shrubs for Virginia

    Hey Erik,

    Hollies, which you mentioned, would probably be my number one choice. Other plants provide nectar later in our season. But the hollies are evergreen and would provide screening year...
  22. Re: This has got to be laying workers...now what?

    Looks like some sort of crystalized sugar. After a close look, it does not look like eggs to me. I would give this hive some time.
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    Re: Wintering Nucs

    The past two years we have made nucs to overwinter. We made our nucs in mid July. Our climate is considerably colder than yours. We have overwintered with as little as six medium frames (late...
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    Re: Henbit and Morrow's Honey Suckle???

    Our bees work Henbit quite readily. I am not familiar with Morrow's honeysuckle.
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    Re: Early swarming vs honey harvesting

    Splitting them before swarming is a great idea. If our bees swarm we loose half our bees and no surplus honey from that colony.

    In our cool mountain weather, our bees use the first few major...
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