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  1. Thread: Bee Vac

    by johng
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    Re: Bee Vac

    Use it to make one like this and you will be a happy camper. The robo bee vac works excellent without injuring many bees. I've vacuumed up several queens on cutouts without any ill effects at all....
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    Re: plastic vs wax foundation

    I like the black plastic with wood frames in the brood box and crimped wire for the supers (6 5/8). The reason I stuck with this set up is the black makes seeing eggs easier. I also like the plastic...
  3. Thread: Same yard

    by johng
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    Re: Same yard

    It's not a problem. Use a closed cell starter and use an established hive for your cell finisher and you won't have to worry about any drifting. The biggest problem you may have is if you try to mate...
  4. Thread: Pallet Decks

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    Re: Pallet Decks

    Nick I've only had my four way pallets a year so far so take that into account. But, I haven't noticed any difference in the bees on the pallets versus the hives that stay at home on screened bottom...
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    Re: Post your beekeeping Facebook page

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Miss-BEE-Haven-Apiary/519851231447309?ref=bookmarks
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    Re: Is there a viable business in "Bees Only"?

    I think there are a several operations that specialize is selling mostly bees. Horace Bell, Jester, and some of the package producers in S. GA. come to mind. But, I don't think any of them get by on...
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    Re: Full time Beekeeper

    Good luck Ben! I've enjoyed following your progress keep up the good work.
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    Re: 2 Out of 3 Dead Today

    I agree with beeware mites would be my guess too. The mites may have weakened them and this past cold spell finished them off. Since it just happened you could send a sample off to The Beltsville lab...
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    Re: Drum pump for honey

    If you get the Maxant vertical pump you won't have to warm the honey. I just pumped out a barrel yesterday and the honey was quite cold and it pumped just fine. If you get a gear pump you are going...
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    Re: Drum pump for honey

    I use the vertical honey pump from Maxant it works like a charm. It is a little pricey but, unless you can figure out a way to drain the barrel like Smokepole suggest there aren't many ways to get...
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    Re: Crystallization of Wildflower honey

    If you want it to crystallize the fastest go to the store and buy a small jar of creamed honey, add it to your wildflower honey and then keep it all cool, not cold just cool around 50F and it will...
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    Re: Management Strategy Impasse

    Ugh, with a 30 pound average for your area I think you are just beating your head against the wall trying to make a go of it with honey alone. I think you already know the answer to your problem....
  13. Thread: First Graft Date

    by johng
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    Re: First Graft Date

    Why LA? Do you already know someone with a yard there? If not I would look for a place in South GA. or Florida. It would be a lot closer and you would get about the same benefit. If you can find a...
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    Re: Cordovan, Italians and Pol-lines

    Why don't you order a II Poline breeder to use as your queen mother? Instead of trying to use a F2. You would only have to sell 5-6 queens to pay for the price of a breeder queen from VPqueens. You...
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    Re: ARRGHH! hate being a part-time beeker!

    Take that cardboard and put it in the recycle bin. It never gets cold enough here to worry about closing off the screened bottom board. A couple years ago we had below freezing every night the whole...
  16. Thread: First Graft Date

    by johng
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    Re: First Graft Date

    Mr. Lyon is right on as usual. Most start around Valentines day here. That puts you making up the splits around the end of Feb. and will put your new queens mating the around the second week of...
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    Re: What made you decide to keep bees?

    I was like Dsegrest I was always fascinated by the observation hive at the fair. My parents would have to drag me away from the bees. Once I finally got my own place and planted my garden I just did...
  18. Thread: feral hives

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    Re: feral hives

    I get calls on a weekly basis from people wanting feral hives removed from the walls on their house, trees in their yards, and many other places. To date we don't have any established AHB in North...
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    Re: Cell building im MP nucs

    Daznz you can us a 5 frame nuc to start your cells you just want to make sure it is packed full of bees one frame of honey and one frame of pollen lots of bees and your grafting bar. If your only...
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    Re: Bought unneeded Queens...

    Settled up, Thanks
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    Re: finally, fall flow!

    We still have some Spanish needle and some smart weed going but the Golden rod is all but over. The bees defiantly have started testing the weaker hives for robbing opportunities. I was extracting...
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    Re: Fall flow vs mite treatments

    Most of Florida doesn't necessarily have multiple flows. North Florida is basically the same as South Ga. we get a great build up on Maple and a great flow from Gallberry and Palmetto. But, after...
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    Re: Fall flow vs mite treatments

    I like to treat right before the fall flow, pull supers in November if they happened to make any surplus and you get the best of both worlds. Treating in late October or November is too late in my...
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    Re: Bought unneeded Queens...

    I'll give you $20 and pay the shipping if you will put her in a priority mail box and ship her tomorrow. Send me a PM if interested. I've got a hive that is too hot for my liking.
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    Re: The craze over 5- frame nucs

    I love nucs. I made up 15 nucs after the main flow was over I did have to feed them some through the dearth to get them by. But, now they are 5 full frames of bees. With these nucs I have many...
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