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    Re: Bee Weaver Queens

    Yep. That's it. It seems like I have read somewhere that you should select against 'runny bees' when breeding. I had never experienced it thought until I bought this particular strain of bees. All...
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    Re: Bee Weaver Queens

    I ordered several last year and a few the year before. None of mine were hot at all. I have some Italians that are much meaner. The color of the queens I received is a nice golden yellow with a...
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    Re: Marking Swarm Queens

    Great idea! Thanks!
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    Marking Swarm Queens

    What are your thoughts on marking swarm queens? What color do you use and why? I would like my swarm queens to be marked with a color other than that used on my bred queens. I would also like to have...
  5. Thread: Swarm Trap

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    Swarm Trap

    I am already using LGO in my swarm traps. I would like to use Queen Mandibular Pheremone (QMP) as well, but I am getting conflicting info. Some recommend using them together, others recommend using...
  6. Re: First grafting session of 2014 a success!!

    I did my first graft of the year on March 15 too! Excellent job - they look great!!
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    Re: How often to requeen

    Great tips everyone! Great pics Lori! Thanks for the encouragement. I started grafting last year but I still have some work to do to keep SHB from destroying my mating nucs. I did breed several of my...
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    Re: Who is Capping the Brood?

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    Re: Who is Capping the Brood?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brood_(honey_bee)

    This from Wikipedia, "Soon they begin to spin a cocoon, and their older sisters cap the cell as they go into the pupa stage. These cells collectively...
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    Re: Who is Capping the Brood?

    I was taught that the workers cap the brood. They use 'recycled' wax and they make sure to perforate it for air. That's why brood caps look like cardboard as opposed to the honey caps which are solid...
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    Re: First Drones of the year!

    Cool! I haven't seen any flying drones, but there was a very small amount of capped drone brood in one of my hives when I checked Jan. 18. Our weather has been crazy here too.
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    Re: Jan 19 bees bringing in lots of pollen

    Here on the gulf coast, my girls are bringing in yellow pollen from the wild mustards and red pollen from Henbit. About a third of the foragers are bringing in pollen.
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    Re: Pollen feeding and SHB

    It has been my experience that SHB will get to the patties even if they are sandwiched between wax paper. They will also lay eggs in the patty and before long it will be writhing with SHB larvae. I...
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    Re: Two cutdowns and a combine

    I would use the newspaper. It's tried and true. The bees will chew it up in no time if you start it off with a few slits and spray on a little sugar syrup. Do you really want to risk losing a queen...
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    Re: What do you fasten your boxes with?

    We use screws, nails don't last. When the hive gets older (4+ years) in my neck of the woods (high humidity, high heat) and you go to pry out your frames, the box will come apart with the prying if...
  16. Re: Honey Hive Farms, Give away!!! Win One of Three Prizes for 2014!!!

    include me
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    Re: Hive check (post them here)

    0 out of 7 full hives, 2 out of 4 fall nucs
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    Re: what's your worst bee sting experience?

    My worst sting ever was along my inner wrist. It became very swollen and hot. Take some benadryl and apply cortisone cream. Icing helped too.
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    How often to requeen

    I have always let my bees decide when their queen needs to be replaced. However, I am trying to be a more effective beekeeper and have also started grafting my own queens. I ran into the state...
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    Re: Post your bloom dates 2013!

    36541, Alabama coast
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    Godenrod
  21. Re: Which screened bottom board SHB trap is best? Freeman or Green beehives?

    The traps were originally designed with hardware cloth but freeman sold his design to another company. Every trap I have ordered over the past two years has had polyvinyl mesh. Not hardware cloth.I...
  22. Re: Which screened bottom board SHB trap is best? Freeman or Green beehives?

    I haven't tried the green trap but I have several Freeman's so I can give you the pros and cons of those. Pros: it opens from the back, it catches a ton of beetles. When I first installed one I...
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    Re: Do we need to start a new thread for 2013???????

    kudzu blooming, turkey tanglefoot blooming and being foraged by honeybees
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    Re: flower ID please

    It's a Ludwigia though I am not certain of the exact species. I don't think it's a major forage for honey bees.
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    Re: trouble with shb in mating nucs

    I am already set up that way to keep the ants out. The beetles can fly and have no trouble getting in.
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