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    Re: What can I do about varroa mites?

    Bigfish ...

    Very interesting. I'll refrain from typing anything further.
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    Re: What can I do about varroa mites?

    CallyNY, i understand completely the frustrations you're experiencing, and i happen to share them. It's unsettling to read something that seems to contain the subtext, "What kind of numbskull are...
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    Re: Beautiful Natural Comb & Wild Brood

    Stunning. I'm not sure i've ever seen a single comb split off into two like that! It's just beautiful ...
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    Tango Yankee, it sounds absolutely idyllic. My husband and i have two Bee Thinking hives as well, and one of the two colonies just loves to make tunnels. The other isn't so much inclined! Go...
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    Re: Something went very wrong, very fast ...

    SpringGreen, thank you for your thoughts, and i admit, it was wrenching. I have pictures of all the little tongues sticking out (it almost looks like bee tongues are split - i'll have to look that...
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    Re: Something went very wrong, very fast ...

    Patricia, thank you so much for your post, and you're so right! We do love our bees, and this episode underscores that all too often, we can't escape life's perils. Meanwhile, in your bee yard,...
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    Re: Something went very wrong, very fast ...

    Cerezha and Just Krispy, thank you for your replies. At this point, i'm almost certain the "event" had nothing whatsoever to do with the sugar dustings, but if we ever do dust again, we may well try...
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    I love it when people post photographs, and look at that tunnel! Lovely. These are Bee Thinking hives, yes? It looks like they're in a beautiful setting ...
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    Re: Something went very wrong, very fast ...

    Hello, everyone!

    Just a quick update on what was found inside our hives today. We cleaned out the dead bees from the bottom of the hives, and i clearly made a mistake in my initial assessment -...
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    Re: Robbing results or pesticide kill?

    Interesting to read the title of this thread! I've been dealing with a similar issue (http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?302814-Something-went-very-wrong-very-fast), and even now, i'm...
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    Re: Something went very wrong, very fast ...

    Zhiv9 - what a great tip on something to look for! No. None of the dead or dying bees had anything in their pollen baskets. But when i go down there again, i'll check with that in mind (i'm 90%...
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    Re: Something went very wrong, very fast ...

    Good morning, Saltybee, and thanks for keeping our hives in your thoughts. The dead and dying bees look like our ordinary bees, which was pretty puzzling at first. I remember thinking that if...
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    Re: Something went very wrong, very fast ...

    Thanks for your response, Michael. That now makes perfect sense to me. If, for example, someone was spraying a tree that happened to be situated on a field of dandelions ...

    Yikes!

    Are you...
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    Re: Something went very wrong, very fast ...

    Thank you for your thoughts, SpringGreen, and congratulations on the rebound of your nuc! That must be such a wonderful feeling ...

    While both of our hives were strong, the North hive was...
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    Re: Something went very wrong, very fast ...

    Hi, Dave Burrup ... Many of the homes around here, ours included, are on around five acres. Several people have horses, goats, cows; one guy keeps pigs, and at least one neighbor has roosters, even...
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    Re: Something went very wrong, very fast ...

    Well, every once in a while, i've seen that refrain because it supposedly leads to poor husbandry decisions (pinching the queen of an aggressive hive being the most obvious example). But my husband...
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    Re: Something went very wrong, very fast ...

    Ginkgo, good memory! It's a great point, and one we've thought about. That was a one day heat spike, and the hive looked normal the following morning, and behaved normally in the days since. So if...
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    Re: Something went very wrong, very fast ...

    Thank you, Charlie King. I know i'm not supposed to be emotionally attached, but i am, and i'm heartbroken.

    Mdax, we're totally new to beekeeping, but hubby is very clever! As for the ratio of...
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    Re: Squashed my Queen :(

    In my admittedly limited experience, you can actually feel it if a bee is in the way. If you move slowly, you can feel the resistance of a bee body (or many bee bodies) between the bars and/or...
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    Re: Something went very wrong, very fast ...

    Wonderful comments, everyone, thank you so much!

    Gjt, i do harbor this horrible feeling that the dustings may have done these bees in. Granted, correlation is not causation, but jeepers, it sure...
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    Re: Something went very wrong, very fast ...

    Dang. It's so hard to wrap my brain around the notion of pesticide poisoning. Someone would have had to spray the exact spot at the exact moment when most of the girls were foraging, and that seems...
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    Re: Something went very wrong, very fast ...

    Hi, Wdale! We're in the Washington State variety of Vancouver, but thanks for the offer!
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    Re: Something went very wrong, very fast ...

    Thank you for responding, Saltybee! We haven't seen the wax detritus we saw on several on-line "robbing" photographs, and at this point, with the "event" so fresh, we're kind of hesitant to open up...
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    Something went very wrong, very fast ...

    I'm cross posting this from my regional board to get a few more eyes on it ...

    Good morning, everyone!

    For the past three weekends, my husband and i have been sugar dusting the Italian bees in...
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    Re: Anyone else keepng a log book?

    We take a lot of photographs during our inspections, and move the better ones into a word file with any relevant observations. It's nice to have the "highlights" isolated and easily retrieved.
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