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    Re: Get bees to draw comb. New beek

    I don't know if Rowan County has a bee club, but there is one in Concord and one in Charlotte. NC has the largest state assn in the country, so you shouldn't have too much trouble finding a club. ...
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    Re: Heard a taLL tail. Is it true?

    Don Studinski, in his book says that they aim for 3 deep colonies, but he splits them twice a year and doesn't reveal how much his harvest yields. Some of his hives are for production and some are...
  3. Re: Passing the Torch: Who Will Carry On Your Business?

    I'm a 68 year old REALTOR. I started keeping bees 2 years ago and am up to 4 hives. Hope to go into next winter with 11. I also plant fruit trees. I will live until I die. My wife can sell my...
  4. Re: Passing the Torch: Who Will Carry On Your Business?

    That's a real tear jerker.
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    Re: NWC Nucs near Charlotte

    I am not sure about Carni's but John Caudle sells nucs, hives and queens. I bought Italians from him this year, but I know he also sells Russians. Find him on the web at "herbs honey"
  6. Re: Packing organic honey without certification

    and the honey
  7. Thread: hive scale

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    Re: hive scale

    I don't really think accuracy matters a lot as long as the same error is in every measurement.
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    Re: plastic vs wax foundation

    I use yellow plastic foundation in wood frames. It is coated with wax and the bees draw it well. I have never had a problem with bowing. The bees propolize the edge on the frames and make it...
  9. Thread: hive scale

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    Re: hive scale

    I have a friend who uses a digital bathroom scale with a remote display.

    He has some blocks that fit through his hive stand and he lifts the whole thing with an automobile jack. It is the type of...
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    Re: Cleaning Plastic Excluders

    I soak them overnight in a clorox solution and scrub them with a rubbermaid coarse pad.
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    Re: Bees criteria to choose queen larvae

    That sounds reasonable for swarm cells and supercedure cells, but what if there is no egg/larvae from the royal family when an emergency queen is needed?
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    Re: Odd request for honey purchase

    I'll bet that when he pays there won't be any money at all in your account.
  13. Thread: Tire Kickers?

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    Re: Tire Kickers?

    I guess they are SOL. There are only empty combs and a swarm lure in there. The lure is 4 mos old. I didn't see any point in replacing it this late in the year.
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    Re: Air hose suggestions

    I have the recoiling overhead mount type thing. The hose is great but it came on a reel from harbor freight. The blow down tool also came from harbor freight. Need I say more. The rewind works...
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    Re: My Indoor Wintering Setup

    Just for curiosity. How do the bees take cleansing flights and what do they do with corpses?
  16. Thread: Tire Kickers?

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    Tire Kickers?

    I put up a swarm lure in late august. It has largely been ignored, but yesterday I saw some bees messing around the edges.

    I am hoping they are scouts from a swarm someplace else.

    I am also...
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    Re: robbing screen...dead bees

    Bees carry off their dead and bury them at air. Perhaps they can't lift them out over a robbing screen.
  18. Re: What do you find to be the most efficient feeder?

    Not having a big problem, but there is some robbing. There seems to be absolutely no robbing with the frame feeders. An added benefit is that I can look at the tops of the frames without removing...
  19. Thread: bees are dead

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    Re: bees are dead

    If you only have a few dead bees, the hive probably absconded. You can try to figure out why, but you may never know.

    You may want to send some of the dead ones to your state apiarist or whoever...
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    Re: Bees criteria to choose queen larvae

    They only know who's who when their mama calls them by their last name.
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    Re: Upset/Disappointed/Confused/etc.

    What kind of music do you play in your apiary?
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    Re: Bees criteria to choose queen larvae

    Last month's ABJ had an article that proposed bees would select a queen from the same father as the bees making the choice.
  23. Re: What do you find to be the most efficient feeder?

    Im a newbie but I used Mannlake top feeders for the last 2 years and some frame feeders this year. I will continue using the frame feeders and phase out the top feeders. The top feeders are a...
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    Re: Catching swarms in the spring.

    I caught a swarm (my first ever) in February last year. They were no bigger than my fist. I dumped them in a medium box with mostly drawn and some filled (with nectar) comb. They are now a double...
  25. Re: Evaluating Queens - How long before you know?

    Drones do have a granddaddy. The genetics are carried forward.
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