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  1. Re: Wax dipping, wood polarity, and hardening oils

    dip them, then paint them.... problem solved. The issue is more with the wax being used. You need to get the mixture correct so it stays solidified and doesn't melt on a 100 degree day.
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    Re: Super DFM - Honeybees

    apis touched on it well. Microflora boosters help establish, maintain, or achieve ideal conditions in the host organism for it's natural microflora to survive (the beneficial ones). I don't think...
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    Re: Super DFM - Honeybees

    Didn't Keith mention his reasoning already in another thread, if I recall correctly....
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    Re: swarm control methods

    nuc or artificially swarm the queen and move her to a new yard, make splits with the rest.
  5. Re: New incubator set up. Modified slightly, looks good, cheap.

    Too many useless questions... the only question is, can you make jerky and hatch queens out at the same time!
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    Re: swarm control methods

    Do your bees try to swarm every year or something? I've never had one try to swarm that I inspected regularly. I did have my swarmy bees swarm since I don't manage that hive. I do tend to bottom...
  7. Thread: Shastina Boxes

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    Re: Shastina Boxes

    I find it better not to worry about pennies, find a product/outfit you like and support them, that pays me back the best dividends in the long run.
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    Re: Melissa's questions

    Bispham, No, I haven't given up on the idea, just need to adjust my approach to maximize growth to get to a point to start screening for good candidates. I do have a plan, whether or not it's a good...
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    Re: Bees in top of hive

    It's natural, nothing to worry about. You can mountain camp them if you think they'll run out of stores, but if they can fly, they can move stores up from below.
  10. Thread: Spring is here !

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    Re: Spring is here !

    Nice pics JW, we're getting more rain in the valley today, no bees flying
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    Re: used frames question from CL find

    Nothing cleans plastic frames better than wax moth's....
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    Re: Melissa's questions

    I think it's just the rigid approach to single philosophies people feel they need to undertake for whatever reason. Honestly, I don't know why people feel they need to distinguish themselves as...
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    Re: Melissa's questions

    Just an FYI, I'm all for treatment free, but I also live in a unique environment for bees that's not very condusive for it.... Poor flows, and lots of migratory bees, you can deduce the rest from...
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    Re: Viability of swarms?

    I think the main concerns were with how good the queen is going to be as far as longevity. I haven't caught many swarms, I did get 4 in 2013, none were mine. I collected 3 of them, 1 moved into...
  15. Re: LOSS OF POLLEN HOST PLANTS AS KEY FACTOR DRIVING WILD BEE DECLINE

    What I've noticed with urban locations, is they are great for pollen, but sometimes lacking in nectar to really allow hives to take off.
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    Re: Honeybee Genetics and Breeding Bees

    Don't forget about natural attrition of stored sperm, I'm betting there's a % loss of viability every few months etc...
  17. Thread: Swarm Queens

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    Re: Swarm Queems

    How bad were your mites and did you check after treatments? I use OAV sometimes, and some hives I still have to drop some apivar in if the mites were really bad as they cluster shrinks drastically...
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    Re: Super DFM - Honeybees

    Ian, it depends what state the probiotics are in or the composition, it could just be enzymes or bacteria in dormant phases which wouldn't affect shelf life.
  19. Thread: Swarm Queens

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    Re: Swarm Queems

    I dunno, I collected 4 swarms in 2013, all overwintered and are still going with the original queens except 1 which was superceded due to mites, one even swarmed again, which I still rehived and...
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    Re: Super DFM - Honeybees

    If you ever talk to Keith personally, you would know he just doesn't do stuff cuz it sounds good....
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    Re: removed wild hive, need help

    I hope they make it too. I've never seen anything else but yellow jackets try to rob out a hive (excluding other honeybees), so I hope they can make it too. That black bee looks like it would be...
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    Re: removed wild hive, need help

    Honestly, I would put some foundation in there to establish more proper sized worker brood, there's a lot of drone comb/honey storage comb in there.
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    Re: Is this what robbing looks like

    Orientation, see how they making little circles
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    Re: removed wild hive, need help

    Is there any worker brood? That's all drone brood in the pics.
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    Re: getting towns to ban polinators

    You have some valid points zoo, but crying about the big guy stepping on the little guy just for greed is a cop out. If they get permission to dump hives where they do, then perhaps you need to talk...
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