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  1. Thread: honey suckle

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    Re: honey suckle

    My bee yard is surrounded be fence rows grown up thick with honeysuckle. My bees are all over it when it blooms.
  2. Thread: Hard Sugar

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    Re: Hard Sugar

    Split the bahs. Put the bag along with the sugar in a measured out warm water bath. My guess is that within seconds the sugar will release from the bag and begin to melt. Pull the bags out and...
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    Re: Cheapest place to buy hive parts?

    I prefer Mann Lake. Good quality anf free shipping over $100.00. I haven't found another company who can beat them.
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    Re: Plastic foundation vs wax

    In my observations I find that my bees always draw out the all plastice frames as a last resort. I do, however, notice that if I use wood frames with plastic foundation that they seem to draw it...
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    Re: Can some one explain a Mating nuc

    When you make up the nuc with nurse bees and a queen cell do you have to put them in a nuc with drawn comb or will they draw it out in the process?
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    Moving Hives a short distance

    The land owner where I have a small apiary called this a.m. He wanted to know if I could move my hives to another spot that is about 50 yards away. He is not in any hurry. The new spot would...
  7. Thread: June Splits

    by Marshall
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    June Splits

    I wanted to hear what you guys think about June splits. We have a great honey flow going and my bees are building up like crazy. I just began to sell a few Nucs off of some early May splits. If I...
  8. Thread: June Splits

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    June Splits

    I am curious what you guys think of June splits. There is a great flow going and I am willing to feed. Do you guys have any luck selling Nucs this late? Should I just over winter them for sale...
  9. Thread: What to do?

    by Marshall
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    Re: What to do?

    Roadstar, I have a simular issue. I use 1 deep for brood with mediums on top for addition brood laying area. I have two big hives side by side. One is carni the other Italian. They both have...
  10. Thread: Honey Prices

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    Honey Prices

    I am curious how much everyone is getting for their honey. How much for a pint or a quart? What about smaller containers? I'm in Va by the way.
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    Re: Hives in the woods?

    Personally I think a little shade is good. I have a simular situation. I own about 45 acres all wooded. It is a mix of hardwoods and pine. I picked a fairly open patch of woods. It is shaded in...
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    Re: plastic frames

    I tried a few mediums with plastic frames this year. They jumped right on it and drew them out. I couldn't tell any difference. I find the plastic frames a little easier to break lose to pick up.
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    Re: flow in southwest va

    I don't think they care for the daisys unfortunately. White clover is blooming well in the New River Valley.
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    Hive Split Advice

    I tried. My first split yesterday and need some advice. I made a new nuc from a booming hive. I added two frames of brood that had capped brood, larva, etc. I also added two frames of...
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    Re: Laying queen piping?

    what does the piping sound like and why do they do it?
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    Re: What to do with a fist size of bees

    I have had good luck adding bees like this to an existing hive. I put my inner cover down. Lay newspaper in top of that then poke pin sized holes through the paper and the inner cover opening.Put an...
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    Re: What do you think?

    It wasn't really an experiment just my last two bottom boards. I agree it could just be two different hives,queens,etc. but it makes since that the spring build up would be slower with fewer bees...
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    What do you think?

    I hived two new packages on April 17th side by side. I used a screened bottom board on one and a solid bottom on the other. I have noticed that the hive with the solid bottom is way ahead of the...
  19. Thread: Laying Worker

    by Marshall
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    Laying Worker

    What does a laying worker look like. Can you pick them out?
  20. Thread: nectar flows?

    by Marshall
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    Re: nectar flows?

    bnm1000,

    We are in the honey flow in SW Va. Right now the locust and wild Cherry bloom is winding down while blackberries and Tulip Poplers are blooming big time. White Clover is also really...
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    Re: Did I do the right thing?

    Plenty of room for brood. This has been going on all spring. I don't mind purchasing a new quality queen and mashing the old one. I was just hoping the bees would take care of it for me. I don't...
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    Re: Did I do the right thing?

    Throrope,

    This comb had a patch of capped worker brood next to the eggs and larva which made me think it could work.
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    Did I do the right thing?

    O.K. here goes. I have a two hive setup. On hive is a year old and the other is brand new. New hive is doing great. Lots of brood at all stages. I had to remove some burr comb. One piece was at...
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    Re: Help with making syrup to feed my bees!?

    For this years packages I am trying a 5:3 ratio. 10 lbs of sugar to 3 quarts of water. I checked the sugar levels after 7 days. Each hive had went through less than 3 quarts They are building...
  25. Thread: Open Feeding

    by Marshall
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    Re: Open Feeding

    jadell,
    I have a top feeder on one so you are right there. The other has a division board feeder so I have to disturb them a little more to fill it.
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