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    Re: Festooning obsessed bees?

    Pouring off the edges of the frames, boiling over the sides and out of the box, and being runny is a trait associated with the German bee and bees that are Africanized. The only time I have seen it...
  2. Re: Exculers Kill Queens?......is this true?

    On one occasion I had placed a queen above an excluder to confine her to the top box, and when I checked again 4 days later, she had become wedged by her thorax between the wires and was dead.
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    Re: city water and syrup

    Go ahead and use the tap water, it will not matter to the bees.
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    Re: Suggestions on Fighting Hive Beetles?

    They fly in. The best defense is strong colonies, and use a strain of bees that are hygienic so they will remove any eggs they find.
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    Re: Fluvalinate in wax

    The study that Mbeck gave is 11 years old and done in Italy, those figures on wax found with fluvalinate may not be the same today. What I saw that interested me was that comb drawn on foundation...
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    Re: how'd she get there

    I have had, on one occasion, a queen return to the colony from which I took her. I removed her with a 5 frame nuc and placed the nuc about 6 feet to one side. The next day she had abandoned the nuc...
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    Re: CuNap Wood Treatment

    I have used this type product for 8 to 10 years and it does a very good job protecting boxes from decay. In October I dip my woodenware for 24 to 48 hours and stack in a storage building to air dry....
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    Re: Small Cell Claims Debunked

    I think the key phrase is "the bees were miserable specimens."
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    Re: Bee Weaver Queens

    BWeaver says they have about 10% AHB genetics in their bees. Some are docile, some are not, some do well with no treatments and some do not. I would keep close watch and if they get hot, pinch the...
  10. Re: Best size to successfully requeen hot hives

    If you have the equipment I would recommend making a nuc for each new queen. Introduce the queen to the nuc and after she is laying, then use the nuc to requeen the main hive. Small colonies accept...
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    Re: Small Cell Claims Debunked

    In 1890 Dr. C. C. Miller wrote an apology to Rev. Mr. W. P. Faylor that was published in the American Bee Journal. Mr. Miller had disagreed with Rev. Faylor about the size of worker cells. Mr....
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    Re: Powdered Sugar Vs Sugar Water "Bath"

    If the shipping cage is made with the usual 7 mesh screen they will pass through. If the cage is made with regular window screen they will not. I have not seen a shipping cage in years, but the...
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    Re: Powdered Sugar Vs Sugar Water "Bath"

    For sugar dusting to work, all of the varroa must be on the adult bees. When you have a package or a swarm this is exactly the situation you have. You can put the package in the bathtub, dust, and...
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    Re: Small Cell Claims Debunked

    There is a saying that if you don't like what a study says just wait for the next one. Often they do contradict each other, but not in these cases. Studies have been done in the U.S. and Europe and...
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    Re: Swarm prevention not management

    If the old queen does not leave with a prime swarm, it is probable the first virgin that emerges will kill her. The virgins can't get through the excluder so they become drone layers, if they lay at...
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    Re: Sticky Board Procedure?

    I do a natural drop count for 3 days, the first week of the month. I remove the board each day, do the count, clean and replace the board.

    How many are too many depends on the time of the year,...
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    Re: How many hives?

    I know what you mean, Tenbears. As a sideliner the most I had was 125. It was in the days before mites and all I had to do was check for disease and make equipment but my regular job gave me 1 day...
  18. Re: The 'queen excluder' synonymous with a 'honey excluder!'

    The best way to use an excluder in my nectar flow conditions is when the first surplus honey supers go on, split the brood chamber with the excluder. Have the queen and the capped brood in the deep...
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    Re: Still unsure about what type of bees?

    I would stick with the Langstroth hive until you are comfortable managing bees in that type. Then if you want to try other styles start with the Long-Idea hive which uses the Hoffman frames that you...
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    Re: small hive beetles made it

    Yes, there are some long thin tipped tweezers that make it easier to kill them. The hive tool looks messy but the bees usually repair the damage quickly.

    My problem is, I have the tweezers but...
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    Re: Puzzling varroa numbers

    Mites enter and leave brood cells every day. How many are groomed off or simply fall depends on the numbers that are on the bees versus in the cells. That is why a three to seven day count is...
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    Re: Still unsure about what type of bees?

    Yes, you can have more than one race of bee in the same apiary. Often they require different management techniques, but that is no major problem. Weaver All American and the Italian will be the...
  23. Re: Facing existing hives in different directions

    Alternating colony entrance direction will help prevent drifting between colonies, this could help with varroa infestation between colonies. Most of the disease is spread by the beekeeper.
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    Re: AFB question

    Usually the bees shaken onto foundations were not fed for 48 to 72 hours. After this syrup was given to help draw the wax. I have never done this myself, but this is what is stated in the older ABC...
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    Re: small hive beetles made it

    The beetles stay inside the bee cluster, so for it to have been cold enough to kill the beetle, the bees would have died.
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