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    Re: Goldenrod in West Georgia

    Here near Montgomery AL, the tall variety is still green. We usually pull any extra honey from the hives just before it blooms in September and let the ladies have all they can pull from the GR and...
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    Re: The best beehive Cover

    I use a ventilated top on all my hives like Michael Bush references and it works great. It acts as a feeder, ventilator and observation deck just in case I want to take a quick glance at the ladies...
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    Re: Hello from Northern California!

    Welcome! You've come to the right place if you're looking for insights on taking care of bees. I used to live in Santa Rosa around Mayette Village back in the 60's. I bet it's change a bit.
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    Re: vented bee suit

    Last year I got stung on a hot day 75 times because my suit was soaking with sweat and the bees continued to nail me on my back. That day I ordered my Ultra Breeze and since then I haven't been stung...
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    Re: Want to work bare handed?

    Great idea! I'll definitely have to try that. :thumbsup:
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    Re: vented bee suit

    I love my Ultra Breeze. It's a little expensive at $265, but well worth it if you are looking for a top-of-the-line quality bee suit.
  7. Re: Lowes paid me to paint my new nuc's!

    If you're ever in a Sherman Williams paint store, you may want to ask them about any miss tinted paint. They sell theirs for $3 a gallon. However, they usually don't offer a rebate, so it sounds like...
  8. Re: Extracting--- using heat gun to uncap??!!

    Wayne, I found the thread. Thanks for pointing me in the correct direction. Good stuff!
  9. Re: Using a blow dryer to uncap frames - pros and cons

    Thanks Wayne. I'll search on "heat gun". I tried searching on a variety of combinations, but heat gun was not one of them.
  10. Using a blow dryer to uncap frames - pros and cons

    Some of you have seen the videos where folks use a heated blow dryer of some sort to melt the wax on capped honey. Personally, I'm fond of the "Easy Peasy" video, mostly because the commentator used...
  11. Re: Screened Bottoms Boards...from a first timer

    In addition to the IPM benefits of a SBB noted in a variety of articles, I switched to a "sealed" SBB to keep my bottom board relatively clean and free of critters as a solid bottom can build up some...
  12. Re: Who just ordered a MAXANT 3100 powered extractor?? This guy, thats who!!

    No complaints so far and if you can afford the motor (3100P) I would definitely suggest getting it. You can be slinging frames while you're decapping the next batch. I love mine!
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    Re: queen excluder or not?

    I don't use excluders, but from everything I read here it's pretty much a personal decision. Me, I don't mind the queen roaming around. If she lays in a honey super, I just swap that frame with one...
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    Re: H. Tomas Krantz Beekeeping Supply

    I ordered one of the Maxant extractors last June from them, which ships from the Maxant factory, and it came in about 2 weeks (as expected). However, I could be wrong, but shortly after that I read...
  15. Re: What are acceptable gaps between new supers?

    Ed, last year (my first) I bought cypress boxes from the same vendor, put the boxes together with Titebond III glue and nails as suggested, loaded them with new foundation and they worked fine. Any...
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    Re: Rethinking Queen excluders

    Aucoop94, where on the hive do you put your Imrie shims? I've made 4 and was thinking about putting them on as I've heards good things about them.
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    Re: Hardest part of the first year?

    The best part of this forum IS the variety of approaches folks use to deal with different situations that come up throughout the year. For me, I like multiple opinions. That way I can evaluate them...
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    Re: drill holes in honey super?

    Thanks warmbees and sqkcrk: I've heard folks here periodically mention doing it and always wondered how to avoid the rain. If I ever do it, I'll probably build a cap for the protruding side (as...
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    Re: drill holes in honey super?

    I've always wondered about setting the super back about an inch to allow for an upper entrance. What happens when it rains?
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    Re: How fast can frames be drawn?

    Good info! Brad, we're just a little farther south than you and the forecast is looking great after all the rain we just had. Also, just noticed the privit is just starting to bloom, so that will add...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    I have two hives in my peach orchard that have swarmed 5 times since 3/29/14 including one yesterday. Luckily, they all stop temporarily on one of the peach trees which has allowed us to catch them...
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    Re: What's the fuss about dandelions?

    Brad, I'm down here near Montgomery and the dandilions start showing up here when the henbit starts to bloom in mid February. I've noticed the bees definitely go to the dandilions for their pollen...
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    Re: My blueberries

    Phobee: I have about 600 rabbiteyes and they like 3 things -

    - Soil that has a pH between 4.8 and 5.2, but they will tolerate it if it's under 6. If the pH is too high or low, they get iron poor...
  24. Re: Letting my hives swarm versus making splits - what's better for the bees?

    Acebird, are you saying you've heard about reversing them maybe once to get the colony back down to the lower chamber, but not repeatedly, or you've never heard about reversing the boxes, period?
  25. Re: Letting my hives swarm versus making splits - what's better for the bees?

    Thanks everyone. Great information! I'm definitely leaning now towards not letting them swarm if at all possible. I went to our bee meeting last night and it was highly suggested in an effort to...
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