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    Re: Newbee to be from NW Bama

    Biggest and best Alabama bee meeting of the year is in Clanton on February 1. Meghan Millbrath will be speaking and many others. Put on by Alabama Extension Service and Auburn Bee Lab.
  2. Re: I checked a couple hives-Small clusters, no brood

    My memory is that Saskatraz bees have at least some Carniolan lineage. Carnis are known for late build up, though I don't think the Saskatraz bee folks advertise that. It is still very, very early....
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    Re: What would you do?

    I am with Steve. Fly back splits. The queenless portion of the split will generate many frames with queen cells. Take 2 of those frames with queen cells and move them into nucs with stores and...
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    Re: How cold in the hive?

    Can you tell us your hive configuration and the placement of the temperature monitor that you are taking your reading from? When you were getting the 55 degree reading, what was the temperature...
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    Re: 2019 Observations

    Ranger, thanks for sharing. I live just a few miles north of the Florida Panhandle. I too, am noticing some changes that I attribute to a warming climate.

    Unexplained queen failures in late...
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    Re: What to do with deadout honey?

    I am assuming your goals are (1) for the new package to build comb rapidly and (2) to stimulate the queen into laying quickly for a good spring start up.

    You can certainly put the frames of honey...
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    Re: Learned Lesson for 2019

    I use ML top feeders and have had this problem as well. I put a bead of silicone along the seam where the metal screen meets the plastic insert. The silicone barrier does not allow the bees to...
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    Re: My experience with Ecowood

    Reviving this older thread to see if anyone else has some experience with the Eco Wood product?
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    Poll: Re: Feeding pollen sub in the Winter

    I have always been highly skeptical of the value of feeding pollen patties at any time of the year in my location. (South Alabama/Florida Panhandle). I have never voiced this skepticism, but I have...
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    Re: Slatted rack

    I'm sold. Going to do a little exploring on your website and see what else you have cooked up!
  11. Thread: Slatted rack

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    Re: Slatted rack

    Is this a concept in your mind right now, or have you actually built some of these?

    I assume the OA pan (or "steel can") is also removable from the 3" cavity?

    So you either have the OA pan in...
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    Re: Will Politics Drive the Science?

    Hmm. So "I instinctively dislike her behaviour" should not be read as "contempt?" That is news to me, but I suffer from a public school education. Please forgive my tenuous grasp of the language....
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    Re: Will Politics Drive the Science?

    I have never heard a word that Greta Thunberg has uttered nor read anything she has written. I see her as only a symbolic messenger -- apparently quite effective -- for a cause. Because that cause...
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    Re: Will Politics Drive the Science?

    "We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed."

    -- Letter from a Birmingham Jail, Martin Luther King, Jr., 16...
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    Re: Slatted rack

    I have very hot summers. Perhaps slatted racks would provide a "place to hang out." But I have the same question you do about whether they really need a place to hang out inside the hive, when they...
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    Re: RIP little bees...

    You got it Mike! As a stubborn southern beekeeper who wanted nothing more than to go straight OA, after about 3 years I knew it just was not going to work. The reality is that OA is not as...
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    Re: RIP little bees...

    Eric and I have had identical experiences in discovering, much to my disappointment, that OAV in series, simply was not adequate for our region. I now use Apivar as soon as my supers come off in...
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    Re: RIP little bees...

    18 months is about what I give an untreated colony in my area. Whether started from package or a spring nuc, they are normally a dead out by that second Fall or early Winter, sometimes before. I am...
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    Re: Foam filled tires

    The company I work for has foam filled tires in the two forklifts in our warehouse and yard. I don’t think we could function without them, though they do beat the hell out of you. Beside the rough...
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    Re: Why do Beeks stack supers so high?

    To me, the worst part of extracting is setting up my “clean” area and then breaking down and cleaning at the end. Uncapping and spinning 300 frames is the part of the process that I dream about all...
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    Re: RIP little bees...

    Very sorry Paul. Any thoughts as to why they have not made it?
  22. Re: Dr. Tom Seeley's new book "The Lives of Bees"

    Hard question. I think I am always changing my thinking on how I keep bees. I have only done this for 6 years and I have done something radically different each year.

    I don't think this book had...
  23. Re: Dr. Tom Seeley's new book "The Lives of Bees"

    I read it and really enjoyed it. Great book. I recommend it.
  24. Re: Podcast Samuel Ramsey - varroa more destructive then when it first arrived

    Beekeeper's Corner with Kevin Inglin is also a very good podcast.
  25. Re: Mating Queens in Two Queen Hive under Shared Super

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    This is a setup that I have run in the past. The bottom two boxes were originally mating nucs, where cells were inserted simultaneously, with small entrances facing in opposite directions...
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