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  1. #1
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    Default Inspection observaton for Florida

    In almost every hive I have inspected from Marion County north to the Georgia border there are signs of swarm preparation. Don't be afraid to check when the weather is even close to good. You may be surprised how much pollen and honey they are bringing in or have brought in recently also. The drone pupa we pulled had minimal mites too.
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  2. #2
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    Default Re: Inspection observaton for Florida

    I'm pretty far south from you and checked almost all my hives in the last 10 days--yes plenty of pollen and new nectar but not nearly the brood amount I expected. Most my hives are a deep and medium, and only the middle frames have brood. A few more than others but nowhere near what I expected to see with our weather and minor flow going on.
    Are my queens getting old? What are others in south Fla experiencing?
    "Rule Three of beekeeping...Never cease to feel wonder" Laurie R. King--
    March 2010; +/- 30 hives, TF

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Inspection observaton for Florida

    al/tn line here and had drones running around yesterday... nothing is normal this year

  4. #4
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    Default Re: Inspection observaton for Florida

    Citrus county:

    Plenty of pollen and making a little honey but no drones yet and, like bevy, not a ton of brood, but brood nest is expanding. Then again, I haven't fed but a half gallon of syrup per hive since the new year.

    There is a bit of a flow on here in the pine scrub and backyards right now.

  5. #5
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    Sep 2011
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    Default Re: Inspection observaton for Florida

    Santa Rosa county also has plenty of pollen and nectar coming in.The Red Maples are in full bloom here.I also seem to have a very small mite load this spring.I put grease patties on last week and counted the mites.There was almost no mites drop.I need to do a sugar roll to be sure.Treatment last fall was with Hopguard.I am a believer.

  6. #6
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    Weeki Wachee, Florida,USA
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    Default Re: Inspection observaton for Florida

    It is like someone turned the switch on here. Lots of drones.
    I'm feeding syrup and pollen sub heavily.

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