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    Re: Should I clean it out or leave it?

    yes, I would pull out the dead bees. They smell, draw ants and roaches, and cause additional work for a swarm looking for a home.
  2. Thread: Feral Bees???

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    Re: Feral Bees???

    I believe there re some feral bees in some back woods areas. If you could find the tree they probably will cast a swarm every year just because of needed space. Most wooded land has been logged { in...
  3. Thread: USGS

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    Re: USGS

    You need to check your brood boxes to make sure she has room to lay. If the girls have been working hard you may have to expand the brood areas. Move your nectar/honey frames up a box and put drawn...
  4. Re: What hive design yields the most honey? Which yields the most bees?

    I think location and wx rule the amount of honey/bees any hive will produce. A 100 yard trip to 50 acres of cotton will give you more more nectar than a 1 mile trip no matter the hive type.
  5. Thread: USGS

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    Re: USGS

    I usually put on a honey super when I see the red maples break open, if the wx forecast is going to be good. Some open a little earlier if they have warmer conditions. Some are full bloom now but...
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    Re: Keeping bees out of a swimming pool

    Yep, adding chlorine bleach to water attracts bees. Every time I wash the driveway I get a lot of bees coming for a drink.
  7. Re: Quality Equipment- Brushy Mountain replacement?

    [email protected] (888-319-9994) Kinston, N.C. free shipping over $150. I've bought several boxes and frames from these folks and the quality was pretty good. They make it and ship it and...
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    Re: Credibility of Scientific Papers.

    Very true. My point is to use the idea... just try it for yourself if it sounds good.
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    Re: Credibility of Scientific Papers.

    I'm not a scientist but I do realize that in beekeeping research there are SO MANY variables that doing tests and repeating to see if you get the same results is next to impossible. Every frame of...
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    Re: Good overview management article

    Google The Layens Hive for some addltional info. It's old and some it I disagree with but the concept is good. Opinions.... everybody has one.
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    Re: Will Politics Drive the Science?

    Pesticides are not only killing the pollinators; we are also killing ourselves just slower. The problem is farmers must have pesticides in order to get a crop. We need pesticides that don't kill...
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    Re: A VERY hot hive - what next?

    Yep, and wear good bee suits and gloves. That is a lot easier than LOOKING for the Q while the workers eat you lunch.
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    Re: Best bee strain for KY?

    Any bees that you can keep alive and manage swarming; are the best. Use local bees and queens.
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    Re: Against Smoking Bees

    I stand corrected! I really don't know what dropped it but it works pretty well. The word ORGANIC drives me crazy.
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    Re: Against Smoking Bees

    I sometimes use MEADOW MUFFINS (dried cow turd) for smoker fuel... does that make my smoke organic? There is NO way you can assure bees have not visited flowers that have never had pesticide on them...
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    Re: Hello from eastern North Carolina

    Beekeeping is good family fun. About half of our bee club (TAR RIVER BEEKEEPERS) are teams; moms/daughters, husband/wife, grandfather/grandson. We meet once a month for potluck dinner and a...
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    Re: Hello from eastern North Carolina

    Welcome to THE FORUM. Take a step back and let them be bees. Keep them dry, ventilated, treated for mites especially in the fall and have food/water sources nearby. Make sure the queen has space to...
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    Re: Baltimore City Bee Keeping

    Google Roof Top Beehives In Durham, NC. There is a young lady (NC State Graduate) that has turned roof top beekeeping into a business.
  19. Thread: Open Feeding

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    Re: Open Feeding

    Yes, you probably did. This time of the year when it is dry, no flowers, no nectar, scouts/foragers are searching. You drew bees from everywhere and when the source was gone they kept looking. If you...
  20. Thread: Bone dry nuc

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    Re: Bone dry nuc

    I agree with Lburou, open feeding is an invitation to robbing this time of the year. Feed syrup as long as possible inside. Dry sugar poured into the cells of some empty comb works too.
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    Re: BeeCheck Opinion

    My home county sprayed for mosquitoes last year. The operator contacted me, came by, and shut down his spraying 200 yards from the apiary.
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    Re: Wax moth prevention in storing

    I freeze all my frames (even foundationless) after use and then BT Sprayed on or paramoth in stacked boxes or clear plastic tubs.
  23. Re: This is getting ridiculous (Varroa and OAV treatment)

    Everyone who keeps bees has mltes. You may have colonies close by that were "mite bombs"; either wild bees or a treatment free apiary. Keep treating and talk to local beeks to see what they are...
  24. Re: Giganto Hive: How to get them to condense resources

    FERN... take a deep breath! You need to ENJOY your bees but not get frustrated. Everything is based on location; North, South, urban, city, coastal, mountains, rangeland. I live in an urban area and...
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    Re: Harmful to feed bees melter honey?l

    Google it for a really good explanation. Everyone I know keeps it for baking/cooking needs.
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