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    Re: Community Feeder ?

    I use a community feeder with a 5 gallon bucket and will place it about 20-25 yards away from the hives and leave it there. I try to keep it in the same spot and just refill it with some gallon jugs...
  2. Re: What are your goals as a first year beekeeper ???

    When i first started, my main goals were to keep them healthy, have them build up strong and store enough for winter. I really wasn't focused on making surplus crops or anything. I really wanted to...
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    Re: Hive Beetles

    I don't want to use something that contaminates the comb. If varroa is a problem to consider, what is a good treatment for them? I've always been treatment free, that's why I'm trying to find...
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    Re: Hive Beetles

    Is checkmite effective?
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    Hive Beetles

    I have a yard in Columbia, sc and the only pest I've noticedare hive beetles. These are aggravating. What kind of medication can i use to treat these little pests? Any help is appreciated!
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    Re: Cedar Chips in a Storage Unit

    Like peppermint leaves or something around the inside of the unit?
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    Cedar Chips in a Storage Unit

    The title pretty much sums up the question. I have a 10x20 storage unit that has a bunch of rough lumber that I need to plane down so I can use it to build. I am expanding next year so I am putting...
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    Re: What to do with frames

    After the frames freeze, do you just leave them outside?
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    Re: What to do with frames

    If you have capped honey, why don't you just take it off and use it for yourself and take the capped brood and pollen and add it to your other hive? In my book, there is no such thing as too much...
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    Re: Farm land of Forest

    I personally think a mixture of both farmland and forest is ideal for bees. Both of my beeyards have farmland which provides a lot of early forage and by the time the trees start to bloom, the fields...
  11. Re: will cold temps break jar w/ 2:1 syrup?

    In west virginia where i am right now, my grandfather has been feeding his bees for the past week and it has gotten really cold and snowed and froze. He has left his jars on with 2:1 syrup and has...
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    Pollinating Question

    Not sure if this is the right area but i have a question about getting started in pollinating. Since i am in South Carolina, i am interested in staying local and going to Florida for the oranges. How...
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    Re: side entrance question

    If you make a side entrance, how big is it? I understand how it could help with robbing as well as how it could be warmer. However, how big of an entrance do you make?
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    Re: side entrance question

    If you had a side entrance, what would be an advantage that a front entrance wouldn't provide?
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    Re: side entrance question

    I've never seen anyone with side entrances. I use front entrances as well as upper entrances when I add several supers. I have never done a side entrance.
  16. Re: Is this a reasonable way to split hives?

    That is not a bad way to do it. I personally will split the mother hive and divide the frames equally. I brush the bees off of the frames I am putting into my Nuc and then set the box without bees on...
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    Re: Medication Question

    Thank you for your input and that is the way I have thought, staying treatment free unless a condition arises. I guess I was thinking when you increase your numbers, there is a greater chance of...
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    Medication Question

    I have kept bees for a while and always been treatment free. I was wondering if it is best to remain treatment free until a problem arises then treat the problem with the appropriate medication or is...
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    Re: Popcorn Tree?

    I certainly understand where you are coming from with that last piece of advice. Just hearing what an invasive species this tree is, makes me think twice about planting seeds. I like the idea of the...
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    Re: Popcorn Tree?

    It sounds like i need to get in on this popcorn tree as it seems like it makes a pretty good honey. I appreciate everyone giving me some insight on this tree and the honey.
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    Re: Popcorn Tree?

    Is this a common tree? Where do you find them?
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    Re: Popcorn Tree?

    Does it make a good honey?
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    Popcorn Tree?

    I was at a local sawmill yesterday and the owner was talking about a beekeeper that approached him early in the year about putting bees on his land because he has Popcorn trees. I am just looking for...
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    Re: Best way to move bees

    AM temps are around 75-80 usually, not much cool down at night. That makes good sense about the brood temperature, I didn't think about that but just using a screen on the entrance and a normal top...
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    Best way to move bees

    I am picking up some Nucs from a buddy of mine and will be putting them into my own hive bodies at his place before taking them to my yard. I have never moved bees like this before and was wondering...
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