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    Default North Alabama Beekeeping questions

    A quick couple of questions. I noticed a lot of very bright yellow pollen going into the hive this morning. About 2 out of every 5 going into the hive. Is this golden rod pollen? Do we have golden rod pollen in our area. ( I Live in Decatur) Also when should I start putting entrance reducers on and put the boards under my screened bottom boards? Thanks for any help. Hoss

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    Default Re: North Alabama Beekeeping questions

    yep, the goldenrod has just started up here in the last week or so. if you are close to the river you may be seeing a lot of off-white pollen coming in too, i believe that's jasmine.

    i put my entrance reducers on about when the first frost hits.

    my bottom boards are solid, but some of the folks that use them this far south leave them open, maybe they will chime in.

    i do like to put a half inch of pink foam between the inner and outer covers to prevent condensation on the 'ceiling' of the hive, again about when the first frost hits.

    welcome to the forum hoss.
    journaling the growth of a treatment free apiary started in 2010. 20+/- hives

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    Default Re: North Alabama Beekeeping questions

    Wow yall are over in the land of Big Bob Gibson BBQ. Makes me hungry! Only been there twice. But beautiful country and the land of cotton.

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    Default Re: North Alabama Beekeeping questions

    Hoss BBQ is not only in the land of Big Bob Gibson....He is their Head Chef/Manager!!! He has been on Food Network and many BBQ shows numerous times!
    Last edited by Bees In Miami; 08-20-2013 at 09:20 PM.

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    Default Re: North Alabama Beekeeping questions

    That is awesome. I have seen BBG represented many times on the cook-off shows. Their BBQ defines what good BBQ is all about! Keep up the good work Hoss!!!

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    Default Re: North Alabama Beekeeping questions

    Thanks! I met Bees In Miami, years ago in my BBQ life and she introduced me to this forum! Let me know if you are ever coming through. Squarepeg Thanks for your help. Where do you get the pink foam? Hoss

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    Default Re: North Alabama Beekeeping questions

    Quote Originally Posted by Hoss's BBQ Honey View Post
    Squarepeg Thanks for your help. Where do you get the pink foam? Hoss
    home depot, bought a 4 x 8 sheet and cut it to size. it raises the top cover just a bit but it wasn't a problem. the other thing i do is put a notch in the front and back of the inner cover and put window screen on it to provide some ventilation. the bees will sometime propolize this and later unproprolize it depending on what they want.

    the main thing is you want to prevent the humidity given off by the cluster from condensing on the ceiling of the hive and dripping back down on the bees. the ice cold water dripping down can kill them.

    by insulating the top and allowing excess moisture to escape through the vents this is avoided.
    journaling the growth of a treatment free apiary started in 2010. 20+/- hives

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