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    Re: Sellable honey and moisture

    Something to consider is that a frame of "mostly" capped honey also included incapped honey of unknown ripeness. If there's really fresh nectar in there, it can bring up the humidity levels quickly.
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    Re: Bee-pocolypse. Reality or Fiction?

    Why don't we play a game? We go in a cave, and I grind and spray giant hogweed all over you.

    But hey, don't go outside, the sun is dangerous. People who are exposed to the sun come back with all...
  3. Re: Why the fuss over bees? Is the U.S. in the midst of a bee-pocalypse? The science

    The science does not "say no". The science is actually quite clear on the negative impacts of neonics.

    That article is ridiculous. It cites no credible study. Just a bunch of strawman fallacies...
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    Re: Bee-pocolypse. Reality or Fiction?

    The argument that neonics' wide use as proof of their need is bogus.

    First of all, neonic-coated seeds are the default. Many seed suppliers don't offer any non-treated seeds, or only offer a...
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    Re: Plastic Frame Indentations

    Whenever winter drags on too much, I just like to think of all the pests we don't have thanks to it. :D
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    Re: Selective Breeding

    I think it has all been tried... Except maybe the wind tunnels. :P
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    Re: Pollinator Numbers are Up

    Just because some have a tendency for sensationalism doesn't mean the opposite is true. And just because hive numbers are maintained does not mean that overall pollinator populations are healthy, or...
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    Re: queen acceptance

    Where can one find the pictures he talks about?
  9. Thread: Sugar dusting

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    Re: Sugar dusting

    I saw a study stating this as well.

    And frankly, once again, I found myself saying "what the heck did they expect!?". The only study I read that stated that sugar dusting resulted in larval...
  10. Thread: Sugar dusting

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    Re: Sugar dusting

    I saw trials which pretty much stated this... but then again, given the methodology, it basically looked like that was their intent all along.

    In my opinion, if sugar dusting is to have an effect,...
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    Re: My bees HATE platic frames and foundation!

    Indeed. But if that's the only thing they have, then they will use it. They are reluctant to start building on them, but once they have, this deterrence is pretty much gone. It helps to squeeze one...
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    Re: Any input on caring for Bee Tree seedlings

    All nutrients are salt. Put fresh manure on a seedling and the osmotic pressure will dehydrate it just as well. Pure urine is a lot more saline than what miracle grow tells you to dilute their...
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    Re: queens change colors?

    That's true, I do find darker queens much easier to spot as well. Bright ones aren't too bad either, it's the dirty yellow looking ones I find most difficult.
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    Re: Solid Black Bees?

    I don't know. I regularly see bees like that on flowers... on which I never see honey bees on. They are also significantly smaller than my honey bees. I'm not convinced this is a honey bee. Nor am I...
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    Re: queens change colors?

    I think jet black is pretty darn cool looking.

    I like the way pretty much all of the queens look, though. I've had some with the dots you describe too, which I also found kind of neat.

    I find...
  16. Re: Can I trust large scale commercial bee keepers?

    I practically don't feed my bees, and I live even further North. They don't need to be fed to survive, though obviously it has uses.

    Can it be profitable on a large scale, though? Well, maybe if...
  17. Thread: Canola honey

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    Re: Canola honey

    I've read similar information.

    It is to be noted that canola can come from a number of different species. In Canada, it's mostly the Argentinian type (Brassica napus napus), as far as I know, but...
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    Re: Checking hives without gloves?

    That's confidence, my friend. The nitrile gloves don't actually protect you, unless you have other gloves underneath, they just make you feel safe. Mostly, they their main use is to keep your hands...
  19. Re: Benefits of Raw Honey Lost When Making Mead?

    Well I don't think it was bad, I certainly don't despise the stuff I make from my own raw honey, it's just the subjects they used preferred the cleaner taste of the sterilized honey. I don't recall...
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    Re: Deep fried Bees?

    How much work does this represent, to gather how large a portion?

    I've always been curious about this, if not for myself then for adventurous clients. However, collecting brood looks like so much...
  21. Re: Benefits of Raw Honey Lost When Making Mead?

    I never heat mine, and the mead I make is alright. I read a report somewhere, though, of a guy who wanted to test if heating the honey had any impact. While the sample size was small, he still...
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    Re: Foundationless Brood Frames.........

    I think that's a reflex from people who mix foundation with foundationless. If all the bees have are nice worker comb, and you give them free reign over a comb they can build from scratch, they'll...
  23. Thread: Black Ants

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    Re: Black Ants

    A study showed ants attacking varroa. Having an ant colony under a hive with a screened bottom board may not be all that bad!

    Mind you, I don't like having ants near my hives, much less between...
  24. Thread: Sumac Honey?

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    Re: Sumac Honey?

    Over here, the floral buds are out on the sumacs (Rhus typhina). I don't recall when they flower, but it's coming in a few weeks at most, I reckon.

    As for the honey, I know some urban beekeepers...
  25. Thread: larva

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    Re: larva

    It can also be a host of other insects. Last year I had beer bugs (a beetle) infest one of my weak hives where pollen patties were fermenting. The larvae are not necessarily a threat, but removing...
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