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    Re: Terrible Problem /.=)

    You better keep an eye on your breeder or that hive will bee headed for the trees in a couple weeks. :lookout: Nice looking brood.
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    Re: Would "Bee Quick" help on clothing.

    I don't think it will help at all, and your significant other won't like it very much either.

    I don't think it's so much the smell of those products that push to bees out of the supers as it is...
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    Re: Buying queen cells

    I think you have nothing to loose. Queen cells are normally pretty cheap, buy some cells and put them in some splits and see how you like the queens. I think a lot of people over look using queen...
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    Re: new packages and shb control

    Yes, a new package should have no trouble keeping SHB at bay. The beetles feed on the brood and honey, since your package won't have any the SHB won't be able to get a foot hold. The bees will only...
  5. Thread: Who's got drones

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    Re: Who's got drones

    We have had plenty of drones here in North Florida. BUT, we haven't had very good mating weather yet this year. I've got some queens that should be mating this week and the forecast is not looking...
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    Re: 2015 orange bloom Florida.

    Moved into the groves today. (Groveland Mascotte area) One of the Valencia groves had a bunch of open bloom and even more that had not quite popped open. Even with the cool temps this morning you...
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    Loading hive With homeaid Forklift

    My son is driving our little forklift loading up hives. We are heading down to Central Florida tomorrow to put the bees into the Orange Groves. http://youtu.be/Dt8p4BgsCT4
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    Re: Possible Disaster

    If it's around 50 outside you could at least pop the top and see what's going on. I would of popped the top and took a peak even if it was 30 outside I could not stand the suspense. If you just take...
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    Re: Burning Sumac Berries

    I've never heard of Sumac berries being good for Varroa. I've heard similar claims made for Citrus leaves. But, my personal opinion is that neither one does much of anything for Varroa.
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    Re: Burning Sumac Berries

    Pine Staw (Pine Needles) that has been ran over on the pavement or ran over by the lawn mower makes a fine smoker fuel. I pick up plenty of it on the road in front of our house. Keep it in a bucket...
  11. Thread: Just brush bees

    by johng
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    Re: Just brush bees

    For just a few supers you can get by with just a brush. Brush each frame and put into an empty box and put the lid back on. But, I will warn you brushing bees is gonna piss them off more than almost...
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    Re: Will a frame a week buy me a....

    There should be some GA. queens in about 1 month and there maybe some South Fl. queens in the next couple weeks. But, I can almost assure you will have a very hard time getting your hands on just one...
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    Re: Total Newb question.

    Orange Blossom honey is produced from the Orange Blossoms of Orange trees. Nothing added.

    But, to answer your question sure you could add whatever you want to your honey to change the flavor....
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    Re: Capped queen cell in new nuc

    Leave the cell alone and don't go back into the hive for two weeks. The State only requires that the queen mother hive is European. If you bought the hive from a reputable person I can assure you...
  15. Thread: Hive Beetles

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    Re: Hive Beetles

    I'm not saying you have to treat. I'm just saying unless you monitor for mites they may sneak up on you. It's easy to get aggravated at the SHB because you can see them when you open the hive. Learn...
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    Re: Maximizing homey harvest

    Cut down splits work pretty good for established colonies without setting them back too much. Move the queen and two frames of bees prior to the honey flow. Let the big hive make the new queen they...
  17. Thread: Hive Beetles

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    Re: Hive Beetles

    SHB maybe the only pest you have noticed. But, they are only a small problem. As long as your hive stays strong you won't have a hive taken down by SHB. The pest you will never see coming is Varroa...
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    Re: Aves "Fix-It" compound

    you can also use bondo and its probably cheaper.
  19. Thread: Moving bees

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    Re: Moving bees

    I would not wait to let them out. Place the hives in the new location and let them fly. If it's gonna be 70 like you say they will be bringing in pollen in just a few hours.
  20. Thread: Excess Sugar

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    Re: Excess Sugar

    Take a bucket with you, most of it should be stuck together, be careful and pick up as much as you can and put it in the bucket. You can mix the block with some warm water to make sugar syrup.
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    Re: 3/8" vs. 1/4" Staples for Frame Assembly

    I would have to say not really worth it. If you use just a little glue and put a staple from the end bar into the top bar from the side your frames they should hold up as good or better than any...
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    Re: May 18th too late?

    I don't think May would be too late to build up a 3# package to survive a NC winter. Sure you may have to feed a little more but, you have plenty of time to build them up into a double deep and...
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    Re: Grants for beginners

    I have no doubt my 17y/o son will sell enough fire wood tomorrow to buy 4-5 complete hives. It's also not unusual for him to find enough scrape metal in a couple weeks to buy several hives. You only...
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    Re: What bottom board should I run?

    I started out with all screened bottom boards. Over the past couple years I have gradually switched over to 4 way pallets with solid bottom boards. I can tell you that the SHB will not run wild. As...
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    Re: Oh the joys no one mentions

    I have moved them a day early on several occasions but, I handle the cells very gently. I make sure I already have the nucs set where they are going to be staying before I move the cells. I couldn't...
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