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  1. Re: Jon Entine debunks theory linking neonic pesticides to honeybee collapse

    I heard a lecture at a bee club meeting from a scientist who has done research showing that bees actually keep foraging on syrup that is contaminated with neonics. The other point was that when that...
  2. Re: Can bees draw comb while feeding on winter stores?

    Mine teach me more than I teach them, often the hard way. :)
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    Re: So many ways to begin..?

    There is a bunch of compelling evidence that small cell does not really do anything to reduce Varroa. (And I found that to be true in my personal experience.)

    However, even if you don't want to...
  4. Re: Can bees draw comb while feeding on winter stores?

    Irving Berlin, I think. (I changed "folks" to "bees.")
  5. Re: Can bees draw comb while feeding on winter stores?

    That's a good point, Squarepeg. My post assumes that the poster looked in both boxes. If the bottom medium is empty, then this may be an entirely different scenario than he/she/I may think. Still,...
  6. Thread: Another Question

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    Re: Another Question

    If your bees have honey above the brood area and sufficient stores, just leave them alone and let them expand as they see fit. They know what they are doing better than you. It is January, and they...
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    Re: Should I give up or try again?

    If you try again, consider getting some Pendell's Apiaries Cordovan Italian queens. They are good bees, gentle, and you can generally tell if the bees have changed queens because the Cordovan color...
  8. Re: Can bees draw comb while feeding on winter stores?

    Realistically, this hive is going to want to swarm on you. As soon as nectar starts flowing, you can put a box of foundation on there, but that will not keep it from swarming. I don't care if it is...
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    Re: Question about syrup.

    Why are you feeding? Do your hives have sufficient stores? If so, then don't feed them. Let them grow with the nectar that is available in the natural environment. Feeding bees syrup they don't...
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    Re: So many ways to begin..?

    Generally, sugar on top bars works to soak up moisture. However, in your location, you should find local beeks and see what they do to address moisture in winter.

    That "limitless information"...
  11. Re: Starting with Foundationless Frames...looking for advice/clarification

    Spend the few bucks required and take the time to install wax foundation. That is the easiest and most foolproof way to start. Foundationless adds complications you don't need. They will draw...
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    Re: Does A New Beekeeper Need An OAV Set-up?

    Before spending money on that device, I would just plan to treat with either apivar (amitraz) or apiguard (thymol) for the first year. I also advise that you learn to count mites. However, for the...
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    Re: European Foulbrood vs. Sacbrood vs. PMS

    Thanks everyone. Very helpful. If anybody has anything else, fire away.
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    European Foulbrood vs. Sacbrood vs. PMS

    Sounds like the title to a really bad horror movie, now that I read it. I wonder who would play PMS?

    I am responsible for teaching a section on bee diseases this weekend, and I've put together...
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    Re: Warm spell syrup feed?

    I also would not feed pollen sub (unless I was making nucs or going to California). Again, let nature take its course. If a hive comes out of winter with sufficient stores and a decent queen, it...
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    Re: Warm spell syrup feed?

    You need to figure out whether they have sufficient stores. If they do, then there is no reason to feed.

    Also, I would not feed syrup right now under any circumstances. It can add excess...
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    Re: Who Is Using Small Cell Size?

    Are you talking about studies on drone comb removal?
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    Re: Who Is Using Small Cell Size?

    What is the identifiable adverse effect from controlling drone cells?
  19. Thread: choosing frames

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    Re: choosing frames

    Realistically, in Oklahoma you won't be harvesting any honey with packages and you very probably won't harvest honey the first year if you start with a nuc. There is not much flow in July and...
  20. Big Bee Buzz -- Tulsa, OK -- March 27-28, 2015

    The Northeast Oklahoma Beekeepers Assocation (NEOBA) will hold the annual Big Bee Buzz on the evening of Friday, March 27, 2015 and during the day on Saturday, March 28, 2015.

    Speakers will...
  21. Re: Oxalic Acid ... soon approved for use in beehives

    Yep, that would be me. The first time I bought a bucket of MAQS I for no apparent reason stuck my nose in the bucket to see how it smelled. It was sort of like snorting wasabi.
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    Re: Best way to clean labels off glass Jars.

    Has anybody ever tried using a lye bath? I have recently used a pound of lye in 4-5 gallons of water to clean old cast iron pans, and I was thinking about setting up a new one for pans but also...
  23. Thread: Wild Bees

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    Re: Wild Bees

    If you want to actually keep bees, then you need to learn to keep bees. You really can't get honey and not mess with a hive. You need to see if you have a local bee club and if it has classes. If...
  24. Re: Thoughts and views of plastic vs. metal excluders.

    The easiest excluder to clean and carry, and the one that lasts the longest, and the cheapest to buy, is the one you never buy or use at all. :lookout:

    Seriously, the only time I use an excluder...
  25. Thread: Russian bees

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    Re: Russian bees

    The pure Russians I got from Mr. Tubbs were gentle and prolific. They did not start to build up until Dandelions bloomed, and they would shut down brood rearing in August (when it gets hot and dry)....
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