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  1. Re: Ok pros, how do you keep an eye on swarming without disturbing the brood chamber?

    I'm not sure one would consider me a pro, as I still have my day job. However, it has not been my experence that hive inspections are in any material way harmful to the hive.

    Here, in North...
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    Re: Left Over honey after extraction

    Tucker, I would agree with the above. The Tulip Poplar flow is still ongoing and that keeps the bees very busy. I usually time the end of the poplar flow to when my bees start working the clover. ...
  3. Re: When to put out swarm traps in central North Carolina?

    Now, 5 March, might be a bit early for our area. Normally the 2 weeks about 1 April is prime swarm time in central North Carolina. It may be shifted a bit later with the recent cold weather.
  4. Thread: Maple flow

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    Re: Maple flow

    The bees woulf use the pollen from the male flowers and necter from the female. You will notice that some trees will have a bold but delicate red floral display (male or perfect flowers) and some...
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    Re: Maple flow

    That's good news Millenia. Hopefully ours will start soon. This would be the red maple (Acer Rubrum). In our area it starts about the 1st of febuary and lasts till the first week in march. The...
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    Re: Poisened comb uses?

    This can be an important question in the right circumstance. Some years back I had a major insecticide attack at one of my out bee yards, Numerous hives dead and numerous hives clearly injured but...
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    Re: Running two queen colonies

    I would enjoy comments on this as well.
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    Re: If you're in my shoes what will you do?

    What you have is a question common to most beekeepers early in there beekeeping careers.

    Given that your location is Manila, This site will provide a lot of information on management of the...
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    Re: Merry Christmas from South Africa

    Welcome Daniel. This forum offers some very good information about increasing honey production. Using the search function is very helpful. Keeping an open mind about using other hive products...
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    Re: getting towns to ban polinators

    I never thought a beekeeper would propose legislation to ban honeybees.

    I think I understand your frustration, but legislation to suppress economic activity is not the answer. Review in your...
  11. Re: Swarm control - Demaree preferred over Checkerboarding?

    Given the location of one of my bee yards, I am not in a position to tolerate swarms (not that I would want them anyway). I have done some checkerboarding in the past, however my application of that...
  12. Re: When your ex topples your hive, can I site animal cruelty?

    What did you do to make him so mad?
  13. Re: decrystallizing in aluminum or stainless drum

    Another option is to use a crok pot, large size. One can place 4 quarts or 2 half-gallon canning jars in the water bath and set it on warm. This can be left overnight with good results. One may...
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    Re: US to ban GMO s and Neonicotinoids

    This governmental action is about as silly as it gets.
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    Re: drying down wet honey in supers

    I do not know of any controled studies on this issue. As such I can only provide my own limited experence.

    North Carolina is a bit on the humid side. Yearly harvest tends to come in at 19 to 20...
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    Re: Help, aggressive bees

    Think of the possibilities, what do you do when a local child's father is at you front door angrily presenting a bill for his son's ER care given the 20 stings suffered.

    A group of several teenage...
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    Re: Help, aggressive bees

    Joe, I do get an aggressive hive every couple of years. At this point I have one bee yard of 40 hives about 25 yards out the back door of my business, bounded by subdivisions. I'm across the street...
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    Re: Is all of this management necessary?

    Houston, I do respect your point of view even though I see no support structure under it. No one asigned me to keeper of all knowledge, so I may be well off base and in error, however I am very...
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    Re: Is all of this management necessary?

    Minimal intervention beekeeping was much more of a possibility 30 years ago.
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    Re: Percent of Honey to Harvest

    I'm Mr bad example. I take every scrap and follow up feeding to top the hive off. Some hives feed more agressively than others, so I manually equalize the stores in each hive.
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    Re: Sellable honey and moisture

    In my area, capped honey frequently comes off at 19 to 19.5%.
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    Re: Acquiring a large volume bees?

    I would agree with Eastside. There are so many skill packages to learn. If significant mistakes are made the cost in a large operation is great. My humble recomendaion is to intensly manage 20 to...
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    Re: Where to find local forage information?

    A good place to start is the North Carolina beekeepers web page. We are not that far from you and share much of the mid-atlantic flora. Not ideal, but a place to start.
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    Re: Sellable honey and moisture

    I would not trust it. Use a refractometer and take numerous readings. Get it down below 18.6%.

    However if it is for personal use, this is less critical. If the honey is a little wet, use it...
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    Re: Share your experience with Pollen Trap

    One thing I have noticed in my limited pollen colecting activity is that each hive is different. I'm sure many factors are involved. Many hives adjust with only moderate disruption while other have...
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