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    Re: Richinbama 2018-2019 beekeeping quest

    Jim, missybee just posted about storing frames. I think re:storing Frames is post, this morning. Kinda like my idea, but better details. Rich
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    Re: Richinbama 2018-2019 beekeeping quest

    Hi jim, been a while. Glad you are well !!!
    The summer has been busy for me, and the bees keep me going on spare time, at the farm. The new extractor came in last night. It's a no name brand. Best I...
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    Re: Richinbama 2018-2019 beekeeping quest

    Ok guys, extractor came in. Opened it up and was really surprised. Looks very decent quality, and only downside is it doesnt have a clutch gear. But, all I gotta do is wash it, put on legs, and honey...
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    Re: Richinbama 2018-2019 beekeeping quest

    Lol, jw.... I'm hoping I can put a variable speed drill to it. Will buy that bottle of alieve though as a backup. Wanted that maxant, tfbut cost was a bit more than I wanted right now. But, next year...
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    Re: Richinbama 2018-2019 beekeeping quest

    Finally some rain in north bama !!! Been like 2 months since a measurable rain has happened. Bees are bringing in large ammounts of pollen, and hives are heavy. Ill be doing a honey pull asap, as a...
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    Re: Should I pull this super?

    I'd feed them, and leave the honey for the bees winter food.
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    Re: Bone dry nuc

    I'd feed em well. If you have frames empty, and you feed this booming little hive. They may make it if you keep varroa in check asap. Also pollen sub wouldn't hurt. Worth a try to save them
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    Re: Wintering a Nuc

    Personally I'd add another 5 frame box, with drawn comb if you have it. Feed the dickins out of them. They survive well if healthy, and mite free. Feed asap, as you need this capped before cooler...
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    Re: Cover Crops and how close to hive???

    Tour answer is at turning a neglected pasture into a bee yard. Do a search on beesource. I think the 4th post will answer your question. Not sure how to pass the link to you on here. The post was by...
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    Re: How do I relax w/bees?

    Move slow and gently around the bees. Be very careful when pulling frames out of hive, not to bump them around. Use your smoker properly, watch the guard bees on tops of frames. Give em a light puff...
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    Re: New North Bama Beek

    Hi Ron, any news or updates. Havnt seen ya around much lately. Give me a shout sometimes... rich in Decatur
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    Re: Richinbama 2018-2019 beekeeping quest

    Thanks Glenn. Will do
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    Re: Need a bee suit recommendation

    Hi Mike, nothing like running an old bar of soap over zippers to let em open up like new. I also, put a dab of clear silicone over small hole in veil. Cheap fixes but work good on my no name brand...
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    Re: Richinbama 2018-2019 beekeeping quest

    Hi guys/gals... been a bit since last update. Here it goes.
    Last weekend I did a full hive inspection, and started my oav. All hives were strong, and looking really nice. I added a super to all...
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    Re: Richinbama 2018-2019 beekeeping quest

    Hi jw, it is strange they aren't taking it in. Last year they sucked it down fast. Honestly, it may be that I havnt pulled all my honey. I got a new extractor online a few weeks back. It was junk....
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    Re: Richinbama 2018-2019 beekeeping quest

    Mine have not really touched the syrup all summer, basically. I've got a batch mixed up for tomorrow at the farm
    I'm sure they should take it in, but who know... I'll end with 6 strong hives for...
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    Re: Slippery floors

    Mineral spirits is a good cleaner of wax, I'd think. Lacquer or denatured alcohol would be better, but a bit more costly. Less oily after cleanup though. Mabye better if the 2 used prior to painting...
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    Re: Slippery floors

    Once you get it cleaned, you can paint it with oil based paint or urethane. Mixed in some crushed lava stone from hardware store. Will help it not be so slippery.
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    Re: Hello form another one in Alabama

    Hello from Alabama. Where from? Decatur/Cullman here. Congrats to you for choosing bees !!! Also, good luck...
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    Re: hello from alabama

    Welcome to beesource. Congrats on the swarm !!!! What part of bama? Decatur here
    Good luck, Richard
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    Re: Richinbama 2018-2019 beekeeping quest

    Ill hopefully go into winter with 6 or 7 . Ill also pull honey just after fall flow. Ill start feeding heavy also. Ill.leave em about 25 % honey in each hive. With good feeding, and winter really...
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    Re: Richinbama 2018-2019 beekeeping quest

    Thanks Glenn. Last winter was good. Except for the mice/rats. It was so wet out that they moved into a few hives. Really ate wm up, bees included... Rich
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    Re: Richinbama 2018-2019 beekeeping quest

    Well good news !!! The nuc isn't queenless after all. I'm guessing that I missed the queen that returned from mating flight. She obviously hid from me, or she just hadn't returned at that time yet. I...
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    Re: 2018/19 Journal NW Florida Gulf Coast

    Yes , dragonflies are here also. I saw hornets around, but they didn't go into hives. Many guards, or bees on front of entrance. I'd say several hundred or more on each hive. Also, my nic is...
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    Re: 2018/19 Journal NW Florida Gulf Coast

    Hi Heather, my splits didn't do so well either. I did several, and recombine all but one. I'm going through that box either today or tomorrow to check if a queen made it back. If not, I'll end...
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