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    Poll: Re: Bees, lies and evidence-based policy

    That's not a solution but a poor attempt of a workaround.
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    Re: Natural Annual Brood Cycle

    Seems to be a bad case of anti-husbandry and continued sickness. The bees may survive varroa, but certainly not your anti-husbandry. :lookout:

    We are awaiting your reports after the next winter....
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    Poll: Re: Bees, lies and evidence-based policy

    Ahem...in Austria they did not ban the neonic coated seeds and instead forced the farmers to use the new type of planters that blows the neonic dust-loaden air into the ground.

    Well, to make it...
  4. Re: today's mite count on a five year tf survivor.

    Interesting enough, this is a mite year on the other side of the pond, too. Although we had a completely different winter, very warm, very warm Spring and so. We had a cold May, though.

    I reckon...
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    Poll: Re: Bees, lies and evidence-based policy

    The title of the thread says it all... :lookout:
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    Re: first year, warre 3 boxes full??

    I wrap my hives. But you need to use thick insulation (> 4 inches) to make it work and to prevent condensation. If you use a too thin insulation, you need to ventilate more. For example with a top...
  7. Re: 2 small extractors instead of 1 big one?

    Yep, I mistake the two all the time. :lookout: Fructose actually makes the honey very liquid.

    So many sugars...
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    Re: first year, warre 3 boxes full??

    This is a similiar setup (although not Warré hives):

    You lean a board to the front (and another one on the back of the hive).
    http://immenfreunde.de/pics/20_1_2013/a3.jpg

    Bees enter and...
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    Re: first year, warre 3 boxes full??

    The French Warré beekeeper use an empty box below the cluster and call it the "sanitary box". It does what Frank says. It works like a sump. Compare:

    Flow currents and ventilation in Langstroth...
  10. Re: Super Thick honey foam during processing

    The real thick foam comes from proteins or fats. Better look into the uncapping process for errors, different uncapping strategies leave to different contamination with wax, look at the sieve - is it...
  11. Re: Super Thick honey foam during processing

    Bottle it, label it, sell for the twice the price as honey. Just call it beekeeper's gold. :)
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    Re: Amount of Api Life Var

    End it. Is the best advice. Small colonies in Spring can't heat the brood properly. Gets diseases of all sorts and you get the trouble. Not worth the effort. Are those your only bees?

    The smell of...
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    Re: Natural Annual Brood Cycle

    As Oldtimer said, they go hungry. => A good beekeeper doesn't let his bees starve. That's the problem with harvesting honey without feeding back a replacement. No good start into the winter.
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    Poll: Re: Bees, lies and evidence-based policy

    Means more queens, more feeding, more work, more time and thus more costs for the beekeeper who barely keeps his bees alive. Thanks, that is a good basis to build a business upon. If you loose 40 %...
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    Re: Melting/Heating drums

    Hello Adam!

    These drum heater units are popular in Germany. Most popular in Germany and especially the Dani Api is a good one. No scorching or burning can be found. In fact I use them to quickly...
  16. Thread: Theft

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    Re: Theft

    They even stole the camera from my apiary, so make sure you hide the trailcam plus secure it strongly.
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    Poll: Re: Bees, lies and evidence-based policy

    If it would be so obvious, the answer is easy. But that is the problem with this stuff. The longterm effects of a chronic exposure are not obvious. If it would be obvious the case would be closed a...
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    Poll: Re: Bees, lies and evidence-based policy

    It is a dirty business. And on either side there are extremists that do argument with incorrect data and or exaggerate when claiming things. Sometimes intentionally, sometimes unintentionally. Does...
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    Poll: Re: Bees, lies and evidence-based policy

    "Ontario experienced 58 percent winter mortality."
    "Documented incidents of pesticide exposure and colony damage during the regular season in recent years (2009 to 2013) in the provinces of Quebec,...
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    Poll: Re: Bees, lies and evidence-based policy

    This article says: "two of Ontario's largest honey producers."

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/beekeeper-frustration-led-to-class-action-on-neonicotinoids-1.2757359

    It also states:
    "It won’t...
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    Poll: Re: Bees, lies and evidence-based policy

    Here you find the claim:
    http://www.ontariobee.com/sites/ontariobee.com/files/DOCSLIB-%232440628-v1-AMENDED_Claim.pdf

    I find the following plaintiffs:
    - Sun Parlor Honey Ltd., from both Essex...
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    Poll: Re: Bees, lies and evidence-based policy

    I do not state it, I took the number from your question, which I now understand. Whatever, I would first start talking to the people who started the lawsuit.
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    Poll: Re: Bees, lies and evidence-based policy

    I wish those Ontario beekeepers good luck and hopefully they win the lawsuit. This is the only language the chemical companies understand: money.

    I talked to the Bayer folks on their general...
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    Poll: Re: Bees, lies and evidence-based policy

    What has the question to do with Commercial beekeeping/pollination? Wouldn't the thread fit better into this section: http://www.beesource.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?276-Coffee-Klatch?
  25. Re: Weak colony in fall... posible causes

    The problem with small mating nucs and splits is they easily catch Nosema if not well populated with bees from the beginning. Nosema can hide and wreck a queen. There is natural variation of course,...
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