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    Re: Viability of swarms?

    It can be worth it. I have had some very good swarms that perform well. As a matter of fact if you catch a big prime swarm they can make some of the prettiest comb honey you have ever saw.

    On the...
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    Re: How to stimulate colony build up in the spring?

    Once the Maples start blooming and the days start getting longer (which will be Dec.21) the bees will start building on their own. You can feed some light syrup to help push them along but, as long...
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    Re: Honey Run Apiaries/Rossman Apiaries

    Honey Run is normally very easy to work with keep trying. It's not unusual for Rossman to be booked up until May for small orders. I think they have a bunch of regular customers that have big orders...
  4. Re: Newbie, Chance to Buy Out Local Man with 2 Hives. Questions.

    It could turn out to be a heck of a deal for you. If you can pop the top and see a decent cluster and the hive has some decent weight to them I would offer him $150 each for them right now. If they...
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    Re: bee yard location?

    Forage. Look for the forage first and then find a yard close by. Somewhere secure, access, and free or nearly free. I would not start looking to pay for a bee yard right off the bat. I'm sure you can...
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    Re: Is this what robbing looks like

    Does not look like robbing to me either.
  7. Thread: Crazy Maples!

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    Re: Crazy Maples!

    They are a good three weeks early. The Maples are very important for our spring build up. They have a real long bloom period some seem to start early and some start later on. I've noticed some trees...
  8. Re: making nuc with shaken bees from several hives and a queen ?

    Here is a whole beekeeping series that uses shook swarms from hives as they are pulling supers. It is quite interesting if you have time to watch the whole series....
  9. Thread: Winter solstice

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    Re: Winter solstice

    Here in the South the bees really start to get going by the first part of Jan. That's about the same time the Maples start blooming in earnest and the days start to get a little longer. By the end of...
  10. Thread: Crazy Maples!

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    Crazy Maples!

    I noticed the bees bringing in a fair amount of pollen that looked like Maple Pollen. So I went for a walk in the woods and sure enough found a couple trees starting to bloom. Normally they don't...
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    Re: Florida beeks chime in.

    You said some have two supers? You defiantly could pull the second super without any problems. Most hives can get by in a single deep if it has several frames of honey on the outside of the cluster....
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    Re: Question about swarm?

    AHB (they swarm in droughts etc...) That is defiantly a consideration.
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    Re: Sugar syrup getting mixed with honey

    No, I have never fed the bees to draw out the supers. All of my supers have been drawn out by the bees on a honey flow. I only feed enough to get them to draw out the frames that will be their brood...
  14. Thread: Flavored honey

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    Re: Flavored honey

    We started making some creamed honey last year to try and get a little better price per pound for honey. We made both plain and Cinnamon the Cinnamon out sells the plain 2 to 1. We do a farmers...
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    Re: Sugar syrup getting mixed with honey

    yes, they will build wax if you constantly feed them.
    Yes, if you feed them a lot they will also store it just like honey.
    You, don't have to feed the bees so much sugar that it gets mixed in with...
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    Re: Feeder Recommendations

    If you are using qt jars and getting tired of filling them so often you can switch to the 5lb honey jars witch will give you almost double the amount of food over the qt jars. It would be a quick...
  17. Thread: Rain in Cali??

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    Rain in Cali??

    looks like you guys are finally getting some rain out on the west coast. Sure hope it gives you guys some relief.
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    Re: Don't see this everyday....

    Here's a open air hive I found a couple months ago. It was also really light on stores I would be surprised if it would have made it through even our mild winter....
  19. Thread: Ordering Bees

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    Re: Ordering Bees

    I would order two and plan on keeping all three if the one you have happens to make it through the winter. But, no I don't think it is fair to the package producer to order two with the intentions of...
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    Re: How much food does a colony need?

    Look up the NASA website that tracks the hive weight on a daily basis. I don't have a link right now but, I will try and look it up for you. It may give you some more incite.
  21. Re: Does anyone have a Dadant Junior Bench extractor?

    I would save your money and spring for the Dadant 6 frame extractor. Or if you plan on growing your apiary any more go ahead and get the 12frame Dadant. Either way get one with a motor. If you had...
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    Re: Medium on top of Deep Brood Chamber

    I would think in LA. you could run a single deep as your brood chamber and as many mediums as needed for honey. A lot of people in the South run single deeps or one deep and a medium like you were...
  23. Thread: Bee Vac

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    Re: Bee Vac

    Use it to make one like this and you will be a happy camper. The robo bee vac works excellent without injuring many bees. I've vacuumed up several queens on cutouts without any ill effects at all....
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    Re: plastic vs wax foundation

    I like the black plastic with wood frames in the brood box and crimped wire for the supers (6 5/8). The reason I stuck with this set up is the black makes seeing eggs easier. I also like the plastic...
  25. Thread: Same yard

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    Re: Same yard

    It's not a problem. Use a closed cell starter and use an established hive for your cell finisher and you won't have to worry about any drifting. The biggest problem you may have is if you try to mate...
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