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    Re: AHHHHH RATS!!!!

    Ok gang. I was able to get inside the hives and there was no brood, no honey, NUFFIN!!! I took the frames and put them in the freezer because wax moths had already started to move in. I noticed in...
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    Re: AHHHHH RATS!!!!

    You know that is an interesting point!!!! I have noticed ants during the day but just brushed them off and kept going. This is also the first year that I have not used anything on the ground...
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    Re: AHHHHH RATS!!!!

    I didn't see any signs of mites but I may have missed something. I'm going to break the empty hives down later on today and do a closer inspection. In my neck of the woods wax moths and hive beetles...
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    Re: AHHHHH RATS!!!!

    I'm starting to think the bees swarmed out. I checked all three hives and noticed only a few bees in each hive. May have been robber bees cleaning out what was left. I didn't notice anything out of...
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    AHHHHH RATS!!!!

    Well right when I thought I was starting to get a handle on beekeeping, I checked my hives yesterday and noticed that 3 of my good hives were completely gone. 1 hive in particular was doing really...
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    Re: No Queen Laying

    What about feeding? Are you feeding your bees now or waiting for a late fall honey flow?
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    Re: No Queen Laying

    These are carnis. I'm not seeing any brood at all. I have a few hives at another location that seem to be doing well.
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    No Queen Laying

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    I've noticed this week that I have about 4 hives that aren't showing any signs of brood. I've looked for a queen but haven't seen her. The bees are really calm which makes me think that...
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    Re: Crystalized Honey

    As woodedareas stated, a lot of people in my area are used to buying liquid honey and it's hard to get them to understand REAL honey will crystalize. If I can get past this hurdle I can possibly sell...
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    Re: Crystalized Honey

    This is my second year of harvesting honey. Last year I bottled mainly in plastic bottles. I noticed over the winter that the bottles would crystalize and I wasn't too surprised at that. This year I...
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    Crystalized Honey

    Hi All

    I'm noticing this year that my honey is crystalizing pretty fast this year. Is anybody else running into this? Also, is there a way to slow down the crystalizing process?

    Thanks for any...
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    Re: Feeding While Collecting Honey

    Hint taken. NO FEEDING!!!! :no: Thanks for the input gang. This is my second year so I'm trying to make sure I'm going in the right direction. Thanks again....
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    Feeding While Collecting Honey

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    Got a curiosity question. I've pulled a few frames of honey from my hives. I put out a 5 gallon bucket of sugar water just to kind of treat the bees for their hard work. Do you guys open...
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    Re: Splitting Hives

    That's what I was thinking drlonzo, but I wanted to make sure before losing a good, strong hive. Thanks... :thumbsup:
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    Splitting Hives

    I have a hive that is simply bursting with bees. The hive consists of three deeps and 1 mid. The top deep and the mid are full of honey (and bees). What I'm thinking about doing is taking 1 of the...
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    Shipping Queens

    Hey, does anyone know of any breeders who are currently shipping Queens(Italians)? I have a few hives that I want to split and want to get an early start.
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    Re: Clustering In Winter

    I checked the hives yesterday and noticed that the bees have just started feeding a little heavier on the sugar bricks that I installed a few weeks ago. The hives still feel as though there is still...
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    Clustering In Winter

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    It's February 8th here in NC and my bees seem to be doing pretty good so far. Each of my hives consist of 2 deeps. I've been noticing lately that the bees all seem to be clustering on top...
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    Hive Beetles in Winter

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    What do you guys do to help combat small hive beetles in the winter? This year has been a bad year for the small hive beetle here in NC. I'm still seeing these guys running around in some...
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    Wintering Bees in NUCS

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    I have a hive that was hit by small hive beetles and dwindled the hive. I was able to save the hive by reducing the hive down to 1 deep with 10 frames, removing the infested frames and...
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    Re: Pine Shavings

    Heyyyy.... We might be on to something here. :thumbsup:
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    Pine Shavings

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    I was curious as to whether or not anyone has used pine shavings on the top of their hives to insulate, prevent moisture, and control mites and beetles over the winter(underneath the lid)?...
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    Re: Storing Frames

    Thanks for the input about moth balls guys. I didn't know about the harmful chemical. I'll try some of the other suggestions. Thanks again...
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    Re: Storing Frames

    Thanks for the good info guys. I have a little storage building that I'm looking to stack the extra boxes with frames. I was thinking about opening a box of moth balls and stacking about 4 or 5 boxes...
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    Storing Frames

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    Well I was hoping for a good Fall flow of honey but it doesn't look like that is going to happen here in NC. So, I'm in the process of collapsing my hives down to 2 deeps for the winter.
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