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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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    Re: Painting Supers

    Gino45 said it best. Regional differences need to be taken into consideration. If the humidity here isn't in the 90s, I don't know what to do. I laughed when my sister-in-law said she was...
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    Re: queen balled

    Good question. I don't know if they requeened already or if she was one of the few I didn't mark last year. I didn't write down if there were eggs. I know there were capped brood. I have several...
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    queen balled

    I marked a queen with a new Painters nontoxic pen today. Her hive is tiny and just starting to build. Four+ hours later we find her balled, four hive down, on the landing pad of one of the largest...
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    Re: 2018/19 Journal NW Florida Gulf Coast

    Marked a queen late morning, early afternoon. 4:15, we went back out to put in some pollen pattie and found her balled at the entrance of a much bigger hive, four boxes down. Her hive was the...
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    Re: forced brood break

    Keep in mind that I am in zone 9a. Bees are flying throughout the winter.
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    Re: 2018/19 Journal NW Florida Gulf Coast

    I'm not happy with how some of them are starting the season. This has been a mild winter. Not sure how much is due to that or other factors. I'm nearly positive I've lost ALL the fat bee man...
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    Re: forced brood break

    Beekeeping is regional. A September brood break is not the same as those expressing concern. You are in the northern regions. We don't even go a week during the winter without flying days most...
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    Re: nuc sales agreement

    The inspector here is only required to check a small %. Nice guy and wasn't upset that I asked him to use my tools.
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    Re: Richinbama 2018-2020 beekeeping quest

    Sounds like things are going well rich.
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    Re: 2018/19 Journal NW Florida Gulf Coast

    JW, Thank you

    Update: We went to split a double nuc that we saw packed Saturday and 90% of the bees were dead at the bottom. It looks like they starved. Massive pile of dead bees. Heart...
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    Re: 2018/19 Journal NW Florida Gulf Coast

    Yes, a bad cold snap to kill buds could be an issue. It has been a mild winter, but drones show early enough here for splits to be made and have laying queens by the end of February many years. ...
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    Re: 2018/19 Journal NW Florida Gulf Coast

    The season has officially begun. After multiple rain spoiled scheduled attempts to check the hives, we finally got a look. Temp today- 57F. Down to 11 hives. Several are strong enough to add a...
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    Re: Richinbama 2018-2019 beekeeping quest

    JW, your goals sound similar to mine. I hope to go into next winter with 20 hives. I don't think I can maintain 20 production right now, but will probably shoot for 10 with the others being used...
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    Re: 2018/19 Journal NW Florida Gulf Coast

    I'm late getting back to answer. Rich, how about I take you up on that after the coming flow?
    Down to 14, but staying steady after the fast loss of fat bee man queen's hives. Good riddance of bad...
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    Re: 2018/19 Journal NW Florida Gulf Coast

    Checkerboarding up kept my strongest from swarming. You have to keep on top of them though. I was using empty frames since I didn't have extra comb.
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    Re: 2018/19 Journal NW Florida Gulf Coast

    Topped out at 20, down to 14. The weather took a couple out due to starvation. The others appear to the from the queens I bought from Fat Bee Man/ Dixie Bees that crashed from varroa. My locals...
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