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  1. Thread: Purple Pollen

    by bmat555
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    Re: Purple Pollen

    I planted some Indian Corn ( speckled colors) and my bees were getting a purple pollen off it.
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    Re: Nectar versus sugar syrup

    Even when feeding sugar I see my bees crawling all over such things as wet dung covered cow lots, salt blocks, cow and chicken feed, and have even watched them clean a mitersaw of every speck of...
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    Package bees delayed!

    I just received an email from Kelleys in Kentucky informing me that the packages I purchased in January and scheduled to pickup April 26 would not be available until the end of May. Has anyone else...
  4. Re: Is there a rule when to start feeding syrup?

    I see you are not very far north of me so here is what I do. I fed heavy syrup until it got too cold back in the fall. They consumed or stored syrup until December 1 or there abouts. I did treat for...
  5. Re: Russians are flying today, Italians aren't, that can't be good

    My russians were bearding the front of six hives (mouse guards probably causing a traffic jam) yesterday with temperature about 58 f. My Italians are no where to be found, but I'm pretty sure they...
  6. Thread: red clover ?

    by bmat555
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    Re: red clover ?

    Red clover is a waste of money for bees. I cut hay on 50 acres of mixed grass and red clover. My bees will never use it, but cattle love it. I planted sweet clover for the bees and they love it, but...
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    Re: Feeders for lots of hives?

    I spotted a nice community feeder at Kellys last spring and built a modfied knock off using plywood and gallon pickle jars. Works great in the warm weather. I use entrance feeders anytime that I have...
  8. Re: Thymol Crystals, Lemon Grass, Mint Oils, . . ?

    You will get lots of opinions here so I'll give you mine from experience. I use lemon grass oil, spearmint oil and white vinegar in my sugar syrup. I never feed without using this formula and my bees...
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    Re: All my bees died:(

    I had the same problem with two hives when I first started keeping bees. I don't examine my hives as often as some beekeepers and leave them alone for the most part, but I do now treat for varroa. I...
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    Re: Another Bee Tree

    Feed them all they will take both dry sugar and syrup. If they don't get robbed out, you may be surprised at their ability to bounce back if the queen is there.
    If you are in it for profit and not...
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    Bees eating chicken feed?

    Hi, its been a while since I asked you all a dumb question and here is another.

    I have ten hives of Russian bees that I bought from Kellys, two were started this year in April on existing comb....
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    Re: Bees out of a tree.

    I had two trees last year about this time with bees. I asked the same questions and got the same advice. Both colonies died over the winter. If I had it to do again, I would cut them out and get them...
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    Treat for varroa or not?

    I have read some opinions from beeks on varroa and have a few questions. Would treating after the Goldenrod is done be the right time. What about not treating at all? I may lose a hive, but would the...
  14. Re: Too late for trapping feral bees in western NC?

    I had two strong hives in trees last year about this time. I was advised to leave them till next spring by several beeks. Fast forward to spring: both hives were deadouts. If I had cut them out and...
  15. Re: Western NY bees not drawing out supers - what's up with that?

    My first year hives were doing the same thing on new foundation in the top box. I gave them old foundation in the bottom box and I started feeding them as much as they will take often as much as a...
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    Re: Too late for a cut out?

    Its late but if you get them out now and feed them heavy until fall they should have a good chance. Certainly better than if the homeowner decides to spray them. Good Luck, John.
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    Old hive set back up, now what?

    I set an old abandoned hive that had been turned on its side for some time back on a bottom board and went thru the deeps. Here is what I found: First there is more propolis here than I have ever...
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    Is it too late for splits?

    I was at an Amish friends house Saturday and he told me in passing of several hives on the back side of his farm that had not been tended by anyone since he had lived there which is about 10 years. ...
  19. Thread: Still feeding?

    by bmat555
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    Still feeding?

    I started some new hives at the end of April and have kept sugar water on them since. Numbers seem to be building fast now and I have put on a second deep body, but they will still empty a quart per...
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    Re: Combine weak hives or not?

    Thanks for all the info. Yeah I'm too involved I guess. I work 75 miles from the bees so I only get to check on them on weekends thus seven days to check on the queen. I'll just leave them bee until...
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    Combine weak hives or not?

    I had 9 hives of Russian mutts which I requeened 5 that were splits on April 27. All queens released within a few days. A week later one hive just abconded and left 5 frames of nice white comb....
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    Re: Odd Swarm Trap Activity

    I set a swarm trap and also observed the exact activity as you. The trap was busy for a week or so and then I noticed they were all gone. I opened the trap to find it full of new white comb but no...
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    Bees in swarm trap

    I am curious what I should do with a swarm that moved into a Kelly paper mache trap that I left laying on an outside table. They have been there for at least 3 weeks now and I can see the new comb...
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    Info for making nucs to bank queens?

    I am curious how many frames or bees would most of you use to make up a nuc? I will have 3 extra queens this weekend and thought I might rob enough bees and frames from my existing hives to keep the...
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    Re: Going to attempt my first split

    I did a split last Sunday so I'll share what I did. Maybe not correct to some beeks, but live and learn.

    I first checked that I had plenty of bees in both brood boxes. I then removed the top box...
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