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    Re: Fly Back Splits - Video

    This year, I let them requeen themselves. One week after the split, I pulled all frames with queen cells except for one, and put them in mating nucs and queen castles.

    Last year, I timed a...
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    Re: Fly Back Splits - Video

    Thank you. Sorry for the wind noise and all of the movement. I had my wife talked into shooting it with me. She got stung shortly after she got out of the truck, so I had to take her home and...
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    Re: Fly Back Splits - Video

    Palmer Shaker Box. I probably have to use it 1 in 4 hives this time of year.
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    Re: A sign of the times

    Not a sign of our times at all. Just a sign of stupidity, bigotry and racism. That crap has been here forever. I wish there was a virus that could kill such things off.
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    Re: Anecdotal Varroa Control

    I think your success in light of your friend's failure may be attributable to a couple of things: (1) your willingness to treat your bees, though treating only twice during Christmas with OA will...
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    Re: A sign of the times

    Alright guys . . . is it time to gather on our balconies and sing to one another?

    God I hope not.
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    Fly Back Splits - Video

    I recently did about 20 Fly Back Splits and decided to make a video out of one of them.

    https://youtu.be/J0s9utmGbjc
  8. Thread: Alabama

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    Re: Alabama

    2/29/2020
    Covington County, Alabama
    Andalusia
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    Caught a swarm issuing on video on February 29, 2020. I was already doing splits, so I broke into the hive to harvest swarm cells. I found...
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    Re: A sign of the times

    If you find an old woman in a corn field that has visions, please let us know.
  10. Re: Overwintered nuc - definition is vague - advice requested.

    If you are doing the graft in the same spring that you sell the nuc, I do not think that is what most mean by "Overwintered Queen." At least that is not my understanding.
  11. Re: Overwintered nuc - definition is vague - advice requested.

    That goes double for the southeastern US. I have a lot of people ask me for an overwintered queen. I always want to tell them that I would be happy to give them last year's queen if they want it,...
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    Re: Bad Day

    This one has me stumped JimD. Not that it is a very hard thing to stump me. Just makes little sense to me why your other hive is not affected. The yellow jasmine angle that clyderoad mentioned is...
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    Re: Varroa in drone brood

    An alcohol wash is certainly the next step to determine if you are over threshold. From your account of mites on your drone larvae, I am going to make a guess that you are at or over threshold. ...
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    Re: Will a broodless hive bring in pollen?

    There are very few absolutes in beekeeping. I would say that your beekeeper friend is not 100% accurate in his statement. It is generally considered a "good sign" when you see lots of foragers...
  15. Re: I'm convinced that OAV is a cure-all for mites.

    Frank:

    All of that depends on circumstances. The way I split my hives in the spring creates a broodless split for one box on Day 1, and a broodless split for the 2nd box on Day 21. So I do a...
  16. Re: I'm convinced that OAV is a cure-all for mites.

    My experience is different. I use OAV. In fact, used it on several fly-back splits last night. However, I have found that in my area, with my hives, OAV in series will not sufficiently curb my...
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    Re: Bad Day

    What pesticides would be being applied at this time of year in Spring, Texas? What is even in the ground at this time of year?

    You think you could have a neighbor that really does not want bees...
  18. Re: Dead cluster diagnostics/ why did this hive die?

    My guess is either starvation or mites (viral load).

    Starvation: I am assuming that the wooden bar I am looking at in the pics is the top bar of the frame. If that is the case, it looks like the...
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    Re: Paint- inside the hive?

    Sr. Tanya: I do not know why it would cause any harm. I suppose if you are looking for worst-case scenarios, you could worry about lead-based paint, which has been banned since 1978. I think there...
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    Sticky: Re: Any Beekeeping Podcasts?

    I really enjoy your podcast Leigh. Thank you for what you do.
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    Re: Waning Efficacy of Apivar?

    Kevin and Clyderoad: Thank you both. Published last month. Helpful to have the Apiarist's take on it too. Exactly what I was looking for. Not sure I fully understand it, but will keep studying...
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    Re: Apiguard in the spring

    I like that idea Spur. Hard to use thymol down here in the late summer and fall due to heat, but I could possibly get away with it in early spring. And your set up should not set the brood rearing...
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    Re: Corona-19 China Beekeepers

    "You must not take your life, no matter what," it said after a beekeeper from China's southwestern Yunnan province, Liu Decheng, recently hanged himself."

    Heartbreaking. I often forget how...
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    Spring Temperament

    Are everybody else's bees pissy in the early spring before the nectar flow? I work in short sleeves and a veil with no gloves most of the year, but I seem to always find myself being chased back to...
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    Waning Efficacy of Apivar?

    I have heard many references and read many posts about the decreasing efficacy of Apivar strips in managing mites in honey bee hives. I have been searching for any published reporting or studies...
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