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  1. Re: Cleaning and storing supers after extracting

    I've never had that problem. When I remove the super from the freezer, I give it time to thaw and dry out whatever moisture has occurred from ice. Then I seal it in the bag.
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    Re: No Queen Laying

    Actually, strangely enough, all my hives were heavily backfilled during the main flow. Never had that happen before and can't explain why. My brood boxes were full of honey. I extracted a few...
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    Re: No Queen Laying

    You're not too far from me and my girls are still laying well. Don't have Carnis, but Russians and Hybrids. I would think its a little early for her to shut down completely. I would take a frame...
  4. Re: Cleaning and storing supers after extracting

    I freeze a super at a time for 3 days or so to kill any moth larvae or other undesirables and then I seal them up in a plastic trash compactor bag (they're really thick bags) so critters can't get...
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    Re: Considering switching to Oxalic Acid

    I used to treat with formic acid on a fume board. Results were always good until I lost a queen...maybe from the formic. So I bought the Varrox vaporizer last year. Very easy, quick and really...
  6. Re: red and orange liquid on the rear legs of a a bee or two

    I've gotta ask...why would you need to color your syrup? You say to differentiate between syrup and honey...you shouldn't feed with supers on, so everything goes to the brood boxes. So...as Hillary...
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    Re: Celebrity Beekeeper

    The article states he's only had his hives for 2 weeks and about all he's been doing is feeding them. With a top feeder, you pop the top, dump in the syrup and close it back up. You're never really...
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    Re: What to do with supers after harvest

    I put mine in the freezer for 3 days...one super at a time. After the 3 days, I let them thaw out and seal them up in a trash compactor bag (thicker than garbage bags...don't want to tear). Then I...
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    Re: New from Western NC

    Welcome!
  10. 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...
  12. 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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  15. 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...
  16. 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...
  18. 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...
  20. 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...
  21. Thread: Extractor

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    Re: Extractor

    BM
  22. 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...
  23. 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...
  25. 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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