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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2014
    Location
    Bledsoe County, TN, USA
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    Default Lessons Learned (the hard way) LOL

    Hello everyone! I learned a tremendous amount this year. The numbers show a bad year, but I was experimenting too much.
    The biggest mistake I made was leaving them too weak after a split. They were more susceptible to robbing, wax moths and hive beetles.
    Another mistake was leaving too much empty space in the 10 frame deeps after splitting.
    So, next year, I'm going to invest in some nuc boxes and not split as much which would leave both hives stronger.
    I'm also going to feed them during the split process a lot more.
    Our friends showed me up bad. They never went in the hives, but just caught every swarm. Their apiary is booming!
    I had to just tip my hat.
    Cumberland Plateau, 2300 Feet, East Central Tennessee

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2014
    Location
    Rutherfordton, North Carolina, USA
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    Default Re: Lessons Learned (the hard way) LOL

    That's beekeeping for ya. Experiments aren't bad, sometimes they just don't work out well. Learn from bad experiences this year then hopefully next year will be better!
    "May your honey be plentiful and stings be minimal."-Mr. Beeman

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2014
    Location
    Bledsoe County, TN, USA
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    Default Re: Lessons Learned (the hard way) LOL

    This is true! Well, now it is time to prepare for winter.
    Next year, I'm excited to go out and fight round two, well maybe five, but only two years as a serious beekeeper.
    Cumberland Plateau, 2300 Feet, East Central Tennessee

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