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  1. Re: North Carolina Winter Preparation Questions

    I am in Charlotte. I had a lot of boxes on the hive and am taking a lot of boxes off before the winter
  2. North Carolina Winter Preparation Questions

    I have some questions about preparing my hives for winter. 1) How many boxes do you usually leave on for the winter? I am in the middle of North Carolina, and I was thinking one deep and two mediums....
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    Re: Moving a bee swarm

    I just shook them off of a tree branch.
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    Moving a bee swarm

    I captured a bee swarm today and am wondering how to move them. I am wanting to move them about 50 yards to my other hives. I am guessing that I just wait until the night and then move them to their...
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    Long term storage for Honey

    I have a couple gallons of honey in quart mason jars. Does it matter where I store them if I am not going to use them for a couple years? Currently, they are in my un-insulated garage.
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    Re: Capturing a hive swarm

    What can I do in the future to ensure I capture the swarm?
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    Re: Capturing a hive swarm

    They flew about 100 yards. The other swarms that I have stated withing 20 yards.
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    Capturing a hive swarm

    I had a hive swarm this morning. I followed them through a field and had to stop at the start of the trees because of a huge patch of poison ivy and I had on shorts. I went and put on some pants and...
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    Re: Left Over honey after extraction

    I am almost worried that I am going to have to clean the honey in my garage for the first time ever. Makes me want to be more careful for next time. Plus, I live in the South so everyone hates unions...
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    Left Over honey after extraction

    I pulled about 5 frames of capped honey from my 5 hives the other day and extracted the honey. Usually, I will leave out the frames to be cleaned up and the girls will get all the spilled honey on...
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    New Hive Entrances

    I have three new hives and 4 established hives. Which opening does everyone put on their new hives? Is it the small (winter) opening or the little bit bigger one? I am just asking because I don't...
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    Re: Cell cappings when harvesting honey

    Thanks for the ideas. I am definitely looking for something home made instead of spending more money. Anybody else have any ideas?
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    Cell cappings when harvesting honey

    When cutting the cappings off of the frame to harvest the honey, what does everyone do with the cappings to get all of the honey out of them? Do you cut them onto some kind of strainer and just let...
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    Fondant vs Patties

    I was thinking about putting some feed in with my hives for the winter because they don't have as much as I usually like for them to have. I prefer for them to have 3 full mediums and some only have...
  15. Pulled Queen off of hive. What to do now?

    I was going through my hives and reducing boxes and pulling some extra honey out. All of my hives are 5 supers high. I didn't even think about checking to see if there were any eggs or if there was a...
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    Re: Fall flow in central North Carolina?

    Do they get quite a bit of honey from goldenrod?
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    Fall flow in central North Carolina?

    Is there much of a fall flow in the Charlotte/Mooresville area? If so, when does it usually start and end? What is in bloom then?
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    Mowing around hives

    Any good ways to mow around a hive? I was about 10 yards away yesterday and started to get tagged. I decided that was not a good idea.
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    Apivar treatment during the summer

    I bought some apivar to treat the varroa mites in 2 of my 6 hives. They are very weak and the mite count is high enough to treat. The directions say to take the honey supers off during treatment. The...
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    Re: New Hives vs Old Hives

    I am guessing it is ok to treat for mites this time of year?
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    Re: New Hives vs Old Hives

    I have never check for mites before. How do you go about doing the alcohol method? One more time, thanks again for the advice.
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    New Hives vs Old Hives

    I have two hives that are about 5 years old, and I have 3 hives that I just purchased in April and then a swarm from May. The 3 new hives and the swarm just had the 3rd boxes put on them. The 2 old...
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    Re: Putting new supers on

    Thanks for all the help.
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    Putting new supers on

    Does anyone ever put new supers on the bottom of the supers or do you just keep adding to the top?
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    Re: Feeding honey back to bees

    Thanks, Cedar Hill. I haven't tried that yet but will be trying it tomorrow.
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