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    Re: Upset/Disappointed/Confused/etc.

    Thanks for the sarcastic input, GusK. I guess this means we are both "newbies" since this is my fourth year keeping bees. I understand that TF is not the answer to all things. It was just something...
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    Re: Upset/Disappointed/Confused/etc.

    Thanks squarepeg and Talon. I will check for those tomorrow. But there were no bees emerging or even stuck on any of the frames. No brood in any stage.
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    Re: Upset/Disappointed/Confused/etc.

    I understand that mites are a huge factor. My concern, as stated by someone else, if it were mites would I not find brood in various stages remaining in the hive? And more dead bees on the bottom...
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    Re: Upset/Disappointed/Confused/etc.

    I have my entrances reduced on all of my hives. Normally when I have had a hive robbed out I will see signs of chewed comb where they are opening up the honey stores. I saw none of that. These two...
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    Upset/Disappointed/Confused/etc.

    I lost two more hives, three total, this fall. All seem to have the same end result...vanished. A couple of months ago I had a strong single deep nuc started from a swarm. They were building up and...
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    Re: New in Middle Tennessee

    Welcome, from just up the road.
  7. Re: Move small hives to nuc's for winter?

    I have done it...with success. I like the vertical movement better than the side to side for winter clusters. I like to center the brood/pollen frames with honey/nectar on the outside.
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    Re: clover planting

    Clover is a "hard shell" seed. We "frost seed" it here in January or February as an over seed. In our pastures we just broadcast it during those months. If it snows on it then the better it is for...
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    Re: Price of Nucs in your area ?

    I just sold some last week for $120 each. The buyers brought their own boxes and I placed one honey and three to four heavy brood frames in them. Local queens with some that were overwintered.
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    Re: Best Way to Make More Bees?

    If at all possible, buy another hive. That way you will have resources to split and you will also have something to compare each to before it's too late.
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    Re: identity if this teeny tiny wasp?

    It looks like a Hoverfly to me. The sweat bees here are almost black.
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    Re: I sure hope this cut-out survives!

    Update: I have eggs and larva! Looks like these genetics are gonna live a little longer.
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    Honey quantity???

    I can't find the answer so I am gonna ask it. What is the general "rule of thumb" on how much honey should be expected from a shallow, medium, and deep? Not sure that it matters but this will be...
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    Re: A couple of Newbie questions

    Everything they said plus.... The round hole in the center of the inner cover is also used by some for feeding. An inverted jar of sugar water is placed over the hole where the bees can access it....
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    Re: I sure hope this cut-out survives!

    The tree was sprayed and set on fire earlier the same day I received the call. The dirt had been dumped a few days prior.
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    I sure hope this cut-out survives!

    The other evening I received a call that a bee tree was located at a nearby golf course. We had just had a strong wind storm come through the area a short time before I received this call. The...
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    Re: Honey in brood boxes

    There should be honey in your brood box. It will normally be on the outside few frames and around the edges of your brood frames. Three queen cells may be an issue though. If the bees weren't given...
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    Re: Queen cell cups! Leave be or split?

    I agree with JW. Those cells have already hatched. Don't expect to find any eggs for at least another couple weeks. The new virgin queen will need to get mated and return before laying eggs.
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    Re: What's up with these workers?

    Looks like newly emerged workers to me. They will darken up in a few days.
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    Re: Queen pics from today's check

    Awesome Pics!
  21. Re: I need a hayfield sprayed for briars/wild blackberries...

    I second Brad Bee. The way this year is going for us, lots of rain and no time to cut, hay is going to be valuable. I've had luck with the 2,4-D and as long as you mix it right you won't necessarily...
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    Re: color of bees

    Not sure about yours but my carnolians are dark and my new world carnolians are really dark. The drones and queen are almost solid black. The few Italians that I have had are fairly golden. I prefer...
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    Re: Beginner question

    I've never heard of the bees killing off the brood of a queen that is failing. If the queen was failing I would say that they would just supercede her. If that was the case I wouldn't see half your...
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    Re: Beginner question

    Your hive may have swarmed. If so, there is probably a virgin queen in there that hasn't cranked up yet. As far as the uncapping goes... Maybe they are a more hygenic strain and are removing the less...
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    Re: Nuc Start

    I've done what you are saying and it has worked. I would shake more nurse bees in from another frame though so that there is plenty of nurse bees. It would have a greater chance if you were to put...
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