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  1. Re: Rock Bridge Trees will be at Kelly's Field Day

    Looks like your link is broken.

    Shane
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    Re: CNN botches it again

    :thumbsup:
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    Re: Escort Service

    Some of my bees will bump me if I get too close. Most will just pop me a good one.
  4. Thread: Red clover

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    Re: Red clover

    I have read and have been told honey bees do not work red clover. For the most part that seems to be true. However, my neighbor has a large field that is loaded with red clover. At times I have...
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    Re: swarm the size of a softball

    If they have a queen, this early in the year, I would tend to say yes. I have had a few calls like that. They were queenless. My guess was the main swarm left, and the small cluster of remaining...
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    Re: Split failed? What's next?

    Like Ray said, option 4 is a good choice. Spotting queen cells seems easy. But sometimes in a booming hive bees will cover the cell and I can easily miss them.

    Shane
  7. Re: No honey in first year with 4 packages, and some drawn comb? REALLY??

    Sure does,

    You think highly of yourself.

    Shane
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    Re: Who has queens now

    It is way to early for swarms here. None of my hives have drones flying, only a few have drone brood.

    Shane
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    Re: Who has queens now

    Thanks Photobiker,

    Will hit them up.

    Shane
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    Re: Who has queens now

    Thanks,

    This is for a friend who has one hive. For myself, I would combine, or more likely shake out. I don't like to risk resources on a drone laying hive.

    It is still very early for us. We...
  11. Re: No honey in first year with 4 packages, and some drawn comb? REALLY??

    Beekeeping is local. We do not expect honey from first year hives. Regardless of how they are managed. Our flow is over after sourwood is done in mid July. We are fortunate if we harvest 40...
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    Who has queens now

    A friend of mine hive has lost their queen. Anyone shipping queens now?

    Thanks
    Shane
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    Re: Hello! I'm from Ukraine.

    Welcome to Beesource!
  14. Thread: Moving a nuc

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    Re: Moving a nuc

    I would move it to a location over one mile a way for a week or so. Then move the nuc to the new location. I have tried putting sticks in front of the entrance. This works the best for me.

    Shane
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    Re: Killed another one

    Sorry for your loss. I had a colony starve out with a super of honey right above the cluster. Decent size cluster as well.

    Shane
  16. Re: Wire/monofilament with foundationless frames?

    I would not wire/fishing line the frames. In my experience, they will build comb around the wire, although I have not tried fishing line. There is no need for wire, esp. with shallows, IMO.

    Shane
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    Re: Varroa Mites: An overstated problem?

    No shortage of mites in SW VA as well. They are a real bummer.

    Shane
  18. Thread: Virginia

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    Re: Virginia

    Bees working red maple in Big Stone Gap, VA 24219. The red maple in our yard is not in full bloom yet, but the bees have been working the tree for two days now.

    Shane
  19. Re: georgia bee supply has a 7 frame hive (thoughts)

    When I first started beekeeping, Walter Kelley's had a very nice seven frame deep Nuc on sale. I bought one and really like it. I keep bees in it every year. Like others have said, the eight frame...
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    Re: Dandelion question

    Could be maples, not sure. This year I will try to find out.

    Shane
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    Re: Dandelion question

    FWIW, bees rarely work dandelions in our area.
  22. Re: 50F and my gangsta hive was threatening me today

    Would like to add, I do not believe aggression equals production. This particular hive could be our consistently best producer, IMO, because they fly in rainy/damp conditions. Which we tend to have...
  23. Re: 50F and my gangsta hive was threatening me today

    My best hive the last four years has been one our the more defensive. Defensive bees this time of year would not bother me. If they are overly defensive during a main flow is another concern.
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    Re: Bee plant question

    We have had good success planting/cultivating a few different plants and trees. The bees really work the redbuds, hawthorns, black locust and persimmon trees we have planted. We have cultivated...
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    Re: 100 pounds of honey in December??

    Saw an ornamental at work in bloom, bees were working it. Don't know what the shrub is. FWIW, some of our hives have uncapped nectar(the few we checked), which is very unusual for this time of...
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