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    Re: Acebirds one hive

    I hate it when a job requires me to break the laws of physics . . .

    Kidding. Obviously. Couldn't help myself.
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    Re: Acebirds one hive

    Horrible idea. Ace has a hard time doing basic inspections, identifying pests, and keeping the hive alive. He should focus on increasing those first. Walk before running.
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    Re: Acebirds one hive

    I wouldn't feel comfortable saying they aren't being robbed and you don't have SHB or a brood disease without pulling a frame or two. But to each their own.
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    Re: Acebirds one hive

    So why check at all?

    Say you open it up, find out they are queenless, but can't do anything to help them. "Oh well, that's life . . . " Say you open it up, find frames slimed by beetles . . . but...
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    Re: Acebirds one hive

    So you have no idea if they have brood, you have no idea if they are queenless, and you can't be sure about disease or pests . . . but you see no point in opening the hive again?

    The point of...
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    Re: Acebirds one hive

    The more you get in the hive, the better you are at being able to realize what you need to look for and what you don't. You don't need to find the queen every time you open the hive. You can check...
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    Re: Acebirds one hive

    The instant the eggs hatch what? Webbing occurs? Slime occurs? Certainly not. But the instant the eggs hatch the hive doesn't collapse. It's when massive quantities of eggs hatch, and you have larvae...
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    Re: Acebirds one hive

    In a little over three years none the less. Averaging 7.39 posts per day. Assuming he opens his one hive once a month (which may be a vast overestimate), he's giving 221.7 times more advice to others...
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    Re: TF until today

    You're a troll.
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    Re: TF until today

    Bees don't spread viruses to other bees by contact. They spread it through mites. SOME bees are infected with viruses. If you remove the mites, the viruses stop spreading. If you don't remove the...
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    Re: TF until today

    I don't understand the point you are trying to make.

    Yes, hives are under constant pressure of the mites. Yes, you treat when mite levels are high.

    But if you leave the mite levels high,...
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    Re: TF until today

    I would have thought someone wouldn't need to explain this to you Ace.

    High levels of mites sucking hemolymph (bee blood) from brood can weaken a colony. But it's usually more about the spread of...
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    Re: Moonbeam stock

    I don't think he's actually taking orders. Don't know if the website will process it or not, but the website is just still running from prepdisaster times. If you go to the home page, it explains it....
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    Re: TF until today

    First of all, your quote is not of Dr. Seeley's work. It's of an article in "The Martin Beek News" (whatever that's supposed to be) in February of 2012 that appears to summarize and interpret Dr....
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    Re: TF until today

    That would be neat. I've always wanted to have a local queen rearing co-op, or genetics trading group. But the more I talk to those around me, either they are so far away that their climate differs...
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    Re: TF until today

    Any of them have more than 3 years of experience beekeeping, as of when they turn tf?

    Beekeepers as a whole are on the rise. Doesn't mean they last. They give it a go for a few years, the hive...
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    Re: TF until today

    None that I'm aware of. The hives were mainly in Cary, NC at the time. Not a hot spot for commercial apiaries. I've heard there was one commercial operator located in Wake County, NC, but as best I...
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    My math isn't quite adding up to the same as yours.

    One pint per day of 2 parts water, 1 part sugar, for 75 days. Meaning 75 total pints fed per hive, 25 pints of which were sugar. There are 16...
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    Interesting.

    By my estimate, you were spending $4.50 per day in sugar to feed. I haven't met anyone who was willing to do that all dearth long.

    I've got a similar dearth period. Mine goes from...
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    Re: Open Feeding (Open Feeders) methods

    I've never heard about increasing the surface area to reduce robbing before. Interesting.

    It was my understanding that open feeding within a few hundred yards of the hive induced robbing simply...
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    Re: TF until today

    I was TF for about 6 years, up until 2011. I too had losses in the 25-45% range, until the last year. Starting in the fall, I went from (I think) 25 full hives and 30 nucs down to 5 nucs and 15 hives...
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    Re: Nuc source and suggestions

    Again, if I was going to order 100+ nucs, delivery price vs hauling them myself is of very little concern. I just don't have the spare cash to place an order for 100+ nucs in the "hope" I can recover...
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    Re: Nuc source and suggestions

    In short, it doesn't really work that way. At least for me.

    I only have 25 hives at the moment. I'm estimating I'll get 20 through winter. Our honey flow occurs in early to mid April, usually...
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    Re: Nuc source and suggestions

    For a few nucs I'd need, $140 each, plus $5 per cardboard nuc box, on top of the 16-20 hour round trip drive, just doesn't make sense. They might be good nucs, but I can get the same locally for the...
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    Re: Nuc source and suggestions

    Several good points Hungry Bear.

    I can say I've thought of most of them, although not all. If I did resell nucs I'd have a printed "care" sheet to give them, detailing information on transport,...
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