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    Re: re-queening every year !

    Is it recommended to buy a mated queen or allow them to make their own?
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    Re: Lack of pollen coming in?

    Rain will also affect the bee's ability to collect pollen. It washes it off the flowers.
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    Re: Night Swarm Catch

    Well, they moved into the box but I am sure the pouring rain had a lot to do with their decision.
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    Night Swarm Catch

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    One of my hives swarmed and it wasn't until evening that I noticed them at the top of a 35 foot tree. We are supposed to be getting thunderstorms over the next two days and I wanted to get...
  5. Poll: Re: If you could start again, what size would you standardise on?

    Me too!
  6. Re: pre made Bench as a hive stand? see pics

    My property is pretty hilly and cinder blocks requires me to dig too much to get a level surface. To overcome this, I built these 8' stands which hold 4 hives per bench. I add large eyehooks for...
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    Supercedure and the Old Queen

    What happens with the old queen when a colony builds and fills a supercedure cell? Does the newly hatched queen and the old queen duke it out or is the old queen removed by the workers before the...
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    Re: Rendering Beeswax from Brood Frames

    Excellent information and videos. I use plastic foundation. Will the steam warp it?
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    Rendering Beeswax from Brood Frames

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    I have 3 year old brood frames that needed to be redrawn and had a grand idea that I would render the beeswax from the frames.
    What a mess! I scraped the frames down and melted the pieces in...
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    Re: what is considered congested

    If the brood is split between two boxes, you should not reverse the boxes. It could set up a chilled brood situation.
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    Re: Improving genetics

    I am somewhat confused when I hear the term "bad genetics". How do you know if it is bad genetics or simply a poorly mated queen? What are you guys looking at when you say a hive has "weak...
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    Re: Hello from Dahlonega, Georgia

    Hi perihalailah!
    I am in Dahlonega, too, near the White County line. If you are looking for a local club, I suggest you consider joining Amicalola Beekeepers...
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    Re: European Foulbrood vs. Sacbrood vs. PMS

    All of my frames are in sealed bins and would like to take them somewhere (freezer or irradiator) and have them processed while in the bins. As long as the bins aren't opened, adult moths should not...
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    Re: European Foulbrood vs. Sacbrood vs. PMS

    Will irradiation kill SHB and moth eggs in comb? Would that a viable method of pre-treating frames before storage?

    I tried to find a large freezer building that would store the bins of frames for...
  15. Thread: Lost 1 hive

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    Re: Lost 1 hive

    The weird thing is that on 2 of the hives that died in the fall, they were not queenless. I saw the queens but they looked really bad. I would have thought the bees would have started making new...
  16. Thread: Lost 1 hive

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    Re: Lost 1 hive

    I went into the fall with 14 hives. By the start of winter, I was down to 8. Today, it warmed up enough to check and I am now down to 5. Here are some points of the hive failures:


    Each hive...
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    Re: Deadout Diagnosis - With Pics

    I agree. There is no references to varroa, whatsoever. We can't assume that just because it is a "mite", its parasitic action is the same across the species. For example, there is a mite that lives...
  18. Thread: Need land

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    Re: Need land

    I am a long time member of a relatively small church and found that the congregation has given me more opportunities for creating outyards than I have equipment for. Now that the membership found...
  19. Thread: 2015 plans

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    Re: 2015 plans

    Reach 16 hives (currently have 8) and harvest 25 gallons of honey.
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    Re: sugar patty problem

    Are you sure on the temperatures sited here (240 -260)? I have read that sugar begins to caramelize at 234 degrees. Doesn't caramelized sugar give bees diarrhea?
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    Re: Swarm Queems

    Mite levels were all low on these hives (~10 per 24hr) when I checked in August. Also, all of my hive's entrances reduced down to a 1 x 3/8 since August. Maybe the low mite count is a result of the...
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    Re: Swarm Queems

    The swarms I caught were all from my hives. I caught 6 swarms and called my mentor to collect 3 others since he had a bee-vac to suck them off the tree trunks they swarmed on.
    Since there weren't...
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    Re: Swarm Queems

    One of the failed hives contained a supercedure cell. The rest did not. One of the hives was in the process of being robbed out and there were 2 frames that still had honey on them. The other...
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    Swarm Queens

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    This past spring, I spent most of my time collecting the many swarms that were originating from my hives. The swarm hives have built up all summer and most had sufficient stores for winter. ...
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    Re: African hive inspection

    Are they actually stinging the veil or are they just landing?
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