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    Re: Bees and Turkey Hunting (slightly graphic)

    That's great! Figure out a way to catch some crappie and you've got the spring trifecta perfected. :)
  2. Re: Will the half left without a queen make it this early?

    It snowed here in TN Tuesday and got into the teens at night. But....we do have a few dandelions starting to appear! :)
  3. Re: Will the half left without a queen make it this early?

    Someone at our meeting the other night reported seeing a few drones in the hive in our area already. I have not seen any flying yet, but did find some capped drone brood just a few days ago. So if...
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    Re: Drones now in NE Ohio?

    No drones flying here yet, but I did find some drone brood in the last couple of days.
  5. Re: Southern Illinois my hives are bringing in pollen by the truck load!!

    Probably Maples.
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    Re: Strange food source

    They could be finding some early pollen. They bring it in much earlier than you would think. Mine were bringing it in like crazy today.
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    Re: Wimpy Little Nuc

    Its likely early pollen. They find it way earlier than I would have guessed before I took up beekeeping. There are not always many flying days in our area in Feb, but I've been told if they can fly...
  8. Thread: Honey Color?

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    Re: Honey Color?

    Not saying that this is what happened but I've heard of folks buying a barrel of wholesale honey and repackaging it when they have a down year to keep regular customers business. I don't guess there...
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    Re: golden rod bloom

    I usually just do a smell check of the hives for G-rod. :) At least in my area it is unmistakable. Caught the first whiffs of it yesterday, so they started on it here in the last week or so.
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    Re: Foundation or Not?

    You can use an extractor just fine. I extracted both medium and shallow foundationless frames a couple weeks ago with no problems. This was a hand crank extractor. Just started fairly slow. I...
  11. Re: Bees just not capping to enough % to harvest.

    I have not checked my production hives in a week or so, but I was having some of the same issues and talked with others in our area who are as well. Some thought it might be a combo of late spring,...
  12. Thread: Devastated

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    Re: Devastated

    My guess: most of your bees and all of your honey is packed in back at your original hive. I'm pretty close to you and have had problems with feeding of any kind in July and August. If I was going...
  13. Re: maybe an old wivies tale about bring a swarm down

    I once had a swarm take off on me just as I was setting up to capture it. Started beating on the ladder with a hive tool and they settled right back down in a couple minutes. There must be a little...
  14. Thread: Caught a swarm

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    Re: Caught a swarm

    That's incredible! Way to go.

    I put out four or five traps two years in a row and got jack squat.
  15. Thread: Caught a swarm

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    Re: Caught a swarm

    Cool! I use my treestands for the same thing. Haven't caught one yet though.
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    Re: Maybe Wild Persimmons for Bee Food?

    I love the pears from our trees but more than one a day gives me a form of dysentery as well. :D
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    Re: Incredible flow in SE Tennessee right now.

    I found some of mine working some vetch a week or 10 days ago, its gone now. It makes very clear honey. I cut off a little comb as well and the honey was much lighter than last year.
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    Re: Zone 7a - Main flow has arrived

    I found a big field of vetch with bees working it pretty good. That explains the very light honey being put up right now in my hives. Still lots of clover out there, although it was getting a...
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    Re: Zone 7a - Main flow has arrived

    I'm a bit leary that we'll end up with a very short flow. But not a thing any of us can do about it. Clover is looking pretty good if you have some of that around. Maybe it'll hang on for awhile.
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    Re: Freezing temperature on splits

    Interesting, I have not seen any over this way. I'll have to check a little closer next time I'm out there.
  21. Re: Little bummed out today. No activity around several hives.

    It was warmer yesterday than today here. However, when I checked mine yesterday afternoon there was no activity. Today they were all active. Beats me what the difference was.
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    Re: Need to spray pasture?!?!? HELP

    Rotational grazing when done correctly is very good at allowing the grass to compete with the weeds(not eliminate).
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    Re: Honeyflow question

    I generally peek in there once a week during the flow. Your flow should be beginning to slow down. We had a very early start this year. Hopefully the clover will stay available for awile longer...
  24. Thread: Feeding?

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    Re: Feeding?

    It seems most do, but the simple answer is that you do not have to feed if there is a flow on. A swarm will build out comb very fast with a flow on and good weather.
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    Re: backfilling brood nest or filling supers?

    Can't you leave a full/partially full super on the hive? I heard Walt speak last fall at the Tennessee conference and I thought he said he wintered in a deep and two supers. He then checkerboarded...
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