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    Re: Sparse brood - time to re-queen?

    It's that time of year.
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    Re: Human Made Feral Hives

    >You were the one who said they would survive better, not me.

    My point was the species is thriving in the wild. Your point is the individual would be better cared for. I think we are making...
  3. Re: Pros and Cons of leaving a supper on over winter

    A strong colony can handle about any volume. The smaller the cluster the more the space is an issue. The object is to leave them the right amount (just enough plus a little extra so they don't run...
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    Re: 8 frame or 10

    > I was shocked at the difference in the increased rate of growth in the 8 frame hives.

    That's been my experience. If you manage eight frame hives well, you have better control over space and in...
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    Re: Human Made Feral Hives

    >The idea that a purebred horse, for example, would survive better in the wild than in a barn is silly.

    But now you are changing the definition from "survive" to "survive better". Very different...
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    Re: Human Made Feral Hives

    >>>>most if not all domesticated by defiition animals can live in the wild no problem.
    >>>That's simply not true. Most domestic animals wouldn't last a week in the wild.
    >>Off the top of my head...
  7. Re: Pros and Cons of leaving a supper on over winter

    >From what I've read, bees don't heat the hive, they heat the cluster.

    Try staying in a large tent and a small tent in the winter and you'll see that size matters even if you aren't heating the...
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    Re: Human Made Feral Hives

    >Hey Mr. Bush...you forgot the Emu. Been quite a few in the past running wild. It's a shock when you are turkey hunting to see that thing walk up.

    I didn't forget... I've never seen a feral...
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    Re: Goldenrod Flow to the max!

    It seemed like there was a little goldenrod blooming a month ago here, but no bees working them and not much blooming. Full bloom now...
  10. Re: swarms HANGING AROUND longer than ever.

    >In my experience, if they've been there that long, it is likely they've already started building comb.

    Agreed. They are stuck now and not leaving.
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    Re: Human Made Feral Hives

    >Most domestic animals wouldn't last a week in the wild.

    Off the top of my head I've seen lots of feral (domestic gone wild) chickens, cows, horses, donkeys, pigs, cats, dogs, ducks, geese,...
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    Re: Winter reserves

    > It says in DeLaplane's First Lessons that each hive needs 100lbs to survive the winter

    That sounds about right for Minneapolis... overkill for GA (where he is from) or TX (where you are from)...
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    Re: Mite Treatment

    Thymol will kill mites. There is a slight amount of Thymol in Thyme oil, but I doubt if it's enough to be fatal to the mites...
  14. Re: Viability of Drones from Laying Workers

    > I am curious if drones produced from a laying worker hive are capable of mating successfully with virgin Queens?

    Yes.

    >Shotgun brood patterns are common with queens that have mated with a...
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    Re: Storing comb

    Leave it in the top bar hive. Let the bees guard it. If not, leave it outside where it will freeze and let the cold guard it.
  16. Thread: Paramoth

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    Re: Paramoth

    >Not really ideal.

    For who?
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    Re: 8 frame or 10

    If I've only seen one swan in my life and it was white and I assume all swans are white am I right? Probably not. Then if I see 100 swans in my life and they are all white and I assume all swans...
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    Re: Hive Location

    >Ok, I have to ask. If you put the hive in your house with a tube out the window, how do you inspect the hive? Wouldn't really need to be a observation hive?
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  19. Re: Did feeding/cost of feeding discourage you?

    I will not try to talk you into or out of a top bar hive. I have two with bees in them right now. But I have a lot more Langstroths. Here the advantages and other ways to get most of them:

    TBH...
  20. Re: I am going to need so much advice. Please brace yourselves.

    The three tendencies new beekeepers have are to either smoke them until the smoke is pouring out every crack and the bees are very upset (out of fear of getting them upset), or possibly to have...
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    Re: sweet clover

    >Have any of you guys ever combined your own clover seed?

    If you mean buying seed and then mixing it, yes. I mixed: yellow sweet, white sweet, hubam, alfalfa, white dutch, birdsfoot trefoil,...
  22. Re: Pros and Cons of leaving a supper on over winter

    >I have a somewhat related question. lets say in the fall when I remove the final super... if I saved those frames... say in a freezer; and then next spring gave it back to them as there first super...
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    Re: Paramoth

    > But... will the bees not move up into the higher supers?

    They will do whatever they do... but that has never been a problem for me.
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    Re: Human Made Feral Hives

    >You are further confusing it by talking about cats, owls and bats. The difference between feral and domestic cats is very distinct. Bees, on the other hand, are not domesticated. They are wild...
  25. Re: Wasps, what's the threat and what to do

    I have never had a hive succumb to wasps or yellow jackets or ants. Some places in the south lose hives to these things. They never build up enough here before winter knocks them back.
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