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    Re: Summer Feeding

    My question is, for those of you that feed while honey supers on, how do you keep the syrup out of your honey. Saw someone doing it this year. Honey supers stacked to the sky while feeding syrup.
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    Where to buy Bulk Sugar?

    Im looking at buying at least 8-10 tons of sugar this year. I was wondering if anyone knew where i could find some at competitive pricing. What price should i be paying for that volume of sugar and...
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    Re: How long to forget hive location

    An individual bee will remember a hive location for its lifetime, but still has the capability of reorienting to a new one. Three weeks sounds sufficient as others have said. An overwintered bee...
  4. Re: Book Choice: ABC and XYZ of Bee Culture, or Hive and the Honey Bee

    The hive and the honey bee would be 1/2 its size if not for references.

    I prefer ABC and XYZ. Both are good books.
  5. Re: Feeding and crowding to help draw foundation?

    A queen and young larvae stimulate a hive to draw new comb. Why would you want to remove them?
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    Does honey color/moisture equalize.

    If i put two different honeys in a drum, how long would it take for the color and moisture to equalize through-out the drum. Should i stir it before i send someone a sample.
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    Re: Bees not drawing out foundations

    Try adding a bait frame of either unsealed honey or larvae. Queenless hives, or hives getting ready to swarm do not usually draw new comb. They also need a nectar flow, or could be using all...
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    Re: Titi or swamp cyrilla as nectar source

    Good question, there is very limitied info online about this. I willcontinue to monitor the situation in my hives. So far my only observation has been bright purple drone brood between boxes. I...
  9. Re: Florida’s managed bee colonies have increased by more than 145 percent in the las

    I read on the national honey report last year that even with the rapid colony increases in Florida, honey production has remained the same for the state.
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    Re: Titi or swamp cyrilla as nectar source

    Summer titi in full bloom here. Bees are apparently working it, as most of my hives have purple brood to prove it.
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    Re: Plastic foundation issues.

    Reluctance to draw plasticell can also cause swarming, and definitely limits honey production in some hives. As much as i hate the stuff, i still use it.
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    Re: How close to have beeyards?

    In my experience, it takes at least 1.5 miles to make any considerable difference in foraging activity. If you're in crop country it can also mean the difference in getting hit with pesticides.
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    Increase Temp on Uncapping Plane

    Is there any way i can increase the temperature on my uncapping plane? It rips comb sometimes if i go to fast. Any ideas?
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    Re: Sweetbay (magnolia virginiana)

    Ive got bees on both sides of the river. Things have slowed down with all the rain but most are putting it on fairly steady still. Im thinking theyre still working some late blooming gallberry and...
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    Re: How's the flow going for you?

    Last week some of my yards put on 50+ lbs/hive in 7 days, while some 10 miles away did absolutely nothing.
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    Re: Sweetbay (magnolia virginiana)

    Tulip poplar is in the magnolia family.
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    Sweetbay (magnolia virginiana)

    I call it sweetbay. Some might know it by the name silver bay. Is it a nectar source for honeybees? It bloomed really well here in NW Florida this year
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    Re: Pollination Advice

    >I again asked him what he was spraying and he got angry and said, "I've had bees before."

    He might be spraying something illegal if he's being that evasive.
  19. Thread: Swarming?

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    Re: Swarming?

    Am i the only one who thinks he needs to pull the reducer out. Looks like its 2 deeps and 3 mediums, while using the small entrance on reducer. Come on people.
  20. Re: With no mouths to feed , honey is simply increased !

    Colony populations usually die back at the end of the season. That in combination with increasing pest numbers, would make it unwise to kill queens just before a time of year where fresh young bees...
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    Re: storing honey in slow hives

    Do you have beetles in indiana?
  22. Thread: Swarming?

    by dfortune
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    Re: Swarming?

    Take the reducer out completely
  23. Re: Can a hive have both a queen and laying worker?

    Yes, they can have both. It is uncommon, but not rare. They will sort it out eventually. A drone laying queen is also a possibility if you see a good egg pattern but bad brood pattern or lots of...
  24. Re: Anyone had a hive abscond in winter and return in spring?

    Ive seen hives abscond to a nearby limb during a beetle slime-out. They returned a couple of days later, after the hive had been robbed out. That said, what you experienced was probably a new swarm.
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    Re: How many bee hives do you have?

    400+, some days im a hobbyist. Other days commercial.
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