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    Re: Why or why not Carniolans?

    The greatest danger with carnies is when they shut down brood rearing in August they won't pick it up strong enough in September to last throughout the winter with a too low of population in...
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    Re: Drone congregation Area

    How many trips outside the hive would a queen need to take to map out the countryside to find a drone holding area 4-10 miles away? Sounds a little bit far fetched? I would say that the early drone...
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    Re: New to the Atlanta area

    If you need any queens or help the Fatbeeman is right up at Lula, glad you got your bees down here safe and sound.
  4. Re: HOW DO I "KEEP FRAMES OF HONEY ON HAND""

    [Got a deep freezer? If capped I would freeze them and place them back on the hive when needed.
  5. Re: Getting the thymol out of a honey super

    Set in sun but not direct sunlight. oils are aromatic so heat will get them to evaporate quicker.
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    Re: Moonbeam stock

    Zombies never die so maybe you get lucky here <<< http://russellapiaries.webs.com/apps/webstore/products >>> sunkist but no moombeams, but be sure you don't pay through paypal.
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    Re: Virgin queens

    I've had a issue of getting about a third of my queens from major producers this year and they have been virgins instead of mated. It's taken over two weeks for them to start laying so I've just...
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    Re: Moving Bees (Vermont to Atlanta)

    What time of year are you moving? Big difference between September and late October! I would pull the supers, place a shallow empty super on top and tape a screen on top of the super and nail strips...
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    Re: Goldenrod Flow

    Several different species in my neck of the woods, bees didn't hit the taller flowers in August too much but the lower plants are covered up this month. More rain or more nectar excreted per plant,...
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    Re: European Hornet problem

    All sounds better that practice your racketball stroke. It is fun to wack them in front of the hive. If you watch them they will catch bees out of the air too! Nasty buggers.
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    Re: Queen cells everywhere...

    Is this a russian hive? That would explain the queen cells...
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    Re: fall feeding ?

    With 90 degree days the last two weeks I have been feeding a very weak 1:1 ratio so robbing doesn't start and they need the extra water to cool off the hive. This is only for my nucs. Goldenrod is...
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    Re: Sparse brood - time to re-queen?

    How did they do this year before it forage dried up? Amount of surplus honey? How old are the queens? Brood pattern in June?
    If I got a small surplus off them this year or no honey, the queen is...
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    Re: Hive Beetles in Honey Supers

    If you have to wait longer go through all the supers and pull out any frames with brood and freeze them ASAP!
    Hive beetles in 100% honey frames won't do much damage but any brood in the supers will...
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    Re: Incredibly aggressive bees

    I would add the carni queen to a nuc and let her lay for a month and then put the nuc on top of the hot hive with a newpaper between them. Of course this is after killing the hot queen the day...
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    Re: How did you get into beekeeping?

    Cut down a tree for firewood in college and there was a colony up about 30 feet so we didn't see it.
    It was later January so my efforts to save the bees didn't work but that spring I got two hives...
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    Re: Winter bee hatch around Tn

    Yes, no and maybe! Depends on if you have italians or carni or russians. Or if your feeding, Or if your talking new 1 month old nucs or production hives. My carni hives have been taking a brood...
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    Re: Feeding in the fall?

    I've been mixing up a gallon of 1:1 mixture and then cut in by added another pint of water.
    So far no fighting over it but they do suck it down after two days. Temps are running mid 80 in late...
  19. Long range forcast for another nasty cold winter in central-southeast states, rats!

    http://live.wsj.com/video/this-year-winter-shaping-up-to-be-colder-snowier/857DA4C5-FF31-46EE-A859-CCD7CFEDBE4E.html?mod=trending_now_video_2#!857DA4C5-FF31-46EE-A859-CCD7CFEDBE4E
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    Re: Is it to late to let the bees requeen

    There's a lot of ifs in that statement! The brood break is great, but if you have problems with SHB or low population or the new queen doesn't make it back it won't be. Add a frame of brood would...
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    Re: Bee store supply north Alabama ?

    Closest that I know is http://www.pigeonmountaintrading.com/ across the bama/ga line.
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    Re: No Queen Laying

    Russians or Carni queens? Some hives headed with these queens will shut down for late summer. It freaks me out sometimes till I find the queen after a week of worry.
  23. Re: Tough lesson for a couple of first year beeks

    Try smoking your arms and chest/head also helps. If the hive history is nasty put some old black comb pieces in the smoker too. My dog knows if she sees the bee suit to hit the door and get her butt...
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    Re: Can I split this hive?

    And start 1:1 feeding.
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    Re: extracting outdoors at night.

    May get buggy outside at night, bugs in the extractor will make for bug parts in the honey and wax moths in the cappings. Maybe buy a large mosquito canopy and extract in that (day or night)?
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