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    Re: Moving hives during warm weather

    Thanks, did not even think about smoking...duh.
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    Re: Ant Problem

    I got some powdered roach killer, mixed with sugar water then sealed in a small Tupperware container tp keep the bees out. Punch holes in it just big enough for the ants to get in. After 3 or 4 days...
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    Moving hives during warm weather

    I need to move 3 hives and the bees are bearing on the front. Was planning on tomorrow and the weather is going to be warm again. Any suggestions on getting them all in the hive? I thought about...
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    Extra Queen! What can I do with her?

    Into my 4th year and have an extra queen, need some idea's on what to do with her. I have a couple empty nuc boxes, thought about pulling a frame from each of my 3 hives and start a nuc. Can I use...
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    Re: Ant Problem - Please advise!!

    I had an ant problem last year, I used several tuperware containers put several samall holes in the sides put some sugar syrup in them added some of the powder ant roach killer mixed it up placed the...
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    Re: SHB Larvae question

    Thanks for the info, yep this is when I usually remove he boards, so I'll keep a watch on them. I also read the post on the swiffer pad. there was one on using a micro fiber clothe also, cutting...
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    SHB Larvae question

    I was pulling my mite inspection boards from the hives this past weekend, one of the boards had 4 or 5 SHB larvae moving around on it so that started a full inspection. I pulled every frame (2 deep...
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    Re: Most hives?

    2nd year still learning, grew from 2 to 4 this year.
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    Re: Looking for a mentor in central Va.

    There's Ashland Beekeepers Assc. also. I'm going into my 2nd year, spend most my time on this forum, great folks here with a lot of opinions and idea's to learn from.
  10. Re: Beekeeping restrictions in Henrico Co., VA???

    W/Henrico here, I looked for several months last year before starting a couple hives. As Rader posted, some info about poultry and swine, I could not find anything on Apiaries or keeping bees.
    Soon...
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    Re: Generic Foundation Support Pins?

    Ditto on the SMALLER bobby pins... the big ones don't fit in the holes, the smaller ones fit just right.
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    Re: Lab Testing of Honey

    I did a quick seach and got this...it's dated 1985, maybe something there.

    http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/getfile?dDocName=STELDEV3011895

    I purchased a refractometer to check moisture...
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    Re: Top entrance questions

    Great information here for us newbee's, thanks everyone.
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    Re: Top entrance questions

    I am going into my second year and have seen a lot around top entrances, couple questions that may help newbees thinking about going this direction.
    When would be the best time to switch over from...
  15. Re: First Winter still have bees in both hives need advice

    Thanks all, the sugar is below the inner cover and they are getting it, so I'm good there... I do wonder if they move down in the frames some as it cools down at night and when I check them at 60...
  16. First Winter still have bees in both hives need advice

    I'm running 2 deep brood boxes, with a screen feeder board above them with newspaper and suger on top on both hives... these went on in late Dec because both hives were lite.
    This past Tuesday...
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    Re: When should I rotate brood boxes?

    Thanks Hokie Bee Daddy, just taking it all in. It is very interesting to read about all the different methods folks use.
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    Re: When should I rotate brood boxes?

    I used the info in this post to come up with the ratio I used.... great info

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?290641-My-recipe-method-for-sugar-blocks/page7
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    Re: When should I rotate brood boxes?

    Thanks for the replies,
    Hokie Bee Daddy, I do have top feeders I could place on them... just concerned about additional moisture. Right now I am feeding dry sugar and sugar bricks, made up with...
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    When should I rotate brood boxes?

    Coming out of my first winter with both hives still going and my fingers crossed in Virginia.

    I'm running 2 deep brood boxes on each hive and want to rotate the top to the bottom so I can remove...
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    Re: Biggest mistake ?

    Biggest mistake?, starting to keep bee's in the first place, it's like an addiction, I can't get enough of them!!!
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    Re: Honeybees with GPS?

    Even though not a GPS unit...If it was, seeing the flight patterns and where they go would be awesome.
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    Not capping in Honey Super

    First year beek here with 2 hives, did a quick inspection today, one hive 2 deeps all frames drawn with egg's larva all stages of bee's looking good..but no stores. Some open comb in several frames...
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    Re: Mosquito treatment around hives

    Thanks everyone..... I'm going to go the bat route.... just another reason to get in the wood shop and build something and help the bat population while doing it.
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    Mosquito treatment around hives

    I have a couple hives in my back yard, staying treatment free, using no pesticides and the Mosquito's are just loving life around here. Obviously I can't control the neighborhood, but has anyone...
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