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    Re: what to do with extra comb/frames

    Swarm traps...good idea. Not to get off topic too much, but what do you use for a bottom and top on your swarm trap? Also, where's the hole located, front center?
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    Re: what to do with extra comb/frames

    I would have made nucs if I had bees to go in them. These are all from my hives that starved/froze over the winter.
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    what to do with extra comb/frames

    I'm changing all my equipment from 10 frame deeps to 8 frame mediums and going down to 4.9mm bees. I've reused most of the wooden ware by cutting it down to size, but what can I do with my leftover...
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    Re: sterling from middle TN

    Welcome from Hendersonville!
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    Re: How Long Until the Drones Die?

    Yesterday I found quite a few homeless drones wandering around in the grass outside the hives...it seems to be that time.
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    Re: Did my bees starve?

    Thanks for all the replies so far, I really appreciate it.

    I had not done a mite count, nor any treatments, and no sign of a queen (dead or alive).

    From my best guess, it looks like they had...
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    Did my bees starve?

    It was 60 degrees today so I decided to pop the top on my hives and see what was going on. 2 of my hives looked like the pic below; each hive having only 2 adjacent frames that looked like this. ...
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    Re: Should I get Bees

    I have 7 hives that are 50' from my back deck and I haven't noticed an increase in bee activity on the deck at all. I'd say go for it.
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    Re: Bees flying in Middle Tennessee

    Mine were busy as well. 7 of my 8 hives were busy cleaning out their dead. I popped the top on the one with no movement to find it completely dead. It was expected though, it was a small, weak...
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    Re: Putting price on honey bottle

    Lol, maybe put "big jar" and "small jar" on the sign.
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    Re: Putting price on honey bottle

    All my honey is sold in the same size jar so I don't price them individually, I just post a sign nearby with the price per jar.
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    Re: Multiply My Hives

    It can certainly be done. I used the MDA splitter method this year to successfully turn 2 hives into 6. Had I 12 hives like you, I could have turned those 12 into 36. My 2 original hives also...
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    Nashville Area Nectar?

    Anybody seeing a nectar flow in the Nashville area? I've got goldenrod all around me but the bees aren't working it (or anything else, that I can tell). I put drawn empty supers on a few weeks ago...
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    Re: The green way of re-liquifying honey.

    Once the honey is liquified, how long before it crystalizes again?
  15. Re: Found someone nice enough to give me some hands on experience.

    I've had a few blow apart on me this year. They were removed and extracted on a very hot day and they were all with first year comb.
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    Re: Honey Prices For 2012!

    $8 for 1 lb invertible, flip-top, squeeze bottle.
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    Re: Fall Flow Indicators in Mid TN

    Bill, thanks for the tips on what to watch for. I'm wondering if there's a particular bloom to look out for, such as dandelion blooming before the Spring flow. And mac's right, I'm planning on...
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    Fall Flow Indicators in Mid TN

    What are some good indicators that the Fall flow is approaching in middle Tennessee (Nashville/Hendersonville)? I've been feeding with supers on so they'll draw comb, but I'm sure I'll end up with...
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    Re: Hives and Ticks

    I've had this happen in my bee yard for the last 2 years (I've only been doing this for 2 years too). I read somewhere that could be due to the carbon dioxide and heat emitted from the hive...much...
  20. Re: Huge orientation, swarm or robbing - any other options?

    Same thing here for the last week or so. Right around 6:30 each night the sky is filled with bees right near the hives, then they beard up for the evening. By morning they're either inside or out...
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    Re: Pictures of notched comb for queen cell

    I notch all the way down to the foundation using my hive tool.
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    Re: Pictures of notched comb for queen cell

    Yep, mdasplitter.com is the place and it certainly does work. I've had good success with it this Spring and Summer so far.
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    Re: White clover not being used by bees

    I had something similar happen. I let the white clover grow up in my yard but the bees never took to it, so I mowed it. After I mowed, new white clover was exposed and within a couple of days the...
  24. Re: Bee Poop in Neighbours Yard, Need Help... Please

    Good thing you're raising bees and not geese!
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    One of my hives swarmed last week and set up house in a hollow tree about 40 feet above ground. Today, they apparently decided to move again and are currently clustered out on a branch...also 40...
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