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    I got the hives from a retiring beek. It is a...

    I got the hives from a retiring beek. It is a shame, but I really didn't have a lot invested in it, but now that I am buying new equipment, that will be the cost!
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    Sterilizing West Beetle trap

    I just destroyed 2 hives by burning after they were found to have AFB. I basically destroyed all the contaminated equipment, but still have 2 West Beetle traps that were used on those hives. Is...
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    foulbrood revisited

    Well the result was positive for foulbrood--sensitive to all antibiotics. The hives are really taking off since I treated with Tetracycline, and have lots of healthy brood. And they really strong...
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    thanks

    Thanks Jim, for taking the time to answer these questions--for yes, I have had to learn some valuable lessons. I have already made some changes, and will think twice about freely switching frames in...
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    AFB questions

    Well, I got the bad news yesterday from Alabama's apiary inspector--that 2 of my hives most surely have AFB, and although it is not official (test results are not back yet) he suggested that I burn...
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    Post mortem

    This hive has now been examined from top to bottom. This is a 1 hive body, 3 super hive that I have had no queen excluder. In fact they had moved up the hive with the brood, so much so that a week...
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    Lost hive to SHB, now what?

    My strongest hive has been completely taken over by SHB--just discovered it Thursday, but am out of town until Monday, so can't deal with it until then. This hive had been in this place for 2 years,...
  8. Thread: Moon Flowers

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    Moonflower is a common name for many plants, but...

    Moonflower is a common name for many plants, but the kind most common in our part of the the south is the datura variety, which is not what you have. These moonflowers open up right before sunset...
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    Unseasonably warm weather after a cold snap, with...

    Unseasonably warm weather after a cold snap, with 70s expected for the next week made me get out and do some housekeeping on my bees today. I was pleasantly surprised, that there seems to be a bit...
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    Beeing (sic) a new beek, and not realizing how...

    Beeing (sic) a new beek, and not realizing how the cycle goes, I would only extract after August if I leave plenty on the hive. I extracted all my supers on Sept 1 and put them right back on,...
  11. Thread: Cotton Honey

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    We had a lot of cotton honey this year--as there...

    We had a lot of cotton honey this year--as there is absolutely nothing else blooming in South Alabama in July and August. It does have a distinctive flavor, and although I don't care for it as much...
  12. Thread: 3 days later

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    Reuben, before you do anything rash, I would...

    Reuben, before you do anything rash, I would confirm the diagnosis. You probably could contact the Ag department of VA, and get some information on how to confirm the diagnosis. Are there any...
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    For those who don't use queen excluders, you will...

    For those who don't use queen excluders, you will trap all the drones in the super by using the bee escape, because they can't get through. Plus the drones make this really loud buzzing sound,...
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    First year Beek here--bought two loaded hives off...

    First year Beek here--bought two loaded hives off a retiring beekeeper in early spring, and despite a major drought, they have produced and produced. I think that part of the success is the area of...
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    I used it this year. the bees filled it out very...

    I used it this year. the bees filled it out very nicely for me, except that I didn't read the directions and they didn't put any in the outside most frame. I put mine on in the middle of our...
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    Most cotton is now BT cotton, which is hardly...

    Most cotton is now BT cotton, which is hardly sprayed at all with pesticides, not like 5-10 years ago. It is rare for them to have to spray now.....
  17. Thread: Bee-O-Pac's

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    I have used the Bee-O-Pac successfully this year....

    I have used the Bee-O-Pac successfully this year. I did notice a tendency for the small hive beetle to get safely inside the small holes inside the plasic where the bees could not get to them. I...
  18. Thread: Drought

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    20 inches below normal in South Alabama

    20 inches below normal in South Alabama
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