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  1. Re: Red Sox game today

    Just saw that on the news…sometimes ignorance is not bliss...
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    Re: March Hive Check - post them here

    Nice pic Barry…looks like she is laying an egg in the photo…! Thanks for sharing…
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    Re: Bee space issue or other?

    Sqkcrk - yes, both boxes are from the same supplier. And, this colony is the same breed as the other colony in the bee yard. Checking bee space measurements this weekend.

    Michael -...
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    Re: Bee space issue or other?

    Could be Cleo…I may have to trim one of the boxes down a bit…just inconvenient…!
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    Bee space issue or other?

    One of my hives continues to build comb between the hive bodies. This makes pulling frames and inspection difficult. The set up is two deep (10 frame) hive bodies under a 10 frame medium honey super...
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    Re: Bee Yard Pic

    Congrats on your overwintering success Burns…good looking hives you got there…are they on a tennis court…? Thanks for sharing…great pic…!
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    Re: Question about queens.

    Hey Cap, congratulations on your overwintering success…sounds like you are in a great position to raise your own queens…! Maybe try some queenless nucs and let bees do the rest…or move the queens...
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    Re: After winter frames of bees

    Good question, I'm in East Tn but was wondering the same thing about what other folks see this time of year. I'm sure it is geographic specific but I would be interested in what others are...
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    Re: Maple flow in SE right now?

    I'm seeing a light khaki/tan color pollen coming in here in East Tn…last weekend anyway...anybody know what plant that could be?
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    Re: Few bee pics here on Valentines day

    Congrats Slee on your overwintering success. Thanks for sharing…!
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    Re: Skills you want to develop in '14

    Going into my second year. I will be attempting to raise some queens this season via the graft less methods and doing some splitting this spring/summer…I have 2 hives and would like to increase to 5...
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    Re: What is your loss percentage so far?

    Zero losses so far…2 hives from packages in April 2013…winter has been extremely cold for East TN…so far so good.
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    Re: Hive check (post them here)

    2 of 2 still alive…one light on stores getting sugar bricks and the other plenty of stores and not touching the sugar bricks as of yesterday…it's been very cold and wet so far this winter in East TN....
  14. Re: Do you smoke them when winter feeding?

    The bees in one of my hives were not happy on Friday when I opened them up to add/replenish sugar block…about 15 or 20 went for my hands and veil…they quickly settled down though once the bricks were...
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    Re: bee surviving the cold

    Same here in East TN…Zero to 4 degree temps for 3 days and the bees were out in full force today, cleansing flights, bringing in the occasional pollen, etc…temp got up close to 60 degrees today...so...
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    Re: Season's Greatings

    Thanks Michael…! Merry Christmas!
    Tommy
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    Re: Merry Christmas

    Merry Christmas All…From East Tennessee!
    Tommy
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    Re: Small Hive Beetles in TN/KY Area

    I am in East Tn, Blount County and see about 4 or 5 dead SHB's every few days on screened bottom board insert…lovely sight…!
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    Re: who still builds frames ?

    I have 2 hives and expanding to 5 next year. Assembled all the frames myself…each hive is 2 10 frame deeps and a medium supper for each...thinking about buying the pre-assembled next expansion…my...
  20. Re: Do beekeepers have common personality traits?

    Yup, that's me as well…with the exception of #23…not a writer…not yet anyway…!
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    Re: What are your plans and goals for 2014?

    Nice insight Lauri…!
    My 2014 plan is to increase from 2 hives to 6-8 next year via splits in the spring/summer. I plan on ordering at least 1 new package in the event my 2 first year colonies don't...
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    Re: They finally made a queen!

    Congrats...! I know that's some relief this time of year..
    Nice pic...
  23. Re: East Tennessee Beekeepers - suggested winter stores

    That's a good point Matt...I noted in my inspection Sunday that there were 6 or 7 frames of capped and uncapped brood in the middle deep. I suspect as long as they don't back fill that area I should...
  24. Re: East Tennessee Beekeepers - suggested winter stores

    Great Pics Squarepeg. Looks like you get a nice balance of honey among your hives and a workout to boot...!
  25. Re: East Tennessee Beekeepers - suggested winter stores

    Thanks Bill and Squarepeg for your insight...upon inspection yesterday, I found one hive has a top deep completely full of capped honey and the second hive has about 6 frames capped honey with...
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