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  1. Thread: Partridge Pea

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    Re: Partridge Pea

    Partridge pea is about all that I have blooming in my area and for the last three years I have watched pretty closely. Michael bush has said it is a good plant to have but I just have never seen a...
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    Sticky: Re: a little scientific involvement with TF bees.

    Russ
    I don't know if I deserve that but thank you.
    gww
  3. Thread: Partridge Pea

    by gww
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    Re: Partridge Pea

    I am curious about this question. I have never seen a honey bee on partridge pea while looking hard over the last few years. I have seen a bumble bee or two on it. I am really curious if it is...
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    Sticky: Re: a little scientific involvement with TF bees.

    gray goose
    The melting pot part is why I like the ideal of throwing in a swarm every so often into the background area. Depending on purpose of adding would depend on how many new bees to add at...
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    Sticky: Re: a little scientific involvement with TF bees.

    Gray goose


    This ideal always kind of throws me. I understand that our genetics may not be as wide as other places due to relying on only what was brought here. I would point out that in...
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    Sticky: Re: a little scientific involvement with TF bees.

    I agree with oldtimer on it being easier to split and make increase then it is to capture swarms. I do say though that I would not have bees treatment free or otherwise if not for trapping over a 30...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    Got to love it when a plan comes together.:)
    gww
  8. Thread: Angry Bees

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    Re: Angry Bees

    The meanest small hive that I have experienced was one that I had taken the queen and a bunch of brood from and at the time the new queen cells were just being capped.
    I was intimidated.
    Cheers
    gww
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    Re: Getting comb drawn 'on demand'.

    lj
    Nice comb.
    Cheers
    gww
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    russ


    I got his point. My point was that in managing bees that for some like me "good enough is good enough even if not best".

    From and observational point of view, I would still think slow...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    Russ
    I see that patterson in his video is not a big proponent of the ideal of the fast feeding that I do in fall. His view is that it is stored so fast that the bees can not disperse pollen with it...
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    Re: Richinbama 2018-2019 beekeeping quest

    Good for you. Sounds like things are going well. Keep it up and good luck this winter.
    Cheers
    gww
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    russ
    Orchards are above my pay grade. My apple trees have never bloomed and one looks like it has now died. I got like five pears off of my two moonglow pear. My asian pears gave a lot of little...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    Greg
    When I was young, we had a giant copper kettle and we would take all day taking turns adding wood and stirring to make large batches of apple butter. It was a family affair like making home...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    Russ
    I do winter feed a little different. I let them do what they may till oct if I think they will have at least one medium drawn by then. I have wintered hives as small as one medium. I never...
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    Sticky: Re: bone head split so far, somebody save the day.

    On the split I sold from a hive that I also split after the sell and that I mentioned that I had recombined with out seeing either queen or using newspaper.

    It has no capped brood yet but I did...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    russ
    You might be surprised come spring with the tree. If they had a chance at all, they would have still made a queen. They would have gathered stores during that process. If she made it back,...
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    Sticky: Re: bone head split so far, somebody save the day.

    Russ
    Thanks for taking an interest.

    Jw
    Thanks for the kind words. My view is every dog has their day and sometimes you are up and sometimes you get beat down. I have been lucky so far.
    Cheers...
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    Sticky: Re: bone head split so far, somebody save the day.

    russ
    I am a screw up. I just combined back a hive that I had sold a split out of and I don't know if either side has a queen but one side was starving and so I just set it on the other side with...
  20. Thread: Missouri

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    Re: Missouri

    My bees are working sumac really hard now middle of the day.
    Cheers
    gww
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    Russ
    I would plant something else but seed is very high and for plantings to do good you need to add supplements to the dirt. I planted ladino clover about 20 years ago and spread lime and such but...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    The lespedeza will probably be my next bloom. I have never seen the bees on the big stuff in the field but know they work the mowed short stuff that grows in my yard.
    Cheers
    gww
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    russ
    I have the fear of mess up every time I mow past my hives. I want to get close but not too close. That is why my hives always look a mess.:)
    Good luck
    gww
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    Re: a scientific look at 'mite bombs'

    Best bet is to hope to get bees that find some way to live through all these things like some of those wild bees in the trees seem to do. Rely on robbing screens or bees? I do realize this may not...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    Gray goose
    I have not seen entombed pollen. I have never seen a dead mouse in a hive that the bees have tried to propolize over (or seen a mouse in a hive). I have read threads on here where bee...
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