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    Disappearing swarm

    About 10 days ago a friend called me to retrieve a swarm in their back yard 6-7 miles from my bee yard. It was close to noon and I indicated it'd be about 4pm before I arrived which was OK. I arrived...
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    Re: honey crystalization sight

    That's some good information guys.

    The following statement covers this subject and all of life: EVERYTHING in moderation
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    Re: honey crystalization sight

    I think you've hit the nail on the head; as far as I know there is NO actual documentation supporting the theory that microwaving honey slowly is detrimental to the honey. Only opinions
    Common sense...
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    SHB Life cycle

    I've been trying to get up to speed with my knowledge of the SHB with has generated some questions.

    What exactly is the time frame (# of days) from egg being laid until the larvae crawls out of...
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    Re: VSH Queen needed ASAP

    Thanks KQ6AR,

    Andy has agreed to send me a queen once the funds arrive at his place of buisness. I'm planning on mid Febuary if the weather is decent.
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    Re: honey crystalization sight

    I'd really like to see some factual documentation on this. Until then I'll put my boots on before I log on.
    Heat is heat, I'm pretty certain it would be a bad idea to drop a jar of honey into...
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    Re: honey crystalization sight

    Well give me a good reason. I'm willing to learn or I wouldn't be at this site.

    I've not had to do it very often but over the course of 20 years it hasn't created any problems that I'm aware of or...
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    Re: Colors of Hive

    I'm in zone 7A
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    Re: honey crystalization sight

    I heat with a microwave, one quart 50% power for 5 minutes. About 20 minutes after the microwave it will be completely liquefied. Different microwaves will vary.
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    Re: Colors of Hive

    With the issue of SHB's being present in most of our hives and the fact that most people have found decreased #'s of SHB within colonies sitting out in full sun light, would it be wise to start...
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    Re: VSH Queen needed ASAP

    Thanks for the leads guys, I'll follow up on them Monday morning and hopefully something will fall into place.

    Thanks,
    Cantrell
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    Re: VSH Queen needed ASAP

    I agree that swarming should not be an issue for at least 4-6 weeks, but then again I think this colony is abnormally strong for this time of year as I don't recall ever having a colony this...
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    Re: VSH Queen needed ASAP

    Their ASAP is the 3rd week of April. Thanks for the tip anyway.
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    Re: VSH Queen needed ASAP

    I was totally amazed at the number of SHB present in the one colony that's the strongest. Every frame that I removed for inspection had at least 10 that I could see. I think it's a serious issue at...
  15. Re: Im thinking about planting buckwheat for bee's But i also want to harvest it :)

    If row crop agriculture is strong in your area then you should be able to find someone who combines crops for other people.
    The downside would be unless their equipment was very close it would be...
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    Re: VSH Queen needed ASAP

    I'd be quite happy to go this route but I'm thinking the odds are against me making this happen by March 1st. The issues I see are

    1- No drones are in the colonies at this time nor did I see any...
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    VSH Queen needed ASAP

    After looking at my bees last weekend, I've got one Colony that's a 2 deep hive bodies unit. This colony is full in both hive bodies with the queen laying top and bottom. While I know that I could...
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    Re: 15 year layoff

    Thanks All,
    Those are my plans exactly. I was in these 3 colonies this past weekend with 1 of the 3 extremely full of bees- 2 deep hive bodies both full of bees with the queen laying in both top and...
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    Re: SHB observations

    I've been thinking about this most of the evening and I'm inclined to think I will construct a wall similar to my shop along with a gravel base at my primary bee yard. This will sound expensive to...
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    Re: SHB observations

    All hives are set up identical. The one in front of my shop is actually flat on the gravel- not on a stand of any kind. My nephew is installing traps tomorrow. I don't know that this means anything...
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    SHB observations

    Today the weather was great for a day in the bee yards. I've got 3 good colonies one of which happens to be in front of my truck shop which basically faces due south, maybe a bit southwest. Today I...
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    Re: 15 year layoff

    That's some GREAT posts everyone, keep em coming as I've seen several good ideas already.

    Cantrell
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    Re: 15 year layoff

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    I didn't have Internet service back in the early 90's when I began beekeeping. All info was books,magazine,and other bee keepers.

    SHB has been here less than 5 years I think.
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    15 year layoff

    Hello all,
    What I'd like to know is what all has changed with beekeeping in the last 15 years. I've basically had a 15 year layoff where I turned my back on my bees almost 100%. I somehow did manage...
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    Re: New Member from middle TN

    Thanks to everyone for all the well wishes. Once this continual rain moves out I plan to peek in on my bees so a to check their status.
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