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    Re: Breeder queens

    If you are after the drones produced by the breeder queens you intend to purchase...then, why not just buy virgin queens that are selected and scheduled for II by the breeder? Much cheaper and they...
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    Re: Laying Worker / New Queen

    I waste no time with them...shake all of the bees from that hive somewhere in the grass, take the frames and give to other hives. Some or most of the bees will drift to other hives in the yard. From...
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    Re: Laying Worker / New Queen

    One laying worker...or a hive that has been "taken" over by laying workers?
    I played with a few just to see what they will do...and yes, they will kill the queen. Even when a laying queen is added...
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    Re: School me on doing a split.

    Mr. Palmer, thank you sir for the clear thoughts expressed in this beautifully written piece! And for all the other ones, written and/or spoken all along...
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    Re: Same yard

    Speaking for myself only...in my experience, open feeding in the same yard would make robbing much worse. I agree with johng, in that if flow is present, things are fine and robbing is not an issue....
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    Re: Same yard

    If by queen rearing,you mean just the part of getting the cells started and finished, no problem at all. A very large number of nurse bees and the resources to start/cell build/start&finish your...
  7. Re: How to stimulate colony build up in the spring?

    @Bee-52

    Another trick(s) besides stimulative feeding?

    Well, you mention that your hives have plenty of honey reserves..."I usually leave them plenty of honey to last them through the "winter"...
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    Re: Drones still coming and going

    Nothing to worry about. Strong hives, with plenty of reserves still keep some drones around. They are not so quick and drastic at eliminating the drones going into fall and winter.
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    Re: sugar brick consern

    Vance, I think the "pioneers" you mention, were lucky enough to have lots of pollen around their bees all through out the flying season. I know quite a few "older" beekeepers in their 80's and they...
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    Re: How Long To Feed Going Into Winter?

    Sorry to hear about the bee loss you had. Losing 1/2 of the bees and the queen is not fun. Changes the whole dynamic and the structure of the hive.

    However, sounds like you did a good job re...
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    Re: How Long To Feed Going Into Winter?

    Could you elaborate a bit on what "weak" looks like? What hive configuration? How many frames covered with bees? How much capped brood? Any pollen/bee bread reserves at the time of your determination...
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    Re: Taste Test?

    Emphasis mine...but Dr. Latshaw's statement nails it.

    We can argue on the consistency, flavor, presentation, brand and what have you. Ultimately, if the bees do not get enough protein, the colony...
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    Re: VSH bees and hybridization

    AstroBee, Been reading your web page indicating the "keys" to your success. Nice work sir.

    Could you please elaborate a bit on your methods used for keeping good saturation of the VSH levels? What...
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    Re: Fall Protein and Brood Stimulation

    "So, many say not to give pollen or protein substitute/supplement in late fall or winter so as not to stimulate the rearing of brood during winter, as it may be too early for build up (thinking...
  15. Re: don't know whether to leave alone or try to help ( please help)

    What mite treatment have you applied to this hive? When?
    How is their reserves situation? Pollen? Open nectar? Capped honey?
    If you want to "save" it, then yes, you'll have to intervene. If not,...
  16. Re: How do you prevent robbing during fall inspection?

    @enjambres

    I can't post pictures...:kn:

    Here is the description from the book though:
    "Should it be necessary to make prolonged examinations of full size colonies, or work with nuclei when...
  17. Re: How do you prevent robbing during fall inspection?

    From a previous thread on this:
    http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?285550-Stop-Robbing-During-Inspections&p=962832#post962832

    I'll just repeat what I said then...

    "I often thought...
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    Re: terramycin

    Terramycin is the brand name...Tetracycline is the active ingredient...The tetracycline group includes, chlortetracycline hydrochloride(CTC), oxytetracycline hydrochloride(OTC), methacycline,...
  19. Re: Does losts of Pollen being hauled in mean Brood and Queenright?

    Yes...look up bee bread.
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    Re: Protein patty supplementation

    Same here...I've been making my pollen substitute with raw egg yolks...not the egg whites...and the bees love it. Now, my initial thought for not adding the egg white, is because egg whites contain...
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    Re: Mite counts from powdered sugar roll

    Correct!:)

    However, as the brood emerges so will the mites...if you consider a brood cycle to be 21 days, then testing or checking for mites every 2-3 weeks should give you a better idea of what's...
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    Re: Do robbing screens work?

    Yes they do...if you place them on before the robbing starts...if robbing has been going on for a while, as in progressive robbing( Mangum, W (2012) Robbing: Part 2: Progressive robbing. ABJ 152(8):...
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    Re: Small hive beetle infested comb

    If the hive you placed them on, is strong enough, it might be OK.

    The slime, the yucky stuff beetle larvae produces as it eats its way through the comb, is pretty repellant to bees.

    So,...
  24. Re: I think I keep making a problem bigger

    Sure can! That way you make an increase. Is it a gamble? It could be, but you have nothing to lose. Your original hive has a laying queen, it keeps on ticking...the "queenless" swarm gets a chance to...
  25. Re: I think I keep making a problem bigger

    It sounds like when you placed the queen excluder, you have kept the queen above the queen excluder and she kept on laying. At the same time, the bees bellow the queen excluder, the bees "thought"...
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