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    Re: plastic vs wax foundation

    I really like the all plastic frames. Mann Lakes PF series are well received by the bees if you leave them in the shipping container until placing them on the bees. This keeps the wax smell...
  2. Re: How to stimulate colony build up in the spring?

    If the bees won't take the pollen substitute, I wager it is the wrong sub. MY bees will take Global Patties anytime I give them to them it seems as long as the patties are fresh. I really wonder if...
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    Re: Wintering Question.

    Feed the bees.
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    Re: Medium on top of Deep Brood Chamber

    Asking a supplier to make you special nucs is going to result in you being charged a special price. You can always just but the deep nuc frames in two medium boxes and let the bees grow into the two...
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    Re: bees are dead

    No mention of brood. It sounds a lot like a hive went qeenless and the bees died of old age at a cold enough part of the cycle that the combs had not yet been robbed out. Your drawn frames full of...
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    Re: Melting old beeswax

    Old dark comb has a lot of cocoons and propolis in it and the wax is not the light yellow we would all like. I suggest you mold it in thin sheets and set it out in the sun. It will bleach out quite...
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    Re: How many beehives can we manage?

    Travel time between outyards is a big part of the equation too. I used to think 600 working by myself would be about the limit. Now I doubt if I could work a hundred. Depends on the beekeeper and...
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    Re: Upset/Disappointed/Confused/etc.

    It sounds very much to me like these hives got robbed out. It can happen in a hurry if strong agressive colonies sense weakness and find a large entrance that is hard to defend.
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    Re: Late season boo-boo. Need advice

    Use a length of wire to separate your crazy coat super and remove it. Then weigh your hivebody/s underneath and see if they have adequate stores for the winter. Apparently your bees were still on a...
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    Re: Lost my first hive in 5 year

    Seems they abscounded. Did your treatment kill lots of mites?
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    Re: I am losing a lot of bees.

    It is impossible to say without testing. Look up procedures for a sugar roll and then you will know. Mites are indeed often the problem. Or your answer may lie in my last reply. Good luck.
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    Re: mite resistant?

    Another approach is selecting queens from strains learning to groom the mites off each other.. Mite biters. My queen supplier only grafts from colonies where a large percentage of the mites on the...
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    Re: I am losing a lot of bees.

    Mites always deserve first prize in thethings to check list BUT. Bees getting sdden big swings in temperatures can fail to get clustered and die. Toobig an entrance or a gaping hole in the bottom...
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    Re: package bees - small cell in the Northwest

    Clayton made thecase very well. I Just marvel at the passion about such a minor element of bee keeping!
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    Re: package bees - small cell in the Northwest

    Why are people so concernded that we try small cell? Why is our supposed error so quickly rebuked? It is not the total answer but it is part of one.

    the simple truth is small cell gonna solve...
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    Re: Brooklyn roof top beekeeper

    I am afraid He would be dead pulling that on me if i didnt know better.
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    Re: YS Organic Honey? Is it a scam?

    But sugar from beets or cane are hardly inorganic! Both were produced by photosynthesis. Are you implying that Invented word by man organic sugar would in some way beyond style points be better for...
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    Re: question for dr. latshaw aka jsl

    Thankyou very much for the straight answer to my question Dr Latshaw. I too am a believer in sugar on the topbars, in my area I consider it cheap insurance. I will push my luck and ask one more...
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    Re: question for dr. latshaw aka jsl

    So Mr. Latshaw what are your feelings on winter patties in cold country? Does one risk keeping the bees brooding too much? I am not averse to the bees needing fed all winter and is this what you...
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    Re: Full time Beekeeper

    Ben may all your dreams come true. It is all in your hands and farms all over the world are supported by day jobs when neccessary. Let er buck!
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    Re: Mixing bee races with new hives

    Because along with hybrid vigor comes oftentime mean defensive bees from the russian heritage along with excessive swarming and difficulty requeening them. If you are new at beekeeping you need none...
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    Re: package bees - small cell in the Northwest

    Just get the best packages you can find and shake them onto Mann Lake PF frames and the regression will happen fast. I would give the new bees one of your old frames full of honey so they have...
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    Re: Do you use terramycin on your bees?

    The casual routine use of Tm inevitably resulted in my thirty nucs with Tm resistent AFB when i started them in old used equipment where an old beekeeper had masked the AFBs presence by tis casual...
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    Re: YS Organic Honey? Is it a scam?

    Naturally grown is an honest standard and a laudable goal but organic honey almost certainly does not exist. Think of how many square miles you would need to control for free ranging insects to be...
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    Re: General Questions Before I Get Started

    Botulism is most definately not an issue. Put your bees in an untraveled corner of your property away from play areas and only small boys throwing rocks might cause a problem. My advice is...
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