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    Re: attach trap to tree

    Glad to see Charlie B and odfrank still going at it. I've found I have more luck when I hang traps 12' to 15' above the ground. I raise them with a rope around a high tree limb then use the rope to...
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    Re: A swarm UNDER the swarm trap

    Thank you for the guidance everyone. I tried to capture the swarm the next evening by shaking them into a box with comb and a frame of brood. It didn't work. They flew right back up where they...
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    A swarm UNDER the swarm trap

    Came home tonight and there was a large swarm UNDER my swarm trap. I watched tonight and they aren't moving in. My question, should I leave them and see how they sort it out or should I shake them...
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    Re: Tenbears?

    There is a lot of wisdom on this thread. I haven't posted for a long while. The last couple of years there have been "experts" crawling out of the woodwork who have been beekeeping for three years...
  5. Re: Crystallized honey in comb - what to do???

    Thanks for the responses. I sprayed a few frames today and put them out to dry. I also put some of the frames that "blew out" in the extractor outside for the bees to rob. They robbed honey but...
  6. Crystallized honey in comb - what to do???

    I'm not sure what happened this year except the sourwood flow was a huge fail and my bees packed in something else. Whatever that something else was has now crystallized in the comb and I have 10 to...
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    Re: Drone laying queens

    Thank you for the responses. I finally found her yesterday, dispatched her, and combined the hive with another. Her abdomen was much shorter than a normal queen so she was harder to find. By...
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    Drone laying queens

    I have a hive that I'm pretty confident has a drone laying queen. All brood are drones and laid in a nice pattern, eggs are one to a cell, and they're attached perfectly to the bottom of the cells. ...
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    Re: New comb that is yellow green?

    You all nailed it. The weather was ideal for them to bring in a lot of yellow green red maple pollen this year. The comb was that color. Thanks everybody and good luck this year.
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    New comb that is yellow green?

    I saw something last weekend I'd never seen before. In late February I put 2" thick shims on top of my lighter hives and put sugar bricks in them. I checked on them this past weekend and the bees...
  11. Does a lack of pollen cause mean bees?

    A long time beekeeper in our club said last year that a lack of pollen causes bees to be meaner. I had not heard that before and discounted it until recently when it accidentally seemed to work. I...
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    Re: Requeening during Apiguard treatment

    Thank you for the assistance. I'll wait a couple of weeks to requeen to be on the safe side.
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    Requeening during Apiguard treatment

    Does anyone have experience requeening hives during Apiguard treatment? If so, how did it affect queen acceptance? I'm planning to requeen in the third week of treatment which would be the start of...
  14. Re: Tips on keeping a honey extractor from "walking" during spinning

    Casters work great for me. The plywood platform the casters bolt to is large enough to hold the honey bucket while the honey flows out of the honey gate. I use bungee straps to hold the bucket in...
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    Re: Queenless hive mixed signals

    Thanks Bendriftin. My eyes aren't good enough to see eggs without help and I had left my glasses at home. I feel like its a crap shoot too and was hoping to narrow the odds more. I have put the...
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    Queenless hive mixed signals

    I intentionally made a colony queenless on June 4. On June 18 I saw a virgin queen that had just recently hatched and some other queen cells. I didn't check on the colony again until July 5. At...
  17. Re: How is the best way to spot the queen?

    Most of the time I will spot her black thorax first. For me it stands out among all the other sights in the hive.
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    Re: Chestnut over white clover?

    Buffalo,

    Do you have sourwood up there and is it in bloom? Our sourwood trees are in bloom and the bees have been working them hard for about a week now.
  19. Re: Controversial question re: honey supers

    So you would add red or green or some color like that so you would know to cull the honey frames that had those colors in the cells? That sounds like a good idea. Did you see it often?
  20. Queen finishing in a colony that wants to supersede

    I decided to give queen rearing a try and Friday night made up my starter hive. While doing so I saw a still uncapped supersedure queen cell in the mother hive and destroyed it. I went through the...
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    Re: Bee Sting ?

    I go without socks so my ankles are the weak link. I do so intentionally so I will get stung several times during the season to keep my immunity to bee venom high. The rest of me is covered...
  22. Re: How can I improve my supersedure requeening results?

    Thanks for the advice everyone. In the supercedure number I am including four walk away splits where the colony had to create their own queen and two instances where the hive created a queen and...
  23. How can I improve my supersedure requeening results?

    In the last season I had 12 hives attempt to supersede their queen and six of them failed. This seems like a terrible percentage to me. As far as my set-up is concerned, all hives are painted...
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    Re: cut comb minis!

    Like he said, be sure to freeze the comb before serving. Freezing will kill any hive beetle or wax moth eggs or larvae.
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    Re: Sourwood flow in NE Tenn/SW VA

    I went through my hives last night. It was a poor year but I've seen worse. The hives are averaging about 1/2 super each. The frames that have honey are nowhere near full. The taste and color...
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