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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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    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 08:20 PM.

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    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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    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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    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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    Default Re: North Alabama Beekeeping questions

    Well, goldenrod pollen is orange not light yellow. We have big loads of yellow coming in now, and I just discovered the source...Plantain. I was wondering what it was...almost all loads coming in are this same yellow color. Aster...almost the same color hasn't started yet. Then I saw a bee on plantain working on anthers the same yellow color, and huge loads on her legs of the same yellow.

    So, I don't believe you are seeing goldenrod. Take a walk and figure it out, and let us know.

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    could be mike. the variety of goldenrod we have in bloom here at this time has a little orange to it, but it's more yellow, almost florescent.
    journaling the growth of a treatment free apiary started in 2010. 20+/- hives

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    Quote Originally Posted by squarepeg View Post
    could be mike. the variety of goldenrod we have in bloom here at this time has a little orange to it, but it's more yellow, almost florescent.
    I was saying to my fiancee That it almost looked like new tennis ball color, yellow. So maybe it is that. I will also look around yet I am not good on what everything is. Hoss

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    Quote Originally Posted by squarepeg View Post
    could be mike. the variety of goldenrod we have in bloom here at this time has a little orange to it, but it's more yellow, almost florescent.
    Can you send me a photo of a bee working goldenrod with pollen on her legs...for my catalog?

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    i'll try mike. i have some on the property here, but the bees have been passing it over for the jasmine. do you know which color space you're working in? we use adobe 1998.
    journaling the growth of a treatment free apiary started in 2010. 20+/- hives

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    squarepeg (or any other deep south beekeeper), do you and/or your customers like your goldenrod honey? I keep hearing mixed opinions on the flavor of its honey. Most of the very positive opinions have come from folks in the northern states, but down here near Montgomery they leave it for the bees to munch on during the winter. However in my location, we have acres of it growing near the river whereas most folks in my area have very little who live near the city. I'm going to pull honey after the flow, leaving the ladies enough for winter (two mediums), but I was interested in other Alabama beekeepers' opinions of the taste of this type of honey.
    Started beekeeping in 2013 and having a blast with my 10 small cell hives!!

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    i tried extracting some a couple of years ago. i personally didn't think it tasted as good as the earlier honey that i got. but the real draw back was that it crystalized in just a week or two after i extracted it, and i had some customers return theirs for a refund. i don't know if it was the goldenrod nectar that caused it to crystalize or something else in it, but i decided to stop harvesting after the goldenrod started coming in and leave the remaining honey for overwintering. i also decided to stop feeding syrup unless absolutely necessary.
    journaling the growth of a treatment free apiary started in 2010. 20+/- hives

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    Thanks squarepeg! Another person told me his crystalized as well, so I think I'll pull any excess honey as soon as I start seeing the GR start to blossom here.
    Started beekeeping in 2013 and having a blast with my 10 small cell hives!!

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

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    Default Re: North Alabama Beekeeping questions

    I have to ask Hoss if he uses honey in his sauce, because this is highly relevant to my interests!

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