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    Re: Bees Biting Back?

    Here are 2 links to the breeder I am ordering my queens.

    betterqueens@earthlink.net
    www.carpentersapiaries.com
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    Re: Bees Biting Back?

    I believe that these queens can be effective but I doubt it on the long term because once the queen(s) are superceded the trait will quickly start to "breed out". I am going to try anyway. But I am...
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    Re: Bees Biting Back?

    That article as been discussed some on BEE-LIST. I decided to order 5 for this coming spring. Plan to use them to make splits then compare their varroa activity against other hives in the apiary(s).
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    Re: My bees are building like its spring

    Feeding 1:1 makes the bees think there is a nectar flow which encourages the colony to get the queen laying. You already have that problem with 2:1 because of warm weather and early pollen. ...
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    Re: Sugar Brick Feeding

    Having enough food or feeding doesn't always ensure that the colony will make it through the winter. This past winter we had some warm days. The elm and maples bloomed giving them plenty of pollen....
  6. Re: Who reverses brood boxes in late winter/early spring?

    BINGO!!!
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    Re: can you melt wax in a slow cooker?

    I have been using an old crock pot for years. It is rectangular in shape and the pot is metal. I put in old wax, cleaned cappings, old wax sheets from frames that the bees wouldn't work. I never...
  8. Thread: Bee Shield

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    Re: Bee Shield

    Not sure what the picture is proving. He tried to kill the hive and they lived or that he used beeshield, tried to kill the hive and they lived. Either way I don't see anything to prove that...
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    Re: Cells filled with Propolis?

    Are they filled in or are they just cells that are now very shallow from excessive brood rearing?
  10. Thread: Bee Shield

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    Re: Bee Shield

    I haven't been on this site, or any other bee site, in quite some time. (Or is it sometime) Anyway I don't have a dog in this fight. Mr Y you sure seem to have one.

    To be honest, I haven't...
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    Re: MDA Splitter Technique

    Thanks for the quick reply!
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    Re: MDA Splitter Technique

    Where can I purchase a copy of Mel's book? What is the exact title of the book?

    Thanks in advance!
  13. Re: Crush & strain-nylon cheesecloth, plastic mesh filter, stainless steel mesh filte

    Several points:

    People want "raw" honey. Raw honey has pollen. They want local raw honey to help with allergies. Don't remove all of the pollen. Paint strainer or 600 is good enough.

    Comb...
  14. Re: Do most beekeepers in the SE use Terramycin?

    Most of the older beek I know here in middle TN use it. I don't.......and it may come to bite me in the butt some day. But if I use it then I can't say my hives have not been treated with any...
  15. Thread: Reversing

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    Re: Reversing

    It is also good to start checker boarding after a few reversals by adding another box with frames of comb.
  16. Re: How soon to look at the frames of a hived swarm

    If you are going to be looking for eggs/larva and the queen, then you need to wait for a warm day with no breeze. At least above 65. It would be better to wait until a 70 degree day because it may be...
  17. Re: How soon to look at the frames of a hived swarm

    You have two issues:

    1) You put the swarm in a box with foundationless frames. More than likely that box is a mess. The comb is probably going all over the place just like you would find it in...
  18. Thread: Reversing

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    Re: Reversing

    I agree with Barry. Need to wait until you have a 65+ day with no wind to look. Don't want to chill the brood. But a good indicator is that the bees are very active and heavily bringing in pollen....
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    Re: Mann Lake vented suit

    I purchased an Ultra Breeze several years ago. They are heavy and I don't think they are very "breezy" on these humid hot summer days. I use it during cutouts and working my bees. Very expensive. ...
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    Re: Planting for the bees

    Better yet, just put it in a jar with the lid loose. Mix it well with food grade DE. Nothing will bother it.
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    Re: Beehive scale

    People have been weighing hives for probably a century by lifting one side with a mechinisim that weighs the hive. I have read about them in some book(s) and have seen pictures.
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    Re: nectar for feed

    They will use the nectar. Don't be surprised to find that they have converted the nectar to honey and moved it down to the brood box. I keep track of my hives down to every frame in every box. I...
  23. Thread: soybeans

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    Re: soybeans

    Hmmmm, I was told just the opposite. The hybrid soybeans which have little nectar are planted in the spring and the late soybeans are the ones that have a lot of nectar.

    I purchased a bunch of...
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    Re: Difficult time finding insurance

    Currently I have around 40 hives at 8 locations. About half of them are in my back yard here in town. I have Farm Bureau insurance. Had an agent talk to us this year to update their records. ...
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    Re: Starting a nuc, lesson learned.

    3-frame nucs are an easy target for SHBs unless you have them full of house bees. Making queens is getting much harder these days using a 4 box setup in a 10-frame box. If you don't have the bees...
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