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    Re: How to manage nucs

    I overwintered a couple of 2 story medium NUCs last year and one of them has grown into a 5 medium box honey machine! The other one is almost as good. Maybe this is not just 'good luck'.... Makes...
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    Re: alternatives to using a decapping knife

    Did the roller thing...didn't really like it. It did avoid a lot of capping wax to clean up. Will try the heat gun this year. It LOOKS like it should work but ....
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    Re: Will bees better their forage areas?

    After about 4 years and 15 hives of bees my pastures are totally TRANSFORMED into amazing fields of white clover! The flavor of my honey has also changed to a clover flavor. I liked the original...
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    Re: Mating nucs after the flow

    If you feed your mating NUCs, which you should, robbing can be a serious problem... especially if you add HBH to your syrup. Even stronger NUCs may rob others if there's no nectar available.
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    Re: Checkerboarding verses Opening the Broodnest

    Room to festoon is an interesting concept. Two weeks ago I noticed one hive had drawn out about half of a medium frame that I had left in from a protein patty feeding experiment. After they...
  6. Re: What do you bring to the bee yard for hive inpections?

    My son helped me with inspections last weekend. He made a video log using an ipad like device as we inspected each hive. He transferred it to my laptop when we got home and as I reviewed it that...
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    Re: Hi from Arkansas

    Glad you signed up! Welcome!
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    Re: Anyone order Mann Lake supers/frames?

    I find their frames to be excellent and their service also. My favorite supplier!
  9. Re: Name One Important Lesson You Learned in Last Year

    I learned that all beekeeping is local. You've gotta' learn what (and when) to expect things in your area like the main honeyflow ... and when to expect it to finish. When is "white wax" season......
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    Re: Hello from west central Arkansas

    Hello there Beekeeper!
    I'll bet you're in my (Our) Ouachita Beekeepers Association! Lots of information flows through here... enjoy! PM me if you have a pressing question I might could help solve....
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    Re: Hello from nw AR

    Welcome! tons of good info here.... Bee sure to read Walt Wright on POV to learn his swarm control method using checkerboarding.
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    Re: Hello from Arkansas

    Hi JJ,

    There is a lot of difference in bee temperment that can be selected genetically. When you feel ready to try requeening look to get Queens from some program that has been in progress for a...
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    Re: Is there a secret to growing hyssop?

    I have a 50 ft. row of the anise hyssop in my garden transplanted this spring from seed grown in cell packs. They're growing fine, 3 feet tall with loads of flower stalks but mostly bumble bee and...
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    Re: Howdy from No Arkansas ....

    I have a couple of cedar hives... the bees seem perfectly happy with them. I have seen for myself that a NEW (one year old) cedar hive did NOT get wax moths while a nearby pine hive did (after the...
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    Re: Borage

    I was reading in my American Honey Plants book that the Borage honey is very dark and does not sell readily. If its for the bees and not the super then who cares! I am growing Anise Hyssop this...
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    Re: Are Queenless hives useless this time of year

    I will go back and look more carefully for the queen in that colony... she is marked and was present about a month back. I was looking through several colonies at the time and the others all had...
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    Are Queenless hives useless this time of year

    I have a hive with plenty of honey and pollen and bees ( 2 med. HB) but no Queen! Also no eggs/brood. Should I give them a mite treatment (formic acid?) and combine them with another hive? This is...
  18. Thread: Grease patties

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    Re: Grease patties

    I "assume" table salt would be better actually since it doesn't contain all of those other minerals which have been formulated for cows. I've read it's better to grind the salt to a powder before...
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    Re: Numbering bee hives

    Thanks for the cattle ear tag idea! I already have some of those and that's much better than my idea of "making something".
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