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by Salvatore
Wed Feb 14, 2018 11:19 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 429
Views: 26120

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

I spotted the first signs of real pollen (yellow & tiny bits of orange) coming into the colonies today outside of Asheville, NC with a high of 64° Daffodils, henbit and the few random dandelions are starting to open up. I say "real pollen" because on Feb. 9th the bees kicked the chicke...
by Salvatore
Sat Jan 27, 2018 2:06 am
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
Topic: North Carolina Piedmont
Replies: 4
Views: 412

Re: North Carolina Piedmont

Mark, Thanks for the bloom notice. Hope its a good run on the maple for your bees. I'm outside of Asheville and saw the first dandelions starting to open and daffodlis are pushing up pretty good here. Met with several other beekeepers last night and heard of Witch Hazel in bloom in Fariview, NC. We ...
by Salvatore
Mon Jan 22, 2018 4:01 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: 100% losses
Replies: 15
Views: 929

Re: 100% losses

Robin, My deepest condolences for your losses. Unfortunately, purchasing bees can be expensive and there is not a readily available source of T-F bees in all areas. Another option is to remove dead bees from hives then leave them set up. Decent odds a swarm or abscond will move into your hives. Does...
by Salvatore
Wed Jan 10, 2018 1:34 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello From N. Ga.
Replies: 15
Views: 616

Re: Hello From N. Ga.

I have not personally ordered from them, but I agree with NGACHET, that their prices and shipping are pretty reasonable as long as you order their minimum quantities.
by Salvatore
Sat Dec 30, 2017 1:14 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello From N. Ga.
Replies: 15
Views: 616

Re: Hello From N. Ga.

Those sourwood trees sure make some nice honey and there is a plethora throughout N.E. GA. I live in Western NC, but have spent a great deal of my college aged years in the N. GA mountains as I have family ties to the area. There are some big sourwood producers throughout that area and Western NC, a...
by Salvatore
Mon Sep 04, 2017 2:20 pm
Forum: Nucleus Hives
Topic: Do nucs save any winter stores?
Replies: 27
Views: 1599

Re: Do nucs save any winter stores?

My point is - timing of the feeding will make a difference in bee decision making (not feeding vs. not-feeding). Right now I would prefer bees that would slow down the brooding and instead start storing the food into those combs and do it fast. Each area will have a point in the season when honey w...
by Salvatore
Mon Jul 17, 2017 12:39 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Requeening
Replies: 28
Views: 1928

Re: Requeening

Requeening: GregV has offered up the right advice. Never just squish a queen until you know the replacement queen is worthy. Dealing w/ skunks: Consider making a tack pad or an un-welcome mat for your skunk troubles. This is merely a piece of wood with nails driven thru it and then placed in the fro...
by Salvatore
Mon Jul 03, 2017 1:48 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Feeding a swarm?
Replies: 8
Views: 909

Re: Feeding a swarm?

All great advice from Greg and SiWolKe, and I agree, allow your bees to forage on natural nectar. One additional thought would be this; If you had a frame or 2 of honey, that you could spare, you could provide that to to ensure plenty of food for the rapid build-up that is underway. Swarms have an a...
by Salvatore
Mon Jul 03, 2017 1:34 pm
Forum: Honeybee Horticulture
Topic: Ideas
Replies: 29
Views: 1834

Re: Ideas

Sowing nectar producing cover crops is a great seasonal addition to forage for your bees. I like to plant a variety of cover crops throughout the growing season. I try to time the plantings prior to our regular dearths in my neck of the woods. Buckwheat germinates quickly and will begin to flower in...
by Salvatore
Mon Jul 03, 2017 1:09 pm
Forum: Identifying Pests & Diseases
Topic: deformed wing virus
Replies: 25
Views: 2958

Re: deformed wing virus

It could be possible that the sick bees, recognizing their illness, removed themselves from the colony and struggled to fly/ crawl away from the colony. It is just as plausible that the bees recognized their troubles and allowed themselves to be carried-off. There is a selfless nature about honeybee...
by Salvatore
Sun Jul 02, 2017 1:11 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Does a swarm store honey from parent hive?
Replies: 16
Views: 1098

Re: Does a swarm store honey from parent hive?

Greg is spot on. Yes, swarms store honey in their honey stomachs. This becomes their foundation for survival. Quite often when catching swarms in traps you will see cells filled with nectar in the tiniest amount of freshly built comb. Honey is the food of bees, sugar syrup is man's way of making up ...
by Salvatore
Mon Jun 26, 2017 12:08 pm
Forum: Randoms
Topic: Propolis as medicine
Replies: 6
Views: 409

Re: Propolis as medicine

Do you use it after two weeks already? Two weeks is plenty of time, but I see no harm in allowing more time for your tincture to mature. I received my recipe from a veteran beekeeper who has been making propolis tinctures for about 15 years. I generally keep a jar marinating on a regular basis and ...
by Salvatore
Sat Jun 24, 2017 3:15 am
Forum: Randoms
Topic: Propolis as medicine
Replies: 6
Views: 409

Re: Propolis as medicine

190 proof grain alcohol such as Everclear or in my part of the world "moonshine" makes a pretty nice tincture. Grain alcohol or a high proof vodka will allow the tincture to be used internally or externally. You can use rubbing alcohol if the tincture will be used for externally applicatio...
by Salvatore
Thu Aug 11, 2016 12:39 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: New Member from Western North Carolina
Replies: 3
Views: 502

Re: New Member from Western North Carolina

Hey Michael, My current stock began in 2013 with the purchase of a single package of bees of which I split once in the same year and added a mated queen to the split. Both came thru the winter of '13/'14. I then expanded with a few splits in 2014 but ended up loosing over half that winter as I did n...
by Salvatore
Fri Jul 29, 2016 12:10 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: bee brushes
Replies: 5
Views: 781

Re: bee brushes

A turkey feather (or equivalent large feather) seems to work well for me. I find and hear quite often that bees get caught up in the bristles of standard manufactured bee brushes and can become a bit agitated. The bees are less bothered by the feather that will gently push them along. As Michael men...
by Salvatore
Mon Jul 25, 2016 1:20 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: New Member from Western North Carolina
Replies: 3
Views: 502

New Member from Western North Carolina

Hello TFB people, My name is Joseph Salvatore, been keeping bees Treatment-Free Since 2011. Though my first few years were not successful I have since acquired better stock, experience and have grown my apiary to 20 +/- colonies. I currently run two yards with vastly different forage. My home yard i...

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