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    Re: Lets talk about Long Lang Hives

    I had the same thing happen in one of my hives when I dropped the wire sensor into where I knew the brood nest was. Temps were at 85 degrees for 3 hrs and now they are just 15 degrees above the...
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    Re: Mouse in the Bee house

    I second a vote for option #3
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    Re: Against all odds, nuc is alive

    Who, me? yes, all 5 of them.
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    Re: Against all odds, nuc is alive

    In this part of VA, the bees don't stay in a true "cluster" for winter, they wander. Only 3 of my sensors have wire probes that can be suspended into the brood nest. (the other 5 have to sit on the...
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    Re: Against all odds, nuc is alive

    Sounds like they are the perfect candidate for an indoor observation hive when the weather turns really cold. You are already feeding fondant so you don't have much to lose if you decide there is...
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    Re: things looking bad

    Don't stress too much about the lack of brood right now. A small colony knows that they don't have the resources right now to keep them warm. They will just hang out until the pollen and nectar...
  7. Re: north alabama bees still bringing in pollen?

    I will second that. I found a patch that was protected by the side of the house that is in full bloom. Haven't seen the bees working it yet, but I'm sure they find it when I'm at work.
  8. Re: Girls working the Sasanqua camillia today

    it probably all depends on their micro climate (whether they are protected by the house, barn etc). Here in the tidewater part of VA, they bloom in Oct & Nov and then get hit with the first freezing...
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    Re: Les Crowder - Topbar Beekeeping

    I heard Christy speak last September. You won't be disappointed.
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    Re: Don't see this everyday....

    Hey, don't the bees know they can't build comb in that direction :no:
  11. Re: What flowers are supplying the polen in NC now? (northwest Piedmont)

    Here are some posters that I found at http://www.eversweetapiaries.com/pollencharts.htm. I don't know if they will be helpful or not. They are out of West Virginia. Here in the tidewater area of...
  12. Re: Providing Water When Feeding Bees Sugar on Warm Days

    my bees don't like "clean" bird bath water. They like my ponds that have collected leaves and other organic matter. They will also visit a small hanging bird waterer if I let the pink mold grow in...
  13. Poll: Re: Hive Overwintering Fools - Challenge 2013/2014

    you might take a look at Google forms (part of google docs). supposedly, it feeds the info into the spreadsheet for you. someone else on beesource was using it recently.
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    Re: Pollen in MA in late november

    http://eversweetapiaries.com/pollencharts.htm in WV sells the poster sized charts. I'm still trying to decide if I can read them well enough to spend the $46 + shipping on them.
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    Re: Les Crowder - Topbar Beekeeping

    have not seen the DVD, but his book on the topbar hive was the first one I purchased. You will definitely want it for your library whether in book form or dvd.
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    Re: Pollen in MA in late november

    pollen charts that I found from a West Virginia supplier. Maybe it will help you identify what they found.
    14648 winter pollen
    14649 spring pollen
    14650 summer pollen
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    Re: Pollen in MA in late november

    24 degrees zapped the winter camellia that was in full bloom last week. Yesterday it got up to 65 degrees and I saw many worker bees all over the "melted" camellia flowers trying to get what pollen...
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    Re: Post your beekeeping Facebook page

    Facebook is a great way to get the information out to the general public. And I also keep my personal profile separate from the bees' page.

    www.facebook.com/topbarbeehive
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    Re: Swarm management in urban hives

    I too am in an urban area and don't want any swarms to be an issue with the neighborhood. I controlled it this year by making many splits (I was building up my population but didn't get any honey). ...
  20. Re: My bees can't fit through the plastic pollen trap - Help!

    you must have some really big bees in Australia. My bees are in a TBH on their own cell size so I suppose they are smaller. When I got a replacement queen from California, I thought she was huge...
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    Re: Comb organization for winter.

    my guess is you have warmer winters like I do in Virginia. The books will tell you to arrange the honey stores so the bees can travel in one direction. What I observed last year was that my bees...
  22. does crush 'n strain honey crystalize more slowly than extracted honey

    I know the answer will depend somewhat on the type of nectar, but does most honey crystalize because of the air that is spun into it by the extractor?

    I only ask because I have bought this...
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    Re: Normal Die Off?

    Hard to say how the bees are going to fair this winter, but I also noticed dead bees yesterday morning here in VA. Our temps are nothing like what you all are having, but it looks like some of the...
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    Re: Should a new beek start with langs?

    I started with 1 TBH last summer and am now up to 5. My only beekeeping experience is with the top bar and it has been a ton of fun. Please don't think that just because everyone in the bee club...
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    Re: overwintering top bar

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    Fondant on a top bar comb. It has to be spread before the fondant sets up and hardens but not too hot that it melts the comb.
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