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  1. Poll: Re: Essential provisions in a (written) agreement

    This would be my biggest concern and I'm not sure exactly how you'd work it out. If you're running it like a business you'd have to have insurance, not sure how the insurance company would or could...
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    Re: 2013 - 14 Winter losses -Scientific American

    If that were true wouldn't there be a repository somewhere of peer reviewed "Bee studies"? I know that there are people out there still claiming smoking doesn't cause cancer, but when I can look up...
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    Re: 2013 - 14 Winter losses -Scientific American

    But is that correct? Or are bees w/ heads in cells as much as anything clustering to conserve body heat? And then, because there isn't enough for them to eat nearby, they starve. Or do they?

    What...
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    Re: What did you learn this winter?

    You must be on to something, eh Matt?

    I would like to jump to such a conclusion but from a statistical stand point I don't have enough hives to come to such a conclusion. To compound matters even...
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    Re: What did you learn this winter?

    I learned that bees will survive in a winter like we just had.

    If you don't mind can you share what you think the key factors are for your bees survival? I'm only a bit north and west of you in...
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    Re: They got the runs...

    Mine havent flown since mid december

    Same here. It was 42 and Sunny yesterday so I took a stroll and looked. Had a 2-3 hives with quite a bit of activity and several more pretty covered in bee...
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    Re: They got the runs...

    The hold it until a warm day and then they poop like crazy. What needs to be done? That's normal.

    See, ya learn something new every day. Did not know that was normal as I have never seen that...
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    They got the runs...

    Did a quick walk thru the bee yard today as it was up to a whopping 42 degrees and sunny to boot. While wading thru snow nearly to my waste I saw some pretty heavy activity at ~50% of my hives....
  9. Thread: 2.1 syrup

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    Re: 2.1 syrup

    I think what you're doing is creating a super saturated solution. Probably getting more sugar into the solution then it can hold as it cools. This is how you make rock candy.

    I don't heat mine...
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    Mite drop count.

    I treated for mites using oxalic acid a couple weeks ago. Occasionally I will go out and pull the winter boards to check for drops. Am I suppose to see a ton of them dropping on highly infested...
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    Re: What is "sustainable?"

    I think our problem in our discussions is finding a common consunsus for how we define "sustainable." What do these practices look like?

    I think all to often we try to use words to describe...
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    Re: Bees and Science.

    It will be readily appreciated that in the course of many years and daily contact with bees, the professional bee-keeper will of necessity gain a knowledge and insight into the mysterious ways of the...
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    Re: Bees and Science.

    Yes, but science is not the be all, end all, either.

    Don't disagree at all and why I stated both approaches have value. There have been many times in history where people have simply found things...
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    Re: Bees and Science.

    Do you subscribe to these publications?

    Not at the moment but I will definitely look into them.

    FWIW I think there's a great deal to be learned from the "This is what I did". But at the same...
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    Re: Bees and Science.

    I was also struck by the lack of scientific rigor in beekeeping, but I suspect the divergence is really due to the fact that beekeeping does not require a higher education or some other certification...
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    Re: "lier or a fool"

    The point is not how much honey you have left above the brood nest in late winter, early spring, the point is to break up any honey block created by these remaining stores

    That makes sense to me....
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    Re: "lier or a fool"

    So you can use it to checkerboard to prevent swarming - before they eat it.

    I'm not following. Are you saying that you should have enough honey on each hive so that come spring there will be...
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    Bees and Science.

    Like most hobbies, professions and opinions there's a definite split between science and opinion/psuedo science. On one side you have the same boring, rigorous and repeatable experiments and on the...
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    Re: "lier or a fool"

    In early-mid February - before any initial swarm prep - or nectar storage begins (In middle TN) checker board the honey by interleaving empty drawn comb (from extracted honey) with the honey frames...
  20. Re: Treatment free success or failure: what makes the difference?

    My take...

    The most commonly mentioned reason for failure is locality

    I think this is significant. Keeping bees alive thru nearly 6 months where little food is available and 2-3 months of that...
  21. Re: Treatment free success or failure: what makes the difference?

    After learning about the presence of Varroa mites, I took a closer look, and realized that my bees, certainly did have Varroa mites.

    This is an interesting line of investigation to me as well. I...
  22. Thread: Honey in Beer?

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    Re: Honey in Beer?

    I'll have to try both of those suggestions the next time I brew this.

    Add the honey later in the brew and add a bit of the honey malt. The brew was quite good already, just personally would like...
  23. Re: Found my bee of choice 0 mite counts and treatment free.

    FWIW I have three BeeWeaver colonies. One over wintered, one a spring split from that over wintered colony and one that is a split with the addition of a mated Beeweaver queen later in the year. The...
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    Re: Define "Nuc" please.

    Maybe someone needs to start a "Bee standard" :-)

    I think your definition is pretty close to what I was thinking. Seems to me that a double deep or some stacking of boxes etc is closer to a...
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    Re: Define "Nuc" please.

    From this statement, are you suggesting Michael and Michael are both taking all the frames and bees out of their bigger hives and putting them into nucs, splitting every hive into 4 8 frame nucs,...
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