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    Re: Efficiency of a bee yard question

    I think its less of a honey consumption than a timing issue. If you put drawn wax on a hive, the bees can immediately begin to fill cells with nectar rather than backfill the broodnest while the...
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    Re: Oxalic Acid/Winter Bees

    I've had excellent results treating with Apivar in August and dribbling oxalic in late November. The bees really look great since I started doing this.
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    Re: What do the big boys do for mite treatment

    When it comes to OA dribble, make sure your concentration is accurate. A "hot" solution can burn up a lot of the bees, so get a scale and measure precisely.
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    Re: Aficanized bees are fake

    ChrisZ66, In regard to the swarming issue, are your honey yields similar to European strains? What is the average yield there?
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    I've had them hatch in the cappings collector after I let it drain for to long. If you are in SHB territory like I am, then speed in all extracting processes is key.
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    Re: Early Source Queens

    I would but I would not feel confident about drone populations for mating in early march. I don't think I can build a substantial drone population until mid april. With mated queens from locations...
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    Re: Early Source Queens

    Just DM'ed you Brown.
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    Early Source Queens

    One of my biggest issues in the spring is swarminess. I keep a good control on mites over the winter and, as a result, the bees explode in late Feb in population and I'm left scrambling to prevent...
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    Re: Sunflower Pollination 2015****

    Can you elaborate on what the "triangle of death" is? Curious since I am having pesticide problems in my neck of the woods.
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    Re: Aficanized bees are fake

    Agreed, we have some feral jet black bees along the Chattahoochee that are the most meanest things I have ever had the displeasure of working. Way worse then any Italian bee.
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    Re: Shook Swarm for EFB

    Why risk the rest of the yard for some drawn comb?
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    Re: Shook Swarm for EFB

    No queen excluder and no treatment. EFB bacteria can only survive on brood and larva so when you force them to redraw comb and force the queen into a broodless period, the bacteria dies out long...
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    Re: Shook Swarm for EFB

    I did the shook swarm method last year when I had EFB and it work perfectly. You need to shake them onto new foundation and force them to start over. Leave the hive in the same spot. Be sure to burn...
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    Re: Foraging Habits

    Chinese privet is one of the best flows in my area. Pretty much drips out 4/15-5/1. It makes a light amber floral honey that can't be beat. if we didn't have privet, it would be difficult to make a...
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    Re: Small Hive Beetle Damaged comb

    Its going to hurt to burn 40 drawn medium frames and 20 drawn deeps. They are pretty bad slimed.
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    Small Hive Beetle Damaged comb

    I recently lost two hives to hive beetle larva when the bees swarmed out and the beetles took over. The combs are slimed and full of larva. I put all the frames in the deep freezer. Will the bees be...
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    Re: Do you put weight on your top covers?

    I use duct tape. Very cheap and holds migratory lids down nicely.
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    Re: Screened bottom or solid ?

    Moisture buildup facilitates the growth of the bacteria in my opinion. It "cultures" the minute amount that may be in a hive and lets its grow exponentially.

    That being said I still prefer solid...
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    Re: Screened bottom or solid ?

    SBB
    Advantages:
    Better ventilation (less chance of foulbrood), allows for mite drop after treatments, less bearding in hot summer months
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    Early year brood up period hindered and...
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    Re: Pollination Advice

    These farmers act shocked when I decline their offer of $50/hive. If they offered $120, which is the cost of a replacement nuc in my area, then I may consider. The area watermelon farmers are...
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    Re: Pollination Advice

    With honey prices where they are now, pollination doesn't seem profitable these days unless you are going to almonds and getting 150+ a hive. The 50/hive I get offered for watermelons around here...
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    Re: Storm Damage

    Ace, what is not pictured is the roof of my house missing and my barn/honey house completely gone. Tornadoes can be strange in how one object 100 yards away is completely fine while a house can be...
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    Re: Storm Damage

    Anchors don't matter with 100 mph wind.
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    Storm Damage from this weekends tornado activity. I stacked them back up and hopefully the queen will make it.

    These hives had to weigh at least 200-300 lbs.
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    Re: Evolution of Swarming?

    I often wonder the same thing. However, you must remember that evolution is not the survival of the fittest but rather the survival of least unfit. Evolution must work with the genetic base provided...
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