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    Re: Making top bar splits

    Nice looking bees matt, I too run survivor stock and hope to never order another package from the bee suppliers. I run top bar and foundationless langs. My survivor stock will be out working when the...
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    Re: Top Bar Hive with screened bottom

    Most beeks use 1/8 hardware cloth, known as #8 hardware cloth, amazon has a good price, otherwise it's kind of hard to find in small rolls.
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    Re: How cold hardy are red maple blooms

    Here in coastal Georgia I can depend on the Red Maple to start blooming the last of December no matter what the weather does. When the Ti Ti bloom starts about when the Red Maple ends it's bee heaven...
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    Re: Foundationless Supers

    I have been using foundationless only on all my hives. I use Kelly F frames, I buy in 100 lots for eighty cents each when they have free shipping. I use at least fifty pound test (cheap) mono, I...
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    Re: Georgia Law requires treatment before selling Packages and Queens

    Drawing from experience enforcing Georgia law, Laws are put on the books slowly and almost never taken off, regulations and departmental rules are more flexible and "can" be taken off easier, but in...
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    Re: Adding frame eggs to a Queenless hive

    Yes, but even a good hive that makes a good queen can remain queenless if a hornet or bird gets her on her mating flight. I can usually expect 25% of the time that the queen will be lost somehow....
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    Re: Swarms in the rain

    Last year a fully functioning colony was removed from a palm tree in savannah where they had been living for two years with their combs attached to the fronds, the bee keeper told the news guy it was...
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    Re: First Time Is A Failure

    I try to use the hive box I'm going to leave them in as a swarm catch box, I put all the frames in, with one or two with old empty comb. I put in a few drops of lemon grass oil. After I shake the...
  9. Re: Swarm trap entrance & top cover Question

    I too have inquired ( by reading other's statements ) as to the size of the entrances. I ended up using my 22 inch, 14 bar TBH nucs ( I like to multi task my equipment ) that have a hole 1 1/8 inch...
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    Re: Will this queen mate?

    I'd add a frame of brood every week or ten days to boost their population, if the other hives can spare them, if the queen does not start laying or they don't raise a new one, you can always combine...
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    Re: Leveling the Hive

    It is the side to side leveling that is important. As for the water draining, the screen bottom won't help with that, because the water that drowns the bees is from condensation dripping from the...
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    Re: What is this? (Half bee)

    Saw my first one just today, was sort of freaky, I poked at it thinking it was dead and it just crawled away as if it didn't know it's rear half was missing.
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    Re: Small Cell Claims Debunked

    The inspector did say there was a list, but I didn't ask details since I wasn't willing to go stronger than apivar, When I talk with him next I will ask, I have made a note to send you a pm when I...
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    Re: Small Cell Claims Debunked

    Mark, I got off my butt and did the research. You are right there is no Ga. law requiring treatment that I can find. I did find this in the mission statement page of Gary Black the Department of...
  15. Re: Spring inspection, possibly queenless, what to do

    I agree completely, I requeened three hives with virgen daughters from the same queen all about the same strength, all developed really good queens, but one was two weeks later than the others to...
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    Re: Small Cell Claims Debunked

    Mark, I don't have an axe to grind or point to prove, I simply stated what information I got and from whom I got it, and invited anyone to prove that the information is wrong ( which would be to my...
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    Re: Small Cell Claims Debunked

    Before I started selling bees I contacted the Georgia Department Of Agriculture supervisor David Williams, I asked for information on Ga. law and departmental regulations relating to the sale of...
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    Georgia Law Requires Treatment?

    Fatbeeman sells bees from the state of Georgia and is required by law to treat regardless of his mite count.
  19. Re: Top Bar Package Install in 46" Long Hive Without Follower Board

    I assume you have a front entrance not a side entrance, if so it is normal for bees to start building comb away from the entrance and build towards the entrance, that is why I don't use side...
  20. Re: Top Bar Package Install in 46" Long Hive Without Follower Board

    No more than that, I think for a 3 pound package one third of the hive box would do better.
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    As beegora said they will do better if you decrease the hive space, doesn't have to be fancy, even cardboard will do, when the larvae appear you can take it out. You are just trying to keep them...
  22. Re: Spring inspection, possibly queenless, what to do

    I would just leave them alone until the packages come, then check them one more time, if still no sign of a queen then add them to your packages to get them off to a running start.
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    Re: Small Cell Claims Debunked

    Exactly my position. Natural cell has worked out better for me than trying to force the bees into what I may think is the best size cell. But each to his own.
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    Re: Didn't know what I was missing.

    Glad your bees are fun now. Mine are better at times than others. I learned that I was making mine defensive by working them sometimes without smoke and giving them too much smoke when I did use...
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    Re: Cold weather coming

    They should be fine, they will cluster to keep warm, if you are new to beekeeping don't make the mistake of taking away their ventilation to try to keep them warm, far more bees die of condensation...
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