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    Re: New from Western NC

    Welcome!
  2. Re: How to deal with backfilling properly and Fast

    I had a problem with backfilling this year. First time that's happened. I removed the queens out of a couple of my hives during the flow as I thought they might swarm due to congestion in the brood...
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    Re: A Question about Splits

    Unoccupied space in a hive, or frames gives beetles and moths a better chance of getting a foothold in your hive. A nuc will be easier for your bees to control. As far as cardboard nucs are...
  4. Re: I weighed my hives today....not at all what I expected

    The lever operated scale is the way to go. I can check both sides of a hive in less than a minute. And rarely does one side weigh the same as the other. I weigh both sides, record and move on to...
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    Gonna try my hand at meade making...

    I saw a recipe for Persimmon and Cider meade that is my goal, but I'll have to wait till Fall for that. In the mean time blackberries are all over the place, so I'll start with that. I saw a video...
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    Can someone identify this tree?

    Don't think its native...central North Carolina. The bees are all over it, but its also about the only thing in bloom except for Sumac.

    Thanx

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  7. Re: How do you get bees to finish capping honey?

    Hate to disagree with you Beek 79, but there's no flow going on here...its been gone for a while. There's Sumac and Clover around and a little Sourwood (which never amounts to anything ) but with...
  8. Re: Crazy question...Spitting on a queen before letting into Laying worker hive???

    I have a friend who was told to do this because every time he introduced a new queen, she would get balled. Not sure if he had a laying worker.
    They immediately accepted her.
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    Re: my new gadget

    I don't treat this as a science project. I don't need an ultra-precise scale or calibration procedures. I want something that will give me an idea if their weight is gaining or losing. I want...
  10. Thread: Extractors

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    Re: Extractors

    LT...still haven't decided? I don't blame you for getting all the info you can before making your purchase. Here's a little more info for you. As you know I bought the 18 frame from BM. Having...
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    Re: my new gadget

    I've been using my scale now for a couple of years. Although it is not perfectly accurate, I get a good idea of what's going on inside the hive. I actually measure both sides as they are rarely the...
  12. Any North Carolina Mountain berks out there?

    Has anyone gone for the Sourwood in the Sylva NC area? I have a friend who will let me put some hives there but she doesn't know anything about the area.
    I put some in the Boone area last year, but...
  13. Thread: Extractor

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    Re: Extractor

    BM
  14. Thread: Extractor

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    Extractor

    I thought I'd share my experiences with my new 18 frame extractor. Set up was a snap. I just set it up on a piece of carpet without bolting the legs down. My first load was 15 frames. I made a...
  15. Re: Massive Die Off from SHB. Is There A Treatment Free Solution?

    Have you checked for mites? Could be they are the cause of your problems and the beetles are a result of.
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    Re: What caused the swarm?

    Newbee is probably correct. Our flow has just ended. We had quite a flow this year...short but heavy as our primary nectar sources bloomed at the same time. All my hives have been backfilling this...
  17. Re: Flow ended 35 28′ N, 81 14′ W Lincolnton NC ?

    I weigh my hives twice a week during the flow. No weight gain in over a week...in fact I think they are consuming. Time to extract.
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    Re: Inner cover hole

    Yes...I drove there to pick it up. I guess Maxant figures by the time you decap 12 or 18 frames manually (as opposed to a machine) your extractor will be sitting idle, so a smaller extractor will be...
  19. Re: How much sugar water should a new hive consume?

    If your Flow is on or if there is nectar available, they will not take the syrup. Look around and see what's blooming. Ask the local beeks when the Flow is going on. And I wouldn't use the...
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    Re: Inner cover hole

    Laketrout...
    I just purchased the 18 frame Italian job. I pondered over this for quite a while. While I understand the attributes of the Maxant, the one in the same price range that is advertised...
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    Re: Hive activity question (video included)

    Looks like an orientation flight to me.
  22. Re: How do you know if there is a 'flow' going on?

    Thanx for all the replies guys. I must say I think you are right on concerning the Compressed Spring. Our Flow is made up primarily of Tulip Poplar and Blackberries. They both began blooming at...
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    Re: Backfilling Problem

    It really has been a heavy flow this year. I weigh and plot the hive weights. Thought you might want to see a graph to see how quickly they're filling up.
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    Re: Backfilling Problem

    Thanx guys. I already did the cutdown split to prevent a swarm due to overcrowding. My real question is why are they backfilling so much? What makes them decide to backfill instead of going up to...
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    Backfilling Problem

    I have four hives that have been backfilling like nobody's business. Even my beekeeping neighbor, who has a lot more experience than I, has not seen anything like it. One swarmed yesterday due to...
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