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    Re: Starting to think beekeepers are cheap. lol

    I like to build stuff. I like it even more when I can build three things for the price of one store bought. I save scrap lumber, not because I'm cheap but because I hate to cut a new board or sheet...
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    Re: Fall flow in central North Carolina?

    Going to be sometime around mid Sept. into Oct. Goldenrod mostly. The hives will have a distinct moldy smell when they start drying it down.
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    Re: first year, should I take some honey?

    I would extract the entire top super. If you feel better about it, leave a couple. If you take it all and we have a bad fall flow you'll need to give them some sugar near winter but that's the...
  4. Re: Three 8-frame meds filling up: should I just keep adding boxes?

    Stop freaking out. They do that. Mine do anyway. You can remove them from the top but without the feed on they may not draw out the new frames. Can you extract a couple from each? In the middle or...
  5. Re: Does the frame need to be completely capped before extracting

    This year I extracted some that were 50% capped. Nothing came out when I gave them a good shake, so I extracted them. They were mixed with some that were 80 to 90% so that helped. No problems with...
  6. Thread: Just Smokin'

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    Re: Just Smokin'

    Wood pellets or burlap seem to last the longest for me. Pellets are harder to get going without a torch, but they last a long time. Wood pellets don't need to be puffed as often to keep them going....
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    Re: SHB populations low this year?

    Not seen any this year either. Colonies seem far less agressive too. Not complaining. Keeping the oil trays full of oil tho, just in case.
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    Considering Cotton

    I live in the land of Cotton. But it seems no one plants it for at least 5 miles around me. Would it be worth taking some colonies off the soybeans and put them on the cotton? Doesn't seem to be much...
  9. Re: Not seeing much discussion on harvests- how's everyone doing?

    Not bad. Average is 40# per hive so far. Some were splits. Some still on the hive but may leave it in case of another long cold winter.
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    Re: Minor feedback requested

    Mine have completely stopped drawing comb and I am 30 miles from you. They stopped about a month ago. Going to be really hard to get them to draw any more.
    Mimosas are almost done and won't be...
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    Re: Some things I've learned about SHB

    I agree #6 is the way to go. I have home-made bottom board traps on with #6. Put them on last year and have not seen a single SHB this year. Maybe that's what did it, maybe not but I'm not changing...
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    Re: Are my supers full of syrup?

    Sugar syrup. Whether it is honey or not is always being debated. Never tried it , but don't think it would have much flavor. Pretty much winter feed now, if you ask me.
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    Re: Brood box full of honey

    You could extract them and put them back in, replace them or trade them with another hive that might not be so well off. I extracted mine when they did that. If there is a flow of any kind, you could...
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    Re: Where Do You Extract Honey?

    I've seen sausage made... they were wearing gloves and a hairnet. Wanna taste my honey? get a spoon. Then wash it.
    Would you: go to a farmers market, watch someone open a jar of honey, stick thier...
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    Re: Where Do You Extract Honey?

    In my kitchen. Everything is cleaned first including taking the extractor apart and washing all the parts and buckets in a bleach solution the day before. I'm not a clean freak, but I am a little...
  16. Thread: New Quart Jars

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    Re: New Quart Jars

    I have always done it because it makes me feel better knowing they're as clean as they can be. The last jars I bought had a funny smell in them which made me want to even more. Can't hurt to give...
  17. Re: Need advice regarding removal of bees from house

    :thumbsup: +1.
    Each section of soffit may have a small nail in each end. Still very easy to remove and put back. I'd bet they're not in the wall, but then again I'm way over here and have nothing to...
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    Re: place brood frame in different hive

    They will accept them. You'll hear a roar when you put it in, but don't worry about it. We do it all the time.
  19. Thread: Cost of Honey?

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    Re: Cost of Honey?

    I sell mine for $11.00 a quart, $5.50 a pint(about 1.25 lb), and $3.00 half pint. I'm only in my second year selling. I've had at least two customers tell me that mine is way better than the guy that...
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    Re: Charge for placing a hive at someone's garden?

    I'm letting a friend "borrow" one of my hives this year. He is about 20 miles from me and I really don't want to have to go all that way to check one hive. I usually leave them alone a lot anyway. So...
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    Re: Deeps as honey supers?

    I also have a mix. I like deeps for brood chambers, but this year I did use some for honey. The biggest downside I had was blowouts in the extractor. Maybe its just because I use a tangential, or...
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    Re: Anaphylactic shock

    The last patient that I used epi on for a medicine related reaction coded(clinically died) about five minutes later. Luckily we were in the hospital and headed for the ER at the time. They lived...
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    Re: After you catch a swarm

    Put the queen in a cage attached to the middle frame. They wont' leave her behind. Better if there is some brood around too. Also, as stated, grass or limb at entrance.
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    Didn't know what I was missing.

    For the last five years that I've been keeping bees I've always had to deal with bees that were in the extremely defensive to down right HOT! category. This year I don't know what changed. All five...
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    Re: Really need some help

    They weren't killing them. When you pulled the cover off, the comb tore and exposed the brood. They were most likely drones. Mine are building drone comb like that. As long as there is no honey band...
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