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    Re: Foraging Habits

    Chinese privet is one of the best flows in my area. Pretty much drips out 4/15-5/1. It makes a light amber floral honey that can't be beat. if we didn't have privet, it would be difficult to make a...
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    Re: Small Hive Beetle Damaged comb

    Its going to hurt to burn 40 drawn medium frames and 20 drawn deeps. They are pretty bad slimed.
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    Small Hive Beetle Damaged comb

    I recently lost two hives to hive beetle larva when the bees swarmed out and the beetles took over. The combs are slimed and full of larva. I put all the frames in the deep freezer. Will the bees be...
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    Re: Do you put weight on your top covers?

    I use duct tape. Very cheap and holds migratory lids down nicely.
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    Re: Screened bottom or solid ?

    Moisture buildup facilitates the growth of the bacteria in my opinion. It "cultures" the minute amount that may be in a hive and lets its grow exponentially.

    That being said I still prefer solid...
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    Re: Screened bottom or solid ?

    SBB
    Advantages:
    Better ventilation (less chance of foulbrood), allows for mite drop after treatments, less bearding in hot summer months
    Disadvantages:
    Early year brood up period hindered and...
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    Re: Pollination Advice

    These farmers act shocked when I decline their offer of $50/hive. If they offered $120, which is the cost of a replacement nuc in my area, then I may consider. The area watermelon farmers are...
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    Re: Pollination Advice

    With honey prices where they are now, pollination doesn't seem profitable these days unless you are going to almonds and getting 150+ a hive. The 50/hive I get offered for watermelons around here...
  9. Thread: Storm Damage

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    Re: Storm Damage

    Ace, what is not pictured is the roof of my house missing and my barn/honey house completely gone. Tornadoes can be strange in how one object 100 yards away is completely fine while a house can be...
  10. Thread: Storm Damage

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    Re: Storm Damage

    Anchors don't matter with 100 mph wind.
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    Storm Damage from this weekends tornado activity. I stacked them back up and hopefully the queen will make it.

    These hives had to weigh at least 200-300 lbs.
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    Re: Evolution of Swarming?

    I often wonder the same thing. However, you must remember that evolution is not the survival of the fittest but rather the survival of least unfit. Evolution must work with the genetic base provided...
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    Panhandle Hives

    Looking to buy singles, doubles, or nucs in the florida panhandle. Will travel for pickup.
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    Re: FULL DOUBLE COLONIES FOR SALE AFTER ALMONDS

    Where in the panhandle are you unloading? I would be interested in a pickup down there.
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    Re: Is EFB a problem in your Apiary?

    Can EFB combs be disinfected by a long freeze in a freezer? Say 48 hrs or more? I have tried to research this and have not found a definitive answer.
  16. Thread: wild pigs

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    Re: wild pigs

    They wont mess with a hive (not enough fur for protection), but they will root up the ground around the hives especially if there are a lot of dead bees on the ground. They love rotting animal...
  17. Thread: Late swarm

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    Re: Late swarm

    South Alabama here. Caught a swarm yesterday and put them in a 5 frame nuc. Added two frames of honey/pollen and frame of open brood to keep them anchored. Hopefully they can take advantage of the...
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    Winter is coming

    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_OLD_FARMERS_ALMANAC?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2014-08-20-15-08-00


    Looks like we should be packing on the pounds in our hives....
  19. Thread: Hive Beetle

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    Re: Hive Beetle

    No kidding on the bucket fulls. I checked one yard yesterday and the entire inner cover was covered in beetles. So I took it off the hive and used a propane torch on the little buggers. Sooo...
  20. Re: Curios, do bees harvest from Kudzu. Is there at least one good use for Kudzy.

    I've harvested Kudzu honey before. It has a purple hue and is not a bad quality honey. Makes for a great late summer resource for the bees until the goldenrod blooms. It tends to be dependent on rain...
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    Re: Hive Boom for Bee Truck

    Very nice Marios. I guess with the boom being mounted in the back you need to drop and lock out the weight legs when you use the boom right?
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    Re: Hive Boom for Bee Truck

    Here's another one that seems feasible:
    http://www.etrailer.com/Truck-Bed-Accessories/MaxxTow/MT70238.html

    This would be perfect for getting in the small watermelon fields. Down here in Alabama...
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    Hive Boom for Bee Truck

    Well I finally saw Ulee's Gold last night for the first time and the one thing that perked my interest was the boom lift Ulee used to move his bees. It looks like he was moving his hives with an boom...
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    Re: Anyone seen large queen losses/supercedures

    I'll personally be shifting away from packages to local nucs and local swarm trapping. I find nucs to be worth the premium since you can get a honey crop the first year.
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    Re: Plastic Frame Indentations

    Thanks everyone for your input. Looks like I will be using plastic inserts on wooden frames.
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