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  1. Re: How to stimulate colony build up in the spring?

    I have the same conditions as gone2seed does, and I too feed one to one, though I start a little earlier. It seems that having stores doesn't activate brood rearing, it's what's being brought in...
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    Re: Upset/Disappointed/Confused/etc.

    Sorry for your loss, I recently had three at my home apiary with the same symptoms. I am very sure it was robbers because they were the only ones that I failed to install robber screens on, I was...
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    Re: Should a new beek start with langs?

    Ditto on all the preceding advice. I started with TBH, did not join a bee club for several years, nor did I read Beesource. It was a rough way to get into being a beekeeper. I now learn and share...
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    Re: How Long To Feed Going Into Winter?

    Sounds like you are doing all the right things to save the colony, I'd keep feeding as long as they will take it, just make sure you have proper top ventilation to expel the extra moisture created by...
  5. Re: marked queen in hive, not a single capped brood, no sign of eggs...

    More information is needed for a diagnosis. I think we can rule out the queen as being the problem, she is not going to lay with low population especially this time of year. Most likely not robbing...
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    Re: ARRGHH! hate being a part-time beeker!

    I run SBB all year round, though mine comprise only 1/3 of the bottom, my sisters are not far from you and run them all year. I suggest not closing the bottom completely because your bees are used...
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    Re: Small Cell Benefits

    I can't speak for small cell per se but my survivor natural cell bees do use small cell size in the brood combs. I have had much better results from them than the package large cell bees I tried to...
  8. Re: Experiences with 32mm spacing in brood nest? (drones etc)

    At first I used 32 mm in the brood nest and larger elsewhere, the bees did good, little cross combing, I soon abandoned the different sizes and went to 33mm throughout my TBHs with good success, I'm...
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    Re: Add a few frames or combine

    It's tempting to try to fix a colony with queen issues this time of year, but I have found when I do, I most often screw up and would have been better off leaving them alone. Just my experience.
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    Re: top bar numbering?

    I don't number my bars but I do take a spray can of paint and spray paint all down the right end of my bars, this keeps me from putting them in backwards no matter what hive they end up in, which...
  11. Thread: Red Honey

    by stan.vick

    Re: Red Honey

    Spring titi honey is red, you should be able to get it from any beekeeper in the coastal Georgia area. It starts producing nectar in January, it is very sweet with a slight sour aftertaste. by the...
  12. Thread: Inbreeding?

    by stan.vick

    Re: Inbreeding?

    I'm isolated from other beeks other than a couple with one hive each that I gave bees too. I too am concerned about inbreeding, but as long as the brood pattern is tight and I see no signs of...
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    Re: Foundation Question

    I run thirty deeps with foundationless, I string them with fifty pound mono fishing line, but if I started over today I would choose mediums which need no comb reinforcement. I use the Kelly F frame...
  14. Re: Beginner .. found wild hive behind my house

    Ditto with waiting until spring, wouldn't hurt to set out a feeder to give them a better chance to survive the winter. Join a bee club if you have one nearby, and get an experienced beek to help you...
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    Re: Burr comb and frames seething with bees

    You will find that you will get several answers from the same questions, a lot of this is due to location where the bees are kept, also whether a beek is foundationless or not, and the past...
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    Re: 4 Failed Hives!?

    Honey-4-all, I agree with you in general, just wanted to add something you may have missed, I really get tired of the one-upmanship attitude of some, and I certainly don't want you to put me in that...
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    Re: 4 Failed Hives!?

    Agnes, I think we need more info to diagnose your problem. Try to get someone local to look at it, the bee club mentioned may know of someone close to you, and for honey-4-all's befuddlement, there...
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    Re: Walk-away split question

    I have did the splits the way you describe, but found it only delayed swarming in a strong hive. If the hive is really strong and has the resources you could do two of them and have three hives and...
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    Re: # Hives Needed For Breeding

    7 should be enough since you also have feral colonies. If you have yours on foundation they may not have made very many drones, but the feral colonies should take up the slack. As for the traits...
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    Re: Acebirds one hive

    Brian, I certainly wouldn't write the hive off, I think it has a good chance of making it through the winter, because you have just decreased the amount of area the bees have to control.
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    Re: Excessive Pollen

    Sounds like a perfect top bar hive configuration to me.
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    Re: Hallmarks of a distressed colony

    From observations of my own bees I think the calm hive with low brood production and plenty of stores has an older queen that has cut back for winter, the active hive is a newer queen from this year...
  23. Re: To Feed or Not to feed ...that is the Question!

    I agree, do what you have to, to have bees in the spring. As to where you place the feed, in the hive box, or in the yard. It depends on how many bees you will be feeding that are not yours by...
  24. Re: Is it true that bees only bring in Pollen when they have a queen?

    I think the reason you have answers that are different may be due to factors such as location, ( i.e. what's available ) maybe laying workers, and mostly the genetics of the bees.
    I will have a...
  25. Re: Robbing - Cause and how to Prevent and Mitigate

    No your math is good, except I got it at Sam's for $18.00 for fifty pounds, after tax that's .37 per pound. It's gone up some since.
    I used quart jars so more bees could feed at one time. My...
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