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  1. Re: What is it you love most about beekeeping?

    I enjoy making more bees probably more than anything. I also enjoy the scientific aspect of the hobby. I have a science and farming background and beekeeping fits in both those molds.

    I will...
  2. Re: first year bee keep should i bee treating them with anything for winter?

    If I remember correctly, you got your bees, or some of them from a local source. The best thing to do is to contact who you got them from and find out what he does, or doesn't do.
  3. Timing of when to start feeding for winter stores of honey

    After finding out that my bees ate most of their spring honey stores and pulling my dwindling honey crop this past Saturday I am now faced with the uncertainty that my bees may not have enough honey...
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    Re: How did you get into beekeeping?

    Nice try, but she would likely NOT have said that. I married a redhead. She's just plain mean on good days. She's got special mean for the other days. :lookout: :)
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    Re: How did you get into beekeeping?

    A gang of thugs held a gun to my head and made me buy beehives and start raising bees.





    There's no way I'd admit to starting something like this of my own accord and spending the amount of...
  6. Thread: Hive tool PSA

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    Re: Hive tool PSA

    I think I have 5 hive tools. Do any of you know where the 4 that I can't find are?

    A sharp hive tool will slice open the mesh on your veil too. Been there done that.
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    Re: Getting honey and making nucs...

    I'm sure no expert so....

    Most of my "production" hives swarmed this past spring. Yours may likely do that next spring. This coming spring, I plan to remove my old queens in late March and place...
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    Re: Overwintering options? "Indoors?"

    One thing to count on for sure is that nobody can accurately predict the weather more than 3 days from now with any certainty, much less what this winter will be like.
  9. Re: Phrases I just wouldn't have expected to say till I started beekeeping

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    I know I have 4 freakin hive tools and I can't find a dad gum one of them.

    I only got stung twice today

    They're back filling the brood chamber
  10. Re: Still making stupid mistakes. Counted my honey before I extracted it....

    That's what happened here, and I wasn't expecting it. I have bee numbers now that rival what I had in May. Hives are packed with bees. If I had drawn comb, I would split some hives. I have THAT...
  11. Re: Still making stupid mistakes. Counted my honey before I extracted it....

    Thanks for the response but if you don't include instructions on what you consider the proper use of a queen excluder then it's not really advice.

    I have one hive where the queen has moved up into...
  12. Re: Still making stupid mistakes. Counted my honey before I extracted it....

    Yes, we had plenty of rain in June through the first half of July. The grass is turning brown now, but the bees didn't eat all that honey in a couple weeks. I saw a little pollen being brought in...
  13. Re: Can someone please tell me what kind of bees these are?

    FYI, the BEST bee suit is not suitable for taking on hornets.

    I found a nest last fall about 100 yards from my hives. I took it down in December. It's larger than a 5 gallon bucket.
  14. Re: Still making stupid mistakes. Counted my honey before I extracted it....

    We've definitely had a dearth here. I've had wads of bearding going on, and also saw my first "washboarding." Given your location, I would guess you have a decent amount of Sourwood pretty close...
  15. Re: Still making stupid mistakes. Counted my honey before I extracted it....

    I didn't look in the bottom deeps yesterday but at the end of the flow they weren't packed with pollen. I had a few frames that had quite a few open cells on them but I could not shake out any...
  16. Re: Still making stupid mistakes. Counted my honey before I extracted it....

    I'll shorten this down and see if I can get a response...

    The bees cleaned the honey out of most of the supers that they put up this spring during the flow. The flow stopped here around mid June....
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    Re: why wire frames?

    I learned this year that foundationless frames without wire can get hot enough inside a hive, when stuck to the side of the box with comb or propolis that the comb pulls loose and falls off when the...
  18. Still making stupid mistakes. Counted my honey before I extracted it....

    Hey guys. I haven't been on the forum in a few months. My summers sure are busy......

    I finally pulled off my honey today. At last count, in late June, I had 7 supers full of capped honey, on 3...
  19. Re: papers provide conclusive evidence that the pesticides are causing the mass death

    Does that mean that you are one of the guys that believes global warming exists, even though most of the data to "prove" it is absolutely useless because of the urbanization around the weather...
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    Re: Checking hives without gloves?

    I wore leather gloves on my first ever hive inspection, and haven't worn them again. I tried latex and thin nitrile but they would tear quickly, so I started going without them. The only time I...
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    Re: Guerrilla Beekeeping

    We call those marijuana growers around here. :)
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    Re: Guerrilla Beekeeping

    I guess I'm sort of sheltered down here in the south, but just exactly what do guerilla gardeners do?
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    Re: The 150 rule (heat plus humidity)

    I had on a ventilated bee jacket. Since I was swapping bees from one hive to another I wore gloves. I hate gloves and rarely wear them. I had to pull my sons gloves off his hands and he had to do...
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    Re: The 150 rule (heat plus humidity)

    You would likely melt into a puddle down here in July and August and I would likely freeze solid in January and February up there. It's all relative....
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    Re: Why are people moving away from SBB

    We typically get between 48-52" of rain each year and you wear our humidity you don't feel it. Our winters are typically pretty wet but the humidity in the winter is much lower than in the summer. ...
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