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    More on NE AL - NW GA Weather

    This is a probably a regional question...

    PMTC July newsletter reflects on our crappy spring weather-- last frost 4/20, cold and wet, wet, wet, ever since. Their interpretation is that the...
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    I have posted in the past on spaces, solar...

    I have posted in the past on spaces, solar powered fans, holes, etc.

    This year I am experimenting with an expanded tall top cover with a screened hole. 8573 The photo is of a hive containing a...
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    Yep, the 1st year overwinter was easy. Late 2nd...

    Yep, the 1st year overwinter was easy. Late 2nd summer, I lost both hives to the heat and other calamities, which means I started over this spring (3rd year). The nuc looks good 5 days out; lots of...
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    Damn. Nuc with a caged queen. That explains a...

    Damn. Nuc with a caged queen. That explains a lot. PigMountTradCo finally delivered on my April nuc last week with a caged queen. They made up about 200 for clamoring, angry customers out of their...
  5. As above. Other grumpy old men say it won't...

    As above. Other grumpy old men say it won't work, but I find it works well enough for home use. I put mine on an old fashioned broiler pan with the grate. Use a room without a/c... maybe a bathroom...
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    I think you have plenty of time, Greg. I am not...

    I think you have plenty of time, Greg. I am not that far from you and our weather has been lousy. The pack I installed about the same time you did dwindled badly and are just now beginning to build...
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    Cross cut shredder paper and long snout bbq...

    Cross cut shredder paper and long snout bbq lighter.
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    Ooh! Ooh! Am I getting a swarm?

    So, I put a nuc box, a couple frames of drawn comb and a swarm lure out at the office (not the same site as my bees), just as a long shot.

    Today, I saw a couple of bees playing around... and...
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    My granddaughter ["she would never do that, she...

    My granddaughter ["she would never do that, she is terrified of bugs"] accompanied me to pick up a pack last month and told me she thought it would be a good idea if I brought some bees to her school...
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    Full sun. You can always prop lids, make a vent...

    Full sun. You can always prop lids, make a vent hole, make or buy a ventilated shallow for the top super, use a screened top cover with any of the above. I may go with the little solar fans this...
  11. From around Huntsville, Alabama, I can affirm...

    From around Huntsville, Alabama, I can affirm what you have already heard. We have had everything from 83 to 30 in just the last week and a very wet and overcast Spring overall. My "first of April"...
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    Wintergreen essential oil Tea Tree Oil...

    Wintergreen essential oil
    Tea Tree Oil
    Lemongrass oil
    Non-GMO Lecithin

    Dilute 2 tsp per quart for feeding supplement.
    7:1 mixture for drench.

    I used it in the sprayer for an install...
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    Long sleeve shirt, veil, and smoke.

    Long sleeve shirt, veil, and smoke.
  14. Well, at least we're smarter than this:

    :shock::lol::mad:Following is an email snip from our local supplier (PMTC). I don't know whether to laugh or be upset at folks irresponsibility and ignorance. Cheer up, newbees; for all our...
  15. Sounds like a good standard text with photos...

    Sounds like a good standard text with photos might be of help. I remember thinking I had completely digested Beekeeping for Dummies the first year, but it sits at the bedside and gets more...
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    Pooh's Honey Tree7748

    Pooh's Honey Tree7748
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    Feeding suppliment on installations

    I have not had good experience with prophylactic chemical treatments for my bees, but I am interested in supplements. PMTC has this product (third item down):...
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    It may depend on temperament. My big, deaf, pit...

    It may depend on temperament. My big, deaf, pit works the hives with me. He and the bees seem to have worked it out and seem happy to see each other. He walks right up to the entrance, the ladies...
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    I think the situation is fraught with potential...

    I think the situation is fraught with potential for misunderstanding.
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    I would get at least one nuc. Figure a nuc +...

    I would get at least one nuc. Figure a nuc + drawn comb should still get you some harvest... that's my emerging-from-disaster plan, anyway.

    Pigeon Mt says they are still taking orders, but you...
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    First of all, I am so sorry. Been there. ...

    First of all, I am so sorry. Been there.

    Wiser heads will have answers. I only have questions.

    Q: Did the "body count" represent what you thought was in the overwintered colonies? Or does it...
  22. I give up, Perry. What exactly are these?

    I give up, Perry. What exactly are these?
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    Pigeon Mountain has a new stainless 2 frame [PM...

    Pigeon Mountain has a new stainless 2 frame [PM 9304] for $140 that I have my eye on.
    http://www.pigeonmountaintrading.com/Category/1-22632-honey-extractors.aspx
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    I bought ancient wooden ware from an crusty old...

    I bought ancient wooden ware from an crusty old guy last year that I am convinced had moths that helped tip my hives into decline... yes, as I've stated elsewhere, I know now there were several other...
  25. Death angel drives the mosquito truck

    For those of us having to contemplate the contributing, multiple factors to dead and vacated hives...

    I saw my first mosquito of the season and idly thought, "Well I guess the city will be around...
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