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    Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    Solar greenhouse drying machine? I'd you skip the unloadang it is also a mobile feeder!
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    Re: Euthanizing Hives with Mites

    Mark, you just suggested that raid flying insect killer won't damage the contents of the hive? Would you put your bees on that comb after treatment? Would you feed that honey to your children?
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    Dar, I'm sure there are specific crops with specific charateristics.....but I'm inclined to believe that pollenation tends to be accomplished by foraging bees if they are collecting pollen or nectar....
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    ...let me add...this is a rule of thumb. I like to compare it (and the ratio between eggs, open, and capped brood) to the rule that says trees grow straight up and have symmetrical branches.
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    Dan's statement is true...as long as there isn't some other limiting factor, like the number of bees, available food, and the number of bees needed for other jobs.

    It's rather obvious that a queen...
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    Imagine some rectangular blocks that are 2x longer than wide.

    Stand 2 of then on end and notice that you can lay a third block horizontallt across them and cover their tops.

    This is the basic...
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    Re: Probiotics in Prepared Patties

    Where do you think the enzymes cone from?
  8. Re: More Beekeepers Sour on Profession as Winter Die-Offs Continue- WSJ Article

    You've heard it before? :shhhh:
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    Tim, I have no idea what your losses are from. These are the things I would consider:

    1. Beltsville tests are limited to a few diseases (I don't think they do any viruses, do they?).

    2. It...
  10. Re: More Beekeepers Sour on Profession as Winter Die-Offs Continue- WSJ Article

    This may be simply an artefact of journalism, but I do find this an odd set of statements:


    ...especall given that we have seen vidoes (posted to bs) that show him laying blue shop towels on top...
  11. Re: Probiotics in prepared patties...WORD from the sacred Mountain

    No. The pollen starts to ferment as the bees are packing it (with saliva/nectar/honey) into the corbicular baskets.

    Beekeepers tend to think of the dusty looking freshly packed pollen in cells as...
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    Re: Probiotics in Prepared Patties

    I have no idea what "their" intention is. I would be more interested if putting it in the patty made a measurable difference for the bees than I would to find out why...you can always find out why...
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    Re: Probiotics in Prepared Patties

    I'm surprised that there is an assumption that in order to provide a benefit, that the live bacteria must enter the bee.

    Wine doesn't have any viable yeast...nor does bread. Any bacteria that is...
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    Re: Rearing queens for a small operation

    I don't see any description of what was given to the bees to produce an "emergency queen". One would hope it was a frame with brood and eggs of all ages. They are very specific about the grafted...
  15. Re: Probiotics in prepared patties...WORD from the sacred Mountain

    ..but wasn't the whole point of megabee that it was water soluable? The technical issues weren't centered around the nutrition, but in getting protein that can be fed in syrup.
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    Re: Rearing queens for a small operation

    Hold on a second....you are trying to make a case that these queens in these studies show an inferiority in emergency queens....but that is not the case.

    Referring back to your post #36...
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    Re: Package Bee Installation Question

    For a new beekeeper, I suggest hanging the queen in her cage. The _only_ reason I suggest that is if there is a problem (package flying off), the new beekeeper is much more likely to get support...
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    Re: Package Bee Installation Question

    I can reliably hive a package without shaking....but I've got extra equipment, drawn comb, and usually some frames with honey. I've also made lots of mistakes, and tried many promising things that...
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    Re: Rearing queens for a small operation

    I'm reminded of a (perhaps) similar situation.

    The literature states that your drone colonies should be surrounding your mating yards by a mile or so.

    When we've discussed this on bee-l almost...
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    Re: Rearing queens for a small operation

    ...the firs study you cited (Worker regulation of emergency queen rearing in honey bee colonies and the resultant variation in queen quality) used 8 populous colonies in total. Perhaps you will...
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    Re: Rearing queens for a small operation

    Great pains are taken to ensure cell starters are queenless. If you want an emergency response, you work with a queenless starter. If you want a swarming response you leave the queen in there. ...
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    Re: Rearing queens for a small operation

    I'm curious what grafted cells in a queenless starter are if they are not emergency cells.
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    Re: Rearing queens for a small operation

    I haven't been posting on bee-l, but a couple of years ago we had a discussion on tips and tricks for queen rearing. The two that I remember as being most helpful were:

    From randy oliver: put...
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    Re: Rearing queens for a small operation

    I would suggest cutting the comb that had already been laid into....the directions (as posted above in the 'dummies' link) require the bees to do a bunch of things on your schedule....which will work...
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    Re: Rearing queens for a small operation

    Thanks Joe, (both for the correction and for the kind words).

    I've been thinking specifically about this thread, and here is what I would do....

    1. Setup a few (maybe 3) Cloake Board hives in...
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