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  1. Re: Conventional Beekeepers Bashing on Treatment Free Beekeepers

    My main concern with some treatment-free advocates is the mentality of "since I won't be treating diseases and pests, I don't need to know to identify them". In that case, the spread of foulbrood is...
  2. Re: Extractor-less honey by- "Honey Flow"

    Bee blowers do send a lot of bees in the air... but that's the first time I hear of them "killing millions of bees". I've not actually used one, but they seem no more violent than using a brush, just...
  3. Thread: Stolen

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    Re: Stolen

    Do you know how much they sell for? I don't see any price tags on the website.
  4. Thread: Stolen

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    Re: Stolen

    I've heard of people stealing the solar panels for electric fences around here. Anyone has an idea what would be the cheapest system to have it so that if my fence is unhooked, I'd get an instant...
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    Re: North Pole, Alaska Beekeeper

    Try to get bees as local as possible. If you can't find an Alaskan source for local bees, look at the Canadian market.

    While many of these American "northern" beekeepers already started their...
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    Re: Mean Bees More Productive?

    Indeed, bees more prone to robbing will appear more productive, until you realize they are just sacking your other hives and fail to contribute to your overall honey harvest.
  7. Re: Extractor-less honey by- "Honey Flow"

    Wear and breakage, I would fear. The frames have partly-built plastic cells. I can't foresee any other result when grinding these against hard crystallized honey.
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    Re: Breeding EFB/AFB resistant queens

    Over here, if you have AFB, you are legally obligated to report it to the government. And they will destroy your hives.

    Breeding from the sick seems like a poor way to breed for resistance. Seems...
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    Re: How much to charge for drone brood?

    Think of how much nucs go for in your region, and calculate what's the approximate price for a frame of brood.

    Then charge more. Drones require more feed than worker brood and they compete with...
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    Poll: Re: Supers: Paint the edges or not?

    I don't paint the edges, as it makes them stick together when stacked.
  11. Re: Extractor-less honey by- "Honey Flow"

    No kidding, look at the page's history. It's only existed for a month, and all but a tiny portion of its "likes" come from the last 24h.
  12. Re: Extractor-less honey by- "Honey Flow"

    It's not because it's been done a certain way for a long time that it can't be improved, but it's also not because it's new that it's better.

    When something new has a lot of marketing efforts...
  13. Re: Extractor-less honey by- "Honey Flow"

    Seems like someone found their patent application and put it on their facebook page.

    http://www.freepatentsonline.com/20140370781.pdf

    Might be legit. I remain skeptical on how economic a...
  14. Re: Extractor-less honey by- "Honey Flow"

    If you need to manually remove some kind of foundation to allow the honey to flow, frame by frame, and then wait days for it to actually flow, you are most definitely not saving 95% of your labor...
  15. Re: Extractor-less honey by- "Honey Flow"

    That reeks of a scam.

    I've fiddled with the idea many times. "Wouldn't it be nice if we could extract the honey without removing the comb from the supers?" The reverse operation would be just as...
  16. Re: I think my bees might be foundation challenged. . . pics included

    There doesn't seem to be brood on that burr comb, from the pictures shown.
  17. Re: I think my bees might be foundation challenged. . . pics included

    I hate it when they do that. Cut it off with the hive tool and make sure there isn't too much of a space between it and the next comb, and they'll usually start building it right. Otherwise, they...
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    Re: How many hives can one person manage?

    A general rule of thumb people tend to say around here is that one can manage 300-500 hives with minimal outside help.

    Assuming, of course, you do so full-time.

    Starting with 300 hives without...
  19. Re: Big population hive . Management to achive that

    Pssst, there are also some nice hardy perennials with strong deep taproots that can get moisture from deep below and stay green when the top soil dries up. It's a plant the settlers brought with them...
  20. Thread: Dark Queen

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    Re: Dark Queen

    I've been calling them tigers too. :P

    Got them for the first time from the local research center's breeding program last year, never saw them from other beekeepers before.
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  21. Thread: Dark Queen

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    Re: Dark Queen

    Thanks, that's an interesting article!

    Also cites a couple of other interesting article on cuticle colors, on of which mentions there is a recessive gene that suppresses all yellow (somewhat of an...
  22. Re: Jon Entine debunks theory linking neonic pesticides to honeybee collapse

    http://www.tfsp.info/worldwide-integrated-assessment/
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    Re: drone control question

    The queen isn't completely devoid of a say in the matter.

    http://beheco.oxfordjournals.org/content/18/6/1092.full
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    Re: pollen subatute question

    Soy, egg yolk, and yeast are often compared to fresh and dried pollen in many trials, but rarely other ingredients. Some substitutes claim they have no soy, like Feed-Bee and MegaBee, but I can't...
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    Re: pollen subatute question

    Soy has many sugars that are toxic to honey bees, though...

    Has anyone tried giving canola press cake as a pollen sub? I looked at the amino acid composition, and it was pretty close to the bees'...
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