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  1. Thread: Wild Bee Issue

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    Re: Wild Bee Issue

    Hello breeze and welcome. A couple of suggestions: Get a detailed map of the area and use bee-lining to triangulate the approx. location of the bee nest. During a good rain and/or late afternoon...
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    Re: Multi-Laying Queens

    I've never had this problem (enjoy your grain of salt please), but my guess would be that you have one or more laying workers active. Your queen's pheromones are too weak to suppress egg laying by...
  3. Scout bees investigating a swarm box in the bed of my pickup truck (35 sec video)

    If it decides to move-in, this will be the 3rd swarm caught by my truck over the last 3 years. I had preped the box with lemon-grass-oil for placement
    at another site --- but it looks like a swarm...
  4. Re: Is this colony too weak or is this typical for late winter

    I suggest: 1) Make sure frames to each side and above the brood nest have honey --- replace any empty frames with honey filled frames as needed. These frames must be within reach (no more than an...
  5. Re: Creating a monitoring station from hivetool.org

    Have you tried connecting the scale directly to your computer (not the Pi) using a serial port? The computer should be able to at least detect it and/or try to communicate with it.
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    Re: Post-mortem 2 A DBL.DEEP

    Hi Glock, a couple of questions/comments: 1) The hive wrapping looks too tight to me --- perhaps there was not enough ventilation to remove the CO2. 2) 2 or 3 partial frames of bees in a double deep...
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    Re: Would drone confinement help?

    What are the criteria mite-resistant queen breeders use to evaluate/select queens/colonies for further breeding and/or as drone/queen source colonies? Mr. Ron Hoskins (Swindon Honeybee Conservation...
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    Re: Would drone confinement help?

    Yes --- unfortunately, at this point, that appears to be the only way to eliminate the undesirable drone genetics from mating. If I could neuter the drones as they leave the hive, that would...
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    Re: Would drone confinement help?

    MB: Thanks much for the link to a drone trap --- I think this is what I need for limiting the unwanted drones during mating and these appear easy to make. If all I had were queens producing drones...
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    Re: Would drone confinement help?

    So I would need to invent a drone trap that is external to the hive and that captures the drones as they exit the hive in such a way as to not block the hive entrance/exit. I assume most queen...
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    Re: The Scourge of Varroa?

    I think this means that the varroa mite feces does contain the DWV: "DWV was found only in the midgut lumen of V. destructor in structures resembling large, dense spheres, which were presumably...
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    Re: Would drone confinement help?

    I agree about the drone drifting problem. I would need to somehow trap/prevent the non-resistant drones from ever leaving their hive and also stimulate more drone rearing in the resistant hives. This...
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    Re: Would drone confinement help?

    beebreeder: I know most (if not all) of the beekeepers within a 5 mile radius of my apiaries. None of them are commercial or even large sideliners; some are more like "bee havers"; I think all are...
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    Re: The Scourge of Varroa?

    Do varroa carry/transmit AFB or EFB? I don't believe they do but could be wrong! Regarding how varroa transmit DWV and other pathogens: are their excrement deposits in the brood cells known to be...
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    Re: The Scourge of Varroa?

    Since varroa mites SUCK the bees blood, why/how do they INJECT viruses into the bee's blood? Maybe this is researched/documented somewhere? Thanks
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    Re: Would drone confinement help?

    Thanks Michael and Kamon for the info re queen and drone flying distances for mating. I am new to queen rearing. In the Kansas plains study the mating NUCS and drone donor hives were arranged in a...
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    Re: Would drone confinement help?

    MB: "If you block the drones you block the queens..."
    I don't have drones in my mating NUCs with the virgin queens. The drones are in my production colonies and I want to prevent them from passing...
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    Re: Why Treatment Free.

    Some of you might find this article interesting. It's about an open-mating system for creating pure-bred breeder queens without requiring apiary isolation and without using AI.

    Reference: ABJ,...
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    Would drone confinement help?

    Background info: I'm a TF (since 2005) beekeeper and last spring I raised a few queens (Nicot system) from my best varroa resistant colonies. I used larvae from the queens in only 3 of the most...
  20. Re: Anybody do there foundation from scratch with local beewax?

    Use foundationless frames and let the bees build their comb the natural way. Do a search on foundationless for more info, how-to and opinions.
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    Re: neat photo of mini frame

    Looks like a heavy gage wire bent into a "U" shape (like a large ground cloth staple) with a piece of wood drilled to hold it. Any idea how it's made? Thanks for sharing the photo.
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    Re: devestating year, need suggestions.

    Goldprospector, last year (spring-summer 2012) I had 4 hives that dwindled and died/absconded similar to yours. These were at a pick-your-own strawberry farm for pollinating the strawberry crop. Two...
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    Re: Robbing Bees Making Sugar Syrup Honey?

    Install robbing screens after dark when all of the robbers have returned to their hive. This also helps the home forager bees learn how to go/come through the screened entrance.
  24. Re: Best liquid/powder for bottom board SHB trap.

    I have tried both mineral oil and hydrated lime. The oil works fine but like you say is a mess to handle. After a few weeks (depending on the hive population and activities) enough hive debris gets...
  25. Re: My cloake board set up + perfect hive for multi use

    Lauri, thanks for all the great info. Questions re screened landing area: 1) Do the bees tend to lose incoming pollen through the screen? 2) Do you use #4 hw cloth for the landing? If so, SHB adults...
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