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    Hi there, this is the most recent Hawaii thread...

    Hi there, this is the most recent Hawaii thread I can find. I’m moving to Hawaii within a year or two. Can someone point me to info about which bee equipment I can legally take with me there? I’m...
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    Re: Starting Robbing Frenzy

    Wow amazing, robbing can start really quickly and out of the blue.

    I've been having robbing problems all summer long...this has been a harsh year where I live in Atlanta. Pretty much no flow...
  3. Re: Normal to see bees dragging other worker bees out of hive?

    This sounds like robbing to me. You will see lots of dragging/pulling/fighting at the entrance. Be sure to put on an entrance reducer just in case.
  4. Re: Small Hive Beetle Solution, that is inexpensive and easy

    Thanks! I'll try that on the ants then!

    Regarding SHB susceptibility, I honestly think it's more honeybee genetics than beekeeper skill, assuming the beekeeper is doing their best to keep their...
  5. Thread: Feeding Sugar

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    Re: Feeding Sugar

    I'm wary of feeding HFCS due to the levels of HMF formation. Does the HFCS you use guarantee low HMF levels?
  6. Re: Small Hive Beetle Solution, that is inexpensive and easy

    Great work, OP. Thankfully I don't have a lot of issues with SHB either, despite living near Atlanta GA. I think the bees are adapting here, I had big issues with SHB in the 2010-2012 time frame.
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  7. Thread: Feeding Sugar

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    Re: Feeding Sugar

    I'm not educated enough to have an opinion on the matter, but just curious as to why you say they store it better?

    I guess as long as it's warm enough they can dry out 1:1 just as well as 2:1,...
  8. Thread: Sourwood Flow

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    Sourwood Flow

    My sourwood honey production was amazing this year!

    I had two full hives in the North Georgia Mountains that were both unfortunately destroyed by a bear this year, so I took a small Top Bar nuc...
  9. Thread: Georgia

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    Re: Georgia

    •30097, Johns Creek GA
    •7/29/2016
    •Goldenrod bloom first spotted today in a field
    •comments - Just saw my first goldenrod...Bring on the fall flow! My bees have been in a dearth for weeks now.
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    Re: help...hive beetles

    I've tried traps, but nothing has really worked, except keeping a strong hive. Beetles are only a nuisance to a strong hive. 50 beetles doesn't sound so bad. Hundreds or more...especially if you...
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    Re: Heat and suits...

    I bought a pair of "gaiters" from REI, meant for hiking. Primarily because I'm always scared a curious one will somehow crawl down into my boots while I'm inspecting. Maybe overkill, but there's no...
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    Re: What is your bees' favorite flower?

    Last year my bees made a lot of vetch honey...very light, almost clear white. Sweet and buttery, without the strong floral taste of most honeys. It was great. I've devoured it all already, and am...
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    Re: Banking a saved queen after colony died?

    I face this same question...a failed over-wintered colony with just a few bees left, and a surprisingly alive queen.

    The biggest question is...do you really want that queen? Though it might not...
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    Re: Question on reusing old top bar combs

    Here's my new thoughts on the matter, especially with new packages.

    As Michael Bush says, I'd use the straightest combs only, and offset each one with an empty bar. That way, as the new combs are...
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    Re: Question on reusing old top bar combs

    I sort of thought there might be something wrong with the idea of simply shaving the combs down. The center, or back of the cells I suppose, is where the bees would build out from, and they would...
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    Question on reusing old top bar combs

    Due to losing one of my colonies last year, I have a lot of old top bars with attached comb that I want to re-use this year to save the bees precious nectar usually lost to comb build-up. The combs...
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    Re: Top Bar Hives from Honeybee Habitat

    I actually bought this hive last spring for a new package install.

    The hive itself is great. It has three side entrance holes (front, middle, and back). I keep the back hole covered up. I live...
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    Re: What plant is this?

    As far as I know, it is a *great* nectar plant. Apparently you can eat the flowers raw, and they're somewhat sweet due to the nectar.
  19. Thread: more new bees

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    Re: more new bees

    I also got bees from Don on April 3rd, and installed them. As a little background, last year I lost my hive because I had to re-queen since the bees were way too hot -attacking out of the blue from...
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    Re: New Top Bar question

    I attached a comb to a top bar just yesterday. I used a screwdriver to punch a couple holes at the top of the comb all the way across. I then used plant ties (like garbage bag ties) through the...
  21. Re: Captured my first swarm, they seem happy, a few questions

    Cool, thanks I did not know that! Learn something every day here :)
  22. Re: Captured my first swarm, they seem happy, a few questions

    Do virgin queens swarm? I was under the impression that a swarm by definition involves the old queen taking flight after a new one is raised. Am I wrong?
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    Re: Why so many orientation flights suddenly?

    From what I understand, foragers produce a pheromone that must be present up to a certain level in the hive, otherwise those that might not be of age yet are "encouraged" to take orientation flights...
  24. Learning from last years mistakes - advice please!

    Hi all,

    I took a few months off of the forums because I was so frustrated with myself last year for my stupid noob mistakes! But I'm back and more than excited about starting off this year right....
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    Re: What Would You Do?

    Oh, and I think leveling generally applies and is most crucial to foundationless style, which I think includes all TBH's, and some other styles.
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