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    Re: How Much Sugar Do You Use?

    In answer to your question m0dem, I average 120 pounds per production hive. But please keep in mind, I run duplex hives.
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    Re: How Much Sugar Do You Use?

    Oh yes. protein sub is in the hive from January first untill the end of febuary. Thereafter, nothing until after the harvest.
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    Re: How Much Sugar Do You Use?

    I harvest all I can out of each production hive. I will be using about 80 pounds of sugar after the harvest untill November. This is a per hive number. About 4 pounds of protein will be used per...
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    Re: should bees be fed during "summer dearth"?

    I'm in the southern peidmont of North Carolina. We have very simular floral sorces and yes, we are in a dearth. I harvest all the honey I can get ahold of in early June. I do feed all during the...
  5. Re: How is the rain and cold weather affecting flow in Mid-Atlantic region

    I think of the mid atlantic as being PA. down to NC. So I would think that would include me.
    March was great, April barely satisfactory but late april until 3 days ago the Tulip Poplar was great. ...
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    Re: Yard with 25 production hives and 25 nucs

    We are not to distant from one another, but our floral sources are a bit different given my piedmont and your coastal locations.
    I have 31 production hives in my city yard with 21 of them being...
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    Re: How to clean leather gloves

    I use leather gloves and they can get to be a mess. I put the gloves on and wash with normal hand soap and warm water and dry with a towell. From time to time I will work a mixture of 90% coconut...
  8. Re: Newbee in Maryland amazed with all the conflicting advice :D

    I would agree Eric. I'm a sideliner in North carolina who took his beekeeping course 40 years ago. Most of the practices I employ to asure a good honey crop would be critised with by a large number...
  9. Thread: Maxant 1400P

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    Re: Maxant 1400P

    Brad, I have had this model for several years and am very pleased with it. This year I plan on adding a second one to speed extraction.
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    Re: Medium 8-Frame Hive

    I would agree with most ofthe above. During the honey flow season (now) I restruct the brood section to two 8 frame mediums. with the honey supers above that beyond a queen excluder. During the...
  11. Re: How likely will a hive swarm if you don't split it in the Spring?

    Yote asked what a Demaree was. George Demaree first described this method of swarm supression in 1884. This was modified several times and by 1892 the method I use was described.
    In my area the...
  12. Re: How likely will a hive swarm if you don't split it in the Spring?

    I rarely if ever spit in the spring. That is accomplished in June or July after the honey flow is over. Rather I demaree each hive twice each spring. This is a bit for work as I run two queens in...
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    Re: Honey slightly fermented?

    I have had this happen in the past. Years ago I had one 5 gal. container granulate and start bulging the plastic lid. Upon opening it did have a slight sharp smell. I liquified it and restored in...
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    Re: Winter Robbing…What can I do???

    I think the key here, is the unusually warm temperatures. For a week or so the highs were in the low 70's.
    Mouse guards are of less utility here in the South where a tight cluster is not commonly...
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    Re: Winter Robbing…What can I do???

    I've had the same issue this year. Given the warm late December temperatures, the hives were very active. Two of the smaller units were robbed out. I keep robbing screens on most hives, however...
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    Re: cell punching eggs

    This may, or may not be something you can use. Given my line of work I have and am competent is the use of stereo microscopes. One can take a frame of wet brood/eggs from any desirable queen and...
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    Re: The road to treatment free...

    I would think that if anyone were to stumble on a long term untreated hive or feral colony, the queens and bees generated from them would be worth a fortune. Likewise, if through significant effort...
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    Re: CO2 to protect honey from shb?

    One could freeze the honey while in the comb and extract later.
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    Re: Hive beetle problem

    I have used H. Indica in the past and like the idea. I may order some to apply.
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    Re: Long term storage for Honey

    In the garage is fine as honey does not freeze and expand like water does. It will crystalise over time and that can be an issue. If the honey is over about 18.6 percent water it could ferment,...
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    Re: Sourwood flow in NC

    I'm down in the "flat lands" so sourwood is scarse. I have notices that just a litle west of you there are significant numbers. Several years ago on walking the forests around Lake Lure I estimated...
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    Re: Hive beetle problem

    In the southern peidmont of North Carolina, we are in SHB land. I had significant problems when I had hives in a shaded wooded area. How all the hives are in full sun and with a gravel bed extending...
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    Re: Dramatic hive slowdown

    Titan, It's great that the new hive is doing well. The remainder of the summer will be a difficult time for them as there will be little forage available. Here in the peidmont of North Carolina,...
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    Re: C.C. Miller swarm cure

    I do this every year. It's a modified Demaree procedure.
  25. Re: Ok pros, how do you keep an eye on swarming without disturbing the brood chamber?

    I'm not sure one would consider me a pro, as I still have my day job. However, it has not been my experence that hive inspections are in any material way harmful to the hive.

    Here, in North...
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