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    I have not had any problems with Pierco frames or...

    I have not had any problems with Pierco frames or the "superframes" with plastic foundation. I think the problem is using 9 frames with undrawn foundation. Too much space for them to get creative...
  2. Thread: bee stings

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    I've always heard the swelling is less with...

    I've always heard the swelling is less with repeated stingings. However, after repeated stinging the past 3 years, I can say that mine is not. Just as bad now as day one. Protection and when they...
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    Tia, I am in Lincolnton and having the same...

    Tia, I am in Lincolnton and having the same problem. I extracted several weeks ago and had to put about 1 1/2 supers worth back on the hives. The humidity and wet weather was too much for them to dry...
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    I usually use black plastic (some are Pierrco and...

    I usually use black plastic (some are Pierrco and some are Brushy Mt. super frames), in the brood boxes,just because the eggs stand out better against a black background. I do have the option to use...
  5. Thread: Sourwood flow

    by athiker
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    I'm in Lincolnton and the sourwoods here are...

    I'm in Lincolnton and the sourwoods here are blooming. Just starting in Rutherfordton.
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    BubbaBob, I think we are in agreement for the...

    BubbaBob, I think we are in agreement for the most part. I am an advocate of feeding early in the spring. I was just saying my timing was off with the nectar flow. Ideally, I'd like the bees emerging...
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    I tend to think that a 1:1 syrup in Feb. is a...

    I tend to think that a 1:1 syrup in Feb. is a stimulant to promote egg laying. It makes sense to me, that if the bees believe a "nectar" flow is on, albeit an artificial one, the hive, including the...
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    I really enjoy topics like this that get a good...

    I really enjoy topics like this that get a good healthy debate going. I learn much more as it helps me look at both sides, hear the arguments, then use my own experience to give more or less weight...
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    I wear the Brushy Mt. inspectors jacket with...

    I wear the Brushy Mt. inspectors jacket with veil. I wear gloves sometimes, sometimes not. Just depends on their mood. My bees are pretty good to me. Last night I weed ate around the hives with them...
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    Here in NC, the DOT requires sericia lespedeza on...

    Here in NC, the DOT requires sericia lespedeza on cut or fill slopes of 2:1, in new highway construction. It is fast growing and is used as a form of erosion control. I haven't seen bees working it,...
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    Thanks guys. I am going to order a refractometer...

    Thanks guys. I am going to order a refractometer today. Nothing I like better than buying something new for the bees ;) Seriously, it's more work getting set up to extract, run around to 3 counties...
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    I have a couple of supers that are full of honey...

    I have a couple of supers that are full of honey but only about a tenth of it, along the top of the frame is capped. I had pulled them with others last Saturday, and upon seeing they weren't quite...
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    I have 3 hives side by side but that being said,...

    I have 3 hives side by side but that being said, there is something different about each. One has a telescoping top, the second has a garden top, and the third is turned about 45 degrees from the...
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    Misty, just from my experience this spring, I...

    Misty, just from my experience this spring, I think I'd go ahead and do the split as Michael suggested. I had the same problem and tried the frame gymnastics, but it seemed that once they get the...
  15. Thread: Permacomb

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    HTML isn't enabled...whoops. Here it is....

    HTML isn't enabled...whoops. Here it is.
    http://www.bee-l.com/bulletinboard/seets/permacomb.htm :rolleyes:
  16. Thread: Permacomb

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    Casey, here is a link for the permacomb and...

    Casey, here is a link for the permacomb and ordering instructions. Can't help with the second part of your request. :(
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    If varroa and tracheal mites have and are...

    If varroa and tracheal mites have and are dessimating feral bee populations, it seems to me, that would be true with the AHB also. Are they less susceptible to either or both of these mites?
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    I have been to Brushy Mountain a couple of times...

    I have been to Brushy Mountain a couple of times and order most of my equipment from them. I have been lucky enough to meet both Steve and Martha. Can't say enough about them, or their operation....
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    I have started an observation hive today. Took a...

    I have started an observation hive today. Took a frame of eggs, larva, and capped brood, with a bunch of bees, got them in and closed the door. I am feeding them of course, and have the entrance...
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    Thanks for the info. I am calling Mr.Seets...

    Thanks for the info. I am calling Mr.Seets tomorrow and try these out. I read the "application note", saying that the plastic comb has to be introduced to the bees in super lots for the bees to...
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    Is the permacomb very expensive? I know it will...

    Is the permacomb very expensive? I know it will pay for itself over time, but I am wondering about the initial outlay. I
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    I was very fortunate today. I was in the garage...

    I was very fortunate today. I was in the garage putting my hive tools away after working the bees and felt something on my leg. I gently lifted my pant leg, and 2 bees had crawled up my pantleg. One...
  23. Thread: Azalea Honey

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    I live in NC and have rhododendron, evergreen...

    I live in NC and have rhododendron, evergreen azalea, native azalea, all around my house. There is a beautiful mountain laurel in full bloom right now by the steps to my back porch. I have never seen...
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    I am liking the beecam!

    I am liking the beecam!
  25. I have an old metal bucket. It has pine straw, a...

    I have an old metal bucket. It has pine straw, a hive tool, bee brush, spray bottle with syrup, and the smoker in it. I have a small empty ice-cream bucket with a lid that I put any burr comb, etc.,...
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