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    Re: 70% loss this spring

    So far I have lost 2 out of 10 hives, will be checking my outyard tomorrow.
    I am blaming the wishy washy weather. The hives lost were 2 of my strongest. One is in my back yard so I was able to keep...
  2. Re: Totally Unexpected Source of Food/Pollen/Nectar

    A compost bin is always decomposing, producing heat. Maybe they like the warmer moisture it produces. I have seen them on my coffee grounds also. There was an article out recently about how honey...
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    Re: Trees to plant for bees

    There are new varieties of Crape Myrtle that are more cold tolerant, some bred especially for the north. That being said we have lots of Crape Myrtles here in Virginia and I can't say as I have ever...
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    Re: Best honey plants for virginia

    I have known several beekeepers to plant buckwheat with success. Although I am told it can be hard to grow, they did not seem to have a problem. Got the seed at the local feed store, don't know if it...
  5. Re: I started a new style swarm/honey list...

    Wonderful idea! Thank you for taking the time to set this up and maintain it.
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    Mann Lake corrected my problem no charge!

    I ordered paint from Mann Lake last year. What I expected to get was a lightly colored translucent stain, what I received looked like whitewash. Dont know if the problem was mine because I was not...
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    I ordered equipment from them last year and have...

    I ordered equipment from them last year and have been very happy with the experience. The quality is good and the customer service excellent. Most of my equipment has been from either Miller or BM...
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    I have ordered 8 frame equipment from Brushy...

    I have ordered 8 frame equipment from Brushy Mountain as well as Miller Bee Supply, both are out of North Carolina. I found both companies to have good quality and competitive prices. Also important...
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    My original goal was to use all 8 frame mediums....

    My original goal was to use all 8 frame mediums. After listening, reading and talking to many people I figured 3 mediums for the brood and 2 mediums for honey stores adding more for honey as needed. ...
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    I added a Purvis "Goldline" queen to a nuc late...

    I added a Purvis "Goldline" queen to a nuc late last season. Transfered them to 2 mediums to over winter. Didn't have a whole lot of stores. Tried to feed them up with syrup but they were not much...
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    Allergic Dog

    My Belgain Shepard checks our hives out all the time, sticks his nose in the entrance, calm as can be and has never been stung as afar as I know. He has a thick coat but the bees could still get him...
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    I vote for cane sugar

    I am definitely no expert (just a newbie) but from what I gather the only choices are : High frutose corn syrup, beet sugar, honey and cane sugar.

    Now it is just my opinion but I don't believe...
  13. Hey Fatscher, I'm in Hampton Roads and I have...

    Hey Fatscher,
    I'm in Hampton Roads and I have plenty of drones. My hives seemed to start kicking them out early about mid-Aug but now they are back. Great BIG drones too. And I sure hope other...
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    Oh, the bees were pretty mild when I was in there...

    Oh, the bees were pretty mild when I was in there too. Not aggressive like I would expect a queenless hive to be. And they settled down and went back to bringing in pollen quickly after I closed them...
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    OK, I went in and took a look. Brood box...

    OK, I went in and took a look.

    Brood box frames were very light. Some were mostly empty cells with honey around the edges and some pollen.

    About half the brood frames were capped workers with...
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    Another newbee with suggestions from the students...

    Another newbee with suggestions from the students perspective

    Talk about where to get bees in your area, any club members who usually have them for sale, where club members have ordered from in...
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    bee quick

    I ordered some from Betterbee about 2 months ago. At the time they said it was back ordered but they expected a shipment the next week. Well a few days ago a rep called me to tell me it was still...
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    Ohhhhhh...LOL! BOY oh BOY can I relate to this! ...

    Ohhhhhh...LOL! BOY oh BOY can I relate to this! Guess all us newbies got to do it at least once. Happened to me on a drizzly day over the summer so I was wearing loose shorts and an oversized...
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    This is my 11 year old sons favorite hive. I knew...

    This is my 11 year old sons favorite hive. I knew he would be interested in seeing the queen and nature at work so when he got home from school we went to take a look.

    He insisted on scooping...
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    Its cold, wet and windy right now. Hopefully the...

    Its cold, wet and windy right now. Hopefully the rain will let up in a few days.

    I was wondering about the mother/daughter tag team thing. That was the only thing I could think of that would...
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    Evicted Queen

    This morning I found the marked queen of my strongest hive kicked to the curb, or at least the landing board. She is still alive, appears to be dying from the rain and cold. So what does this mean? ...
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    Epipens are not always that easy to get. My...

    Epipens are not always that easy to get. My doctor won't give me an RX for one until AFTER I have a severe reaction! I thought the whole point was to have one on hand just in case its needed ( for me...
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    Mine will take 1 1/2 gallons a day easy, probably...

    Mine will take 1 1/2 gallons a day easy, probably more if I gave it to them but I cant afford it!

    Now I usually limit them to only a gallon at a time, can put it in mid morning and it is always...
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    Favorite: Watching the bees! Drinking a lazy cup...

    Favorite: Watching the bees! Drinking a lazy cup of coffee while watching the bees fly off into the early morning sunshine; seeing the spunky little guard bees all lined up on their 'front porch'...
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    So SwarmCatcher? Have you used your new...

    So SwarmCatcher?

    Have you used your new extractor? How do you like it?
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