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    Re: Extraction Methods: Simple Draining

    Oh that sounds like a painful process. It might work I'm not sure. See if you can find a friend with an extractor or some bee clubs rent out extractors. I think if I was gonna try to extract without...
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    Re: What made you decide to keep bees?

    Iharder be fore warned. My garden played a part in my interest in bees. 80 hives later and the garden takes a backseat. Lol
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    Re: Bees going into my brickwork

    It could be scout bees from a swarm looking for a place to set up camp. I would caulk up any cracks they are exploring.
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    Re: Swap hive locations to equalize?

    Yes, you can help equalize hives by just swapping spots. But, first I would let them get established and make sure both queens are laying doing well. A lot of times to really equalize hives you will...
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    Re: medication drugs 2 buy

    They are both synthetic miticides. But, Taktic doesn't build up in the wax and it has been effective much longer than Camphorus was. To my knowledge Amitraz (Taktic) is still the miticide of choice...
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    Re: All Natural Hop Guard II ???

    I've tried it and I think it is only marginally better than the original. It still only works for a few days before it drys out. It's a good product to use on broodless hives. But, it is not going to...
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    Re: medication drugs 2 buy

    Just remember to rotate it with another chemical. It worked good here in the US at first but the mites became resistant pretty quick.
  8. Re: from grafting to selling strong nuc, time period?

    I know we can get started earlier than you can but, it should take about the same amount of time for them to build up. You would just have to adjust your start date. I graft around Valentines day and...
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    Re: Will mature queen pipe?

    I don't think mature queens will normally pipe. I think it is quite common for swarms to replace the old queen once they get set up in the new hive. So it's quite possible you have a virgin and they...
  10. Re: Anyone else in Central Florida not seeing a nectar flow yet?

    I know it does make you guys feel any better but, it's going off here in North Fl. The bees are packing in the Gallberry, Palmetto hasn't got going here yet. I did a cut out from a tree trunk last...
  11. Re: Suggestion for Ultra-breeze suit owners or buyers

    The mesh type suits hold up pretty good for regular bee work. But, they do take a beating doing cut outs the mesh catches on any sharp edge.
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    Re: Wintered over? Where?

    I can promise you they were not overwintered here in the South. Any overwintered nuc from last year already has two supers almost full of honey. There is almost no way you could of made a up a nuc...
  13. Re: Confused about queen piping I heard in my hive

    Here's what I do with a hive like that. I will take each frame with a queen cell and put it in a nuc box give them a frame of honey and a couple extra shakes of bees. You can normally make 4-5 nucs...
  14. Re: Confused about queen piping I heard in my hive

    They have almost surely swarmed. If you pull a few frames my guess is you will find multiple queen cells that have been torn down from the side. If you look real good there's a good chance you may...
  15. Thread: DEAD NUCS????

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    Re: DEAD NUCS????

    Over heated or Starvation are two causes that would cause the nucs to die with a large amount of bees being found in and around the nucs. Pesticides would be another but, that would be way down on my...
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    Re: Caramel for the Queen Candy

    I have no idea what the caramel will do. But, you can make some queen candy easy with some powdered sugar and karo (corn syrup) Dump some powdered sugar in a bowl and mix in some corn syrup. Keep...
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    Re: Local flow begins?

    Local is a relative term. The best thing to do is first find out what your flow comes from. Then take a walk around the area where your hives are located. See how far along the plants in your area...
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    Re: Honey Supers ON, one with QE another without

    Matt they will sometimes swarm with an empty box of foundation on with or without an excluder. They just don't see the box of foundation as more room. They have to draw the comb before they see it as...
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    Re: Plastic Foundation

    second favorite option is to dump a swarm into a box of nothing but plastic. they usually draw that decently too. good use of a swarm[/QUOTE]

    In my opinion this is the best way to use a swarm. I...
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    Re: What did i do wrong ?

    If you want to leave your split in the same yard you can put it in the same place of the original hive. Then instead of the split loosing bees back to the original hive it will catch all the foragers...
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    Re: honey gate flow. use a funnel?

    When you say it pours out?? Are you practicing with honey or Water? If you are practicing with water it will pour out pretty fast but, once you get honey in the bucket it will come out a lot slower.
  22. Thread: nectar flow

    by johng
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    Re: nectar flow

    NE Fl it goes until about the first or second week of June. I would imagine most of the plants are the same here as they are there. Gallberry, Palmetto, Black Gum, are some of the big honey producers...
  23. Thread: hfcs ok or not

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    Re: hfcs ok or not

    I don't feed as much as some of these guys here but, I used three barrels of hfcs55 over the past year and I can't really tell any difference in how the bees look versus sugar syrup. I really like...
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    Re: Split without moving 2 miles.

    If your not gonna move the split two miles away. Just move the big hive over and set the split in the old spot let the split catch the foragers problem solved and its easy.

    Moving brood up above...
  25. Thread: Our first split

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    Re: Our first split

    Shrtubug, if you leave the split in the same yard put it where the old hive was. That way it will catch the foragers. Now if you want to move the split to another yard that will work to. My favorite...
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