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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Winter Bee House
« Last post by buzzbee on Today at 01:48:17 PM »
A local guy in the bee club built a building and put a lot of bees inside. I think he maintains 40 degrees fahrenheit and keeps them in total darkness. In late winter/early spring he moved them outside. His winter losses were reduced significantly. The hives still moved the dead out but the numbers were fairly small. That was winter 2013/2014. Will have to see if he had similar results this year.  Getting them out of the harsh winds and moderating the temps has to be a plus.
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GREETINGS/TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF / Re: Newbee in central VA
« Last post by mikecva on Today at 12:35:49 PM »
If you change your profile to include your town and state, we will be able to help you more.

I found local knowledge to be helpful. I have been a mentor for years but like most other mentors I will not do your work for you. I have stood by my charges and in their boxes with them but again, not doing their work. I mention this because I strongly advise you to find a beekeeping club near you and sign up for their mentoring program (if they have one.) Other then that, ask as many questions as you like, most likely we have asked the same question (or like ones) ourselves.

Good luck   -Mike
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Welcome and enjoy the addiction. G
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GREETINGS/TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF / Re: Newbee in central VA
« Last post by biggraham610 on Today at 12:20:40 PM »
Welcome, Im also in central Va. Im just going in to my third year and have learned alot of lessons here and elsewhere and of course, the hard way. Good move starting with 4. If there is anything at all I may be able to help you with locally, feel free to message me. Good luck. G
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 :grin:
What you fellows have forgotten is that they are  females.   You may not know what you have done wrong but they do.  And they won't forget it.   


:grin:

Joe

:grin: Mystery solved!! G
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GREETINGS/TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF / Re: Newbee in central VA
« Last post by thomas27c on Today at 10:28:17 AM »
welcome to the fourm! im a newbee too, and theres alot of people on here thats more than willing to guide you along the way. i definately recommend you going on ventrillo if you have a mic
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GREETINGS/TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF / Newbee in central VA
« Last post by Maggiesdad on Today at 10:21:32 AM »
Good Morning, all!

Soon to be first time beekeeper - starting with two Langs and two TBHs, and two nucs and two packages to go with them.

Here to learn...
Glen
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REQUEENING & RAISING NEW QUEENS / Re: Swarm with no queen?
« Last post by rwlaw on Today at 10:06:47 AM »
You just don't see her running up your arm and setting on your shoulder LOL.
I had a queen last year, smoke/no smoke, any trick I knew. Still couldn't find her, finally I saw her fat butt sticking out of a commutation hole in the comb. Cagey little witch, had to admire her survival  instinct tho.
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REQUEENING & RAISING NEW QUEENS / Re: Questions about OTS queen rearing
« Last post by rwlaw on Today at 09:50:38 AM »
Sure, I do the OTS and feed them pollen sub in the spring, I limit the use because of the SHB and don't feel they need it after the dandelions bloom, but that's my area, you might more feeding.
As far as the splitting and OTS, what your doing is creating a artificial swarm, you have to judge the strength of your hive, so build them up anyway you see fit IMO.
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On chatting with thomas and Bud this morning
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