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    Re: Natural Annual Brood Cycle

    Maybe so in some places but Kate demonstrated that most UK ferals are recently escaped swarms. Some so called long standing colonies even had marked queens! She found it very difficult to find feral...
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    Re: Natural Annual Brood Cycle

    Sounds more like you maybe had swarms and there was a brood break while the colonies requeened.
    Queens do not ever stop laying for 2 months under UK conditions.

    I keep Amm and I find a queen can...
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    Re: It finally happened... varroa..

    Mite problems generally become very visible at this time of year.
    As a rule of thumb,mite numbers double every month.
    A foundress mite looks for a cell to enter.
    In mid summer there will be tens...
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    Re: Queen in cage for 7 days.

    They are capable of feeding a queen in a cage for a week then killing her the moment she is released.
    Why did you think the hive was queenless?
    Did you put in a frame of eggs/small larvae to see if...
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    Re: Please Stop...

    Most bee forums I read are the same.
    A newbie starts to post, gets his first colony of bees a couple of months later, racks up 2000+ posts then starts to tell everyone else how to do it.
    The UK...
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    Re: Something went very wrong, very fast ...

    The colonies may have collapsed due to the mite/virus load they were carrying.
    I presume you were worried about mites if you were sugar dusting and sugar dusting is a very ineffective way to control...
  7. Re: Upset neighbors. Must part with or move my hives.

    It's not really fair to keep a 'hot' hive in an area where people are likely to get stung.
    In what sense is a hive like this a great hive. It would be better requeened for the sake of your...
  8. Re: Will Robber bees kill capped queen cells in a finisher hive?

    I use both queenless and queenright colonies to raise cells.
    A queen from a grafted cell is unlikely to emerge 2 days early assuming the timings given are correct. One day early is quite possible....
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    Re: Newly published Harvard study on neonics

    Which claim in the article do you challenge and consider to be a smoke screen?
  10. Re: I really like this song by Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds

    There is a lot of Jim Morrison in Nick Cave's music.
    Excellent song.
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    Re: Newly published Harvard study on neonics

    Convincingly demonstrates that insecticide kills insects when added in large amounts to sugar syrup.
  12. Re: First grafting was poor. Common mistakes??

    Was there a cold night?
    The bees may have tightened up in a cluster allowing the cells to chill.
    Rough handling for the 4 days after the cells are capped can also cause problems as the larva is...
  13. Re: Before swarm, when does the old queen quit laying?

    Give them space up above to move stores around and they will clear the brood nest area themselves.
    Alternately you could remove some frames of stores and replace with drawn comb.
  14. Re: Will a virgin queen lay before taking a mating flight?

    3 weeks is not set in stone but a queen which starts laying after 4 weeks will generally be a drone layer.
    You get the odd one which takes 4 weeks and then starts to lay normally but mostly they are...
  15. Re: kill all my queens in production hives for maximum production?

    A hive with a laying queen seems to forage far more intensely than a hive with a virgin or a queen cell.
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    Re: I think we're barking up the wrong tree,

    Sorry, I thought they were on a site somewhere.
    May or not be an accurate account then.
    The stuff from the Sussex website is probably a better starting place.
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    Re: I think we're barking up the wrong tree,

    I heard him speak at Greenmount conference a couple of years ago.
    He was also at a bee disease symposium near Dublin around the same time but I was out of the country.
    Put up a link to the notes. ...
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    Re: I think we're barking up the wrong tree,

    Re. your question 'A'
    You can of course select for the traits you want through active management.
    When you stop actively managing your bees they will revert to the mean of the background population...
  19. Re: Queenless after swarm...two weeks have passed

    >One of my colonies swarmed on April 7th and I looked in on them yesterday, April 21. I did not see any eggs or evidence of a new queen but did see several queen cells, some with the tips cracked...
  20. Re: Before swarm, when does the old queen quit laying?

    She usually just slims down and will still be laying a few eggs right up until she leaves.
  21. Re: Does a new queen only have one mating window.

    Usually, but I had one in a mini nuc take 43 days to start laying!
    I was checking it carefully and it was definitely the same queen.
    The earliest I have seen from emergence to eggs is 8 days which...
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    Re: I think we're barking up the wrong tree,

    Maybe the ferals in Kent are triploid!
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    Re: I think we're barking up the wrong tree,

    lol
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    Re: I think we're barking up the wrong tree,

    Loads of assumptions there without supporting evidence.
    Par for the course.

    You need to do stuff, record results and then come back and tell us.
    This is still all theory as you are just at the...
  25. Re: Does a new queen only have one mating window.

    beepro. A queen usually starts to lay about 2 days after she mates.

    ramdino. Ideally you should not move a virgin queen from one place to another as she will have orientated to the original mating...
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