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    Re: Russians or Carniolans

    From here on out till Feb, for carnis they should be set for winter but if they need feed I'll use left over honey through drilled commercial tops and/or sugar bricks. This is in east Tn so on warm...
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    Re: Don't see this everyday....

    I found two last November, they were very light on honey and had to cut and catch the supporting limbs from a front end loader. They lasted two months till the second polar vortex hit. Just couldn't...
  3. Re: What flowers are supplying the polen in NC now? (northwest Piedmont)

    In Cherokee County Ga there is still goldenrod that hanging on and still has yellow tops, strange but true.
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    Re: Strip Mine Beekeeping

    Old stripmine areas in East Tn should be coming on strong with sourwood and other secondary forest trees and shrubs since they are 30-50+ years old from the hayday TVA supported mining that happen....
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    Re: Tate's Apiaries Experiences

    Got three packages from them in 2013, good Carni bees, heavy population in package, 2 of 3 queens make it through the summer and winter, one was superseded during package build out stage which slowed...
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    Re: Tate's Apiaries Experiences

    Got three packages from them in 2013, good Carni bees, heavy population in package, 2 of 3 queens make it through the summer and winter, one was superseded during package build out stage which slowed...
  7. Re: Does this look like hairless black bee syndrome?

    I have see a couple of russian hives that have those black workers showing up. They were requeened this summer with queens from Coys. No dead bees or other problems have shown up. The colonies are...
  8. Tennessee getting serious with what is Honey, it's a good thing!

    0080-04-12.-01
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    Standard of Identity - Honey
    This standard applies to all honey produced by honey bees from nectar and covers all styles of honey presentation that are...
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    Re: Just think of all the bee forage.....

    Overseeding winter rye will fix that problem for a good four months if planted in early October and then reseed clover for greater density in Feb.
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    Re: Late queen install

    Pull one frame and stick the queen box in the middle of the hive near the top between the frames. It's not going to get cool enough to do any damage. Bees can take better care of the queen than you...
  11. Re: Roach Stations inside hive for SHB control.

    Roach stations, I've put them under the hives where bees can't get to them = not effective, maybe killed some wood roaches. Political cut-up signs work but FBM uses boric acid. With the roach stuff...
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    Re: Why or why not Carniolans?

    The greatest danger with carnies is when they shut down brood rearing in August they won't pick it up strong enough in September to last throughout the winter with a too low of population in...
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    Re: Drone congregation Area

    How many trips outside the hive would a queen need to take to map out the countryside to find a drone holding area 4-10 miles away? Sounds a little bit far fetched? I would say that the early drone...
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    Re: New to the Atlanta area

    If you need any queens or help the Fatbeeman is right up at Lula, glad you got your bees down here safe and sound.
  15. Re: HOW DO I "KEEP FRAMES OF HONEY ON HAND""

    [Got a deep freezer? If capped I would freeze them and place them back on the hive when needed.
  16. Re: Getting the thymol out of a honey super

    Set in sun but not direct sunlight. oils are aromatic so heat will get them to evaporate quicker.
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    Re: Moonbeam stock

    Zombies never die so maybe you get lucky here <<< http://russellapiaries.webs.com/apps/webstore/products >>> sunkist but no moombeams, but be sure you don't pay through paypal.
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    Re: Virgin queens

    I've had a issue of getting about a third of my queens from major producers this year and they have been virgins instead of mated. It's taken over two weeks for them to start laying so I've just...
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    Re: Moving Bees (Vermont to Atlanta)

    What time of year are you moving? Big difference between September and late October! I would pull the supers, place a shallow empty super on top and tape a screen on top of the super and nail strips...
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    Re: Goldenrod Flow

    Several different species in my neck of the woods, bees didn't hit the taller flowers in August too much but the lower plants are covered up this month. More rain or more nectar excreted per plant,...
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    Re: European Hornet problem

    All sounds better that practice your racketball stroke. It is fun to wack them in front of the hive. If you watch them they will catch bees out of the air too! Nasty buggers.
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    Re: Queen cells everywhere...

    Is this a russian hive? That would explain the queen cells...
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    Re: fall feeding ?

    With 90 degree days the last two weeks I have been feeding a very weak 1:1 ratio so robbing doesn't start and they need the extra water to cool off the hive. This is only for my nucs. Goldenrod is...
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    Re: Sparse brood - time to re-queen?

    How did they do this year before it forage dried up? Amount of surplus honey? How old are the queens? Brood pattern in June?
    If I got a small surplus off them this year or no honey, the queen is...
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    Re: Hive Beetles in Honey Supers

    If you have to wait longer go through all the supers and pull out any frames with brood and freeze them ASAP!
    Hive beetles in 100% honey frames won't do much damage but any brood in the supers will...
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