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    Re: Need advice on extractor

    I agree with the others that you need a larger unit and a radial. I have used the Brushy Mt 9 frame radial for over twelve years and it is still going strong. I intend to upgrade this spring to the...
  2. Re: Ag commissioner of Ventura county forces bee hive to move! Help needed

    Now, there's a mental picture I will never be able to get rid of.
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    Re: House Construction and my Bees

    If you ask the workers if they are allergic you will find that 99.9% are "allergic".
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    Re: Hello from North Florida

    Welcome...and where is Jefferson?
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    Re: A Queen and 1 worker

    This is just a wild guess but since you kept the bees warmer than the outside air,is it possible they flew out into the cold and died outside?
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    Re: Making mason jar feeder holders

    Make them this way and there is no robbing.
    http://99-40.com/bees/icover.html
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    Re: Florida "Winterization"??

    No Mex clover,(purslane), here yet but the henbit is starting. The bees are bringing red/orange pollen.
    >>But how much nectar do you get from Mexican clover? <<
    I can't answer for Mr Clean, since...
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    Re: My neighbour's bees have it in for me...

    Lose the dark clothes and wear light colors. If you use any after shave , cologne,powder etc lose those too. Bees are scent oriented.
  9. Re: attn FL beeeks.,. when do you begin raising queens ?

    Here in north Fl I start Feb 15th - March !st depending on the weather. You want a good flow going and plenty of drones. Our hold up is waiting for the drones. The flow is plenty early
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    Re: telescoping vs migratory

    Well,I looked at your links.Interesting stuff but no blown off telescoping covers.All of this is moot since with a tornado it wouldn't matter what kind of covers you had.
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    Re: telescoping vs migratory

    How many of those tornados hit your bee yards? A hurricane gets everyone in a wide path.
  12. Re: How to stimulate colony build up in the spring?

    I think the maples are somewhat temperature dependent. Here ,in the country they have not started but those in the city of Pensacola are in full bloom. Pensacola is usually about 5-10 degrees warmer...
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    Re: telescoping vs migratory

    Wow. Mine have stayed on through hurricanes. Of course I use a weight on top but who doesn't
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    Re: telescoping vs migratory

    I use telescoping covers because I keep feeder inner covers on all year. These inners help to moderate our extreme heat in summer.
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    Re: Help me find the queen

    First, wait for spring to look for her again. When I have a queen that's difficult to find I remove one outside frame, check and set aside. Then remove the outside frame on the other side, and check...
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    Re: Why is my wax coming out in two colors

    That should work. If you have much wax you might look for an old "crock pot" at one of the local thrift stores. I put a couple of inches of water in the bottom and melt CLEAN wax there for molding.
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    Re: Why is my wax coming out in two colors

    Don't boil the wax. Keep it well below the boiling point of water. 150-160 degrees should allow it to flow through your filter cloth.
  18. Re: Collecting bees during the winter, in the FL panhandle, for apitherapy?

    Why not set out a saucer of honey and catch some for yourself? Any warm day will do.
  19. Re: People actually make a living with honey production??

    Yep. That's the only good thing I can say about them. They are almost indestructible. The telescoping tops are good for sitting full supers on in the honey house. I even had some hive bodies made of...
  20. Re: How to stimulate colony build up in the spring?

    I use a 1:1 mix and there is never any syrup left as it is used up along with the maple nectar. We do not get surplus honey, only bees, from the maples. There is usually plenty of pollen even through...
  21. Re: How to stimulate colony build up in the spring?

    I start a slow feed the day after Christmas. Our first flow usually comes from red maple sometime in January. The little bit of feed each warm, sunny day gets the queen going and has them ready for a...
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    Re: What could have happened??

    It sounds like you had three issues. A queen issue as you suspected and a mouse and finally,robbing. That's the cell caps you see everywhere. Neglect had nothing to do with either of these. Robbing...
  23. Re: Two general questions for seasoned beekeepers (for fun)

    Boxes don't make honey, bees make honey.
  24. Re: Have not even started and already discouraged...

    The voice of reason. Pay attention grasshopper.
  25. Re: People actually make a living with honey production??

    Thanks for the links Angelo.I know where to sell it I need to know how it's packed to ship safely.
    Generally speaking I do not think the postal service accepts liquids so that leaves Fed X and UPS...
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