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    Re: Queen Rearing Class

    I checked with Dr. Tarpy who stated that due to cutbacks they are no longer offering in-person queen rearing classes. They have an online course but I'd rather do in person. Know of any other places?...
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    Queen Rearing Class

    Hi All

    I'm trying to find someone offering Queen Rearing classes in North Carolina? Can't seem to find ANYONE!! Does anyone know of any classes in or near NC?

    Thanks in advance :scratch:
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    Re: Using Oxalic Acid

    I'm taking notes. Thanks guys..... :thumbsup:
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    Re: Using Oxalic Acid

    Hi All. Just wanted to follow up. I smoked the front entrance on two of my hives before vaporizing and it made a BIG difference. I only found 3 dead bees on the landing board of 1 hive and only 2...
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    Re: Using Oxalic Acid

    The next clear day we have I'll try smoking the entrance first and see if that helps. I'll keep you guys posted on the results. Thanks for the input.
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    Using Oxalic Acid

    I used Oxalic Acid in a vaporizer a few days ago in two of my hives. This is the first time i've tried it. It definitely killed any mites that were present but I also noticed some dead bees in the...
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    Re: Dead Bees In Front of Hive

    I was reading through some old posts on this site and noticed that some individuals fog during the honey flow for mites. Is this correct or was I reading the post wrong??
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    Dead Bees In Front of Hive

    Hi All

    I did a hive check today and noticed some dead bees in front of each of my hives. I have 6 total. I included a few shots so you could see. I'm going to do a mite check later on this...
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    Re: No Luck With Splits

    I have been curious about this. I was told in my beekeeping classes that you needed to move the nuc about two miles away after a split, BUT, I know of a few beekeepers that don't move their bees...
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    No Luck With Splits

    Hi All

    I've tried to split my hives about 5 different times over the past two years and have had NO luck. Each time, the bees gradually leave and never come back. I usually take a 5 frame nuc and...
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    Re: Drones Everywhere

    That may be what I'm seeing wcubed. I had planned on getting more pictures today but didn't make it out in time. I'll take another look in the next couple of days and take more pics. Thanks for the...
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    Re: Drones Everywhere

    Pic 3 shows what I call a "clunker." Since they are not described in any literature I've seen, we can call them anything we choose. Any time the colony gets to that point in the buildup where its...
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    Re: Drones Everywhere

    Thanks for the reply guys. I'm going back in the hives tomorrow and I'll see if I can get some better shots. I'll take a closer look at the (what I think are) queen cells.
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    Drones Everywhere

    I did a full inspection of my hives today and saw a large number of drones. I looked for the queen but have not found her in any of the 4 hives I inspected. I posted some samples of the comb that...
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    Re: ANGRY Bees

    Welp, this is another lesson learned. When I added the new frames, I removed 5 old frames and replaced them with 5 new frames. The 5 frames that I didn't remove, I kept them together. In other words,...
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    Re: ANGRY Bees

    I'm in North Carolina. We've had a few good warm spells here so I thought I'd get an early start. Haven't seen a queen or any larvae. Just wondering if I should do some heavy feeding. Don't want to...
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    ANGRY Bees

    Back in February I removed 5 frames from my 10 frame deeps and installed fresh foundation. I've been watching the hives and decided to inspect them today. The five frames that I installed aren't...
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    Re: Where's My Queen???

    I've been curious about that. When a queen goes on her mating flight, how long roughly will she stay gone?
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    Where's My Queen???

    A few weeks back I took bees from a bubbling hive and moved them to a 5 frame NUC. The bees did really well and made a new queen. Last week I took the bees and moved them to a 10 frame deep so they...
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    Re: Clipping Wings

    My biggest concern is having the queen get a wild hair and just leave the hive for no reason. I lost 2 hives last year and I believe that may have been why. Rough year last year. I also lost 3 hives...
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    Clipping Wings

    OK, so how many of you guys clip the wings of your Queens? I've been debating this for a bit and wondered if it helped or hurt a hive.

    Thanks for any input
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    Re: How To Go Fulltime?

    Interesting reading Rader. Well I guess I'm not going to become a millionaire from bees. BUT, I would like to be able to someday use this as my "work from home business". Is it safe to say that you...
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    How To Go Fulltime?

    Hi All

    I've got a curiosity question for you seasoned beekeepers? How many hives would it take to become a full-time beekeeper?

    Thanks for any input :digging:
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    Re: Bees Changing Homes

    Thanks BigG!!! That's some really good info. Much appreciated.
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    Re: Bees Changing Homes

    Well I guess I'm going to have to split this hive to keep it from swarming out in the Spring. Soooo, when would you guys suggest splitting my full hive and how do you suggest I do it? I was thinking...
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