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    Re: Converting to small cell

    I had 20 colonies on small cell for 3 years, the mite numbers were equal or greater than those on standard 5.2 mm cell foundation. There was no better survival rates for those on small cell, and the...
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    Re: Virgin Queen Mating Arrival Times

    Yes, luck plays a big part. I have seen more returning between 2:30 and 4:30 pm.
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    Re: bees arn't cleaning up

    Bees will pass by honey to collect nectar. It is just the way they are wired. That is why it is easy to remove surplus honey supers if the bees cap the honey before the nectar flow ends.
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    Re: Daisies and smartweed

    snapper1d; In eastern Arkansas the smart weed will produce nectar in September/October, but it is useless except for bee food. It smells and tastes like a very dirty sock smells.
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    Re: Bottom Boards

    According to Mathis and Tarpy, honey bees can maintain the brood nest temperature at a near constant 95 degrees when the outside temperature is 122 degrees, whether they can do so with a solid bottom...
  6. Re: Bee Bread below screened bottom board

    It is either knocked from the pollen basket when brushing against other bees, or the bees drop it when they try to remove it to place in the cells.
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    Re: Do Bees Sleep

    Yes they undergo periods that pass for sleep. A researcher named Kaiser studied bees in an observation hive and saw bees in a typical resting position, with reduced body temperatures and with little...
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    Re: "Raw Unfiltered Honey"

    Most commercial honey is flash heated to about 160 degrees and filtered under pressure to remove pollen, wax particles and other bee items. Raw unfiltered honey is not heated warmer than about 100...
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    Re: Baby Mite Question

    I find a few white mites on my stickies, I have assumed they were male varroa mites, or immature female varroa mites, that have been cleaned out of the brood cell when the bees remove the pupa.
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    Re: Baby Mite Question

    There are studies that have shown that about 20% of varroa fall from the adult bees within 3 days of emerging from the cells, it could be young varroa mites. There are other pest that are on bees, I...
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    Re: Marking Hygenic Queens

    Use Testors model enamel, it last much longer than the paint from the marking pens.
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    Re: What determines a drone cell?

    Bee Bliss; ABC and XYZ of Bee Culture in the Brood and Brood Rearing section reported that a Dr. N. Koeniger did tests on how the queen determines what type of egg to lay, and he found that the...
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    Re: How long to feed

    Do they have all of their foundations drawn out? If the colony has all frames of comb, and 3 or 4 frames mostly food stores, you can stop feeding or reduce feeding to just a trickle. If the bees...
  14. Re: Dead bees with tongues out.. robbing or food poisoning ?

    DaisyNJ; If you want to prevent mold from forming in your feeder all that is needed is to rinse the feed jar with a bleach solution. The residual action will prevent mold for the length of time it...
  15. Re: Dead bees with tongues out.. robbing or food poisoning ?

    I doubt the bleach caused the dead pupa, they would not have fed from the bleach/syrup mixture. Small abdomens, dead trying to uncap, sounds more like varroa problems, perhaps combined with neglect...
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    Re: Rearranging frames in brood supers

    If the bees are drawing comb they will often ignore the frames in the two or three spaces from the hive wall. To aid in getting them drawn you can move a frame that is on the outside of the brood...
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    Re: Would you dare?

    Brother Adam was not just removing a laying queen and replacing her with another laying queen by direct introduction. He used one of his queen cages with a candy plug so that it would take several...
  18. Thread: Varroa

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    Re: Varroa

    Mites will fall for 18 to 24 hours after a dusting, but if you wait 10 to 20 minutes you will find most have dropped. If you are trying to determine a trend choose a time and do all counts at that...
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    Re: keeping races pure

    The way I remember the article reading was that there were queen and drone traps on the entrances, not queen excluders on the bottom boards. What is your version of the "Mythology?"
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    Re: Empty handed

    If they find nothing they must return to the hive to refuel. They will then resume their forager duties. If they find a nectar source they can refuel using part of the nectar collected, it gives...
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    Re: When do they fly?

    Usually the first flight made by a worker is made 6 days after it emerges. It is usually a short flight during which it orients on the hive, and then takes it's first dump as an adult bee.
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    Re: Larger bees in hive

    You were probably seeing the male Drones, they are larger, with a bunt tail. They are different colors, depending on the geographical race of bee that you have.
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    Re: Screen Bottom Board and Bearding?

    I have never said that bees cant get by with solid bottoms, after all I used them for over 20 years. I am just saying that the comments about screened bottoms are incorrect.

    I agree that not...
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    Re: Screen Bottom Board and Bearding?

    When you stand and watch the bees that are bearding, they enter the hive when the board is removed, they do not just fly away. M. Bush says they just were not needed, so they were hanging out. ...
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    Re: When do orientation flights begin?

    The bees take their first flight 6 days after they emerge. It is a combination orientation flight and taking their first dump flight.
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