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  1. Re: Tips on keeping a honey extractor from "walking" during spinning

    Casters work great for me. The plywood platform the casters bolt to is large enough to hold the honey bucket while the honey flows out of the honey gate. I use bungee straps to hold the bucket in...
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    Re: Queenless hive mixed signals

    Thanks Bendriftin. My eyes aren't good enough to see eggs without help and I had left my glasses at home. I feel like its a crap shoot too and was hoping to narrow the odds more. I have put the...
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    Queenless hive mixed signals

    I intentionally made a colony queenless on June 4. On June 18 I saw a virgin queen that had just recently hatched and some other queen cells. I didn't check on the colony again until July 5. At...
  4. Re: How is the best way to spot the queen?

    Most of the time I will spot her black thorax first. For me it stands out among all the other sights in the hive.
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    Re: Chestnut over white clover?


    Do you have sourwood up there and is it in bloom? Our sourwood trees are in bloom and the bees have been working them hard for about a week now.
  6. Re: Controversial question re: honey supers

    So you would add red or green or some color like that so you would know to cull the honey frames that had those colors in the cells? That sounds like a good idea. Did you see it often?
  7. Queen finishing in a colony that wants to supersede

    I decided to give queen rearing a try and Friday night made up my starter hive. While doing so I saw a still uncapped supersedure queen cell in the mother hive and destroyed it. I went through the...
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    Re: Bee Sting ?

    I go without socks so my ankles are the weak link. I do so intentionally so I will get stung several times during the season to keep my immunity to bee venom high. The rest of me is covered...
  9. Re: How can I improve my supersedure requeening results?

    Thanks for the advice everyone. In the supercedure number I am including four walk away splits where the colony had to create their own queen and two instances where the hive created a queen and...
  10. How can I improve my supersedure requeening results?

    In the last season I had 12 hives attempt to supersede their queen and six of them failed. This seems like a terrible percentage to me. As far as my set-up is concerned, all hives are painted...
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    Re: cut comb minis!

    Like he said, be sure to freeze the comb before serving. Freezing will kill any hive beetle or wax moth eggs or larvae.
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    Re: Sourwood flow in NE Tenn/SW VA

    I went through my hives last night. It was a poor year but I've seen worse. The hives are averaging about 1/2 super each. The frames that have honey are nowhere near full. The taste and color...
  13. Re: Advice needed - how to market different color honeys

    Thanks for the replies. I've finished putting all the honey in five gallon buckets and it looks like I'll have a dark bucket, a light bucket, and five blended buckets. It'll work its way out. In...
  14. Advice needed - how to market different color honeys

    For the first time since I started beekeeping a few years ago I have different colors of spring honey from two different locations. One location is very dark. The other is light. In the past these...
  15. Re: Full of bees, honey and no eggs, larva or brood


    This is very useful information and its the first time I've heard it. Thanks for sharing. I have several queenless hives now and do see many open cells in the brood area when I inspect.
  16. Was this a swarm with a virgin queen or just mating flight excitement?

    On April 11, I split a colony by taking the old queen and three frames of honey, pollen and brood. I left the mother hive to make their own queen. Today the mother hive started acting like they...
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    Re: Tragedy Strikes the BeeBee Tree World

    So sorry for your loss Oliver. Your tree's offspring are sprouting in Virginia though for the second year! The spirit lives on...
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    Re: Did you lose any hives this winter

    I lost 1 of 14. The cluster got too small to survive the cold in the one that failed. It was a split from last year that battled queen problems most of the summer. It finally got queenright August...
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    Re: Overwintered first look?

    You're welcome. Are you making a medium mating nuc because you will be taking out medium frames? I have put medium frames in a deep box and it doesn't hurt anything if you have deep frames on each...
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    Re: Overwintered first look?

    If they are out of stores in the top box it's likely the queen is laying in there and the bees are in that same box with the brood. That's what I've been seeing here. You may see them in the next...
  21. Re: The State of Virginia is now paying for people to take up Beekeeping

    I received some of this grant money and was contacted by the apiary inspector. I have an appointment to meet with her tomorrow. Sounds like they're just making sure I put the hives into use. Has...
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    Re: I've got 1600 lbs of honey, now what?

    I had 500 pounds to sell this year and my wife took a picture and put it on her facebook page. It's been moving steadily since.

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    Re: Varroa Mite Treatment

    Allan, how often do you treat like this? Has anyone tested to see what the actual kill rate is? This seems like a very good recipe.
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    Re: Varroa Mite Treatment

    Apiguard is underappreciated. It works great, it's easy to handle with no special protective equipment, when you buy it by the tub it's reasonably priced, no pesticides with a long half-life to...
  25. What's the best wintering configuration for small hives

    I have a couple of swarms and splits that never grew out of a single deep hive body this year. The hives are heavy and strong though. A hive will survive a winter here on just 1-10 frame deep. ...
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