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    Re: What's the fuss about dandelions?

    Brad, I'm down here near Montgomery and the dandilions start showing up here when the henbit starts to bloom in mid February. I've noticed the bees definitely go to the dandilions for their pollen...
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    Re: My blueberries

    Phobee: I have about 600 rabbiteyes and they like 3 things -

    - Soil that has a pH between 4.8 and 5.2, but they will tolerate it if it's under 6. If the pH is too high or low, they get iron poor...
  3. Re: Letting my hives swarm versus making splits - what's better for the bees?

    Acebird, are you saying you've heard about reversing them maybe once to get the colony back down to the lower chamber, but not repeatedly, or you've never heard about reversing the boxes, period?
  4. Re: Letting my hives swarm versus making splits - what's better for the bees?

    Thanks everyone. Great information! I'm definitely leaning now towards not letting them swarm if at all possible. I went to our bee meeting last night and it was highly suggested in an effort to...
  5. Re: Letting my hives swarm versus making splits - what's better for the bees?

    Thanks everyone for your thoughts! Luckily for me I'm usually home every day working on the farm which is in a rural area with peach trees growing all around my hives which seem to work great for a...
  6. Letting my hives swarm versus making splits - what's better for the bees?

    I started beekeeping last April with four small cell NUCs in 8-frame hives and they all made it through this winter. In February and March, I openned the hives looking for queen cells and two weeks...
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    Re: Veil only...no suit. Thoughts?

    I was reading all the replies and I agree that you should wear what makes you feel comfortable. But, I've also included a picture of one of those angry hives, just in case you haven't experienced one...
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    Re: Maple flow in SE right now?

    I'm near Montgomery AL and all I've seen is henbit and dandilions with the wild plum trees just starting to bloom. However, it shouldn't be too long now as the cold weather is hopefully in our past...
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    Re: bee activity seems early

    I'm a little south from you, but the dandilions (yellow pollen) and henbit (red pollen) are blooming in our area now.
  10. Re: Does adding a medium with pulled frames on top of a crowded deep make sense?

    Thanks JW (and squarepeg for the confirmation)! I will put your suggestions into motion tomorrow!!
  11. Does adding a medium with pulled frames on top of a crowded deep make sense?

    When I went into my hives the other day here in south central Alabama, 3 of my 4 hives were doing pretty good. However, I had brood comb between my deep brood box and the medium honey super above it...
  12. Re: Bees pooping on the landing board and outside the hive

    Well, I wouldn't want to offend your chemistry professor and since you made such a fuss about it I have changed my signature line.
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    I thought essential oils were made from herbs rather than chemicals? Am I mistaken? If so, I will change my signature line as I do not plan to stop using them as a preventative means to defend...
  14. Re: Bees pooping on the landing board and outside the hive

    Wonderful! What's a mother to do? :scratch: There are a lot of local beekeepers in my area that use tea tree oil lightly mixed in their sugar water instead of using chemicals to prevent nosema and...
  15. Re: Bees pooping on the landing board and outside the hive

    Thanks Michael for that update. I just put out the tea tree-laced sugar water in each of my 4 hives, 1/2 gallon per hive. When they're done with that dose, I'll put out a second batch to complete the...
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    I have a few corrections to make to my original post that have just come to light this morning. First, I talked with my local bee supplier who is chemical free and he told me he uses Tea Tree for...
  17. Re: Bees pooping on the landing board and outside the hive

    Actually, that's the only hive out of the 4 that I haven't given any "fortified" sugar water to yet as they had a full super of honey to munch on whereas the other hives were a little light.
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    Normally I would agree with you both, but this is the only hive that is having this issue of any severity. I'm very tempted to give them a dose a Fumagilin-B if it continues. Starting Sunday we'll be...
  19. Bees pooping on the landing board and outside the hive

    I've noticed for the past week or so some brown spots on my weakest hive's landing board and on the outside of the hive. My gut feel is that this is a symptom of nosema. As it is warming up here, in...
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    Re: red clover ?

    Anyone ever buy the honey bee seed mix from Round Stone Seed in Kentucky? I'm thinking of establishing a pollinator habitat and here is what they have for their honey bee flower seed mixture. Any...
  21. Re: Summertime nectar-producing flowers in the South

    You mentioned it does well in hot, dry climates. Our humidity in the summer averages day and night between 60-75%. Do you think high humidity would effect its production?

    Update: I just checked...
  22. Summertime nectar-producing flowers in the South

    I've been researching beesource and other areas trying to determine which nectar-producing flowering plants do well from July through September in the Deep South. So far I've come up with Anise...
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    Re: Honey processing area rules.

    Just curious, have you gotten a definitive breakdown of the word "processed" from your health department? In our state, the operative word is "processed". If we are just extracting honey, running it...
  24. Re: Should I transfer a weak winter hive to a NUC or leave it alone?

    Done. Thanks everyone!!!
  25. Re: Should I transfer a weak winter hive to a NUC or leave it alone?

    My entrance is 5" wide and 5/16" high. How small should it be?
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