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    Re: 2018/19 Journal NW Florida Gulf Coast

    The bees are flying here, but I'm not sure what they are bringing in. Hopefully it will stay enough to maintain them until fall. Most have brood nests with lots of honey and pollen and I plan to...
  2. Thread: hive issues

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    Re: hive issues

    Repairing my OA wand and hope to head out today. I've heard conflicting this on OAV during heat, but since you southern guys have had good results even in heat, I'll assume mine can handle it.
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    Re: 2018/19 Journal NW Florida Gulf Coast

    Ouch, that hurts. I wish I had clover fields around here. Crepe myrtles are blooming, but only certain varieties are any good for bees.
  4. super placement question post harvest & during dearth

    I'm zone 9A, so right on the Gulf of Mexico. The flow has significantly slowed and will stay slow with a possible dearth until goldenrod in August/September. We are harvesting Spring honey and a...
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    Re: Honey Harvest & Possible Swarm

    Bearding is normal in the summer. Yes, they have less space and the hive is heating up so they go outside to keep the temperature stable for the larvae. It does not mean they will swarm. Check for...
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    Re: Mann Lake Alert

    Mann Lake seems to be hit and miss. Sometimes the order goes through great, other times you don't get what you ordered and have to wait for who knows how long to get it. They really need to let you...
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    Re: 2018/19 Journal NW Florida Gulf Coast

    Forgot to mention that they have replaced the red queen. This was her third year and I was wondering how long she would last. The new queen is laying well.
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    Re: hive issues

    We pulled the honey off the hives of concern today and hopefully will have time to treat tomorrow. Those two had 20 frames capped. I'm running 9 frames in 10 frame boxes. Hopefully I can save...
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    Re: 2018/19 Journal NW Florida Gulf Coast

    I expect the honey harvest to be bigger than last year. We are starting to pull today. The past couple of weeks kept us out of the hives. You are lucky to have all that land to play with. ...
  10. Thread: hive issues

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    hive issues

    In one hive I found yellow larvae still in the crescent shaped stage. I think they were 3rd to 4th stage instar. (forgot to write it down) That hive also has some cells with larvae and brood, but I...
  11. Re: Bees Making Cross Comb on Plastic Foundation!!

    Ditto on the best drawn frames are between brood comb. Another point is to be sure your hive is level side to side. If not, they are more likely to draw the comb sideways in my experience.
  12. Re: If I add an upper entrance above my QE will the bees fill the honey supers faster

    One thing I'm noticing that I think is worth reminding/mentioning is the variance based on location. Here, a top vent during winter is needed to keep the hive dry. Moisture has been one of the...
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    Re: Richinbama 2018-2020 beekeeping quest

    You are very busy. I haven't memorized the flow fully yet either and am not sure exactly when it tends to end over the summer.

    I wish you a speedy recovery and that the surgery helps you feel...
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    Re: Richinbama 2018-2020 beekeeping quest

    Bummer on the strong hive. Strong hives are a mixed blessing. If all goes well, yea lots of honey, but they run risks for issues average hives don't seem to risk as much. It is so easy to get...
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    Re: 2018/19 Journal NW Florida Gulf Coast

    We managed to open up a couple of brood boxes that were full of honey on Sunday before the rain hit. The winds were predicted to be 50 mph and it looks like strong winds came through. Bees are fine...
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    Re: 2018/19 Journal NW Florida Gulf Coast

    Thank Rich. The schools went virtual and we had to MacGyver a month of assignments in what amounts to less than two days. Then figure out how to use the online program, document contact with 140...
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    Re: 2018/19 Journal NW Florida Gulf Coast

    Things are booming here now. Good flow and getting queens back. Working from home, like many. Starting to run out of some of the woodenware, which I didn't expect to happen.

    My car was totaled. ...
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    Re: Richinbama 2018-2020 beekeeping quest

    Hang in there Rich. We have turned the corner and are fully in upswing for a bit now. Getting lots of swarm calls.
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    Re: Richinbama 2018-2020 beekeeping quest

    Glad to hear things are going well for you two. Mine are building, but it has been a bit slower that expected. I'm having to push back the dates for the nucs I sold. They should have laying queens...
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    Re: Fat Man Bees? or FatBeeMan?

    I don't think the temperature shipping was the issue. I live south of him and have bought from others with no problems. The queens were bad quality in my opinion. I heard from someone that many of...
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    Re: 2018/19 Journal NW Florida Gulf Coast

    Good news on the queen that was balled. We forgot she was in a cage, but three days caged and all was good. They were feeding her. She was released Wednesday. Tomorrow I'll check for eggs. I...
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    Re: Fat Man Bees? or FatBeeMan?

    My experience buying queens from him this past year was horrible. I lost every hive that had one of his queens. I will never buy from him again.
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    Re: forced brood break

    Thank you to those who posted studies. Very helpful in the discussion. The survival rate for apivar caught my eye. Florida has a lot of climate zones. Nearly the same latitude change as going...
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    Re: You might be a beekeeper if...

    Yea. I enjoyed the last thread like this!

    marked down exterior paint gets you giddy.

    you have lost count of how many times you've been stung and you don't care.

    a smoker isn't referring to...
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    Re: forced brood break

    Looks like we have similar situations. I stopped buying foundation a couple of years ago, but it isn't too hard to cut out drone comb. I may give that a try this year. Yes, finding all the queens...
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