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  1. Re: Skunks digging holes, and scratching up hives.

    Mine got it twice in 5 yrs, and 1 torn ear off a barbed wire fence/stitches and a vet bill besides.
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    Re: 12 frame dadant hive

    Bentonbee. You will undertand much better what I'm referring to if you google Bienen Haus then go to google images. Bernard Heuvel, could you please give us some insight into the bienen haus, and...
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    Re: 12 frame dadant hive

    Are the days of the apiary house over? I'm basing my knowledge off of bavaria & east germany. I'm wondering how the 12 frame/modified style would work in an enclosed setting. Are side entrances...
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    Re: Why knowingly catalyze a bee apocalypse?

    How sensitive early on, are the bees to mite treatment chemicals?
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    Re: Why knowingly catalyze a bee apocalypse?

    It's not the technology that is bad, but rather the practice of misusing that technology. If someone is foolish to put their beehives next to a cornfield, the end result is obvious.
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    Re: Why knowingly catalyze a bee apocalypse?

    Breeders push out large number of queens, and cut corners to streamline the process. The quality of the queen bee goes down as a result, and we're seeing queens that don't last very long. People...
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    Re: 12 frame dadant hive

    What strains/breed of bee was the preferred choice with Dadants original large live?... "the Dadants swore"... What era are we talking about so we can narrow it down. Did any of the earlier...
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    Re: Why knowingly catalyze a bee apocalypse?

    Be active with your local beekeeping organizations and attend meetings. Ask the bee keepers who attend: Who had the worst queen losses? Where did you buy your queens? Where did you buy your...
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    Re: Why knowingly catalyze a bee apocalypse?

    Because there are queen longevity issues due to genetics, and discussing topics like that on this forum bothers the pocket book of some. I can imagine that the epa knows the increased interest in...
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    Re: Why knowingly catalyze a bee apocalypse?

    You should come out to wisconsin...There is more truth in observation to back up your theory.
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    Re: Special delivery arrived

    Have you done a cost analysis on 2 or 3 jumbos compared to 1 9-5/8", and multiple supers? To me it makes sense not having as much equipment to haul around. I run all deeps, and personally don't...
  12. Re: Is almond pollination adversely affecting queen genetics?

    I'd rather see your queen purchases per year when you started up vs your queen purchases per year now in relation to hive numbers. I know where my water comes from, and how deep the well is. All I...
  13. Re: Is almond pollination adversely affecting queen genetics?

    Cheers! Once bad stock is found to have come from.... Foul brood was isolated...efb and afb. Will bad genetics queens & stock be isolated by rule of law and common sense hygiene practices..and...
  14. Re: Is almond pollination adversely affecting queen genetics?

    Or the occasional small dairy farmer(yes small dairy farmers still exist) that allows his alfalfa to bloom long for a good hearty first crop of hay. The good old days if you sort through all the...
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    Good products for people that do pollination.
  16. Re: Is almond pollination adversely affecting queen genetics?

    Pollination queens don't cut it. Pollination queens aren't sold to the general public as such. It's a bit dishonest.
  17. Re: Is almond pollination adversely affecting queen genetics?

    VERY VERY GOOD POINT. Man is pushing things too far/big agriculture. Some of those guys in cali are no different than big corn farmers....Maxing out the land, and depleting it....Or maxing out the...
  18. Re: Is almond pollination adversely affecting queen genetics?

    Mother nature is taking care of the problem in cali right now.
  19. Re: Is almond pollination adversely affecting queen genetics?

    When package bees are trucked to wisconsin...Some areas, beekeepers get shipped pure junk. I've seen it but for the lack of civility and legal reasons will not mention certain breeder-package bee...
  20. Re: Is almond pollination adversely affecting queen genetics?

    It's not good business for queen breeders when people talk about burnout bees/bad genetic queens? Is that it?
  21. Re: Is almond pollination adversely affecting queen genetics?

    Where have you been...Beekeepers are going out of business in this country, or retiring because of bee issues. People raising queens for the almond pollination breed them to burn out. It's good for...
  22. Re: Is almond pollination adversely affecting queen genetics?

    Is there something wrong with telling the truth about what most bees are bred for these days?
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    You're a very honest person Lauri. Many regards.

    Some guys don't make the same mistakes over & over. If hives die out, beekeepers need packages or nucs. Packages tend to be junky... So...
  24. Re: Is almond pollination adversely affecting queen genetics?

    The bees are bred to be crap, that's all there is to it.
  25. Re: Is almond pollination adversely affecting queen genetics?

    That's one of the most sensible things someones mentioned in quite awhile. What insane is that people are shunned if they ask questions, and make observations. If you're disgruntled about quality,...
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