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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Amount of sun
« Last post by KeyLargoBees on May 26, 2015, 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 May 26, 2015, 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 May 26, 2015, 08:30:41 AM »
Spot as in yard or place to buy?
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DOWN UNDER BEEKEEPING / Re: Ridding small hive beetle
« Last post by sawdstmakr on May 26, 2015, 06:52:24 AM »
The best way to handle SHBs is with screen bottom boards (SBB) and an oil tray. If the bees knock the SHB down it falls in the oil and dies, if the bees remove a larva or egg, it ends up in the oil and dies. If the larva develops it leaves the hive, falls in the oil and dies. I have killed thousands per month per hive whit them and seriously reduced the beetle problem here. When I started using them, the trays would bee solid black with SHB every month. I had to clean them every 30 days.
Jim
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Sourwood Flow
« Last post by pdmattox on May 26, 2015, 06:03:12 AM »
Ok so I want to try and get some sourwood honey this year from North Georgia or southern North Carolina. I would like to see if anyone here has a spot that they would share with a fellow beekeeper.
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: sold my first nuc today!
« Last post by pdmattox on May 26, 2015, 05:56:37 AM »
congrats on the progress and hats off for getting others involved in bees. I used to get frustrated about swarms. Now I look at swarms as a beekeepers gift to nature.
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Amount of sun
« Last post by tjc1 on May 26, 2015, 12:00:20 AM »
Or put a screen over the inner cover and prop the outer cover up more; or make one of those ventilated shims that sit under the outer cover.
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DOWN UNDER BEEKEEPING / Re: Cheaper to buy RTA hives in Australia?
« Last post by Dave86 on May 25, 2015, 11:46:43 PM »


I have a mate that has a shed full of wood working machines. We are looking at cypress pine to make boxes from. We can get truck loads from Cecil plains 1hr west of Toowoomba and make boxes for about $8 each timber cost. Deepest box we can make without joining is a WSP so we are looking at using them and halfs or ideals for supers, depending on the supply widths from the mill.

Do you currently use white cypress for your boxes? I suspect you don't need to paint them ?

I find it much easier to get various types of timber in widths suitable for ideals more so than full depth. I suspect it's similarly easier with WSP and manley.

I have a few cypress boxes that I bought S/H. Not sure what cypress they are.
I paint them as a matter of going through the motions but I won't be copper drenching the boxes.

Not sure what cypress is growing at Cecil plains but it must be good as there is 2 full time mills out there.
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