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  1. Re: How regularly do queens stop laying when nectar stops coming back to the hive?

    I'm seeing the same thing. Hives are tapering back on brood.

    The queen will also shut down completely if the stores in the hive get below 10 pounds or so. If you ever see one hive without brood...
  2. Re: Possible Wax moth in hive needing re-queening

    First, seeing a wax moth does not mean you have damage. I see wax moths all of the time and good strong hives will clean out all wax moth eggs and larvae before they have a chance to damage the...
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    Re: Can anyone identify this bee?

    I think it is really called a yellow jacket hover fly but I've always heard it called a "news bee". Southern folklore says that as it is hovering and buzzing it is telling you the news. I remember...
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    Re: Why do I not see Sumac yet?

    I believe Tree of Heaven honey darkens my sourwood. When I have a weak sourwood flow the honey brought in during that time has an "earthy" taste. Yes, it taste like dirt. The old timers here call...
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    Re: How is the sourwood so far?

    It's been a good year here. I noticed the first blooms opening on June 19 but they ignored them until about July 1. In the next 10 days they really put it away. We're 4 weeks after first bloom and...
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    Re: Are You In The Closet?

    Why am I incognito? This was my first forum and didn't know what to expect when I signed up. I have noticed that I respect the opinions more of people who are willing to put their name out there...
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    Re: vented bee suit

    I have both the Ultra Breeze jacket and suit. I've been well pleased with both and would highly recommend them. They are quality suits.
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    Re: Honey Container Prices

    When I give my customers the choice of glass or plastic they say glass of course. Who wouldn't? It's easier to clean and recycle. If just feels fresher too. I'd rather have my soda from a glass...
  9. Swarmtrapping: My newfound joy in beekeeping

    This morning I just witnessed a swarm move into one of my swarm traps and it was really awesome to watch. Within 15 minutes it went from a swarming cloud to all moved in and setting up shop. So far...
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    Re: Treat?? Comb After DWV

    You could freeze it if you want. That would make sure you had no residual wax moth or hive beetle eggs on the frames. If it froze out in December and it looks fine now then you don't need to do...
  11. Re: Are stings supposed to feel good, almost addictive

    The stings don't feel good but the effects can. I've had shoulder pain for about 10 years and while I was robbing bees a couple of weeks ago I got stung about a dozen times on the ankle. An hour...
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    Sticky: Re: Post your bloom dates 2014!

    24078 - Collinsville, VA
    Sourwood 6/19/2014
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    Re: How is the sourwood so far?

    Yes. They are smaller than the surrounding trees so I usually see them on hillsides, at woods edges around clearings or along the highway. Every once in a while you will see a big sourwood and that...
  14. Re: Will the next generation of a "hot" queen be less aggressive?

    Thanks for the comments. I'm going to give the daughter a chance. This hive produced really well last month so its worth a shot. I installed a queen excluder just above the bottom deep so after...
  15. Will the next generation of a "hot" queen be less aggressive?

    I had my first experience with a really aggressive hive yesterday while I was robbing it. While I was in there I was lucky enough to see the queen and I promptly squished her. This is a hive I...
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    Re: How is the sourwood so far?

    Anynody?
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    How is the sourwood so far?

    Here in Southern Virginia the flowers are beginning to form on the stalk. I'd guess we are about a week from the start of the sourwood bloom. How is the bloom so far in other areas? Does it look...
  18. Re: Is a cluster on a queen cage a good sign or a bad sign?

    Releasing queens is not a perfect science. I lost 2 out of 7 this spring. The first was because of a virgin queen and I've found no reason for the second. In the second they left themselves...
  19. Re: Where are you on the tree of knowledge

    I have those duh moments and I would say everyone does who is learning. In the classroom its referred to as the "light coming on". Learning keeps the mind young. Charge on!
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    Re: moving hives

    Good point Tenbears. I wasn't thinking of it being a short distance.
  21. Re: Where are you on the tree of knowledge

    Well said. I have been there too. I was really smart my second year but that third one humbled me in a big way. Thanks for sharing.
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    Re: moving hives

    Are you wondering if you can move a new package just installed? If that is the case I would wait until you have open and capped brood. That way they have a reason to stay if they don't like being...
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    Re: Best experiences in the bee yard?

    I agree, Barry. Even though I enjoy being in the hives alone, I always remember when someone does it with me. Last week my college age son helped me split hives and I'll always remember it.

    I...
  24. Re: What nectar gives off a hay or straw smell?

    Thanks Mark. I didn't think of that but it makes sense. They are bringing in a lot of pollen.
  25. What nectar gives off a hay or straw smell?

    My bees have started collecting something. They are coming in heavy and are fanning at night like they are drying nectar. The smell coming from the hive is like hay or straw. Does anyone know what...
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