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  1. Re: how I split a hive without having a queen

    Use an excluder and move frames of brood above it shaking the bees off the frames before moving them up. The nurse bees will move up to the brood and the queen will be kept below the excluder. What...
  2. Re: FoulBrood and Africanized Bees, Al & TN, FYI

    Two in east TN? Haven't heard that one and I know our state apiarist and most of the inspectors. I know Mike Studer destroyed a hive in east TN last year that was tested to only be between 17% and...
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    Re: Swarm- unswarm

    Keep an eye on them because next time they'll probably hit the trees. I've seen the same thing before and kind of wonder why they do that.
  4. Re: Which side of my bottom board should I use?

    I omitted that 3/4 side allows the bees bringing in nectar better access and 3/8 keeps mice out. Because of shb I run with the 3/8 by 4 inch entrance and it has lowered my honey production...
  5. Re: Which side of my bottom board should I use?

    Makes sense to me Michael, but I was taught to open up the entrance for the nectar flow giving them increased ventilation for moisture produced when the bees are processing honey. Both make sense to...
  6. Re: Which side of my bottom board should I use?

    3/4 side is for warm weather 3/8 side is for cold weather is how to properly use a solid bottom board. Some people think the opposite but they are not getting the benefit of it's originaly intended...
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    Re: Absconding Packages?

    All the absconding I know to be the most common problem comes from not properly using a screened bottom board. If newbees forget to put the debris tray in when installing package bees between...
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    Re: Is Bearding a Sign of Swarming?

    I've been watching them do that for years Dave you're right they are about to swarm. Mine are doing the same thing right now. I did an inspection yesterday and saw a good number of uncapped queen...
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    Re: Worried woodworker!

    Thanks Rader.
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    Re: Worried woodworker!

    Click on your profile then look to the left and click on private message. I'll send you a pm it might help you figure it out.
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    Re: Worried woodworker!

    Nice very nice! I'm an exit south of you in Dickson. If you need any help pm me I'll give you my number. What breed of bee are your nucs.
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    Re: virgin vs. original queen

    How many times were you successful with these given circumstances Lonzo? There is a difference between experience and having done it and reading it on the internet. The reason for using a full honey...
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    Re: virgin vs. original queen

    Workers will ball and kill the virgin. Workers will already be dedicated to the reigning queen.
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    Re: Can someone identify this smoker?

    I believe it's a Bingham smoker.
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    Re: Mite on drone pupae?

    Yep that's a mite.
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    Re: HELP! Fleeing hive.

    Are you using a screened bottom board? If you are, did you put the debris tray in when you installed? If not it's not uncommon for the bees to leave as such.
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    Re: Essential Oils

    EO's are known fungicides. I used EO's years ago for over a decade. My bees were healthier than when I treated with chemicals and antibiotics. EO's are a precise treatment, when not properly mixed or...
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    Re: "African" Bees are so terrible?

    African honeybee queens were originally imported into South America that is where Africanized honeybees originated. They will swarm 3 times or more a year don't count on them staying hived like...
  19. Re: Serious Concern - capped honey has black blotches in it

    Looks like the fall honey I get. When you uncap it the honey most likely will be dark.
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    Re: Does this seem normal?

    Don't sound Africanized to me. You would not have gotten away with just three stings just pulling the top cover. Use smoke next time!
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    Re: Splitting vs just adding a new box

    Will O'Brien gave you the information you need. The only thing I can add is to find out when the earliest swarms have been seen so you can keep an eye out for queen cells.
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    Re: Need Help! Just Inherited 50 hives

    Your seasons are what I refer to as the brown season (winter=dearth) the green season (rainy and or hot=nectar flow ). For a water source buckets of water filled with rocks for the bees to stand on...
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    Re: Need Help! Just Inhereted 50 hives

    Make sure they have a shaded water source nearby. They need water to aid in cooling the hive, the closer the better.
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    Re: Essential Oils

    Pharmaceutical grade is what you need. Wolf Creek Apiaries TN sell and carry whatever you need. If they are out they'll tell you where else you can get your EOs.
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    Re: Capped queen cell in new nuc

    Exactly dsegrest I quit grafting years ago and take advantage of all queen cells. Swarm cells and supercedure cells were a preference of Brother Adams and of mine, queens are long lived better than...
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