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  1. Re: Starting to think beekeepers are cheap. lol

    No, but they are thrifty and frugal. Since our task is watching over a tiny society of fragile insects who collect sips of nectar from a million flowers and store and build what is needed to survive...
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    Re: To make it real

    --removed by me--- (an observation on the bottom entrances and cell gauge in the 2011 Memorial Day Parker pix).
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    Re: To make it real

    Are you the white haired one in the center, or are you the brown one on the right? How do you hold a smoker in your hoof?
  4. Re: First Year Hive with 4 Brood Frames in a 10 Frame Box by August

    You have so few bees I would not bother with a shake of any kind. At this point most of the mites are likely gone, as there is not enough viable brood to support a population, and the phoretic mites...
  5. Re: First Year Hive with 4 Brood Frames in a 10 Frame Box by August

    All those observations are correct. The smoker and frame technique will develop in time.

    The capped brood does look a bit dehydrated --- and if you look carefully at the two frames pictured in...
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    Re: bees dragging out pupa. why?

    Two blog posts that document drone pupa removal following inclement weather/starvation conditions.
    http://www.beverlybees.com/drone-pupae/
    http://mudsongs.org/piles-of-dead-larvae/

    I did a...
  7. Re: First Year Hive with 4 Brood Frames in a 10 Frame Box by August

    I seen the spotty pattern where there are not enough bees to cover. The brood dies of exposure, or lack of care. The queen lays back into the dead out open cells.

    You need to get more bees,...
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    Re: bees dragging out pupa. why?

    What is the mite load in the hive? Pupa that have been infected by virus transmitted by the mite will be removed. This is worthwhile hygienic behavior, but also is a sign the mites are getting...
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    Re: What can I do about varroa mites?

    I don't see how that works. Even if **everything** goes perfectly, you won't hatch new brood from the queenless splits until the end of September. I've been keeping bees on the California coast...
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    Re: hives never stopped taking sugar syrup.

    The light syrup is stored sugar syrup. It has been digested by the bees with their enzyme invertase, so is the now concentrated glucose+fructose mix like honey, but is missing all the trace...
  11. Re: Is $370 good price for 2 deeps full of bees and 2 honey supers?

    Top cover is non-standard design, and appears to over-provide beespace --- burr comb heaven.
    Bottom board is ply with shim, will work but is not weather friendly.

    I will let other chime in on...
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    Re: To make it real

    Okay,
    Here are Pix of my experimental TF yard. This experiment has been in operation since 2002. It receives swarms captured out of a state park and wilderness area. It is not successful. ...
  13. Re: Is $370 good price for 2 deeps full of bees and 2 honey supers?

    But it does. The investment decision in a farm asset should be based on risk. A hive+nuc investment is $200, and carries a lower risk (as its management has a higher chance of success). The...
  14. Re: Is $370 good price for 2 deeps full of bees and 2 honey supers?

    No, its a bad deal.
    You cannot harvest honey from this hive, so the full cost is a stranded asset until next summer.

    There is a 30-75% possibility that the hive will die overwinter. These...
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    Re: Sick "Black" Bees

    Chronic Bee Paralysis virus causes the symptom of hairless black bees.
    http://www.ent.uga.edu/bees/disorders/viral-diseases.html
    http://www.honeybeesuite.com/chronic-bee-paralysis-virus/
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    Re: no honey stores

    Hives with a new queen devote all their resources to raising brood. The super-organism is seeking a minimum 15,000 population. Once they mature as colony, the hive will shift to stores collection. ...
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    Re: Buying nucs on medium frames

    No, Redwood 8" dog-ear fenceboard. These sell as loss leaders, so building out of them is cheap. It's a west-coast exclusive.
    The 2x2 is also redwood. I make top and bottoms identical in...
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    Re: Theoretical TF apiary management

    Beg, steal or borrow some old brood frames and put out some boxes as swarm traps. One old frame per box. The rest empty (but wired) frames. See what you get.
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    Re: Buying nucs on medium frames

    I use 3 frames and a feeder in a 5 frame medium as a mating nuc. It's larger than ideal as a mating nuc, but you can get frames drawn in any hive. No small percentage of these mating cells...
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    Re: Theoretical TF apiary management

    Uhh, and why do you think this region will support a new concentration of bees?
    You are going to need a whole lot more than a "patch" to keep three 15-hive drops happy.
  21. Re: Africanized Honey Bee's? Coastal Virginia...

    Next time break the hive down into the smallest viable components. Small hives will be much easier to work, and you make increase at the same time.
  22. Re: Paired apiary test: natural comb does no good

    Oldtimer has it completely correct.

    The data manager for the paired test project responded to my email. Sounds like Jennifer Berry is endorsing a 40 mite drop threshold, which just coincidentally...
  23. Re: Paired apiary test: natural comb does no good

    No, island biogeography only works at a restricted scale. Too large an effective population, and there is too large a variance reservoir and too many transmissions. The process will work best...
  24. Re: Paired apiary test: natural comb does no good

    Fusion,
    I believe you have already posited the difference you observe. You started with known resistant breeding and saturated your local area with this phenotype.

    This leads to a mechanism I...
  25. Paired apiary test: natural comb does no good

    I have conducted a paired Treat - No Treat apiary test since 2002 in coastal California, and this experience has led me to question the various TF prescriptions promoted on the i'net as...
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