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    Re: Drone capturing device.

    Being able to distinguish SHB and zapping upon entering the hive would be the cats meow.
  2. Re: Brood in the Honey Supers: I did it wrong!

    Add your excluder after being sure the queen is not above it. Once the brood that is currently in the super matures and moves out, all should be good.
  3. Re: New swarm in trap, How long before removing

    Thanks - Did the deed yesterday and all appears to have went well. A lot of returning foragers clustered at the old swarm trap location but I discovered that if I took the trap lid an laid it next...
  4. Re: New swarm in trap, How long before removing

    I have a related question. As my swarm trap is in a tree, and not a standard box but with deep frames, would placing a standard deep box at base of tree approximately 4-5' below the trap and moving...
  5. monofilament color - does it make a difference in foundation wiring

    When cross wiring deep foundation for stability using monofilament, does the monofilament color make a difference as far as the bees are concerned? It just so happens I have some fireline which is...
  6. Re: New beekeeper concerns about local flora

    I assume she's referring to having successfully completed the apprentice/beginning beekeeping course thru her local club and has received certification of such from NC State Beekeeping Association.
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    Re: Brushy Mountain Closing?

    I second this... I was just up there the other day buying some wooden ware. They are great people to deal with in my experience.
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    Re: too cold to still be giving 2:1?

    Thanks for response, just wanting to be sure I was on track and not missing any anything. In 3 years of trying this is the strongest both bee and stored wise my hives have entered this time of year.
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    Re: too cold to still be giving 2:1?

    A newbee mistake possibly, but I had a medium super on top of two deeps that was not removed prior to feeding. It had not be drawn out except for about 3 frames. I fed heavily all thru October and...
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    Re: Sugar water feeding came to a halt in NC

    After several days of not flying due to rain from Florence the bees were in overdrive yesterday as the sun appeared for the first time in several days. Pollen was coming in by the beeload.
  11. Re: The sticky board as a forensic tool- pollen, varroa, wax and so on

    if I leave mine in more than two days or so, I seem to scrape off a lot of accumulation as I slide the board out. There is only a tolerance of about 1/4" once board is on the rails it rests on.
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    Re: Sugar water feeding came to a halt in NC

    I added 6lb sugar in 2:1 syrup to one of my hives this past Monday PM. Checked the feeder yesterday and it was over 2/3rds gone. They continue to suck it down. My other hive, while not quite as...
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    Re: Health saver account

    You do have to cancel your HSA contributions once you hit 65 and apply for Medicare. The money saved up until that point is still there for your use though.
  14. Re: Neighbor turning anti-bee due to pool visitors

    I have 2 ponds and a (2) different creeks within 150' to 200 yards of my hives. What do the bee's prefer? The hose that drains the dehumidifier in the basement where it empties onto the driveway. ...
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    Re: Advice on opening new hive

    Thanks, that's what I thought, but wanted to be sure as I've been known to think the wrong thing at times.
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    Re: Advice on opening new hive

    Question from a newbie -- Is the bottom board suppose to be stapled to the hive body (first deep)? Only reason I ask is because mine isn't and I wondered if thats a problem. Thanks
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    Re: Help/advice needed with setup

    Great, just the information I was looking for. Thank you so much!
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    Help/advice needed with setup

    Well, I'll be the first to admit my first year was a bust for several reasons.

    1. I only started with one hive
    2. They made it thru the winter only to lose (discover) there was no queen.
    3....
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    Re: Oxalic Acid Vaporization Great for Spring!

    Could you not hive the same day as you OAV a package using the cardboard box method? I'm picking up some packages this weekend. Pick up day is suppose to be sunny with high in low 70's. The...
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    Re: Well bummer, queen is not home.

    Thanks - that's kinda what I suspected. I was hoping I could just get a queen to jump start what I have. Unfortunately, this is the only hive I have at the moment. It looks like a package will...
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    Well bummer, queen is not home.

    Last weekend was sunny and near 80 so I decided would be a good time to inspect the girls to see how they were doing. This would be the first time being in them since late fall, at which time I had...
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    Re: Attracting bees to your water source

    My bees have decided the hose draining the basement dehumidfier onto the driveway is the end all / be all for water sources. Earlier this spring they were using the creek and pond bank which are...
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    Re: How late is to late?

    Thanks for the thoughts! I appreciate everyones time and advice. Sounds like, as in most things these days, you fit it in as you can, based on schedules. I fully agree with messing around after a...
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    How late is to late?

    When reference is made to not entering hive late in the evening -- how late is too late to avoid p'ssing the ladies off? Say a person does not get home til 4 and may not be able to do an inspection...
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    Re: Hive location question

    Thanks for the info! I'm in the NW Piedmont section of the state. Dappled shade is what I'm dealing with as the open spots are in close proximity to neighbors, foot traffic, etc - which I'm trying...
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