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  1. Re: I couldn't believe it when I looked into my hive-advice needed

    Walt, thanks for that information. I'm still having a hard time believing what I saw. It makes sense that the queen must have known that the other hive was queenless before setting up shop. When I...
  2. Re: I couldn't believe it when I looked into my hive-advice needed

    The queen already left though-so will they swarm again??
  3. I couldn't believe it when I looked into my hive-advice needed

    Ok, here's the story-

    I had a strong hive that I requeened about a month ago, it was doing great five days ago when I inspected it-no queen cells, enough room for the queen to lay and they were...
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    Re: Hello From Central Florida

    Welcome-from Bradenton/Sarasota area. I went to Bee College last year and it was great. I think you'll get a lot out of it and good luck with your hives.

    Deb
  5. Re: Kindly vote for me on Huffington Post's Cutest Beekeepers poll!

    Meg,

    I voted for you since you are a cool outlaw beek in NY! I really wanted to vote for Steve Benbow because he is adorable and who can resist the english accent?

    Deb
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    Re: honey flow in Fla

    You will want to check with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Here is a link to the page that will send you in the right direction:
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  7. Thread: Moldy Comb

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    Re: Moldy Comb

    I could put them back on the hive but am worried about them getting too distracted with the new comb to deal with the SHB. Peraps I could do that one super at a time though. :scratch:
  8. Thread: Moldy Comb

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    Re: Moldy Comb

    That's a relief, I would hate to waste all that beautiful comb they built! :D

    Guess I'll just let it dry out and then find a way to stick it back in my freezer until spring. My living room is...
  9. Thread: Moldy Comb

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    Moldy Comb

    We extracted about five or six supers of honey and put the frames outside for the bees to clean up. Unfortunately, it wound up raining the second day and now the comb has some moldy looking spots on...
  10. Thread: Africanized hive

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    Re: Africanized hive

    Wow, that's great that Texas A&M is tracking AHB. Here in Florida if you choose to participate in the Best Practices Program for the state they will test for free, but only one of your hives and it...
  11. Thread: Africanized hive

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    Re: Africanized hive

    Just a question, but why bother sending the bees off to be tested. Either way they are too aggressive to want to keep the queen. If you requeen with a mated queen from a reliable source all the old...
  12. Thread: Yep, It Hurts

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    Re: Yep, It Hurts

    I had the same experience a few months ago. Needless to say if I am to rescue any drowning bees I will be using a stick from now on. My co-workers totally thought I was nuts after coming to work...
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    Re: Foundationless Frames are Looking Great!

    Yes, that's it! They are tilted just a bit upward. It does make sense that it would hold nectar better.:D
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    Re: Foundationless Frames are Looking Great!

    The comb itself is perfectly straight and level (the hives have been leveled), it's the individual cells that have a slight tilt. It appears that the bees can put the honey in deeper than they could...
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    Foundationless Frames are Looking Great!

    I just thought I'd update everyone. I had read about using foundationless frames here and decided I'd like to give it a try. Well, we finally have another good flow going on here by me and I...
  16. Thread: Queenless! Help!

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    Re: Queenless! Help!

    Hi,

    I was just talking with a queen rearer, David Miksa, a couple of days ago since I am looking for a few new queens myself. He is out of what I'm looking for (Italians, Carniolans) but said he...
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    Re: are your ladies on a 9 to 5 ?

    From what I have observed with my girls, as soon as there is a tiny bit of sunlight they are getting started. I really noticed this when mosquito control was going to do an early morning arial...
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    Re: How long to thaw honey frames for extraction

    I would have extracted them right away but was waiting for National Honey Bee Awareness Day which is this coming Saturday. We are doing a demonstration of how to extract honey and well-we needed...
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    Re: diagnose my hive situation please..

    Do you have any photos? The milky goo doesn't sound good.
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    How long to thaw honey frames for extraction

    Hello,

    I am getting ready to extract the frames of honey I have stored in my freezer this weekend. I have two questions:

    First, how long should I have the frames out of the freezer before...
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    Re: Newby in Land O Lakes, Florida

    Welcome Jonathan,

    I live in Bradenton, Florida which is about 1.5-2 hours southwest of you. I believe you are very close to David Miksa who sells Italians and Carniolans. We purchased a queen...
  22. Thread: Screen for SBB??

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    Re: Screen for SBB??

    1/8 inch is recommended.
  23. Thread: Drone question

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    Re: Drone question

    My understanding is that it has to do with the hive being pinched for food but I'm not sure that's what actually happens, just what I've read. I tend to see more drones on the ground than workers...
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    Re: Query for the lady beeks

    Hmmmm-I'm not sure how many women would be up for that particular experiment, you can count me out.

    Seriously, I have only been keeping bees since March but haven't ever noticed a...
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    Re: hellooooo beesourcers

    What a great location for your hives. One of the beekeepers I know is lucky enough to have his hives on an organic farm as well and they have been doing great. Regarding the queen cells, the...
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