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  1. Re: The gentle honeybee population is nearing the endangered list. The honeybee's

    Same thing was the problem with the neonicitinoid debate.

    The overuse and misuse of this product is a risk to beekeepers, but the "anti neonics" side of the debate was couched with so much...
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    Re: Natural Annual Brood Cycle

    Herein another Beesource phenomenon. The frequent claims that a persons bees have adapted to whatever issue the beekeeper claims and made major evolutionary strides, in what must be one or two...
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    Re: Natural Annual Brood Cycle

    That one simple sentence explains a large number of issues humanity cannot deal with.
  4. Re: Triumph to tragedy -- a tale of broken comb -- when to fix?

    Take a dinner plate to the hive, put the comb on it, and take it back to the house to eat. Let the bees build a new comb.

    Saves a lot of mess and let's the bees do it right.
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    Re: It finally happened... varroa..

    Only thing that changed, is you noticed. Mites build up exponentially but 3 weeks ago there would have been plenty.

    One consolation, this happens to nearly all newbies. They read comments about...
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    Re: Natural Annual Brood Cycle

    It's a trait of certain bees such as AMM and Carniolan, in their pure form, shut down if there is a dearth. So if your observations are correct you probably have a spring and autumn flow & midsummer...
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    Re: TF until today

    Very satisfying result Eyeshooter, it's great when a plan comes together.

    Got to say that is a LOT of mites from hives I in particular, so there will still be plenty within the brood it is...
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    Re: TF and AFB, part deux

    Re the "persecution", my observation is what goes around comes around.

    Solomon certainly will speak his mind and can be blunt, to say the least. I have noticed over time that most of the people he...
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    Re: TF and AFB, part deux

    Looks like what happens to a big hive with no bees in it. Or very poorly bees.
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    Re: TF and AFB, part deux

    There's some double speak.

    Perhaps you missed your true calling, which would be a used car salesman.
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    Re: TF and AFB, part deux

    This illustrates a misunderstanding of science, plus a misunderstanding of the difference between varroa and AFB.

    The AFB resistance you talk about developing, will not happen across the board. It...
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    Re: TF and AFB, part deux

    I would expect the infection to spread, so my assumption would be her bees have a level of immunity, some bees do I have even seen myself a hive have a (mildly) infected comb deliberately introduced...
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    Re: Acebirds one hive

    Therein the problem in this case. Acebird has done just enough intervention to kill the hive / hives.

    He put equipment on the hive that could have been infested with hive beetles / wax moths,...
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    Re: Acebirds one hive

    Yes, there are times when it is and I see it from time to time.

    It's when a beekeeper promotes a certain (usually unconventional) management technique, and writes copious posts telling others how...
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    Re: Acebirds one hive

    I suspect that next spring you will be calling on the services of a beekeeper who does intervene, to get you stocked with some bees again.
  16. Thread: epic fail

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    Re: epic fail

    For now, leave the queenright hive untouched for a few days to settle, nothing to be gained by opening it now. The other hive seems like it's being robbed, go there at night and block it or move...
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    Re: TF until today

    Re the OA treatment, 70% to 80% of the mites are inside sealed brood and not available for the OA to kill.

    So as per the other comments, repeat applications are necessary, and on a time frame that...
  18. Re: Would Bee Source be open to a forum for states?

    It would be to the detriment of Beesource users in general. Because much useful info on many topics is posted for all to see, but would be lost to many if people had to search 50 areas to find it.
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    Re: Large Beekeepers and Treatment Free

    There are several issues here and to know how it all works it would be helpful to know who it is and ask him.

    However in lieu of that, here are a few thoughts. There is at least one large TF...
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    Re: Who needs Botox?

    Nice one, like the humor of the thread title. :)

    Was the pic taken day one?
  21. Re: Over the phone threat on life over bee removal. lol

    If you ignore it, most likely nothing will happen.

    But there is that small chance it is somebody who will follow through. There are disturbed people out there.

    Report it.

    You are not...
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    Re: Removing honey

    A bee escape works well for hives that had a queen excluder. If no excluder was used & there is brood in the honey boxes bee escapes do not work well.
  23. Re: Top Box almost full - should I move a comb or two to the bottom box?

    3 boxes is a pretty common configuration for wintering a warre. They don't look like they have a lot of stores.
  24. Re: Top Box almost full - should I move a comb or two to the bottom box?

    They slow down when the food supply stops. If they don't yet have enough food stored to get them through winter you'll want them to keep going for now & get enough stored. If there is empty frames in...
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    Re: Bees in my outside walls

    No, it could lure bees away from the hive at night.
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