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    Re: Incredibly aggressive bees

    Don't worry Peter Loring - they won't survive up there in NY, at least not in a form you would recognize.

    Normally the temperament comes from the queen. It is common down here to calm them down...
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    Re: Incredibly aggressive bees

    Did you use adequate smoke?

    We have a lot of African in my area and I have never had bees "pincushion" my gloves. That's not good. :eek:

    The signs to watch for for AHB or African genetics are...
  3. Re: Why the tall stacks of supers, why not take some and process??

    I end up with a lot of comb honey as I primarily deal with mesquite. it is thick - sometimes very thick and almost unextractable. you have to get it off almost as soon as the flow is over or it...
  4. Re: Why the tall stacks of supers, why not take some and process??

    I pull them off and process. I suspect most are left tall because of the economy of less trips to the bee yard.
  5. Re: Is it worth testing to determine if they are Africanized Honey Bees?

    I have always heard Carnies are the best queens to cross with Africans. That is what I started with. I do not have aggression problems when they are open mated with the locals, which usually have...
  6. Re: Get any lab test results back yet? ...been a

    Michael Bush speaks the truth.

    Now about testing, most of the testing I have done had about a 3 month turn-around. Hardly worth it. Just requeen if hot. If not hot and manageable, don't worry...
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    Re: Bee paralysis virus

    Not sure there is anything that can be done for this. I have seen it a few times - never the Type 1 though. Seems like most hives have a few bees that match the Type 2 description at some point or...
  8. Honey and comb smells like sweet pickles.

    I have several hives on an alfalfa field with some salt cedar and creosote bush nearby. Just pulled off two supers that have very clear amber honey with a slight smell reminiscent of "sweet pickles"....
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    Re: My Beeweaver queens.

    I have several BeeWeavers. They seem to be pretty good. I have gotten quite a bit of honey from them and they are not cranky bees - at least mine are not.
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    Re: Bear Straps

    Those straps did help a bit. Last time a bear hit me it was nothing but splinters and piles of homeless bees left.
  11. Re: Is it worth testing to determine if they are Africanized Honey Bees?

    I think his speculation the "all government employees are bums" is a statement on the way the organization is managed and funded by the state. Less government is better you know.
  12. Re: Is it worth testing to determine if they are Africanized Honey Bees?

    How can one be an apiarist and never have been a beekeeper?
  13. Re: Is it worth testing to determine if they are Africanized Honey Bees?

    My opinion is mostly from observation of our genetically weak locals and in part from knowledge passed on by those who work with the full strength variety from Mexico. Part of the reason they have...
  14. Re: Is it worth testing to determine if they are Africanized Honey Bees?

    For those wondering about my comment on rainfall and Brazilian/AHB - their brood and swarming cycle is based on rainfall. They tend not to populate areas with a lot of wet and humidity. They...
  15. Re: Is it worth testing to determine if they are Africanized Honey Bees?

    There should not be African genetics in Alabama - it is far too wet. That being said, if they are hot who cares - requeen.
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    Re: New treatment for varroa?

    They also use creosote bush and single seed juniper in their smoker for mites down there.
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    Re: Is the 2 feet/2 mile rule dead?

    The current thinking seems to be that if they make at least three turns from the obstruction it normally works. I think it is a pain in the butt to do though.
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    Re: Best fume board product

    I like Honey Bandit. Smells like Pine-Sol and the bees run from it.
  19. Re: Abandonment method for clearing supers: Just pulled boxes. I'm worried. Need advi

    I run 30 hives (not all in the same location), so I don't have a lot of time to spare. That is why I use the fume board. I am hopping when it comes time to pull off honey.
  20. Re: Abandonment method for clearing supers: Just pulled boxes. I'm worried. Need advi

    Time is money. Name of the game.
  21. Re: Abandonment method for clearing supers: Just pulled boxes. I'm worried. Need advi

    I had never seen it either and took a chance this Spring and ordered it. It seems to clear them very well. Occasionally I get some stubborn hold-outs. I would say it clears 90-100% most of the time....
  22. Re: Abandonment method for clearing supers: Just pulled boxes. I'm worried. Need advi

    Fume board and Honey Bandit for me. Takes about 30 seconds to clear and no foul smell.
  23. Re: Night time bee bearding/loitering outside the hive? (with pics)

    You should see them out here in the desert. You'd think they didn't know they were supposed to go in the box.
  24. Re: Colorado River System beekeepers need to take note of AHB

    Yes, it would, but you will probably never see them in PA in their current genetic form (AHB). You might eventually end up with some bees that register as African in origin per MtDNA, but the nuclear...
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    Re: Love These Mutts!!

    That is exactly what I do. I live in a very remote region with few beekeepers. I normally mate them out at around 8000' on a mountain.
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