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  1. #61
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    Default Re: Takin' It On The Road.

    In 2009 I bought some queens from Mike Palmer, of St Albans,VT. They had/have a green dot on their back. I saw one today in one of my hives. Even though the colony is on the weak side, what brood there is looks good. There were three frames w/ capped brood, probably really two frames of brood on three frames. I boosted it w/ a frame of capped brood and a frame of honey from another hive.
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    Default Re: Takin' It On The Road.

    Mark, how close are you to the Congaree basin??? TK

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    Not sure. My colonies are just outside of Conway, SC, which is 15 miles inland from Myrtle Beach.
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    Default Re: Takin' It On The Road.

    That is some prime beekeeping area for build up. Tempature wise, it should be similar to the area I keep bees along the Lower Tallapoosa Valley in Central Alabama. Has redbud started blooming and is Willow starting to bud and open up? Here in Alabama, we are on the very edge of the "swarm wave". This always seems to be triggered the start of the Redbud bloom. It sounds like from your post that your bees are in excellent shape and you are enjoying your time managing them. TK PS post some pictures of your bees and trip later when you have time.

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    I believe that red bud has been in bloom for some time now, but I am not sure. I am not really very good at knowing the flora, especially by name. Maple bloomed. Have seen forsithia, dandelion, yellow jasmine, yellow rocket or mustard, some purple flowered vine and other things too.

    Yes, bees are in good shape, for the most part. But I don't anticipate a shortage of equipment, as has been a problem in the past.

    Pictures? I left my darned camera at home. I don't know how to get them into the computer andf post them anyway. Besides, working alone, who is going to atke the pix of me working? I have enuf distractions. As you can see. heh,heh

    What's happening in AL?
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    Default Re: Takin' It On The Road.

    I believe the Congaree basin is a bit west of Mark. I may well be wrong (NC is not SC), but Columbia, SC is in that basin. I would think that Mark would be warmer than the congaree, given that he is not far from the Pee Dee river.

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    Default Re: Takin' It On The Road.

    It doesn't really matter where I am, I am naturally warmer, contrary to what some might think of me.

    Went to Church at All Souls Waccamaw Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Myrtle Beach, the small congregation w/ the big name. The Waccamaw River runs thru Conway, SC, down from NC.

    Went to the movies and saw "Lincoln Lawyer". Liked it. Picked up a Brad Paisley CD at Barnes and Knoble. I'm not much of a consumer of Country, but i heard him on Prairie Home Companion and liked the two tunes he preformed there. "Waitin' On A Woman" and "I'm Still A Guy". Poinient and funny, at times.

    More splitting tomorrow.
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    We are splitting bees like crazy. Trying to get the numbers up. Tulip Poplar is three weeks out from bloom. When it leafs, it is three weeks till bloom. I should be finished by the end of this week on the first round of splits. The second round we start to super what has either raised queens or already had queens. Anything not strong enough to split on the first round will be split on the second round. The honey that I try to harvest off the early supering is my white honeys, Black berry and Black Raspberry, clover and privet. The brambles are the nicest honey produced. It is mild in flavor and water white. I bet you are surprised we have Black Raspberry this far south into Alabama.---Appalachain mountains...TK

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    Saw an apple tree in full bloom today. Out near the beach.
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    Mark, you are dead even with were I am at. I am surprised that you have not found more swarm cells. TK

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    Maybe your cols started out stronger and w/ more honey in them. I don't know. There is still one yard yet to go through.
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    I dont think so. I have been through 1500 colonies and have only found 17 that had swarm cells. I have seen only two swarms. They were pitiful swarms at best-2-3 lbs. From what You have posted, it sounds like you are in a very warm micro climate that is very good for bee build up. Our apples have just started blooming, so I think you are dead even with this area over here. TK

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    Spent the last three days making up splits to replace tyhe deadouts and about 90 nucs. I was going to get queen cells tomorrow, but I'm getting them friday, but only fifty. I hope to get more on saturday. More splitting tomorrow for queen cells on monday or tuesday.

    Nectar and pollen coming in. Nectar shaking out at mid-day and in the afternoon. 60s at night, 70s and 80s for the high of the day. Maybe some rain saturday. A little rain wouldn't hurt.
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    Ran over to Manning, SC and picked up 100 queen cells for Rich W. and 100 for myself. Installed 80 cells and set 20 boxes of brood off of their parent colonies to install the last of the cells into tomorrow afternoon. Cells arew due to emerge tomorrow or sunday. Hopefully sunday.

    Heading up to E'town,NC for supper w/ hpm and some other NC Comm. Bkprs.

    Nectar is still coming in at a steady trickle. Saturday's rain might shut that off for a cpl days.
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    Mark sounds like you are have one good time and good beekeeping. TK

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    Yeah, pretty good so far. May have to run home for a week or two to get honey out to the stores. Gotta keep that cash flow thing going. We'll see, maybe I'll stay south, if my wife can handle the honey sales.
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    Glad to see you got back home safe. Hope you did not eat too much... I did! It was nice to have you up here in Bladen County. My wife certainly enjoyed talking to you... she is one of those people that has to find out all about someones family before she can feel she knows you.... but she means well. Have fun... I am sure you will.

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    Thanks for the invite. Maybe we could meet closer to half way next time and more would come.

    Web searched tsunami/Berninghausen and found what you said I would. Pretty neat.
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    Got two semis loaded for NY yesterday. Found that a bear had been snacking on some of my Nucs so we moved the hives and nucs to my loading yard. Hopefully the bear won't find that yard too. Will be moving the rest in next week to be ready to load thursday or friday and then head back to NY. Time to get out of here.
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    I hate that... when bears eat bees... but guess the bear has got to eat too. Hope they did not get too many. How were they doing?

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