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  1. Thread: Black bees

    by Matt903
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    Re: Black bees

    Could have been a black drone that your queen mated with on her mating flight. A swarm that I caught this spring were feral, and they were black.
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    Re: Packages or 3 frame nucs?

    E spice,

    Adam beat me to it, but if his lead doesn't work out, I can get you five frame deep nuc for 150. Pm if interested.
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    Re: 10 frame double deep or single?

    Rooster
    To echo what Adam said, I overwintered some four and five frame nucs last year, and that was with the 0 temps. I did however feed them mountain camp style the whole winter, and gave them...
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    Re: The price of bees

    I got $150 for a five frame nuc last year and $200 for a top bar nuc, and sold out! Several older beeks told me I was asking to much, and would not sell them. I still got calls from people in July...
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    Re: Package bee hauling business

    Thanks for the replies. Since the post, almost every supplier I have contacted is either sold out already, or wants retail value for their packages. I guess I don't blame them, I am sure they will...
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    Package bee hauling business

    This spring I would like to start hauling packages to sell in my local area, and perhaps north of me. Anyone have any suggestions? Type of trailer? Anything thing at all would be helpful. Anyone...
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    Re: 30% overwintering losses...is that accurate?

    [QUOTE=Rader Sidetrack;1171099]I registered my apiary with the state of Tennessee, but I have never got any survey requests.

    Radar,

    Mine are registered also, but have never had any survey...
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    30% overwintering losses...is that accurate?

    I keep hearing and reading that the national average of colony losses for is 30% In fact I think it is the most common quoted figure on bee source when talking about overwintering, mites, etc. ...
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    Re: Foundation or not?

    To get them stared, I will use a starter strip on a few frames. Once they get those going straight, I just put in empty frames next to the straight ones. They will build straight.
    Check out...
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    Re: Foundation or not?

    Not. I went foundationless last year, and have not looked back. It saves money and time, gives you clean natural wax, and the bees build what they want. Yes they will build more drone comb, but...
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    Pigeon mountain 2015 nuc prices.

    Pigeon mountain bee company is charging $187 for a five frame nuc in 2015. And that is just if you order in October. The price goes up every month after that. I need to raise prices, I was charging...
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    Re: Moving Bees (Vermont to Atlanta)

    I think I agree with beemandan. Selling two strong hives will get you money to replace them in the spring. You can even order some from fat bee man. He is not far from Atlanta.
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    All the talk about goldenrod....

    So I am driving down the road the other day and suddenly yell out: Look kids! The goldenrod in blooming! Response: Umm...that's great dad. Their unenthusiastic response got me thinking, only...
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    Re: Preparing a single deep for winter

    No problem. Andrew is right, it is just putting sugar on the top bars of the hive. I put down a newspaper covering half the top bars, and then put about three pounds of sugar on the newspaper. To...
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    Re: when to prep hives for winter

    I am way south of you, and am already thinking about winter. I would think for sure the empty supers need to come off. Check for winter stores, make sure they do not need to be fed.
  16. Thread: Mites?

    by Matt903
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    Re: Mites?

    Small hive beadles? Are they moving? I have seen small hive beadles hide in the bottom of empty cells before.
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    Re: Preparing a single deep for winter

    I know we are in different areas, but I have wintered singles and five frame nucs just fine by themselves thru the winter. Last winter was the real test, with temps in the negatives and singles...
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    Re: too much bearding?

    I had the same thing happening with some of mine. I just put some shims under the cover for venilation. It helped some, but they are still bearding. I don't worry about it much since it has been...
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    Re: Walnut or Butternut for hivebodies

    There is a a red cedar in my town that has had bees in it for 15 years that I know of. I am not sure if it is the same hive, or swarms moving in over the years. Me and another beekeeper have a...
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    Re: Drought and feeding

    I have found simple is the best route for me. I take some type of plastic continer and put it in the back of the hive or next to the follower board. I put in some sticks or pine needles for floats. ...
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    Re: Foundation Less Frames

    if you are putting them between two drawn out frames, you don't need anything. If they are just staring out, you will need some type of guide. Look on Michael Bush s website, he has a whole section...
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    Lesson learned....nuc robbed out

    Been keeping bees for a long time, so I should have known better. This is my second year making nucs to overwinter. Last year worked great, so this year I had a really good nuc going, in between...
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    That wow feeling

    Does anyone else still get that wow feeling when you open a nuc or or hive that you stuck a queen cell in, and twenty something days later there is a queen walking around in there? Even after 16...
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    Re: Too Late to Make Nuc's?

    I made nucs around this time last year, and they overwintered fine. I did feed them heavily and they had five frames fully drawn out. I used mated queens and were overwintered in five frame boxes. ...
  25. Re: Is it too late to make a split this year (SW Ohio)?

    I think you are cutting it close letting them raise their own queen. I have overwintered five frame nucs here that I split in early July, but it was with a mated queen, five frames of drawn comb,...
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