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    Re: Colony Loss 2014-2015: Preliminary Results

    Not looking to pick a fight, but most of the community-acquired S. aureus infections I see in kids are MRSA. It seems to do just fine out in the "wild".
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    Re: Nuc isn't growing at all.

    Are you feeding them?
  3. Thread: EFB cleanup

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    Re: EFB cleanup

    Anyone know if there is currently any USDA or university-level research on this? I think mites are getting the blame for some of what is actually EFB.
  4. Thread: EFB cleanup

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    Re: EFB cleanup

    Well, that's what I thought. It was killing one of mine. I shook out bees and kept the best frames and combined with a really strong colony. That one came down with EFB as well. I caged the queen...
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    Re: Low mite counts and PMS-looking brood

    Update: I got the results back from Beltsville last week on the comb sample. EFB only. No AFB. The Beltsville bee lab findings agree with the rapid field test colorimetric strip tests that I...
  6. Re: Quick Death to my Africanized hybrid bees - How to kill a bee hive in a day

    Dry ice is easy. Tape up everything real good and put an empty shallow on top. Put dry ice in that top shallow and close it up and tape the cracks. Next day dump out all the dead bees. Take a...
  7. Thread: Is this EFB?

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    Re: Is this EFB?

    The reason for killing the queen, or caging her, is you have no brood to harbor the mites or disease. A split helps the colony making the queen, but the queenright half doesn't get a brood break and...
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    Re: Low mite counts and PMS-looking brood

    No HBH or essential oils were ever used. No mite treatments, because counts low.

    My bees are from a line I had maintained without treatment since 2009, originally a Russian line queen. I have...
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    Re: Low mite counts and PMS-looking brood

    I checked them today. The EFB strip test was positive. AFB was negative on same 2 larvae. I also collected a brood comb sample for Beltsville. This is the colony that had very low mite counts ...
  10. Re: Small Cell foundation - You might not know this...

    Agree with all. If they had the PF sheets to put in wooden frames I would buy them. I do not like the plastic frames for reasons stated above: bees stick the plastic top bars to the frame above,...
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    Re: Low mite counts and PMS-looking brood

    Flower Planter, Thank you. This is exactly the kind of information I was looking for. I had wondered about the sensitivity/specificity of the colorimetric test strips. Weather permitting I will...
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    Re: Low mite counts and PMS-looking brood

    Meant to say pinch queen from SICK hive. (Stupid spell checker)
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    Re: Low mite counts and PMS-looking brood

    Thanks Hex... Yesterday I removed the queen to a nuc. I doubt they can make a good queen under the circumstances. They will have a break in the brood cycle. Meanwhile I have a newly emerged queen...
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    Re: Low mite counts and PMS-looking brood

    Thank you. I think it is EFB that is killing my colonies. I had thought that EFB cleared with a good nectar flow / feeding. The colony that was positive for EFB last fall was similar to the two...
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    Re: Low mite counts and PMS-looking brood

    No picture. Maybe this weekend.
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    Re: Low mite counts and PMS-looking brood

    [QUOTE=BWrangler;1408504]Hi PG

    Been there. Done that. Same kind of symptoms. No mites. In my case it was virus based. I call it slow motion CCD. The prognosis is not good if that's what they've...
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    Low mite counts and PMS-looking brood

    Not making sense to me. I suspect there's something else going on. Feeding doesn't do much. They are building up a little, but not like I would expect.

    I think there are viruses that are...
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    Re: NUC - What Happened

    Was it a screened bottom in the nuc? Cells might have got chilled and died.
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    Re: Battery powered smoker

    I bought a Bee-Z a couple of years ago. I did not like it, except maybe for really quick inspections. It doesn't seem to heat up as fast as it used to, or put out as much smoke. It does not have a...
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    Re: Lauri's bricks down to an Art!

    The acid hydrolyzes "inverts" the sugar (sucrose) to glucose and fructose. Completely "inverted" sugar is like a clear gel. The more of your sugar gets "inverted" the finer the crystals will be, up...
  21. Thread: Stain vs Paint.

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    Re: Stain vs Paint.

    I put some Behr semi-transparent stain on a picnic table a little over a year ago. It looks nice. But this fall I was seeing cracks in the wood. I also put some on some hive bodies, but it's too...
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    Sticky: Re: Extractor-less honey by Flow Hive

    I couldn't read without joining the group.
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    Re: Bee stings lead to staph infection

    Well, nothing is ever 100%, in beekeeping or medicine. But I think that having a widespread staph infection just 2 days after a small puncture wound would be unusual. For what it's worth. ...
  24. Thread: EFB?

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    Re: EFB?

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    The EFB test kit was out of date, so the lines took longer to develop and not as clear. The AFB test kit was in date. I used a pooled specimen of two suspect larvae. Sorry, no pics of the...
  25. Thread: Cleaning hands

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    Re: Cleaning hands

    Yeah, that's the problem with the Mann Lake plastic frames. I keep waiting for someone to make small cell plastic in sheets, so you can use it in wood frames.

    As far as hand cleaning and note...
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