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    Mossie bites bother me more than bee stings. I am...

    Mossie bites bother me more than bee stings. I am immune to stings. But this year I took about 15 stings on my right hand. I had one knuckle that got very sore with minor swelling. It was gone in a...
  2. Bjorn and others, I make splits commonly....

    Bjorn and others,

    I make splits commonly. This is the first I have heard of this process to keep mite levels down. If one was to use eggs(pull fresh eggs out of your best hives) and use these...
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    There are no beekeepers around me for atleast 5...

    There are no beekeepers around me for atleast 5 miles. Many of my hives were from collected hives from areas with no managed colonies. This and natural cell is all I have done to keep my bees...
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    This is something I am wanting to try. The main...

    This is something I am wanting to try. The main reason is the mowing factor. Bees that stay on location for pollenation( agreement allows bees to stay year round) are a pain to get to and keep the...
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    It really depends on the bees. It has nothing to...

    It really depends on the bees. It has nothing to do with a starter strip or no starter strip. It nearly aways gets attached most of the way across the bottom with a few holes for passage. I had one...
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    The bees do regress from the 5.4mm foundation...

    The bees do regress from the 5.4mm foundation size when you go foundationless. I have not tried to get a good average of the cell sizes. I do not have more drones than I did with foundation. I do...
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    Honey supers are not on the hive long term. Well...

    Honey supers are not on the hive long term. Well painted ply wood last well but you need to make sure you paint them more often to keep the water out. Also make sure to paint the cut edge very well...
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    I actually prefer my hives facing south east....

    I actually prefer my hives facing south east. They warm up quicker of a morning and get to work sooner durning the cooler months(spring/fall). But if your location requires you to face your hive any...
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    I have easy access to scrap lumber. I make my own...

    I have easy access to scrap lumber. I make my own boxes and may never purchase another. I have even made my own frames. The deal with making frames is set up each operation(once you have a pattern...
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    All My frames are now foundationless. They have...

    All My frames are now foundationless. They have saved my bees by slowly going to small cell sizes.

    The North/South/East/West has made no difference. My hives face every direction and they all do...
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    Well I have been a bad beekeeper or bee haver for...

    Well I have been a bad beekeeper or bee haver for much of this year. Just to many hours at the real job. I do go through my hives and check for disease and pest. I have lost atleast 5 swarms from 14...
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    I love this thread. I have grow thousands of...

    I love this thread. I have grow thousands of peaches and plums. They start producing the year after they are planted as even the growers plant what we call whips which are half a season to full...
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    Poll: I think all of us that find out the person...

    I think all of us that find out the person getting bees from us is a newbie would be told some of our management practices. I find beekeepers try to teach even the general public to a certain point...
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    Poll: What I noticed from the results to date is we all...

    What I noticed from the results to date is we all agree that any chemical whether natural or unnatural we put into a hive is a treatment. I know OA is naturally occuring in honey at a low rate but...
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    I became dependant on myself my second year of...

    I became dependant on myself my second year of beekeeping. I took 2 over wintered hives from packages the year before to 10 over wintered hives the next year with 3 other overwintered hives from...
  16. Poll: I am another that voted yes. And like MB the ones...

    I am another that voted yes. And like MB the ones I know are ferals are the little black ones that dad refers to as the german bee that was here in the 1940s. All ferals have been dark bees with 20%...
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    I am with MB on this as of now(still no luck with...

    I am with MB on this as of now(still no luck with my TBHs for different reasons). Just going foundationless made a giant difference. Once the bees were regressed to natural size cells I have not had...
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    With only one strong hive to pull from you will...

    With only one strong hive to pull from you will get a much slower start than I did from 2. As other have said you do not want to weaken your hive to much at a time. If you take 4 frames out of a full...
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    I will check into that. My parents used to run a...

    I will check into that. My parents used to run a fleamarket booth and we went to the ware houses on sand mountain. Thanks as I still have alot of feeding ahead of me to get them strong for the summer.
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    What ever light color I find on the discount rack(normally mismatched but some times dented cans). In the store the color of this one can looked yellowish white, in the sun it was a light bright...
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    My highest 48 hour count was 23 through a SBB. I...

    My highest 48 hour count was 23 through a SBB. I had some the fall before that were in the 50s for a 2 day drop that survived fine.

    What really upsets me is they could have been saved if I had a...
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    I made 10 hives from 2 in one year. I actually...

    I made 10 hives from 2 in one year. I actually made 11 but 2 of them were combined in the fall. The things that make this possible is start early with big splits each time. I only used eggs from one...
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    Real world. I had some very bad results this year...

    Real world. I had some very bad results this year because assuming the bees at the house were doing good so would the bees at the yard 6 miles away. Mite counts were low checked by drop test. My...
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    The Florida beekeeping group invites all others...

    The Florida beekeeping group invites all others to join and it does fairly well. Like MB said the rest are real quiet. All you have to do is go to the yahoo group page and put beekeeping into the...
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    More bad news. I went through the hives today....

    More bad news. I went through the hives today. Some of what I saw as hives must have been cleaning out the dead outs. I am down to 12 hives out of 32 in July. What was weird is one of the heaviest...
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