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    Re: Catching and Marking Queens

    I like to use a plastic queen clip, and I mark all of my queens in each hive as soon as they are mated and laying.
  2. a peak through the window of a topbar hive in January in Virginia

    For those of you missing your bees, here is a short clip of my bees inside one of their topbar hives. The bees really don't stay in cluster all winter long here in coastal Virginia. I've already...
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    Re: Brood Rearing Below Zero Help!

    A 24" or 36" butterfly rearing habitat works well as a porta-potty for a cooped up observation hive. Just connect the tube to the zippered entrance. As long as the bees can fly or crawl around a...
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    Re: beekeeping within city limits

    These are our club's objections to the Albemarle code:
    c. The beehive and all related materials may only be located in the rear yard
    f. The beekeeper shall conspicuously post a sign warning people...
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    Re: beekeeping within city limits

    As in Albemarle, Virginia near Charlottesville? Will the OP please please please not use their regs as a template for their area! Isle of Wight Virginia picked them up almost verbatim last July to...
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    Re: Warm weather in NC effects?

    No new comb being built here in Smithfield, VA; but I did go through all my topbar hives last week when orientation flights in one hive were off the charts for this time of year. That Buckfast Queen...
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    Re: New Package Absconding Time Frame

    From the package installs that I have seen in our topbar hive group, that abscond, it seems to happen within the first 48 hrs. What I can't report is whether or not the queen was left behind in the...
  8. Re: I checked a couple hives-Small clusters, no brood

    I'd reduce them to a 5 frame nuc with screened bottom and park it ontop of one of the big hives. You might be surprised that they make it through a mild winter. I wouldn't expect that queen to...
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    Re: Propolis Tincture Question

    as bees pack the loose pollen into their pollen baskets, some of the nectar/enzymes are added at this time by the worker to keep it together in a ball, so even when the pollen is trapped off the legs...
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    Re: Propolis Tincture Question

    There are many more health benefits for taking propolis internally, more than just the arthritis, that I use it for. I was only sharing my personal experience with it.

    And I have one more...
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    Re: Propolis Tincture Question

    I am only harvesting propolis off the special mats. The other propolis in my hives has too many bug parts in it. There also seems to be a difference in the propolis the bees stuff into the mats vs....
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    Re: Seeking advice for Breeder Queen

    Hope you got your order in with New River Honeybees, as they sold out in 15 min. If not, you are welcome to make a trip down to Smithfield to graft from my queens from him. As for the pollen sub,...
  13. Re: A new Year. What are your goals for the bees in 2020?

    my goal in 2020 is to raise more queens and convince the local beekeepers that they can do it too. I took the Born 'n Bred queen rearing workshop from the NC Beekeepers and like how they have scaled...
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    Re: Seeking advice for Breeder Queen

    I would second the recommendation to order from New River Honeybees. I've bought his open mated Buckfast and Caucasians and dearly love working with the Buckfast. You may have heard the 2nd...
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    Re: Propolis Tincture Question

    I have osteoarthritis from sports injuries as a teenager. So very sore knees, hips and ankles. (Have had both hips replaced since 2014). Because of the anti-inflammatory properties, it helps keep...
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    Re: Propolis Tincture Question

    There are some scientific studies done that show the benefits of propolis. Probably not as many as the skeptic is looking for to "prove" that it works, but I've been taking it for a number of years...
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    Re: Propolis Tincture Question

    Is this your own propolis that might have a bunch of wax in it, or did it come off a propolis mat? I like to break mine up into fine chunks and usually use Everclear and they dissolve into a...
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    Re: Queen Bee dead in Winter

    Are you on FB? I posted a video on the Virginia Beekeepers page, if you are. Beautiful tiger striped queen. My bees are ignoring the pollen sub that I bought from Tractor Supply, but others in...
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    Re: Queen Bee dead in Winter

    here in Hampton Roads part of Virginia, the queens have picked back up again. Just did an inspection on my long langstroth. The queen has about 5 frames laid with eggs at the top. So far, our...
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    Re: Demaree with TempQueen?

    That is an interesting theory that should be tested next spring. I use the Temp Queens when I steal the queen and a frame or two out to the observation hive for the 4 day county fair. The bees...
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    Re: Winter in Dixie 2018-2019

    when did BS add a Winter Beekeeping forum? Obviously some time last year if JW made his post in March.

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone. I just added my last sugar board to a medium 2 box setup of...
  22. Re: High certainty swarm prevention in dense suburb

    I am in a suburban area with multiple hives in the yard. I do a lot of queen rearing and usually pull the existing queen from a hive over to a nuc in order to make the queen cells. I start doing...
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    Re: Community Apiary

    One of our clubs put some hives in the local Learning Garden run by the master gardeners. The town required that we fence off the apiary so no one could get near the hives. Because this area is...
  24. Re: Top Bar Package Install Schedule Feedback Requested

    If this is a brand new hive without drawn comb and you leave the queen cage in there for 10 days, you are likely to end up with a mess of cross comb. Please realize that when you read advice from...
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    Re: Observation Hive Help/Opinions Needed

    Mine at the garden center have typically been going through a quart of syrup a week, until last week when it abruptly came to a halt. I think there must be some fall/winter nectar that they are...
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