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    Re: Improving genetics

    I am somewhat confused when I hear the term "bad genetics". How do you know if it is bad genetics or simply a poorly mated queen? What are you guys looking at when you say a hive has "weak...
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    Re: Hello from Dahlonega, Georgia

    Hi perihalailah!
    I am in Dahlonega, too, near the White County line. If you are looking for a local club, I suggest you consider joining Amicalola Beekeepers...
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    Re: European Foulbrood vs. Sacbrood vs. PMS

    All of my frames are in sealed bins and would like to take them somewhere (freezer or irradiator) and have them processed while in the bins. As long as the bins aren't opened, adult moths should not...
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    Re: European Foulbrood vs. Sacbrood vs. PMS

    Will irradiation kill SHB and moth eggs in comb? Would that a viable method of pre-treating frames before storage?

    I tried to find a large freezer building that would store the bins of frames for...
  5. Thread: Lost 1 hive

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    Re: Lost 1 hive

    The weird thing is that on 2 of the hives that died in the fall, they were not queenless. I saw the queens but they looked really bad. I would have thought the bees would have started making new...
  6. Thread: Lost 1 hive

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    Re: Lost 1 hive

    I went into the fall with 14 hives. By the start of winter, I was down to 8. Today, it warmed up enough to check and I am now down to 5. Here are some points of the hive failures:


    Each hive...
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    Re: Deadout Diagnosis - With Pics

    I agree. There is no references to varroa, whatsoever. We can't assume that just because it is a "mite", its parasitic action is the same across the species. For example, there is a mite that lives...
  8. Thread: Need land

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    Re: Need land

    I am a long time member of a relatively small church and found that the congregation has given me more opportunities for creating outyards than I have equipment for. Now that the membership found...
  9. Thread: 2015 plans

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    Re: 2015 plans

    Reach 16 hives (currently have 8) and harvest 25 gallons of honey.
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    Re: sugar patty problem

    Are you sure on the temperatures sited here (240 -260)? I have read that sugar begins to caramelize at 234 degrees. Doesn't caramelized sugar give bees diarrhea?
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    Re: Swarm Queems

    Mite levels were all low on these hives (~10 per 24hr) when I checked in August. Also, all of my hive's entrances reduced down to a 1 x 3/8 since August. Maybe the low mite count is a result of the...
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    Re: Swarm Queems

    The swarms I caught were all from my hives. I caught 6 swarms and called my mentor to collect 3 others since he had a bee-vac to suck them off the tree trunks they swarmed on.
    Since there weren't...
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    Re: Swarm Queems

    One of the failed hives contained a supercedure cell. The rest did not. One of the hives was in the process of being robbed out and there were 2 frames that still had honey on them. The other...
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    Swarm Queens

    All,
    This past spring, I spent most of my time collecting the many swarms that were originating from my hives. The swarm hives have built up all summer and most had sufficient stores for winter. ...
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    Re: African hive inspection

    Are they actually stinging the veil or are they just landing?
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    Re: New to the Atlanta area

    My mentor says it is not necessary but I wrap my hives in 1/2" foam board. We are north of ATL and it does get pretty cold and 3/4" of wood is not much insulation. I wrapped my hives in foam board...
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    Re: Hive Top Insulation Question

    It goes on top of the inner cover and the telescoping lid goes on top of that.
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    Re: First honey harvest for the year

    That is impressive from just 2 hives.
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    Re: Beekeeping clubs?

    I am the VP of Amicalola Beekeepers Association (AmicalolaBeekepers.com). If you have a club that is close to you, join it. There is lots of good information available. Last year, a club member...
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    Re: First honey harvest for the year

    How much honey were you able to extract from your two hives?
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    Re: Oav amount question

    I would do 2 grams since 3 mediums equal 2 deeps and I use 1 gram per deep.
  22. Re: I will help provide your fall/winter bee-removal entertainment from Florida (vide

    Awesome cutout, video work and editing. It must be tough to film your own work.
    Was that a cell phone camera? If so, how do you click on the screen with your gloves on?
    I tried filming an...
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    Re: How to secure tar paper

    I don't use tar paper but do use 5/8 insulation board on the hives. I use a thin shock cord with ball at the end that is long enough to wrap around the hive. I haven't lost any panels the past...
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    Re: Homemade Extractor

    Another alternative is to join a local bee club. They usually have a club extractor that they lend out to members.
  25. Re: Feeding wild bees - wow, they sure drink alot!

    One other point is that there are no "wild" bees in North America. They are all feral bees which escaped from someone's apiary at one point in their past. The honey bee was brought to North America...
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