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    Re: Cultivating milkweed

    I have grown several types of milkweed weed from seed no problems. The problems transplanting it is it is in " tuber" form underground; the main root looks like a crooked carrot so when you dig it...
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    Re: Is it time to take insulation off of my hives

    I took of my inside the hive insulation last week but left up the straw bales that block the wind. I look for night time temps be be closer to 40 degrees and daytime temps near 60 before I do this.
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    Re: Entrance Reducers

    The widest I go is 3 or 4 inches in the spring , in the fall, winter I go down to 3 bee width
  4. First time I needed to direct release a caged queen odd ?

    Usually every year I buy a queen or 2 to split a hive or requeen. 13yrs of doing this, and this week I had to direct release a queen from a wooden cage after 4 days. I made a 5 frame split as usual...
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    Re: Can we talk about safety?

    I vote for epi pens make sure your physician codes it correctly so your insurance covers it. I always have liquid benadryl on hand but never used it even when I have taken 30 plus stings
  6. Looking for Cordovan queen bees from the South East

    I have had a rough time using google, GA bee keepers assc site , and such to find any producers of production queens in the SE USA. Anyone have any contacts or links or direct experience with...
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    Re: LOOKING FOR CORDOVAN BEES & QUEEN

    Bump this thread. Anyone find any beeks breeding cordovan queens in the South east in 2019. I have checked the usual places no luck

    regards
    Brad
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    Asking price for 4 frame deep nuc ???

    No frame exchange , cardboard nuc, what are they going for in your area ?

    regards
    Brad
  9. Re: Rethinking 2 deeps and medium super configuration

    I am in the same zone appx as you and run double deeps with a medium honey supers. Best setup for me. I overwintered in single deeps last yr cause d crappy fall flow but that usually is not the case....
  10. Re: Brushy Mountain Plastic NUC Feeder (top feeder) Disapointment.

    I made my own this yr out of scrape plywood . Just cut 2 mason jar size circular hole and cover with no 8 mesh, paint, place on an empty hive body . No robbing what so ever
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    Re: Honey locust trees as a nectar source?

    jjgbee:
    That sounds like a captala bean tree to me ; my neighbors just quit blooming, my bees worked it for 1 week or so. I get black locust seedlings 2-3 foot from cold stream farms ...
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    Re: Hands sting....gloves not cutting it.

    Never ever have washed my heavy cotton/canvas gloves in 13 seasons , doesn't seem to make much of a difference in my case

    regards
    Brad
  13. Thread: Rain!!!!

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    Re: Rain!!!!

    Just the opposite here. We are starving for rain ; the remnants of Alberto passed thru today got about 3/4 of an inch . We are now up to 1 1/4" for May when we should have 5". The locust flow was...
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    Re: Planting trees and shrubs

    I planted 4 black locust and 4 nannyberry bushes this yr , curious to see these bushes grow. Anyone down south welcome to pray some rain our way we are in a mini drought here. I am allready tired of...
  15. Thread: dead queen

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    Re: dead queen

    tnmtn:
    I have never had any luck turning around a laying worker hive either. Good luck
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    Re: Opinon on who refunds a dud queen ???

    1) Off my biggest hive I smoked down all the bees from the top hive body placed a queen excluder inbetween the 2 deeps. I waited 3 days , made the split and waited 10 minutes and sat the queen with...
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    Opinon on who refunds a dud queen ???

    I have a queen I purchased and hived her on the 5/11 . I checked the box and 5/14 and they had chewed thru the candy and released her . This was a deep 5 frame split with 1 frame of honey, 2 frames...
  18. Re: Question - how to best remove bees from supers @ extraction time?

    I do what ravenseye does with some smoke , work for me but I only have a few hives .
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    Re: Autumn/Russian Olive...

    I live 70 miles WSW of Indianapolis IN still not blooming here yet
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    Re: honey looks thick and grainy

    Was really dry in my area last spring the moisture content of the honey ( I am guessing ) was below normal. About 80% of my honey crystalized this past year
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    Re: A little Defensive

    I agree with the above poster , stings at that distance no can do. Usually the larger the hive it gets worse not better, unless some critter is agitating them
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    Re: Populate 4 Frame Nuc - couple of questions

    Make sure you have pollen coming in. I place the nuc where the original hive was so I capture some of the field bees; then wait 2 days and put on robber screens and would feed. YMMV

    regards
    Brad
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    Re: Softened Water and Bees

    Vote same as beemandan, no problems here
  24. Thread: bees and hawks

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    Re: bees and hawks

    Never worked for me just used fishing line overhead
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    Re: Mountain Sweet Honey

    Got an email today delayed another month ; that makes 6 weeks of delays.
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