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    Re: bees and maple trees

    Have often wondered it the bees lack of interest in Sept. goldenrod might be the result of a peak of aphid population somewhere in the woods that I have no way of knowing about.
    Walt
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    Re: Second deep backfilling

    Could spend all day on a response to the assortment of concepts expressed on this thread. Don't have all day to burn. So, will do it piecemeal.

    MsBe,
    Checkerboarding (CB) for swarm prevention was...
  3. Re: Swarm control - Demaree preferred over Checkerboarding?

    minz,
    I don't remember any repeating of the process at any 10 or other day intervals. Where did you get that info?
    Not that it matters now, but I was quite disappointed when you reported here on...
  4. Re: Swarm control - Demaree preferred over Checkerboarding?

    A B,
    You are certainly welcome to post your opinion, and if your experience adds credence, all the more so. I meant to add a statement to my first post that the last line of the description excerpt...
  5. Re: Swarm control - Demaree preferred over Checkerboarding?

    WBVC,
    We included a description of Demarree above. The first part of it says "brood and nurse bees" are raised. The queen may have been on a frame of brood when left below, but the rest of the lower...
  6. Re: Swarm control - Demaree preferred over Checkerboarding?

    Roy, again. Your welcome. BTW, one thing Walt didn't mention - he has had NO swarms since he started using his Nectar Management techniques, other than when he himself made a mistake.

    Roy
  7. Re: Swarm control - Demaree preferred over Checkerboarding?

    This is Roy again. I will try to answer one thing you said, Walt can correct me if I make a mistake. You said, "in step 4 is he moving the bottom brood box or the bottom honey super to the top." ...
  8. Re: Swarm control - Demaree preferred over Checkerboarding?

    This is Roy, Walt's son-in-law, posting for Walt. He was out of town and wasn't able to post it himself.

    (Walts' reply)


    I missed reading this thread when it was current, but I have a few...
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    Re: First check of 2015

    Not likely, Bernhard. They might have picked up a few drifters before the abscond, but an absconding colony "wants" to leave the area - to get some distance from the problem.

    rsk
    Bad.
    If the...
  10. Re: When to add 2nd brood box for spring buildup?

    By close up I mean do not replace the frame of brood removed with another frame. Instead, push the broodnest together to close the gap where the frame was removed. The broodnest now has one less...
  11. Re: When to add 2nd brood box for spring buildup?

    At the first of April, you will already be in the swarm issue season. Depending on how well they winter, you should plan to add the box (of Foundation ?) in early March. Since they see the top of...
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    Re: How many hives did you start out with?

    Which time?
    Walt
  13. Re: Reuse of hive parts when exposed European foulbrood

    Framed asked what happened. As the OP, I can report what happened here.

    The answers were mixed. From use the wooden ware/comb without concern to different ways to treat it, or destroy it. Some...
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    Re: nine frame brood chamber?

    Yep. If you limit drone comb in the basic deep, they will build what we call clunkers for drone brood off the bottom bars. When we added a shallow frame of drone comb, centered, in the box above to...
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    Re: nine frame brood chamber?

    Now, I get a reply box. My discussion is not based on the dsegrest quote.
    Most of the above comments are valid and are not news to me. Unlike some of my recommended actions, the 9 frame thing is...
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    Re: nine frame brood chamber?

    Roy reworked my computer yesterday and I lost the ability to post without a quote. Think I'll post this much and see what happens.
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    Re: Can I put syrup in empty comb?

    Tried a garden sprayer on my way to the fastest way. Spent as much time pumping up the sprayer as filling comb. Not very efficient. Gravity works faster to apply some impetus to the syrup. An article...
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    Re: swarm control methods

    This thread can drift anywhere while I fumble with my keyboard but I have a few comments to this point.
    Squarepeg has one of the few strains of bees that can shake off the effects of checkerboarding...
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    Re: Can I put syrup in empty comb?

    Poring works better than dunking.
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    Re: HoneyBees and Appletrees

    Above comments are good. Let me just add that apple trees are a good timing reference on the growing season. Lately, the spring seasons have been a little erratic. Have your spring swarm prevention...
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    Re: The last explanation for swarming?

    Back to modeling swarm preps:
    I see what appears to be discrepancies in some of the basic concepts presented in the paper. The part about swarm commit occuring when the queen reaches her max...
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    Re: The last explanation for swarming?

    E. G.
    Number of cells is good. Six, or less per level indicates SS in a full-sized colony. Grit my teeth on the rare case of as many as 10.
    Location on the frame is not a good indication. 1st year...
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    Re: The last explanation for swarming?

    This thread has wandered away from Eduardo's subject of the Fefferman and Starks discussion of their math model. I know nothing about math modeling, but I do know a little about swarm preps in the...
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    Re: Heard a taLL tail. Is it true?

    Tim Ives. Do a search.
    Walt
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    Re: Wasps,wasps and more wasps..

    Maybe they are just looking for/found a dry place to winter. As strange as it sounds, have seen hundreds of wasps collect in the same place to winter. Have even seen wasps of different species...
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