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    Re: Funniest bee question ever asked

    This thread reminds me of the time that diary farmers started dumping their milk out rather than selling it because they weren't getting enough for it to make a living. This news reporter asked a...
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    Re: Two New Queen Questions

    I did that. They said it would be at least a week before they had any queens ready.
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    Two New Queen Questions

    I installed a package last weekend. Went in today to check on the queen and she was still in the cage but not moving. Opened the cage and set her out on top of the frames and she still didn't move....
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    Re: My smoker smoke may be too hot

    This is off the topic of your question but I was wondering if you were planning to use a smoker when you were installing the bees? I've been told that's not a good idea.
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    Re: Funniest bee question ever asked

    I get the hibernation quesion a lot. Never had the flying north comment. Now I know what to say when it comes up. One of the most difficult to explain is "How do they make a new queen?"
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    Re: Heard Queen Piping for first time

    So what does the old queen do while all this piping is going on?
  7. Re: Ok to install packages anytime during day ?

    This is one of those questions that if you asked three beekeepers you'd get four different answers. I was told to do it late afternoon. However, if your queen is still in her box I don't see why...
  8. Thread: smoker fuel

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    Re: smoker fuel

    Rolled up corrugated cardboard.
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    Re: Wintering a Top Bar Hive

    Thanks for all the responses.
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    Wintering a Top Bar Hive

    I'm wondering if TBH's winter as well as Langstroth hives? Particularly those with viewing windows. Even with the wooden covers over the glass in the windows it seems the glass would radiate the...
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    Re: What is this bee doing?

    I think I fixed it. However, I'm not exactly a pro at all this video stuff.
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    What is this bee doing?

    It looks like one bee is grooming another one. They were doing this when I got to the hive so I don't know how long it went on but I watched for several minutes. Also it's an empty hive right now...
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    Re: Swarm commander: Does It Really Work?

    I bought some of the Swarm Commander several weeks ago and didn't have any problems ordering. Just put out some traps this weekend so we'll see if anything happens. Along this line, is it...
  14. Thread: Hello

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    Re: Hello

    Welcome! Good luck with your bees and your top bar hive.
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    Re: swarm trap lures

    Sounds like you've got the bases covered. I'm not familiar with slum gum but don't use too much of the scented stuff. I've just put out traps with lemon grass, old drawn comb, and Swarm Commander...
  16. When to put out swarm traps in central North Carolina?

    I want to try my hand at trapping some swarms this year. It's been a very cold February but looks like the winter weather may finally break after this week. Any recommendations on when would be a...
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    Re: How do you feed honey back to the bees?

    Thanks for all your responses. Good advice.
  18. Re: To feed or not to feed...that is the question

    Now for a third opinion. Feed them the honey. It will be a lot better for them than sugar syrup. Since you got it locally there's probably nothing in it that your bees won't be exposed to any way.
  19. Re: Another North Carolinian, brand new just starting type

    Welcome! You'll enjoy the experience. The hardest part will be installing that first package of bees. Try to watch someone else do it before you get yours or either have someone with you who's...
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    Re: Help buying a Top Bar Hive

    "I’m in search of buying a Top Hive" Since you ordered two packages of bees, I'm assuming that you're ordering two hives as well?

    I started with Top Bar Hives having never kept bees before and...
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    Re: How do you feed honey back to the bees?

    Good points but I should have been more specific. I've already crushed and strained a couple of quarts. I was wondering how to feed that back to the bees. I can do what you suggested with the...
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    How do you feed honey back to the bees?

    One of my TB hives died this past week and I have 4 or 5 completely full combs filled with the sugar syrup they were fed last fall. It's capped but doesn't look or taste anything like honey. I plan...
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    Re: March Packages vs. Later

    Can you still get a March package this late? All I see available now are April packages.
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    Re: Seized $2.5 Million Chinese Honey

    The headline reads, "Feds confiscate $2.5 worth of Chinese honey from Houston port"

    I knew Chinese goods were cheap but......WOW
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    Not a good week for bees

    I lost one of my two hives during the last cold spell. This week there's snow, sleet, and ice today with temps near zero by Friday. The remaining hive looked good last weekend but it's going to be...
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