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    Re: safe procedure for shaking out 2 hives

    another option,

    a couple of days ago i discovered a hive that had a non-laying queen that was worthy of shaking out. the only brood i found was three queen cells with jelly that were most likely...
  2. Re: CAPA Report: 58% overwinter colony mortality in Ontario.

    what's that ian?
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    Re: What Percent of Hives Are Feral vs Kept

    agreed peter, and after all these years with varroa it's a head scratcher isn't it?

    i think jwc has made the best case here for open mating and polyandry getting in the way of propagating and...
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    Re: Failing Hives

    for someone like you or i david a failing hive is more of a liability than an asset no doubt about it, and i agree that any drawn comb is better utilized on a hive that can do something with it for...
  5. Re: Won a blue ribbon at the fair for our honey!

    nice! :)
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    Re: another ursurpation attempt

    well as of this am the queenless hive is still queenless, and the others have resumed moderate foraging with all of the fighting stopped.

    so i'm not sure what became of the ursurpers, but i'm...
  7. Re: CAPA Report: 58% overwinter colony mortality in Ontario.

    there's a lot to consider in those statements.

    looks like improving habitat is high on the agenda for the new task force here in the u.s., are there any similar efforts underway in canada?
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    Re: Mating flights?

    agree with three weeks. that's what i did last time and there was enough brood to get read on how good of a pattern the new queens were laying.
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    Re: another ursurpation attempt

    good questions sb.

    small swarms in late summer/early fall are not unusual around here. i'm guessing that they are secondary to supercedure and/or the downsizing of population in advance of fall...
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    Re: another ursurpation attempt

    dang! sneaky littly rascals aren't they, that they can assimilate like that and take over. that's pretty much why i don't want bees having that trait finding their way into my stock.

    after...
  11. Re: CAPA Report: 58% overwinter colony mortality in Ontario.

    one of the best statements ever made on beesource.

    to which i'll add: ... and not just about this issue.

    our experiences vary because there are so darn many variables associated with the...
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    Re: What Percent of Hives Are Feral vs Kept

    mike,

    i believe you are on the right track. assuming you are in an area with habitat adequate to support unmanaged colonies in the nearby woods chances are good that you will see an increase in...
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    Re: Too much honey?

    it's too late in the season in my area to introduce foundation and expect to get it drawn. if i were faced with that situation, i would consider extracting some frames and giving them back to get...
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    Re: another ursurpation attempt

    good deal. as i mentioned, today's swarm was pretty small to begin with, and then they divided up on several hives. i don't think they stood a chance unless they have some special way of getting to...
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    Re: another ursurpation attempt

    very interesting. it must vary by strain, and some strains other than ahb apparently do this. the usurpers today are marked up a little different mine, i think they are the same ones that come...
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    Re: another ursurpation attempt

    not sure if they usurp each other or not ot. does this sort of thing happen in your location?
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    Re: another ursurpation attempt

    understood lee. :)

    grafted queens huh? nice!
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    Re: another ursurpation attempt

    howdy lee. yeah, it appears that bees have been usurping all along, but as you point out it's more of a concern these days in ahb areas. which queen died?
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    Re: another ursurpation attempt

    no kidding, that's crazy jb. have you been back into the first one yet to check their temperment? we haven't had any ahb confirmed this far north yet, but i think they've made it to the panhandle.
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    adam, many thanks for contributing. i appreciate your insight and it's interesting having actual actual field truths shared vs. hype and spin. it sounds like you guys are going about in a...
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    another ursurpation attempt

    a couple of years ago i posted a thread about what i believed to be a usurpation attempt:

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?275239-101312-usurpation-attempt&highlight=usurpation

    i...
  22. Re: CAPA Report: 58% overwinter colony mortality in Ontario.

    very interesting adam. any idea when the data will be released?
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    interesting. did it have anything to do with inadequate control of seed dust during planting?
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    Re: What Percent of Hives Are Feral vs Kept

    i think history shows that with bees it is possible with selection to have influence over the expression of desirable traits.

    selecting for mite resistance hasn't been around as long and may very...
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    Re: article feedback request

    it's reading too much into the survey results to make the claim that feeding honey will cause greater losses.

    for example, it's not known if the colonies that were fed the honey were the ones that...
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