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  1. Re: Is 5.0mm foundation to big to use as small cell?

    Square Peg,
    Could you post a pix of a representative comb, with the short edge of a business card pinned to comb, or a ruler attached. Short edge of biz card is 5.1 cm so is a great over-under...
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    Re: Is this a reasonable approach?

    You can put the caged queen on the top bars of the suspect nuc. In about 10 minutes, it should be obvious if that nuc believes itself to be queen-right. If bees raise their abdomens and fan while...
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    Re: Is this a problem?

    No, its not a problem. Bees often "move up", leaving an empty bottom. You can consolidate the hive since it doesn't appear you need the space presently, or reverse the bottom two boxes -- move the...
  4. Re: Transitioning June nucs from deep to mediums, foundationless

    Add a medium on top of both hives. Buy enough foundation to make four frames with foundation, put these in the center of the mediums. The bees will move up on their own. They will store their...
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    Re: Nectar versus sugar syrup

    Chemically defined artificial nectars exist for bees. This is needed, as toxicology screens against pesticides and insect growth regulators need in-vitro raised standard animals to control...
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    Re: Time to start thinking about winter.

    That is the precise problem with reading unsupported opinion on the internet. Varroa is a vector for virus. Winter bees are long lived. If the Varroa vectors IAP virus into the winter cluster in...
  7. Re: great new Opportunity need advice on capitalization?

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    Re: Combining to save my hive

    Caps on the little bit of honey are torn open --- this means the hive was robbed out. The queen looks to be a drone layer.
    Put the queen in alcohol to use as a swarm trap lure, and abandon the...
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    Re: Dead carcasses outside hive??

    Drones are also the first caste in the hive to suffer from the virus load transmitted by mites. This is because through the summer, the mites are attracted to the drones. In my region, mite effects...
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    Re: Paramount Farms buying out beekeepers?

    I drove the the Wasco >> Paso road today (Hwy 46), this includes multiple miles of Paramount owned Pistachio and and Almond orchards centered on their processor at Lost Hills. There is some...
  11. Re: Puzzled. Bees and Nectar, but No Honey. Sacramento, CA

    Nope, some of the Red Eucs bloom in the summer-fall. But Tasmanian Blue Gum, the common California euc, blooms only from November on.
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    Re: Paramount Farms buying out beekeepers?

    Dr. Gordon Wardell is on Paramount staff, and leads their honeybee program. He has been a champion of Blue Orchard Bees, as well, and Paramount has a large Blue Orchard research program. Dr....
  13. Re: New Study on Neonics, in Nature (journal), out of Netherlands

    I have this paper and the supporting materials, if you want to review the document message me.

    I think the paper may be over-interpreting correlation with causation. It makes heroic efforts to...
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    Re: Robbing sucks....

    Agree with M. Bush--- The key to preventing robbing is to avoid starting it in the first place.

    The trouble with high intensity management (adding feed to force off season comb) is that it...
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    Re: Minor feedback requested

    It is difficult to get bees to draw comb in July and August in many regions, nigh impossible in my location.
    Drawing comb is part of the annual cycle of the nest, the hives can be goosed to draw wax...
  16. Thread: Hop Guard II

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    Re: Hop Guard II

    The paper discussing Varroa and Hop oil research can be downloaded.
    http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10493-012-9593-2#page-1

    I did a kitchen sink version of the hop oil (steam extraction...
  17. Thread: Hop Guard II

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    Re: Hop Guard II

    One can read the Hopguard patent for detail at:
    http://www.google.com/patents/US7597912

    (( I have to skiddaddle for work obligations, so will revise on my return).

    Hop oil extract have two...
  18. Thread: Syrup ph

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    Re: Syrup ph

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?291933-pH-of-nectar-and-sugar-syrup&p=1071035#post1071035...
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    Re: Queen presence in summer split?

    Buy a queen. Install the cage and observe behavior. If they rush the cage with abdomen's lifted, they recognize the cage as their sole hope of a queen. If they try and sting the cage, or bite it...
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    Re: best way to draw out medium super?

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    Re: hive dimensions

    When I first started building boxes, I fulminated against the archaic size standard, which is oversize for the modern 1x10

    Then I started finding uses for the ripped piece. Recently I purchased...
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    Re: Feeding a swarm

    I let them settle for several days before feeding.
    They may abscond if fed. Feed them and they fill up and are ready to fly again.
    The bees fill their crops before swarming, so have multiple days...
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    Re: Queen presence in summer split?

    My experience (which may be conditioned by my summer dry climate) is that "walk-away" style splits work well during the expansion phase, but poorly in the mid-summer period. My expansion phase...
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    Re: Avocado Honey

    Indigestible to bees, perhaps it would ferment in bee bread. Humans with our diverse gut biota ferment all sorts of carbohydrate alcohols, usually producing some methane in the process.
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    Re: Nor-Cal question

    On the coast, the bees are still making enough honey to keep the hives growing without syrup.
    Toyon is in full, summer Ceanothus is opening, Mustard is still strong. Buckwheat is just getting...
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