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    Re: Maxant vs Dadant extractor

    I like my Dadant 20. I did not really think I would ever run it with more than 20 frames at a time. But, this year it came in handy being able to run 36 frames in it. It's not really fair to judge...
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    Re: Hauling 5 frame nucs south for wintering

    Mr. Lyon is right on. The bees here will really start brooding up in Jan. when the Maples start blooming. But, we won't get any kind of significant honey flow until middle March. Overwintered nucs...
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    Re: Mating nuc bearding nonstop?

    Another option is the queen is in that group of bees. She may have gotten confused on her return flight with the robbing screen. I've found quite a few queens under the screen on 5frame nuc so I know...
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    Re: Bad time of year?

    Oh if you have good full 5 frame nucs now I'm sure you will make at least a super or two of honey by the end of October. Pepper won't really get going good until September. Cabbage Palm should have...
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    Re: Bad time of year?

    This is a good time of year to start a few nucs that far south. It's not a great time to start some here in North Florida we are in our summer nectar dearth. But, Central and South Florida has plenty...
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    Re: 1st Grafting Experience

    If you got 20 started and don't plan on using a finisher I would not add any more grafts. The starter may not finish off anymore than you already have started. I would be very happy with 20 out of 30...
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    Re: New split and I'm now confused.

    Are you sure they are queen cells? I don't see hardly any way your queen could of already started laying and the workers had already started queen cells. I agree with Mr. Bush I think your queen is...
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    Re: Extraction / Swarm Question

    I think it's probably more about you leaving them closed up than it is with the syrup. JMHO Bees create a large amount of heat and can over heat easily. I remember going to GA. to pick up some...
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    Re: How do I know if I have a queen?

    It's possible your hive swarmed and the new queen hasn't started laying yet. I normally wait three weeks after the swarm before I worry about a queen. If you have any doubt, you can add a new frame...
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    Re: Smoker recommendations?

    Another vote for Dadant . I burnt mine up a month ago so I've been using my cheap back up and I hate it. It does the exact same thing you are talking about it set the pine straw on fire today because...
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    Re: Raising a honey bee queen

    If your wanting to take a swarm cell and hatch it out inside you will need a incubator. I use a regular still air chicken incubator to buy me time when working with cells or to hatch out virgins for...
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    Re: "Designer Honey?"

    It is possible to make pretty much one type of honey, Gallberry, Orange Blossom, and Tupelo are a couple honeys made here in Florida. Most of the time the supers are added right before one of these...
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    Re: Melting wax in crockpot?

    Some water in the bottom will help you get the chunk of wax back out of the crockpot once it cools back off. If you don't care if you get it back out then no water is required. Remember not to use...
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    Re: How many new bees?

    The bees flying around in front of the hive are indeed new bees learning where their hive is before they start foraging. The bees are most likely already a few weeks old, they have graduated so to...
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    Re: Selling honey on craigslist

    I sell quite a bit from Craigslist. Pictures do help, for some reason it seems to go in spurts. I keep an ad on Craigslist all the time it's free advertisement. But, you do have to weed through some...
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    Re: Extraction Methods: Simple Draining

    Oh that sounds like a painful process. It might work I'm not sure. See if you can find a friend with an extractor or some bee clubs rent out extractors. I think if I was gonna try to extract without...
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    Re: What made you decide to keep bees?

    Iharder be fore warned. My garden played a part in my interest in bees. 80 hives later and the garden takes a backseat. Lol
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    Re: Bees going into my brickwork

    It could be scout bees from a swarm looking for a place to set up camp. I would caulk up any cracks they are exploring.
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    Re: Swap hive locations to equalize?

    Yes, you can help equalize hives by just swapping spots. But, first I would let them get established and make sure both queens are laying doing well. A lot of times to really equalize hives you will...
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    Re: medication drugs 2 buy

    They are both synthetic miticides. But, Taktic doesn't build up in the wax and it has been effective much longer than Camphorus was. To my knowledge Amitraz (Taktic) is still the miticide of choice...
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    Re: All Natural Hop Guard II ???

    I've tried it and I think it is only marginally better than the original. It still only works for a few days before it drys out. It's a good product to use on broodless hives. But, it is not going to...
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    Re: medication drugs 2 buy

    Just remember to rotate it with another chemical. It worked good here in the US at first but the mites became resistant pretty quick.
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    I know we can get started earlier than you can but, it should take about the same amount of time for them to build up. You would just have to adjust your start date. I graft around Valentines day and...
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    Re: Will mature queen pipe?

    I don't think mature queens will normally pipe. I think it is quite common for swarms to replace the old queen once they get set up in the new hive. So it's quite possible you have a virgin and they...
  25. Re: Anyone else in Central Florida not seeing a nectar flow yet?

    I know it does make you guys feel any better but, it's going off here in North Fl. The bees are packing in the Gallberry, Palmetto hasn't got going here yet. I did a cut out from a tree trunk last...
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