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    Re: Another Hive has absconded due to shb

    How often are the hives inspected? A SHB infestation will take at least 2 weeks to get started. I inspect every 10 days and when I see excessive SHB (not this year, PTL), I consolidate frames to...
  2. Re: Vacuum Packed Honey in a Jar Experiment

    Were they both filled to the same level?
  3. Re: Vacuum Packed Honey in a Jar Experiment

    An application I could see is speeding the process of removing air bubbles from the honey after extracting.
    Don't put on such a deep vacuum and it would probably improve honey clarity in just a few...
  4. Re: Vacuum Packed Honey in a Jar Experiment

    What a fascinating experiment.
    Here is what I think. Lowering the atmospheric pressure causes the honey to boil. The upper layer of foam is mostly air with some honey coating the bubbles.
    The...
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    Re: Goldenrod in West Georgia

    The bees don't touch the short variety of goldenrod in my area. They only work the tall variety. I don't know the names of the two types but it is very apparent when you view them side by side. ...
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    Re: Empty Bottom super

    You need to see if a queen is present by either finding eggs or locating the queen.
    If there isn't a population to fill both boxes, I would consolidate occupied frames into a single box to lessen...
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    Re: Should I Combine Now

    Thanks Stan.
    I have both hives in the same yard now and will combine them tomorrow morning. I assume the queenright hive will be the bottom box with an entrance and the queenless hive will be on...
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    Re: Should I Combine Now

    Thanks for confirming my thinking, Ray!
    I just hope the existing queen gets off her butt and starts cranking out some eggs to build up for the flow.
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    Should I Combine Now

    All,
    Two of my hives are struggling. One is a split I made that is taking forever to build up. It has a laying queen but the hive population is not high. Last week, I added a capped brood frame...
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    Re: Refractometer

    It is important that you stir the honey frequently when attempting to dehydrate. It is just the surface of the honey that dehydrates and you need to stir to exchange the surface honey.
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    Re: Think I'm getting in a mess here...

    I am far from an expert but my mentor tells me to inspect every 7 days. In the spring, he says that I should inspect every 5 days to catch swarm cells early. I would do a newspaper combine with...
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    Re: Cleaning Bee Suits & Veils....

    After I wash and dry my veil (dome),I use heavy spray starch to stiffen it back up so it doesn't touch my face.
    Works pretty well.
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    Re: bee sting alergy question

    When I was at the certification courses this spring, they had an ER doctor discuss the physiology of the bee sting. He is also a beek and said that he looks forward to the annual sting that causes...
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    Re: How is the sourwood so far?

    Surprisingly, the bees did not do that much. The best hive only filled 1 1/2 supers. Part of my problem was that the bees had to draw out every frame in the supers. My other problem was that I...
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    Re: How is the sourwood so far?

    The sourwood is done in North Georgia.
  16. Re: storing full frames of honey before extracting

    They can store for years without extracting as long as rodents, bugs or trauma don't befall them.
    I don't have a garage or honey shed to store my supers while waiting for extraction, so I bring them...
  17. Re: super slow motion educational bee film 2 mins long please watch

    Awesome equipment. When you get some time, I would love to see a super slow motion of a bee collecting pollen. I have yet to see how the bee fills it's pollen basket.
    Thanks for sharing!
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    Re: Sugar Water Spray?

    I tried sugar spray during a dearth...... never again! They were fine until I lifted the first frame out of the box. They lit into me and stung me 7 times. Three even found their way into my veil...
  19. Thread: Honey Bound

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    Re: Honey Bound

    They had 2 undrawn frames in their top box, so I don't think I was too late. They have not touched the honey super yet. in a few weeks, we will be in a dearth, so I was wondering if the bees were...
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    Re: World of Beekeeping Video?

    I bought it. Its pretty basic but since I was a newbee, I found it interesting. He needs to cover diseases/pests to make it a more informative video.
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    Re: Need help fast

    You may be in a dearth and the bees have nothing to do.
  22. Thread: Honey Bound

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    Honey Bound

    All,
    I have a hive that is definitely honey bound.
    It is a swarm that I caught in April and it is now in a 10 frame double deep and doing great. There were 2 undrawn frames in the top box. Each...
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    Re: Did we miss tulip poplar this year?

    We get a tulip poplar flow in late April and early May but I can never see the blooms. Presumably because they bloom at the top of the tree instead of the lower branches. I look for the...
  24. Thread: Queen cups

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    Re: Queen cups

    Don't get too nervous, too quickly. I would give it another 2 weeks before starting to get concerned.
    Even then, don't buy a queen but get a frame of eggs from another hive and put it in. If...
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    Re: setting up a new bee yard

    I get damaged asphalt shingles from roofing companies and put them under my hive stands. It works great for preventing weeds from growing up to the hives. You should be able to get the shingles...
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