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    Redbud in bloom...

    Which I'm never impressed by since I've never seen a honey bee on a redbud bloom in East Tennessee.
    Do bees forage redbud anywhere? Thank God, TP flow is three weeks away.
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    Re: Beekeeping in 20 years?

    In a green socialized policed state, beekeeping will be a subsidized crop on a kibbutz-like community. Bee genetics will finally beat the mites.
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    Re: Difference between two hives question

    Could be honey bound and the queen only has a couple of frames to work with. I found this problem with a carni hive today. Italians hives right next to it were booming and the carnis were locked into...
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    Re: Who's got drones

    Lots of capped drone cells here in East Tn. Had to checkerboard two hives that were booming and storing a lot of maple honey + 1:1 feed, two weeks in to the higher temps and four weeks away from...
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    Re: no eggs, 4 queen cells

    Place the donated frame after brushing off the bees in the super on top of the queen excluder and close up the hive. Then after a couple of hours reopen and pull the frame. The nurse bees would have...
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    Re: Timing for adding supers?

    Supers with foundation or supers with wax? If you're in the first year of Bking your only option is to place them one at a time. Add another super with foundation when 80% of the frames have...
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    Re: too early to feed/add box?

    If you are going to split in April, get them room and feed heavy.
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    Quick look today in East Tn...

    One third of the hives mostly the Italians are in great shape. Two Coy Russians are booming. Carnis are a bit slower in early spring build out for now. I put 1:1 mixture on the strong hives and...
  9. 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/
  13. 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.
  14. 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...
  15. 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.
  16. Re: maple pollen is being collected in Hampton, Virginia

    Henbit has orange pollen so check some weedy lawns.
  17. 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...
  25. 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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