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    Re: Canola / rapeseed frost

    I'd say let them bee, if...
    There will be a spring flow there, ie nectar/pollen. I'm in bama, so not sure of what the season is for crops growing periods there. I'm sure just a few nights of cold...
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    Re: Richinbama 2018-2020 beekeeping quest

    Update,...
    Last week I observed all hives. Visual
    Findings... All hives are doing really well. Lots of orientation flights, lots of pollen coming in. All hives are reasonably heavy. 2 smaller hives...
  3. Re: Africanized queen pinching and allowing bees to requeen

    Since no one has chimed in yet...
    I'd say if the bees made their own queen from africanized queen , I'd say dilution would be based on drones on area. You'd mabye get milder, but maybe not. All...
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    Re: 2018/19 Journal NW Florida Gulf Coast

    Sorry you lost the hive that was to split. I've been checking the weights of all my hives through winter. All mine seem fairly heavy , except one. I'll open feed a bit in the next week after this...
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    Re: I’ve been thinking and wondering

    Hi jsneed, your idea isn't to far off base..Just my opinion. But, I'd shure like to see a box for those bees to go into right off. You might get lucky though, who knows. I think the swarm commander...
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    Re: 2018/19 Journal NW Florida Gulf Coast

    Glad your bees are doing good there Heather. Yes, plenty of drawn comb is kewl !!! Early drones aren't bad either. I've had brood all winyer I think. Havnt been in hives last couple of weeks. But,...
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    Re: Sweet Clover.

    As a general rule, 30 - 35% clover in grass mixture is great . And recommended by most studies. Will not hurt cows at that rate. Horses, not sure about varieties being unsafe, but the above has never...
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    Re: Newbee to be from NW Bama

    Welcome j Sneed. What part n. Bama you at. Decatur, and Cullman here. Good luck qith your bees.
  9. Re: Efficient Method of Queen rearing for Splits?

    Jw, tour mentioned method is what im going to use this year. This is hopefully my year for growth. I think its a more practical way of letting the bees do what bees do, and I gain numbers from that...
  10. Re: Anyone Have Experience With MDO Sheathing?

    Hi five j !!! You live in 1790s home. Wow, send me some pics, as I'm a general contractor, im into old architecture. I specialize in repairs and custom painting these days, as time has shot thr...
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    Re: Winter in Dixie 2018-2019

    In my limited experience, 2x 5 framers do nice, but 3x5 framers do great. I think it's because they have ample brood , and food storage. Spring hits, and im ready to transfer both sizes to 1 10 frame...
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    Re: Honey vs Sugar for Tooth Decay

    Honestly, its all sugar. Just a different form of sugar. Hiney does have antibacterial properties, but tooth decay is from lack of brusing teeth, or genetic factors. Just a thought...
  13. Re: Anyone Have Experience With MDO Sheathing?

    In my experience, nothing beats good old fashioned hard wood. White oak for barn building is best. Look at the old barns, some over a hundred years old and older. Most never painted or maintained...
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    Re: OAV Propane Gaget

    Hi b.b, watched your video again. Thanks for the comment back. Are you still using this, and mite counts currently. I'm doing also now. Thanks, rich
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    Re: Abandoned .. mouse ?

    Not totally sure of this but... last year 10 hives in my 2nd season of keeping. With rain and cold weather in no. Bama, field mice moved into 4 of my hives. I think as cold as it was, bees didn't...
  16. Re: Would you add room this late in the season?

    Don't split the brood. If outbox space, add the second box as you described. I'd feed them 2 to 1 for food storage, and 1-1 for drawing the comb. Others will advise maybe better. You still have time...
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    Re: Queen Bee dead in Winter

    What about combining them. You may find a queen local. I'd not trust shipping one in at the start of winter. Also, feed them well in early spring, and check on what they have now. If brooding, they...
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    Re: Richinbama 2018-2020 beekeeping quest

    I do open feed. They almost stopped taking it in j.w. 1/2 5 gal. Bucket covered with Tele. Cover over for them. I checked all hives, full as can bee. I do go in in mid Feb. I do notice brood starting...
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    Re: Richinbama 2018-2019 beekeeping quest

    Thanks j.w. !!!
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    Re: Richinbama 2018-2019 beekeeping quest

    Hi j.w. , Heather....
    We all have about same goals. I'd like between 15 and 20 hives, with 5 or more resource hives/nucs. If I make 10 hives and 5 nucs going to winter next year I'll be happy....
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    Re: Richinbama 2018-2019 beekeeping quest

    All hives are looking really well, and in shape for winter. Bees are thick and heavy on frames. Feed stores are very good. Still some brood in all hives. I'll split heavy in early spring. Looking to...
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    Re: New to this forum

    I would really recommend an alcohol wash. You will really see how well your treatments work. Only a sacrifice of 300 +/- bees. Good luck with your Bees!!!
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    Re: 2018/19 Journal NW Florida Gulf Coast

    I used starter strips in my frame because of lack of drawn frames 2
    I did checkerboard allot and kept all hives from swarming, and only did one split . Worked well for me also. I should have...
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    Re: Radial extractor basket

    Thanks radar, auto correct at work there !!! 😊
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    Re: Radial extractor basket

    It's either made or sold by ardent. I found a new one for sale by them on Google search. So, you should be able to look at their website, or call them
    Good luck, Rich
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