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  1. Re: Firewood question: how can a cord stack 4' wide with 18" logs?

    We seldom burn firewood for heat down here so we don't have the same problems you guys have but it seems the amount of moisture in the wood is pretty important.

    I've cut pecan and oak for my...
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    Re: To the 1,000 plus guests.

    Like Melliferal and others when I saw the thread title I hoped to see newly inspired guests logging in and making their first posts but after reading all the back and forth criticism I understand why...
  3. Re: Are you trying to introduce more genetic variety to your apiaries?

    BTW Do we agree that Mutts are generally the healthiest dogs?
  4. Re: Are you trying to introduce more genetic variety to your apiaries?

    Fusion Power

    The first line of your response is a bit beyond me as a hobbyist beekeeper! Here in the deep south I believe few of us re-queen yearly, only when we have obvious problems or are...
  5. Are you trying to introduce more genetic variety to your apiaries?

    Last couple of years the local club has gotten Russian nucs for its members. This year they have decided to purchase a Carni/Italian cross.

    Many of the mentors in the area speak about...
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    Re: "Keyboard Beekeepers" ?

    One of the best things about the Internet is the range of experiences brought to a thread. As a novice, hobbyist I have experiences in my 56+ years not learned in an apiary that may be relevant to...
  7. Re: South Florida Beekeeper Convention in Winter?

    Consider offering guided side trips. If you have a popular garden where you can point out the different bee flowers or a visit to a bee lab in the area or a commercial keeper willing to show a bunch...
  8. Re: Can I treat with Apiguard and feed now?

    That's probably a good idea to just do a sticky board first. If I sample more than one or two mites a day then I can treat. I want to take advantage of the low brood levels and warm weather while I...
  9. Can I treat with Apiguard and feed now?

    I got my first Russian nucs middle of April this year. I haven't done a mite count so I probably deserve a bit of a hard time for asking this question but here goes.

    We will have daytime temps...
  10. Re: Do bees get quality pollen and nectar from Popcorn (Chinese Tallow) trees?

    One of our biggest and best nectar flows down here. Currently right in the middle of the flow.
  11. Re: Will the constant use of swarm cells for re-queening and making increases...

    I'd be curious if the tendency to swarm is carried as learned behavior by the attending bees. If you remove a swarm cell and allow the Q to emerge with no attending bees from the "swarmy" hive will...
  12. Re: Farmers? When you absolutely MUST use insecticides on crops

    I would check with the Alabama AG service web site I am sure they have spray schedules for different forage crops or pests. If you can guess when the bloom will be on I bet you can find a pesticide...
  13. Re: Farmers? When you absolutely MUST use insecticides on crops

    I thought they cut alfalfa before bloom, the reason many don't consider Alfalfa a bee forage crop.
  14. Thread: Pants

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    Re: Pants

    Yea, I mentioned "guys" because I seem to get stung in the "guy" parts more then anywhere else when sitting. I would like to avoid the ignominy of walking around scratching those parts in public.
  15. Thread: Pants

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    Re: Pants

    When feeding or just doing a quick look, veil, jacket and long pants are plenty. But I did a thorough inspection the other day and it felt like I walked through a blackberry patch with all the...
  16. Thread: Pants

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    Pants

    Jeans + coveralls are too darn hot during the summer

    Jeans alone allow stings in all the tight places, meaning I get stung on the knees when sitting and hammies when bending over

    What are you...
  17. Re: Where do you get frames filled with old comb?

    Using the same size frame for both brood and honey supers helps.
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    Re: Weird sting reaction?

    7 days later is odd. No reaction within 24 hours of the sting is odd. Swelling with no pain is odd. Are you on any meds? How do you react to other stings and bites? I'd never even remember I got...
  19. Re: Antihistamines to prevent bad reaction to stings?

    That's tough love Luterra, back of the calf and forearm are sensitive spots. I'm going to wait till I get a bad reaction before doing that regularly.
  20. Thread: Bear

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    Re: Bear

    My sister was telling me that the people in BigFoot territory will drive nails into plywood and place it sharp side up around their windows. Bigfoot steps on the nails and doesn't peek in the...
  21. Re: Person wants their swarm back - Would you give it to them?

    Hard to believe that those bees are hers. If you want to give her the swarm, that's very nice of you but unless they have little name tags on them or you where on her property when you caught them...
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    Re: Whats a guy to do?

    Did you ever say how many hours a week you are working? Does he look at this as a learning experience for you or do you bring a lot of expertise to the table for him? If he is teaching you how to...
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    Re: Whats a guy to do?

    If you can go from 68 hives to 500+ hives in a couple of years it seems the only thing in your way is the money to expand your own operation. Unless he can give you some guidelines on how the...
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    Re: Whats a guy to do?

    I don't have 20 years of beekeeping experience but I do have 35 years of working for people and starting my own business. 15 years of promises and then at a different place 4 years of promises. One...
  25. Re: Essential Oil Preps: Food Grade? and Lecithin

    I find mixing the recommended amount of granulated lecithin in a bit of water then dropping it in the microwave tends to help dissolve it. I zap for 30 seconds then stir and zap another 30 seconds...
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