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  1. Sticky: Re: Beekeeping using Square Dadant hives, treatment free since 2005

    good eye dar.
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    Re: Should I harvest?

    i use a single deep with medium supers here. i can end up with as many as 8 supers over that single deep, but usually it's about 5 or 6 supers.

    the bees don't usually cap one super and then go on...
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    Re: Should I harvest?

    thanks brian, that info helps a lot. we'll leave the thread here. congrats on the success you've had this year.

    the best advice will come from experienced beekeepers relatively near your...
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    Re: Should I harvest?

    welcome to beesource brian and thank you for you questions.

    its sounds like you are in your first season or two and with your first hives, so this discussion is a better fit for the beekeeping 101...
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    Sticky: Re: a little scientific involvement with TF bees.

    the recent volley of posts pertaining to mike bispham's treatment free experience have been moved to his thread:
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    Sticky: Re: a little scientific involvement with TF bees.

    understood mike, and thanks for the reply.

    just so all you good folks don't get lost i'll be moving these last posts to mike's thread.
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    Sticky: Re: a little scientific involvement with TF bees.

    mike, we would like to hear more about how you dealt with the efb outbreak and how it all played out, perhaps moving the discussion to your 'natural selection management' thread. many thanks.
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    Sticky: Re: a little scientific involvement with TF bees.

    you didn't fail ot, you succeeded in proving that given your circumstances achieving natural mite resistance is not doable.
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    Re: Solar Melter Failing

    here's what i ended up doing:

    https://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?346429-diy-solar-cappings-melter-for-under-50-and-better-than-factory

    the final tweak was painting the inside of...
  10. Re: What to do about missing queen and no brood

    a frame or two of brood and eggs from the others might tide them over and allow for the making of a new queen while you are away.

    or you could harvest the honey, shake out what's left of the...
  11. Re: What to do about missing queen and no brood

    just the one hive scott?
  12. Thread: nuc

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    Re: nuc

    $90 is about half of what a good 5 frame nuc goes for these days. they are certainly more valuable early vs. late in the season but the skeptic in me wonders why so cheap?

    if the queen was...
  13. Thread: nuc

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    Re: nuc

    try reaching out to psm1212 who is located near you in covington county. he may be able to help you find a trusted source for bees as well as have advice pertinent to keeping bees near the coast.
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    Re: nuc

    i think with the mild weather down there on the coast it wouldn't be too difficult to see them through the winter papa.

    legally you are not allowed to bring a nuc into alabama from another state...
  15. Re: About to purchase first hive, few questions

    welcome aboard william!

    i added your location to the profile so it will now show up on your posts.

    i'll let those closer to your latitude render advice since i am quite a bit farther south.
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  16. Thread: Angry Bees

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    Re: Angry Bees

    also, just one sting releases a smell that provokes more stings, and those stings provoke even more...
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    Re: HELP ME! no fall flow?? lazy bees???

    that's what i see here too cwalker.

    but while they are 'brood breaking' during the dearth, very little of the honey reserves are consumed. i guess we have enough trickling in during the summer...
  18. Thread: Angry Bees

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    Re: Angry Bees

    did you use smoke?

    was the bottom of the inner cover burr combed to the top of frames in the super? sometimes breaking apart comb like that can set them off.
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    Sticky: Re: Can't stop the EFB.

    this thread came to my attention today and i realized i had missed it.

    lots of good info here.
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015-2019 treatment free experience

    we are experiencing our typical summer dearth conditions here and for some reason the scattered rain showers are somehow managing to avoid my little corner of the world. even so the colonies are...
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    Re: One struggling hive.

    if there was honey in the weak hive the last time you looked and it is empty now it is most likely getting robbed by the strong colony.

    how does the open brood in the weak hive look? did you see...
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    Re: How early can I pull the supers?

    agree with roland. that's what i do, especially because we have shb here.
  23. Re: Will bees pull out wax in NE Tennessee in August if I feed them?

    that's a very good question. i don't think it matters so much if they are working a natural flow vs. being fed syrup, but has more to do with the time of year.

    at my location most new comb gets...
  24. Sticky: Re: Beekeeping using Square Dadant hives, treatment free since 2005

    excellent reporting dar, many thanks for keeping us updated.
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    Re: swarm caught 7-20-19

    hard to say for sure, but my first guess would be the swarm left the parent hive with a failing queen, she crapped out quickly, and the swarm went back home.

    my second guess would be the swarm...
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