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    Re: Is backyard beehive feasible?

    I avoid putting bees near people, except farmers which like the bees. I have had to move bee hives because they would swarm around neighbor's pools and frighten them. I think bees actually do guard...
  2. Re: Efficient Method of Queen rearing for Splits?

    My eyes get strained from reading on the computer screen. I was hoping that you could give me a quick answer.

    I have noticed with my bees that the nectar flow in February from the Red maples will...
  3. Re: Efficient Method of Queen rearing for Splits?

    Thank you for the information msl. Were these emergency queen cells reared during the time that other colonies in the same location were making swarm cells? I found that without a good nectar flow...
  4. Re: Top-bar hive flipped over by the wind! (January 8th, Wake Forest, NC)

    I don't know for certain. But, as ifixoldhouses said above, we did get unusual winds the night before. I did not think the winds were strong enough to flip a hive, but on the edge of a forest the...
  5. Re: Efficient Method of Queen rearing for Splits?

    The convenience of the beekeeper is important, too. I don't know how emergency queen cells are different from the other ways of starting queen cells. Except that the timing of queen rearing may be...
  6. Re: Efficient Method of Queen rearing for Splits?

    I think I like this Cloak Board method of rearing queens. The queen excluder may keep the queen cells that were started from being torn down during the dearth (of course I would still feed thick...
  7. Re: Efficient Method of Queen rearing for Splits?

    Ah! So people do use this method of queen cell starting like I was using. I have not paid attention or read carefully about the grafting way of rearing queens, so I did not know. I had thought...
  8. Re: Efficient Method of Queen rearing for Splits?

    I don't know if you understand, JWPalmer. You can get quite a lot of queen cells from this method. Actually I thought that you would get more queen cells than a queenless cell building colony since...
  9. Efficient Method of Queen rearing for Splits?

    Hello. I am Nathaniel from North Carolina, and I have been raising bees for about 3-4 years. A few years ago I found out that I could take out a frame of eggs and young larvae out of a hive during...
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    Honey vs Sugar for Tooth Decay

    I have recently read in a book (Bacteria, A Very Short Introduction by Sebastian G. B. Amyes) that honey kills bacteria that cause cavities in the mouth. And that sugar does the opposite, and...
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    Re: Warm weather in NC effects?

    Comb being built in January?! Here in North Carolina? Wow. Our hives here in Wake Forest have been keeping a moderate amount of drones through this Winter, but I have not noticed any comb being...
  12. Re: German Black bees in the Southeastern US actually Apis mellifera iberiensis?

    Yes, Juhani Lunden, I have read that in reality the true/pure German black bees are actually a gentle bee. Not aggressive as what people commonly believe. I have suspected that the German black...
  13. Re: German Black bees in the Southeastern US actually Apis mellifera iberiensis?

    Litsinger (Russ) has showed me an article about "German black bees" in California:
    https://archive.org/stream/surveyofbeekeepi297vans/surveyofbeekeepi297vans_djvu.txt
    "German. — The German bees are...
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    Re: Queen Bee dead in Winter

    It may be that your colony was in the process of re-queening, but they have balled the virgin queen after coming back from her flight. It is odd to me that this has happened to you during December,...
  15. Top-bar hive flipped over by the wind! (January 8th, Wake Forest, NC)

    Hello. One of our Top-bar hives were flipped over by the wind recently. Here are two videos of them. I hope they survive this and the winter!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3FBDEuA0dw...
  16. Sticky: Re: Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    If the bees die during the winter or fall the cold will actually preserve the comb, and in Spring you could put these dead colonies onto the surviving colonies.

    Here in North Carolina the...
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    Re: Cell size survey.

    A man from Guatemala come to visit us looking for bees and I showed him our bees. He said that the bees he raised in Guatemala were larger than my bees. I assume his bees were African, but on...
  18. Re: German Black bees in the Southeastern US actually Apis mellifera iberiensis?

    Bacteriophages (Viruses that eat bacteria and archaea) might be a good treatment instead of antibiotics. You could keep the hive free of chemicals, like antibiotics, and so sell uncontaminated...
  19. Re: German Black bees in the Southeastern US actually Apis mellifera iberiensis?

    Juhani Lunden, there could be misunderstanding about AFB being a terrible disease. I read in Les Crowder's Top Bar Hive book that it is actually the old black comb that makes the disease so bad and...
  20. Re: Distinguishing between Carniolan and Caucasian honey bees

    A couple pictures of the aggressive golden colored bees that I have (once I saw about 6 or so bees at this entrance all golden with black tips on abdomen which was stunning:
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    They are...
  21. Re: German Black bees in the Southeastern US actually Apis mellifera iberiensis?

    Hmm... it is confusing to me when you say that German blacks have problems with brood diseases. From what I have heard they are especially good for going through long and wet winters of Northern...
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    Re: Low cost bee box construction

    Jim_in_PA, have you tried leaving frames that were glued with Titebond III out in the rain to get soaking wet? I have and that glue did dissolve once the water got soaked into the wooden frames. ...
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    Re: Low cost bee box construction

    I see that it is commonly thought otherwise, but as I have said before the finger joints seem to be a rather weak joint. I am gentle with the hives in order to not pull them apart. The Titebond III...
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    Re: Low cost bee box construction

    I haven't had much luck with exterior grade wood glues or construction adhesives. But I haven't tried many exterior construction adhesives yet. They seemed to lack in strength and were not weather...
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    Low cost bee box construction

    Hello. I have been using 2x10s to build bee boxes. They are $12.33 for a 16ft. 2x10 at Lowe's Hardware right now here in Wake Forest, NC. You can make a few boxes out of one board. This...
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