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  1. Thread: Hive Scale

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    Re: Hive Scale

    The prices for most bee equipment on ebay are ridiculous.
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    Re: Russians or Carniolans

    Both!
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    Re: TF For 5 Seasons of More - Please Stand Up

    I just found this thread now that it is colder and I'm not outside all day.



    I started back with bees in 2009. I had kept bees from '73 until '95 when the mites finished them off. I didn't do...
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    Re: Foundationless Question

    Space them only after they're drawn, keep them tight together until then. Otherwise you get more cross comb.

    It goes without saying, but l'll say it anyway, You will get your best comb drawn on...
  5. Thread: Varroa mites

    by rkereid
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    Re: Varroa mites

    That's a significant mite drop. Hopefully your other two hives will make it.

    Just curious, what is the origin of your hives, and genetics? What type area do you live in regarding number of other...
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    Re: School me on doing a split.

    Split it if you want to expand. If you want honey production, use some type of swarm management.
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    Re: Top Bar Hive Demise

    I'm not an expert on virus, but the scientists that I have talked to have said that most virus needs it's living host to survive, and once that is gone, they don't last more than a few days. It...
  8. Re: People actually make a living with honey production??

    Mark- When I got back into this my honey prices were a little over most others. Now most of us around town are selling at the same price. My only concern right now is it is moving slowly enough...
  9. Re: People actually make a living with honey production??

    Absolutely
  10. Re: People actually make a living with honey production??

    Mark- One of my tenets in selling my honey has been to have honey for all the outlets that are selling it, all year long. We are in the mid atlantic region and our season is short and intense (in a...
  11. Re: People actually make a living with honey production??

    It's really just supply and demand. The big producers have so much more honey than the hobbyists and sideliners, that they will run out of storage space before next year. The small producers...
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    Re: how to overwintering nuc's

    In your area, they won't draw comb this late in the year. My suggestion is lay the 2 to 1 syrup to them asap. If it is too late (cold) for syrup, get a recipe for fondant or sugar blocks from...
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    Re: ARRGHH! hate being a part-time beeker!

    5 frame nuc boxes? For a strong colony, when you are still getting 70 and 80 degree days, that can be a tight space. Lots of bees in a small space = overheating = bearding.
  14. Thread: Winter Airflow

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    Re: Winter Airflow

    That should be good enough for ventilation. I also put a foam insulation board over the inner cover to keep down condensation under the outer cover. I don't wrap my hives and I wouldn't think you...
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    Re: New Queen in October

    You can combine them with newspaper.

    It would be helpful if you posted your specific location since some of the cooler areas of the country won't get very much more brood rearing. Depending on...
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    Re: Mold on top cover

    The bees will clean it up. It is a common occurence depending on many variables. One thing you might do is cut a notch in the front end of the inner cover and keep the telescoping cover pushed...
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    Re: Not sure whats going on!

    You could center the drawn frames in the boxes along with the cluster. If the frames to the outside of the cluster are not drawn out, you will need to make sure they are fed well in order to keep...
  18. Thread: buying a queen

    by rkereid
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    Re: buying a queen

    Bee Weaver or R Weaver? Two different companies, from the same family originally. I've had some of their queens and they were fine. I think they've done a good job of keeping defensiveness in...
  19. Re: Goldenrod in NC.......Lots of Bloom But No Nectar?

    The last 5 or 6 years we have gotten a decent small flow from golden rod. Many hives even draw some bright yellow wax. This year with the cool damp weather it's a bust. No significant nectar or...
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    Re: No honey in super

    They could starve if they are not bringing in nectar. If they have no stores and nothing coming in, you will need to feed to keep them alive, and you will need to feed to get them through winter. ...
  21. Thread: Robbing

    by rkereid
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    Re: Robbing

    The robbing screen allows the occupants of the hive to fly in and out. The robbers are the only ones confounded by the screen.
  22. Thread: Super Hot Hive

    by rkereid
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    Re: Super Hot Hive

    Not sure if you are serious or talking hypothetically. Actually, queen 4 is mated already. If her daughter goes on a mating flight, she will mate with numerous, maybe 20 some drones. Even if queen...
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    Re: Overwintering a light hive

    If you can get them in a double nuc without too much crowding, you will need to feed them up with 2 to 1 before it is cold. Make sure you don't feed them too much, they need empty cells to cluster...
  24. Thread: Buying a hive?

    by rkereid
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    Re: Buying a hive?

    Are they healthy and do they have stores? If they don't have stores, they can be fed, but if they are not healthy, I wouldn't do it.
  25. Thread: Virgin queens

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    Re: Virgin queens

    I have been introducing virgins to nucs over the last 3 springs with very good results. I get them earlier in the season than I can raise them. They come in CA mini cages with a candy plug. They...
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