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    Re: Sparse brood - time to re-queen?

    How did they do this year before it forage dried up? Amount of surplus honey? How old are the queens? Brood pattern in June?
    If I got a small surplus off them this year or no honey, the queen is...
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    Re: Hive Beetles in Honey Supers

    If you have to wait longer go through all the supers and pull out any frames with brood and freeze them ASAP!
    Hive beetles in 100% honey frames won't do much damage but any brood in the supers will...
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    Re: Incredibly aggressive bees

    I would add the carni queen to a nuc and let her lay for a month and then put the nuc on top of the hot hive with a newpaper between them. Of course this is after killing the hot queen the day...
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    Re: How did you get into beekeeping?

    Cut down a tree for firewood in college and there was a colony up about 30 feet so we didn't see it.
    It was later January so my efforts to save the bees didn't work but that spring I got two hives...
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    Re: Winter bee hatch around Tn

    Yes, no and maybe! Depends on if you have italians or carni or russians. Or if your feeding, Or if your talking new 1 month old nucs or production hives. My carni hives have been taking a brood...
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    Re: Feeding in the fall?

    I've been mixing up a gallon of 1:1 mixture and then cut in by added another pint of water.
    So far no fighting over it but they do suck it down after two days. Temps are running mid 80 in late...
  7. Long range forcast for another nasty cold winter in central-southeast states, rats!

    http://live.wsj.com/video/this-year-winter-shaping-up-to-be-colder-snowier/857DA4C5-FF31-46EE-A859-CCD7CFEDBE4E.html?mod=trending_now_video_2#!857DA4C5-FF31-46EE-A859-CCD7CFEDBE4E
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    Re: Is it to late to let the bees requeen

    There's a lot of ifs in that statement! The brood break is great, but if you have problems with SHB or low population or the new queen doesn't make it back it won't be. Add a frame of brood would...
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    Re: Bee store supply north Alabama ?

    Closest that I know is http://www.pigeonmountaintrading.com/ across the bama/ga line.
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    Re: No Queen Laying

    Russians or Carni queens? Some hives headed with these queens will shut down for late summer. It freaks me out sometimes till I find the queen after a week of worry.
  11. Re: Tough lesson for a couple of first year beeks

    Try smoking your arms and chest/head also helps. If the hive history is nasty put some old black comb pieces in the smoker too. My dog knows if she sees the bee suit to hit the door and get her butt...
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    Re: Can I split this hive?

    And start 1:1 feeding.
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    Re: extracting outdoors at night.

    May get buggy outside at night, bugs in the extractor will make for bug parts in the honey and wax moths in the cappings. Maybe buy a large mosquito canopy and extract in that (day or night)?
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    Re: Why do I not see Sumac yet?

    Me bad, I guess I was thinking about Austin Powers shagadelic.
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    Re: seasonal creek for bee planting

    I would go with mustard, it's quick to bloom and if it get's it's feet wet it will still produce flowers.
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    Re: Why do I not see Sumac yet?

    Shaghorn sumac bloomed around June12-20th in East Tennessee/North Ga, it normally produces a good flow of yellow/golden honey. Smooth Sumac is just starting to bloom (it's late about two weeks) and...
  17. Re: Cleaning now Blackened Beeswax splotches from the driveway

    Butane torch, burn it off.
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    Re: Requeening a mean hive

    Pull 5 frames with nurse bees and brood and make a nuc. Add queen and wait till laying then place on top of nasty hive but make sure you don't have a queen. You could also spit the double hive and...
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    Re: Tree/Shrub for summer dirth SE KY

    Black sumac/smooth sumac (Rhus Glabra) is getting ready to bloom in North Georgia/East Tennessee, this will be the last large sumac bush to bloom that may produce a small surplus of nectar.
    Leaves...
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    Re: Nuc made....now what?

    Questions:

    1. I sealed the Nuc and moved it down to its new location. I was planning on leaving it sealed overnight and then putting a branch in front of the opening (with an entrance reducer on...
  21. This may get interesting, bird decline and neonicotinoid link...

    http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-28216810#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa

    The widespread use of a type of insecticide that has been blamed for honeybee deaths is linked to a...
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    Re: Easier Re-queening??

    Done it in the past and it's worked. I have had no luck with the swarm-queen-juice this year so it's iffy on it's potential as a swarm attractant. I love to smash queens from nasty mean hives, it's...
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    Re: Combine Hives, Yes/No?

    Your odds of having bees come next spring will be 100% greater with two hive going into fall.
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    Re: Did we miss tulip poplar this year?

    Most of the TP nectar in East Tn. was used for late brood build up.
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    Re: making a split with a purchased queen

    Make really really really really sure that your queen will get there on the date that you think the queen will get there!!!! I was left out to dry last month on requeening hives and no queens showing...
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