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  1. Thread: SBB question

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    I can't speak to land grant colleges but years ago....when there were feral colonies in the forest near my home I saw bees bearding.
    it isn't a new thing for bees.
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    Re: Wax moths in my bee hive

    I think that you really need a local, experienced beekeeping mentor.
  3. Re: Ugh, think I'm losing a six week old nuc hive. Did I do the right thing?

    I think that you need a local, experienced beekeeper to come look.
  4. Thread: SBB question

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    My best guess is varroa mites and exposure to the elements during the winter.
  5. Thread: SBB question

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    I have seen a couple. In both cases the colony was dead the following spring.
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    Re: Wax moths in my bee hive

    Wax moths are often found in failing hives. Make sure that you hive is queenright and in good condition.
    Is there a purpose for the mint that your wife planted?
    What sort of traps are you...
  7. Thread: SBB question

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    Anytime I open one of my solid bottom board, full GA summer sun hives that have huge beards….there are still loads of nurse bees inside taking care of brood. Everything is running fine inside.
    I am...
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    the sourwood flow is on in north GA

    The fellow in this video is Bob Binnie. He runs a couple of thousand hives in north GA. The hives he opens in the video are located just north of Tallulah Falls.
    If Bob says the flow is onÖ.you can...
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    Re: Queen Acceptance ??????

    From the time the egg was laid? What if the bees choose a 4 day old larva? 3 for the egg to hatch plus 4 more days. In that case we start at day 7. The following day....or maybe 2 days and the cell...
  10. Using a honey bottling tank to reduce the moisture content in extracted honey - perso

    Another use of a honey bottling tank. While extracting honey I will blend high and low moisture content honey to produce a blend that is acceptably low. Easy and fast. No more running fans and...
  11. Thread: SBB question

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    I've had as many as 150 at one time. I may have 5 now. I'm not on a crusade to convince anyone of anything.
    I have occasionally offered my reasons for getting rid of them. Rather than repeat all of...
  12. Thread: SBB question

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    I would definitely remove the entrance reducer.
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    Re: Packaging creamed honey

    I put mine in jars while it is still liquid.
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    Re: Hardware cloth and hive beetles

    I've never seen a screened bottom made using window screen.
  15. Re: Whatís your favorite way to requeen with mated queen?

    My method.

    https://youtu.be/CcYo_H9QiQM
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    Re: Hardware cloth and hive beetles

    I've watched them do it countless times.
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    Re: Ceracell hive top feeder

    Just to be my usual dissenting self, I feed my new hives 1:1 sugar syrup even when there is a nectar flow. I do it as a supplement. As long as they take it and are still drawing comb and havenít...
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    Re: Ceracell hive top feeder

    I canít imagine that you need any extra ventilation in Canada. Truth be told, if you go to south GA in the heat of the summer and look at the commercial hives out for melon pollination, they donít...
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    Re: Ceracell hive top feeder

    I am not familiar with this particular hive top feeder but all that I use, I use without an inner coverÖ.especially below the feeder. Are the bees able to access the syrup with an inner cover placed...
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    Re: Absconded hive and mysterious stains

    I thought we were leading the op to figure out his mistakes on his own.
    I guess busting his ego is the approach some folks prefer.
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    Re: Absconded hive and mysterious stains

    How old were these hives?
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    Re: Absconded hive and mysterious stains

    How did you determine that the hives were healthy and full of bees?
    A healthy bee colony would be loaded with brood in all stages of development this time of year.
    I can't think of any way that...
  23. Thread: Birds

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    Re: Birds

    Over the years a colony of Phoebes has grown near my backyard beeyard. I see them flying back and forth in front of the hives, beaks clacking as they snap up flying bees. For the most part I give...
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    Re: Small Hive Beetles and inspections

    They are a serious pest here in the GA Piedmont. I've worked bees about a hundred miles south near Unadilla, GA and they were AWFUL. I keep a beeyard about a hundred miles north...in a shady...
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    Re: Small Hive Beetles and inspections

    Small hive beetles are a tropical pest. The further north you go....the less of a problem. The difference in Pascagoula, MS and St Louis, MO would be huge.
    What may work for your climate and...
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