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Re: 2nd year beek and well...
« Reply #20 on: February 11, 2017, 04:16:11 PM »
It looks like she's wearing pantaloons or "goucho" britches Nugget! 
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Re: 2nd year beek and well...
« Reply #21 on: February 11, 2017, 04:26:05 PM »
 :yes: true that.....  :laugh:
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Re: 2nd year beek and well...
« Reply #22 on: February 11, 2017, 05:34:18 PM »
Amazing critters when you think about it, all they want to do is work (sorta opposite of me). ;D
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Re: 2nd year beek and well...
« Reply #23 on: February 11, 2017, 06:24:45 PM »
nice pic nugget shooter!

and you too mikey! 

thanks for the pix!
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Re: 2nd year beek and well...
« Reply #24 on: February 11, 2017, 06:53:44 PM »
Looks like coveritup bees needed to poo , is that just a sign of not being able to get out. Nug not trying to hijack.those bees are bringing in grey pollen legs full

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Re: 2nd year beek and well...
« Reply #25 on: February 11, 2017, 07:21:30 PM »
Pollen wise we are seeing yellow, bright yellow, and purple currently.... No winter here where bees do not fly other than a few days a year and this year so far only 4 days below 35 degrees F. I have never seen grey pollen here....
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Re: 2nd year beek and well...
« Reply #26 on: February 12, 2017, 04:59:13 PM »
Today's activity at 2:30pm hives 1 and 4, 69 degrees after rain all morning....

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Re: 2nd year beek and well...
« Reply #27 on: February 13, 2017, 08:54:00 PM »
My girls have been bringing in pollen for two weeks.  Now we noticed they are bringing in nectar from somewhere.  Took the winter sugar blocks off and added supers to all five hives on Saturday (yea, when I got nailed in the forehead!).  Took a quick peek today on my very active hive and they started drawing out comb on the foundation.  I guess the flow is starting here in NC.

Nugget, just curious, how different does the desert honey taste?  Never had any from desert flowers.

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Re: 2nd year beek and well...
« Reply #28 on: February 14, 2017, 09:12:14 AM »
It is very good and sometimes will have a slight Smokey back flavor to it... I will let you know when or if we harvest this season, but looks to be a boomer with the unusual constant winter rains. This is our second season and we are still buying our honey locally until harvest and will be interesting to finally have our own on the shelves as opposed to from up the road.
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Re: 2nd year beek and well...
« Reply #29 on: February 14, 2017, 02:40:53 PM »
Nugget Shooter,

I've been enjoying watching the girls crammed up at the entrance too.

In stead of removing my entrance reducers, I'm going to replace them with entrance reducers that offer a wider opening.  I'm not sure my girls are quite ready to protect the whole width of the entrance.  I've got several sticks of wood of varying lengths that I put in and take out, depending on what's going on with them.

I don't know if that's proper procedure, just the way I've done it these past 9 1/2 MONTHS (not years) of experience.
-WM

W.M.--  When the going gets that good, the bees aren't interested in robbing.  Believe it or not, they really prefer to collect from the flowers.  You can feel safe in opening up the entrance nice and wide.  It is also necessary for them to have open space to efficiently evaporate the water in the nectar.

R.B. That video is absolutely priceless.