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    Do your bees have access to that space? Earlier...

    Do your bees have access to that space? Earlier this year I noticed that there were ants nesting above the inner cover only on the hives in which the bees didn’t have access. After removing the wire...
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    Re: From July to Goldenrod and Asters...

    Richinbama, Last year, we planted buckwheat in a fenced area. As soon as the blooms were spent, we let the cows eat the plants. They gobbled it up.

    I understand that buckwheat makes a very high...
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    Re: Lost hives to storm damage

    So sorry to hear.
  4. Thread: Formic Pro

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    Re: Formic Pro

    My experience -

    I used Fomic Pro last Fall on five colonies with 2 strips applied at same time. All five made it through winter and are building up just great. I also applied a single strip to a...
  5. Thread: Alabama

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    Re: Alabama

    2/24/18
    Jackson County, north end of Sand Mountain
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    Some early apples bloomed out.
    Maples just starting.
    Pink flowering shrub (can't remember name).
    Redbud buds not opened just yet.
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    Re: Hello NE Alabama Beeks and Clubs!

    Art, You should be able to get some bees here in July. I'm sure there are people around here who would be willing to sell you a hive or nuc. I may be - will think about that.

    And perhaps you can...
  7. Thread: Alabama

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    Re: Alabama

    2/16/18
    Jackson County, Sand Mountain
    35966

    Found some Daffodils in full bloom today. Moving fast this year.

    RichinBama, Truly the best learning comes from your own experience with and being...
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    Re: Hello NE Alabama Beeks and Clubs!

    Welcome to NE Alabama Art.

    I am just about 15 mi west of you. I attend the meetings in Jackson County/Scottsboro. It's a good group and we often have outside speakers in.

    Hope to see you and...
  9. Thread: Alabama

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    Re: Alabama

    2/13/18
    Jackson County, northeast corner (7a)
    35966

    Henbit, Dandelion.
    Crocus maybe a week ago.
    Daffodils/Narcissus will be soon.

    Bees are bringing in lots of pale to medium yellow pollen.
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    Re: Our most expensive Hive! What a experience!

    I love it. Makes me smile.
  11. Re: Need help finding 8 frame bottom with oil tray and ability for IPM?

    I use these with mineral oil in the tray. Expensive but worth it.

    https://eheartwood.com/product/original-freeman-beetle-trap-bottom-wtray-8-frame/
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    Re: Disgusting honey

    Bradbee, Did the honey you bought look like this?

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    I bought this jar up there on Aug 8th. IMO wasn't the best but not like you are describing either. I'm thinking the honey you bought was...
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    Re: bees under hive?

    Does it look like a swarm? Or are the crawling around all spread out?

    A couple of weeks ago, I found a swarm under one of my hives. I put a 5-frame box with drawn comb in it underneath them. They...
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    Re: Feral Swarms???

    These photos show some of the black ferals here. They have been very aggressively trying to rob my weakest hives. I had to rework my robbing screens because they were able to get behind them. At one...
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    Re: Feral Swarms???

    I caught 2 "feral" swarms near my hive area this year. One of those swarmed again - and from that parent colony, I got the only decent and a good queen raised out of 4 swarms from my hives. From the...
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    Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    8/31/17
    Flat Rock
    35966

    Returned from vacation and found a small (2 frames) swarm sheltered under a hive that didn't swarm. It doesn't appear that they came from any of my 5 hives. Found eggs in...
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    Re: Looking for more Saskatraz info

    I bought 3 Saskatraz queens mid-June and another mid-July from Lappe. I caused one of the June queens to be balled (transferred big-hive queen when making up 5-frame intro hive). Another June queen...
  18. Thread: Alabama

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    Re: Alabama

    Brad Bee, Does your Devils Walking Stick / Aralia Spinosa look like this? A few days ago I spent some time trying to ID these with no luck until looking it up after seeing your post. We have quit a...
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    Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    7/12/17
    Flat Rock
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    My Warre colony swarmed. I saw them as they started out at about 1:30 with some rain clouds in the sky. Called DH away from cutting a tree off the fence so it was a...
  20. Re: Is it normal for a hive to expel drones after swarming?

    I think I may be observing the same thing this week. Pretty sure my Warre hive swarmed Monday. Today I found a couple of drone pupae on the porch and two live drones buzzing around on the ground...
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    Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Swarm I posted on 6/10/17 was an absconding colony. Was a 10+ year feral colony in a water heater on a neighbor's property.
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    Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    7/1/17
    Flat Rock
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    I believe that my Warre colony, the strongest hive, swarmed into a 5-frame hive that I had just set aside (about 3' away) to transfer a couple of frames to a neighbor. I...
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    Re: Having a tough time with Queens this year

    You can purchase a single mated Carniolan queen from Lappe's in Iowa.

    I bought some Saskatraz queens from them. They arrived when expected and in good condition.
  24. Thread: Feeding Nuc

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    Re: Feeding Nuc

    larrylwill, I'm at Flat Rock. My bees are bringing in nectar and pollen but I'm not sure what all it is. We have blooming white clover, wild lilies, queen ann's lace, golden raintree (just...
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    Re: Making Sauerkraut

    Didn't know about help with colds. But I can support that assertion - it's been years since I've had a cold. Don't remember. And same for tummy virus.

    Glad to hear you've found the fix. And loving...
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