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  1. Thread: Arkansas

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    Re: Arkansas

    I don't know what mine are foraging on and i don't much care ... all I know is my hives are blowin' up and I hope those frames I ordered from Dadant get here before they reach critical mass . Well ,...
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    And the flow is on ...

    And the bees are going nutz here . Luckily I checked yesterday (looking for a queen in a split) and realized they were almost out of space , so I put all the boxes I had on . I ended up short , but...
  3. Thread: And so it goes

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    And so it goes

    Other projects (like building a house and keeping enough firewood on hand to stay warm) have kept me from spending a lot of time here on Beesource , but I thought I'd jump in here . I got my bees in...
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    Re: New to beekeeping never used forum before

    A lot depends on your bees ... I got mine from a guy that has spent the last 15 years breeding a strain that doesn't need treatments . I have yet to treat mine , and in 4 years (got 'em in 2013) have...
  5. Thread: Feeding Nuc

    by Terry C
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    Re: Feeding Nuc

    I also have a 4 frame nuc going , started it 2 weeks ago tomorrow . They're taking the syrup at a quart per day , I don't know where they have room to put it ! I haven't looked inside , probably need...
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    Re: Handling the competition

    I've been getting 12 bucks a pint and $24/quart for my honey here , the market is for around $10/pint . People want to know why mine is higher , I tell 'em because it's better - then give them a...
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    Reasonably decent harvest

    Today I extracted 2 medium deeps , yield was just under a quart per frame for a total of 4.5 gallons . That was from hive #1 and #3 , in a week or so I'll do #2 and #4 . I expect around 4 gallons...
  8. Thread: Overdid it ?

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    Re: Overdid it ?

    I considered that ... but the deal is for one 10 frame medium . Well , I guess I could pull that top box off when I deliver it . Might even turn into another nuc for me if it has brood/eggs in there...
  9. Thread: Overdid it ?

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    Overdid it ?

    I'm back ... it's been a very busy time here , and the house building project has consumed a lot of my time . Had 2 hives swarm this spring while I was in Memphis putting a new roof on our house...
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    Re: Honey extractor

    I bought one of those 2 frame tangential units and like it ... I'm harvesting from 3 hives this year , and don't plan to get any bigger than the 5 I now have . For a small operation like mine those...
  11. Re: Tennessee Very Light Honey Early Now Very Dark Honey

    All my honey this year has been light , both in color and flavor . I can't really compare to last year , the one quart we took was pretty dark . This is the first year we've had any to harvest ...
  12. Thread: Wet supers

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    Wet supers

    I've just extracted a couple of mediums , and have put the extracted frames back on the hives in a medium box above the inner cover - mine have a 2.75" hole for a mason jar feeder . I don't know how...
  13. Thread: Feeding Bees

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    Re: Feeding Bees

    I'm feeding 2 colonies , but it's because these are splits that need to get built up before fall - and the spring flow here is over , may or may not get a fall flow . If I can get them up to strength...
  14. Re: Can you harvest honey without an extractor without ruining your drawn comb?

    I bought a 2 frame hand cranked tangential unit on ebay for about 110 bucks , works pretty good . I can extract a full medium in a couple of hours . Takes the dishwasher longer to sanitize the jars...
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    Re: Best time of the day to check hive

    I usually try to check mine around 10-11 AM or mid-afternoon around 3 or 4 . Foragers are out , and fewer bees in the hive is better IMO .
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    Re: Ah, the joys of keeping bees

    That comment was just plain mean . Funny , but mean ... :)
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    Re: Homemade escape board

    Well , in the future I'll get or make a proper escape board . This is the first time we've had any honey to harvest and I've kinda let things creep up on me . I promised a local consignment store...
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    Homemade escape board

    The time has come for our first harvest , but I gotta get the bees out ... so I made this escape board , based on stuff i read here . Looks like it is working , bees are coming out the top , but...
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    Re: Too Late to start a hive?

    Raccoons cost me all but one hen ... her name is now Cogburn . Jeff P , do as suggested and study up , take a class and find someone that will mentor you . I'm in my 3rd summer , now have 4 (maybe 5...
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    Re: Banner spring for nectar

    I'm looking at my first real crop of honey . I have 3 supers on 2 deeps on #1 and #2 , 2 on #4 and one over one on #3 (new colony , new queen) , and the nuc is doing well too . Not fantastic by...
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    Been busy ...and so have my bees !

    It's been hectic here at The 12 Acre Wood for the past several weeks . Had to get that new kitchen dry ...
    I have been keeping tabs on the bees but haven't taken time to post or read here . I...
  22. Thread: Flow's on

    by Terry C
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    Flow's on

    It must be , the girls didn't seem to be nearly as defensive as they were 10 days or so ago when I peeked . I'm new enough to be uncertain , but I suspect this is about 2-3 weeks earlier than last...
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    It all started ...

    when I noticed my deadout was being robbed . I thought I had it closed up so they couldn't get in , but somebody found a small crack just big enough for one bee to get through . Can't have that , I...
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    Re: Half pint bees. Problem??

    Post a photo . I'm betting those half-pint bees aren't bees at all , but are probably a wasp of some kind .
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    Re: Eastern Oklahoma Beekers question

    I added a second deep to all 3 of my hives this week . Found capped drone brood in hive #4 (#3 died) today , am feeding 1:1 to stimulate wax production . And they're drawing wax like crazy . Been in...
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