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    Re: How much flow from blueberrys

    Doesn't this all depend on the type of farmers they are? If they also support habit that is good for bee forage then you wouldn't have to feed your bees? If they pay for pollination and your bees...
  2. Re: How many beeks on here are under 25 yrs old?

    OK - I know this is a pretty male-dominated forum and I'm giving you the benefit of the doubt by assuming you're not being totally sincere... but cut the patriarchy. If I ever pick up a HUSBAND, you...
  3. Re: How many beeks on here are under 25 yrs old?

    I'm 24 and this is my 5th year. Two years at this yard and went from 2 queen-rights to 7, with about a dozen 'nucs' of various sizes. Also did my first queen grafting this year. Been making propolis...
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    Re: bear attack

    I feel like I need to clarify a bit, even though some else did mention it... When I suggested a shotgun, I didn't mean you should kill it. Bird shot is used to deter all kinds of animals, from elk to...
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    Re: DWV, Mites and Hygienic Behavior

    OK, so the next thing I'm thinking is... Where does queen breeding fit into this manipulation scheme? For example, this very hive that I re-queened was with a daughter I raised earlier this summer....
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    Re: Downfall of Bee Culture (vs. ABJ)

    Though I don't have a long history with either magazine, I figure it was in the name... Anything 'journal' to me, implies some technical aspect. Whereas 'culture', seem to say - let's talk about...
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    Re: DWV, Mites and Hygienic Behavior

    Sorry OT, I stand aside from my attitude... I guess I usually feel the same way about people who have strong opinions about how to 'farm' because they hand-garden their back yard.
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    Re: DWV, Mites and Hygienic Behavior

    Well jeez, it's hard to say how that comment is directed but of course I feel compelled to take to defensive... Personally, I have no interest in working for a 'commercial' beekeeping outfit. I've...
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    Re: bear attack

    So I guess a shotgun is out of the question? Pretty much the most effective means of deterring a single persistent bear.
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    Re: DWV, Mites and Hygienic Behavior

    OK - I haven't abandoned this thread or forum. There isn't however, anything groundbreaking to report on the hive in question. I eventually requeened with a lady I produced this summer out of a...
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    Re: Does feeding lead to lazy bees?

    So basically, since all the other farmers sold out - the beekeepers have to keep up? I know your talking about operating within the reality of your agricultural landscape. You don't have the flora...
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    Re: Does feeding lead to lazy bees?

    So I have to admit that I'm not sure how this analogy applies to inadequate bee nutrition, but it's completely off-base on it's own merits. Water loss in crops is a HUGE concern, for EVERY farmer, on...
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    Re: Too Much Surplus?

    The Amish are behind most of the motorized forecarts that are on the market today, mostly for running balers and rotovators. I appreciate their ingenuity but I'm not sure I can get my head around the...
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    Re: Does feeding lead to lazy bees?

    It seems that for the same reasons that a human system wears out from consuming indigestible food-stuffs, one could except honeybee metabolic systems to do something similar...?
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    Re: Too Much Surplus?

    Extract your own honey - I like it! My brother and I came up with 'Dig your own Potatoes', not sure if that would ever take off...



    I definitely experienced that when working for a beekeeper in...
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    Re: Does feeding lead to lazy bees?

    OK, since you went there... now I'm gonna have to butt in. If you can come up with a statistic that states that children have longer life expectancy than their parents... it's because of modern...
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    Re: Too Much Surplus?

    Our bees don't fly at all between November and early March. The nectar flow ended about 2 weeks ago and won't start up again until willow and fruit bloom. There is still some pollen.

    I'm not...
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    Too Much Surplus?

    After cranking out over 10 gallons of honey in the 2 frame, hand-crank extractor this summer - I'm over it!! There are several hives with that still have surplus honey on them (two deeps, two mediums...
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    Re: queen cell? now what?

    Well, if it's 7 or 8 days old, is it still being fed royal jelly? You might have to use a magnifier or light to see in there.

    I agree that it's likely a one off, maybe drone. It's unlikely to...
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    Re: queen cell? now what?

    It's not very built out for a queen cell, but it's possible. I would let them build it out and cap it before you make any changes. If it's a supersedure, the bees might know something you don't.
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    Re: DWV, Mites and Hygienic Behavior

    IMO our ability to perceive and interpret natural systems IS a privilege. Our intuitive nature is a gift, if we only could use it for the promotion of all living systems.



    I do not believe that...
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    Re: DWV, Mites and Hygienic Behavior

    Mike are you keeping Warre? Or permanent tree hives? I am totally all for those beekeeping practices but I think they represent a different(and valid) paradigm of beekeeping.

    I believe humans...
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    Re: DWV, Mites and Hygienic Behavior

    I wouldn't worry about me going over to the dark side anytime soon... I just think we need to be honest about having bees that are kept for agricultural purposes and in what ways we might be...
  24. Re: Propolis/Ederberry Tincture - and other Cures for Cancer

    I do both, with an elderberry infusion and without. Elderberries are a good source of Vitamins A, C, B6 and calcium. They are also high in antioxidants(highest of the small fruits) and anthocyanin....
  25. Re: Do bees carry propolis back to the hive in their pollen sacs.

    Sometimes I've watched them on the outside of hives with splayed dovetails at the corners that the bees are trying to propolize. I couldn't be sure if that's what I was seeing, but there were always...
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