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  1. Re: Small cluster + Negative Temps = Indoors?

    I've got two singles that I'm going to put a old 60 watt bulb under for the next three nights. My nucs are all under wraps close together and under tar paper that I stapled today. Likely wouldn't...
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    Re: Tulip Poplar Honey in East Tn.

    Super cold weather in Feb last year and late March blooms took out early spring build up last year so most TP honey went into brood production and the year before the heavy rain in May-early June...
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    Sticky: Re: Post Your Bloom Dates - 2015

    Kingston, Tn. 37748
    Silver Maple, Feb. 4, 2015
    In bloom but not many visits, 54 deg. high.
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    Re: Carniolan Queens

    John Pluta who has been posting here this month also has Carniolan queens and he's in Georgia.
    http://georgiabees.blogspot.com/
  5. Re: A couple of fun days watching open protein mix feeding...

    Yes, last year's that I put in the deep freeze after last April.
  6. A couple of fun days watching open protein mix feeding...

    First time I tried this and it works, I guess the elms/maples are not in bloom yet...
  7. Re: Cluster is at the top of the hive (TN) Winter post

    And it's easier to feed them without taking off a super/empty-super. Most of the ones die out on me never make it to the top of the frames.
  8. Re: maple pollen is being collected in Hampton, Virginia

    Henbit has orange pollen so check some weedy lawns.
  9. Re: maple pollen is being collected in Hampton, Virginia

    No red maples in bloom here in Tn but I expect water maple down by the river has a few blooms. A few bees returning with lite-pale pollen today but I also dropped a couple of scoops of Mann Lakes...
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    Re: bees only heat the cluster?

    :lpf:

    Bingo, we have a winner!:lpf: Or in a few weeks you would have wall to wall brood pattern!
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    Re: Recommendations for bee plants in NC

    I have seen seed heads on plants four feet high but with sourwood it depends on density of nectar producing trees and the right weather during June/July if your going to get any honey off the flow.
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    Re: Recommendations for bee plants in NC

    For quick results (1-5 years) from planting/seeding: Sumac species, clovers, sourwood seedings, privet shrubs, russian olive shrubs and Evodia beebee tree seedings.

    Longer (5-15) years: tulip...
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    Re: A Few Good Queens

    I've used the Yugo (russian/carni) queens the past two years and I've not had a bad queen yet. Yes if you put them in a nuc they will swarm quickly but give them room and they will build up and make...
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    Re: BeeHive Deadout?

    Or you could keep the honey in the frames and save them for the next package in the spring. That would give them a leg up to make a booming hive in four brood cycles.
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    Re: Russians or Carniolans

    From here on out till Feb, for carnis they should be set for winter but if they need feed I'll use left over honey through drilled commercial tops and/or sugar bricks. This is in east Tn so on warm...
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    Re: Don't see this everyday....

    I found two last November, they were very light on honey and had to cut and catch the supporting limbs from a front end loader. They lasted two months till the second polar vortex hit. Just couldn't...
  17. Re: What flowers are supplying the polen in NC now? (northwest Piedmont)

    In Cherokee County Ga there is still goldenrod that hanging on and still has yellow tops, strange but true.
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    Re: Strip Mine Beekeeping

    Old stripmine areas in East Tn should be coming on strong with sourwood and other secondary forest trees and shrubs since they are 30-50+ years old from the hayday TVA supported mining that happen....
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    Re: Tate's Apiaries Experiences

    Got three packages from them in 2013, good Carni bees, heavy population in package, 2 of 3 queens make it through the summer and winter, one was superseded during package build out stage which slowed...
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    Re: Tate's Apiaries Experiences

    Got three packages from them in 2013, good Carni bees, heavy population in package, 2 of 3 queens make it through the summer and winter, one was superseded during package build out stage which slowed...
  21. Re: Does this look like hairless black bee syndrome?

    I have see a couple of russian hives that have those black workers showing up. They were requeened this summer with queens from Coys. No dead bees or other problems have shown up. The colonies are...
  22. Tennessee getting serious with what is Honey, it's a good thing!

    0080-04-12.-01
    Purpose.
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    Standard of Identity - Honey
    This standard applies to all honey produced by honey bees from nectar and covers all styles of honey presentation that are...
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    Re: Just think of all the bee forage.....

    Overseeding winter rye will fix that problem for a good four months if planted in early October and then reseed clover for greater density in Feb.
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    Re: Late queen install

    Pull one frame and stick the queen box in the middle of the hive near the top between the frames. It's not going to get cool enough to do any damage. Bees can take better care of the queen than you...
  25. Re: Roach Stations inside hive for SHB control.

    Roach stations, I've put them under the hives where bees can't get to them = not effective, maybe killed some wood roaches. Political cut-up signs work but FBM uses boric acid. With the roach stuff...
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