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HONEYBEE REMOVAL / Re: Hive building on eave
« Last post by Dallasbeek on Today at 01:21:27 PM »
I'd say they are anchored there at this point.  Good job.
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HONEYBEE REMOVAL / Re: Hive building on eave
« Last post by swflcpl on Today at 12:41:51 PM »
Tonight will be 4 full days out here. So far they have stayed. I've watched them on my pond shore gathering water, about 4 feet from where the other hives bees gather their water. Cabbage palm hopefully to start blooming here soon, hundreds of acres surrounding with that.
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Entrance Reducer
« Last post by DeepCreek on Today at 12:36:55 PM »
My entrance reducers are set to the largest opening and will stay that way.  It's the way I was shown by an experienced beek. 
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Ok, so now I've had a few days to stew on what happened during inspection. I know you guys will help me and not make fun of me, right?  :smile:

In regards to all the bees on the frames, I was just watching a video of WallsBeeManDurham and he took out each frame and said to just shake the bees off into the hive. He shook them and his frames were beeless. He then also had the opportunity to clean off the frames of propolis.

Which brings me to my other issue...(So it's ok to just shake each frame like that?)...when you take out each frame and look at them, how do you remember which way they go back into a hive? After thinking about it, I tried to look at the frames and turned them and took puctures and such and when I put them all back together again, it seems like it was hard to do and now I'm wondering if I put them back in backwards or something and as I pushed them together, I may have squashed my Queen. ? Oh man, I'm so worried now that I messed it up. I now realize the nuc frames do have writing on them. LASV or something like that. I guess you would make sure all the writing is facing in the same direction? On my own frames without writing, maybe I should make a little mark on one side so I'll know which direction they're supposed to face? Have any of you had this same dilema in the beginning? Should I be worried?
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HONEYBEE REMOVAL / Re: Hive building on eave
« Last post by OldMech on Today at 10:41:49 AM »
Exactly..  I was going to say that as well.. if they did have a goodly amount of brood they will hopefully remain WITH that brood to care for it.

   When doing a removal like this, the queen will often move away as far as possible from where your working. Hoeny B Gone sprayed above them will often keep them from hiding in rafters etc..   That queen clip is important.. I like the metal ones.. I have tried two of the plastic ones from Mann lake, and they just snapped the moment I tried to open them.  If you get a plastic one, dont buy the CLEAR plastic, find some place thathas the milky plastic clips, they hold up much better, and of course, the metal ones are wonderful..  I believe Mann Lake now has carries the metal as well as the junky clear plastic..
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REQUEENING & RAISING NEW QUEENS / Re: marking queens?
« Last post by GSF on Today at 09:10:01 AM »
When marking always remember to dab the pen you're using on another surface first. Sometimes the paint will pour out big time. I don't know but I've seen enough come out to make me think it could suffocate the queen.
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Amount of sun
« Last post by KeyLargoBees on Today at 09:01:28 AM »
As with all advice you find here and on other forums you can take it with a grain of salt....people are still recommending afternoon shade down in my area....granted the Florida Keys is a tad different that the rest of the world but all the local bee keepers and suppliers are suggesting some afternoon shade since our humidity is so high in conjunction with the sun in July, August and September.
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Welcome to the forum!    I started bees because I wanted them myself....Now, even my 16 yo daughter who has never been a fan of bugs has gotten curious and works the bees with me [full suit and would be in total body armor if she could, but there she is right next to me looking for the queen on a frame.]   I think your kids are going to love the bees.   
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Amount of sun
« Last post by GSF on Today at 08:32:44 AM »
ditto on the full sun - I've seen this work with my own eyes.
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Sourwood Flow
« Last post by GSF on Today at 08:30:41 AM »
Spot as in yard or place to buy?
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