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    Winter is coming

    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_OLD_FARMERS_ALMANAC?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2014-08-20-15-08-00


    Looks like we should be packing on the pounds in our hives....
  2. Thread: Hive Beetle

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    Re: Hive Beetle

    No kidding on the bucket fulls. I checked one yard yesterday and the entire inner cover was covered in beetles. So I took it off the hive and used a propane torch on the little buggers. Sooo...
  3. Re: Curios, do bees harvest from Kudzu. Is there at least one good use for Kudzy.

    I've harvested Kudzu honey before. It has a purple hue and is not a bad quality honey. Makes for a great late summer resource for the bees until the goldenrod blooms. It tends to be dependent on rain...
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    Re: Hive Boom for Bee Truck

    Very nice Marios. I guess with the boom being mounted in the back you need to drop and lock out the weight legs when you use the boom right?
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    Re: Hive Boom for Bee Truck

    Here's another one that seems feasible:
    http://www.etrailer.com/Truck-Bed-Accessories/MaxxTow/MT70238.html

    This would be perfect for getting in the small watermelon fields. Down here in Alabama...
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    Hive Boom for Bee Truck

    Well I finally saw Ulee's Gold last night for the first time and the one thing that perked my interest was the boom lift Ulee used to move his bees. It looks like he was moving his hives with an boom...
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    Re: Anyone seen large queen losses/supercedures

    I'll personally be shifting away from packages to local nucs and local swarm trapping. I find nucs to be worth the premium since you can get a honey crop the first year.
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    Re: Plastic Frame Indentations

    Thanks everyone for your input. Looks like I will be using plastic inserts on wooden frames.
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    Re: Anyone seen large queen losses/supercedures

    Out of 10 packages from southern GA, 5 superceded. I have been struggling with queen issues and also with getting virgin replacement properly mated and accepted.
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    Re: Plastic Frame Indentations

    I always envy northern beeks and their lack of SHB.... until I'm standing outside in shorts and a tshirt in January watching full beeflight. We all have our regional struggles I guess.
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    Re: Plastic Frame Indentations

    Shame... as a sideliner with a fulltime job, I need to find ways to spend less time in the barn building equipment and more time managing bees. I guess I should look at wooden frames with plasticell...
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    Plastic Frame Indentations

    I would like to transition to complete plastic frames in order to save hours upon hours of work building frames and inserting foundation. I like the acorn frames but the indentations on the outer...
  13. Thread: AFB or EFB?

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    Re: AFB or EFB?

    Contact your state apiarist. If he is around your area, he can swing by and swab the cells for a test at your state bee lab. The distinction between AFB and EFB is very important. EFB means your have...
  14. Re: SHB - Not so much this year ? So far.....

    Don't speak too soon. As the watermelon and cantaloupe harvest wrap up, I'm seeing increasing numbers in my hives. One yard was so inundated this weekend that I elected to harvest supers and reduce...
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    Re: Decaying Brood vs EFB

    Will Terramycin actually cure/kill EFB? Or just mask it? I'm leaning towards doing shook swarm but I would hate to burn all the drawn comb. Maybe I could shook swarm the hive and deep freeze the...
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    Re: Decaying Brood vs EFB

    The brood gunk has the consistency of peanut butter, slightly granular and not runny at all.
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    Re: Decaying Brood vs EFB

    There is no oily look to cappings of other cells. Also no sunken cells. The cells in question have pinpoint perforations suggesting that the nurse bees selected these cells to clean out. The...
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    Decaying Brood vs EFB

    I had some issues with foul brood (EFB) earlier this year and now I am smelling some questionable odors from some hives in another yard. I examined the hive and only found a very small number of...
  19. Thread: AFB question

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    Re: AFB question

    Update 3-28-14: Lab results are back form Maryland and it showing a positive EFB not AFB. So I guess that is good news somewhat. Given the "ropiness" of the gunk in the brood chamber, I would have...
  20. Thread: AFB question

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    Re: AFB question

    I did the shook swarm on Sunday so it looks like I need to get syrup on ASAP. Foulbrood is truly.... the indestructible spore have induced paranoia and I have been bleaching everything in the honey...
  21. Thread: AFB question

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    AFB question

    Recently I discovered one of my yards had a hive with Foulbrood. I t had all the signs... roping sticky brood, pungent terrible smell, weak scattered laying pattern. I destroyed this colony and its...
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    Re: Engineers and Bees

    Double BS Agronomy and Agricultural Economics
    Auburn University

    Graduated 2 years ago. Now working at a bank as an Ag consultant and lender. Glad to see some fellow science nerds here. Really...
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    Re: Treatment Free and Foundationless Questions

    On the subject of foundationless frames, can you simply cut away the existing wax comb except for a single strip of a few cells at the top? Will the bees use that single strip at the top as a guide...
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    Re: Trapping SHB away from the hive?

    Talon Can you provide some quick details on these wax moth traps. I have had difficulty with them in the past. Thanks
  25. Re: New to Forum, experienced with bees.. Greetings from Alabama.

    Haha Its inescapable... War Eagle!
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