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    Re: Worker bee with red back

    Thanks. I believe you're right. One picture looked just like it. Link here:
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    Worker bee with red back

    I was checking my hive yesterday and, looking at one of the brood combs, I saw a bee with a bright red dot on her thorax. At first I thought it was the queen, but she wasn't marked when I bought her...
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    Re: Extracting in winter

    Since those frames were kept in an unheated shed where the temps for 2 months got down into the teens at night any eggs should be dead.(??)
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    Re: Best way to phase out deep frames...

    I did this about 3 years ago. I waited until the bees moved up...late summer to fall, then took the deep box and frames off. Some bees were on some of the frames, and some old capped honey still on...
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    Re: Extracting in winter

    Thanks, everyone. My initial check of some of the frames indicate that the honey has not yet sugared, however some of the frames has some un-capped cells, and some of them have a little white spot...
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    Extracting in winter

    Does anyone have any tips on the best way to extract in the cold months? I have 2 med. supers of capped honey left over from 3 hives (started from packages last spring) that didn't make it. (for 2 of...
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    Re: Pledge to be a BSA Beekeeping Mentor

    I pledge to BSA that I will act as a mentor to scouts if BSA reinstates the Bekeeping Merit Badge.

    Mebane, NC
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    Deep broods frames vs. mediums

    There seems to be some trend for beekeepers to go to one size box for the entire hive, such as mediums. (Michael Bush, Kim Flottum and others often recommend this) I wonder if it makes any...
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    powdered sugar blower

    Does anyone have any experience with Brushy Mountain's new powdered sugar blower? I'm wondering how well it distributes the powdered sugar up through the hive. An email ad they sent says that you...
  10. Thread: Maples in bloom

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    Maples in bloom

    I live in north central NC (Mebane), and I have a large red maple, out in the open, and it is in bloom this morning. We've had quite a few unseasonable warm days during December, and I notice my...
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    Wax moth infestation

    I only have 2 or 3 hives going, so I've been putting each extracted, cleaned up, super in a plastic bag and freezing them for storage, stacked up. I've done this for the past 3 years with good...
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    2 hives with no brood

    I have 3 hives, one booming with approx. 150 lbs. of honey to extract on it. The other 2 hives have not been putting up much honey at all. Every appearance of well populated colonies, but not as...
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    Using medium supers

    Last year I wanted to start a hive of mediums only with a nuc, but had the same problem. My local source for nucs only uses deeps. So, I put the 5 frames from the nuc into a deep box. Then when...
  14. Thread: Coffee Filter

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    I attended an "expert" beeswax candlemakers class...

    I attended an "expert" beeswax candlemakers class and she uses sheer white drapery cloth. She used 2 layers, clothespinned to her pouring container, which was just a 1/2 liter plastic drink bottle...
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    Thanks, JohnF. Would the spaces you have with...

    Thanks, JohnF. Would the spaces you have with the standard frames be a problem in a horizontal hive? Is there a reason why the TBH's top bars have to be solid, with no spaces like you have with...
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    I always wondered why TBH's aren't sized to...

    I always wondered why TBH's aren't sized to accept a traditional Langstroth deep frame, either with foundation or foundationless. Any reason? With this size TBH body, the beekeeper would still be...
  17. Thread: mite count

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    At last week's North Carolina's State Beekeepers...

    At last week's North Carolina's State Beekeepers Summer Meeting, we were told by one of the experts (Carl Webb, I think) that the threshold is 56, over a 24 hour period. He's a commercial beekeeper,...
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    Brushy Mountain sells it by the foot, and cheaper...

    Brushy Mountain sells it by the foot, and cheaper than what a local hardware store sells it for.
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    My bees are working privet, which is abundant in...

    My bees are working privet, which is abundant in north central NC. I have a lot of honeysuckle, but haven't noticed any bees on it. On my 3 hives I have no surplus on 2 of them and 3 surplus supers...
  20. Thread: selling nucs

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    Last week I paid $65 for a 5-framer, no frame...

    Last week I paid $65 for a 5-framer, no frame exchange, for Minnesota Hygienics.
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    I mean CHECK and make sure you have a laying...

    I mean CHECK and make sure you have a laying queen. Sorry
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    Bob, I had the same experience. My big hive...

    Bob, I had the same experience. My big hive swarmed on April 15th. About 10 days later I found a dying, virgin queen on the landing board. A few other bees were walking around her. I assume this is...
  23. Thread: Smoker fuel

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    I've tried just about everything, and I believe...

    I've tried just about everything, and I believe I've found that untreated burlap works best for me. I bought a large piece at a hardware store, cut it into 8" squares. I light one outside of the...
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    I often see wax moth and SHB larvae (adults as...

    I often see wax moth and SHB larvae (adults as well) below my screened bottom boards, but never see any damage from either pest when I examine the combs. I think the girls are taking care of them...
  25. Thread: An apology.....

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    What Bullseye said....no need to apologize. Keep...

    What Bullseye said....no need to apologize. Keep up the good work. You have no idea (or, maybe you do) how much help your input is to inexperienced beekeepers. Thanks!
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