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    Re: Essential Oils

    EO's are known fungicides. I used EO's years ago for over a decade. My bees were healthier than when I treated with chemicals and antibiotics. EO's are a precise treatment, when not properly mixed or...
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    Re: "African" Bees are so terrible?

    African honeybee queens were originally imported into South America that is where Africanized honeybees originated. They will swarm 3 times or more a year don't count on them staying hived like...
  3. Re: Serious Concern - capped honey has black blotches in it

    Looks like the fall honey I get. When you uncap it the honey most likely will be dark.
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    Re: Does this seem normal?

    Don't sound Africanized to me. You would not have gotten away with just three stings just pulling the top cover. Use smoke next time!
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    Re: Splitting vs just adding a new box

    Will O'Brien gave you the information you need. The only thing I can add is to find out when the earliest swarms have been seen so you can keep an eye out for queen cells.
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    Re: Need Help! Just Inherited 50 hives

    Your seasons are what I refer to as the brown season (winter=dearth) the green season (rainy and or hot=nectar flow ). For a water source buckets of water filled with rocks for the bees to stand on...
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    Re: Need Help! Just Inhereted 50 hives

    Make sure they have a shaded water source nearby. They need water to aid in cooling the hive, the closer the better.
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    Re: Essential Oils

    Pharmaceutical grade is what you need. Wolf Creek Apiaries TN sell and carry whatever you need. If they are out they'll tell you where else you can get your EOs.
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    Re: Capped queen cell in new nuc

    Exactly dsegrest I quit grafting years ago and take advantage of all queen cells. Swarm cells and supercedure cells were a preference of Brother Adams and of mine, queens are long lived better than...
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    Re: Capped queen cell in new nuc

    Sounds more like an emergency queen cell to me.
  11. Re: Best Bee Type for Tropical Climate - Are Carniolans Out of the Question?

    They keep carniolans in Australia. I would think they'd be okay. Carniolans and Russians are long distance foragers Italians are close distance foragers it depends on how you intend to utilize them....
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    Re: Capped queen cell in new nuc

    When did you get the nucs? If less than 8 days ago there was a queen issue before you picked the nuc up. The supplier should not have a problem making it right but then again it doesn't sound like...
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    Re: shb larva on Feb 1st

    Greater Wax moth larvae without a doubt.
  14. Re: Unfortunately starting over with a step ahead

    Not taken as disrespect. My guess was OP may have been attempting TF approach and TF beeks do get an exstensive amount of disrespect. I was attempting to aleave any shyness a newbee may have in...
  15. Re: Unfortunately starting over with a step ahead

    The problem for newbees starting out treatment free is lack of knowledge not package bees. Package bees can be kept treatment free but it takes more work and education than most think. You can't dump...
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    Re: Queen less maybe?

    Defensive warning as others have stated. Bees will bring pollen in if pollen is available. Bees bringing in pollen has little to do with being queenright or not.
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    You don't have to see mites to have mites. If you can see mites you have a really good chance of being in trouble already. Sounds like mites to me also. I am a TF beekeeper but I still monitor mite...
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    Re: Moonbeam stock

    Bob Russell Red Belly Bee Farm Myrtle Ms. Is this who everyone would like to get their hands on? bob russell@gmail.com or try red belly bee farm@gmail.com you'll have to be slick if this is the guy.
  19. Re: When are my package bees no longer a 'package'?

    Once they're out of the package they're no longer a package in my opinion:) Once established and successfully overwintered you no longer need to consider them package bees. Most people that are...
  20. Re: On choosing a wax foundation and an appropriate frame

    Check out the N style frames that Kelley's carry, sounds like what you're looking for.
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    Re: You can't get rid of beetles by destroying hives...

    They took the same approach torching hives when varroa came to Madagascar. After destroying countless numbers of hives they also came to the conclusion it was a waste of time and bees. I do hope the...
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    Re: Thrown into the Fray!

    Terry C :thumbsup: That's the way to go right there!
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    Re: Wintering Nucs - Redux

    Bees use less feed to overwinter in the south build up sooner which allows you to pull more honey and hives are ready for pollination earlier. The economics works out to my advantage. I'd rather sell...
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    Re: Wintering Nucs - Redux

    [QUOTE=Knisely;1208999]It's interesting that a single 4 frame nuc will do well for you. Do you have Italian I have mutts RussianxCarniolanxItalianx with God knows what. They overwinter like...
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    Re: Wintering Nucs - Redux

    Mr.Vanderpool is right in Tn you don't have to go through all of that. I overwinter 4 frame singles with no issue 4 over 4s ( or 5 over 5) seem to go into swarm mood no matter what you do. They are...
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