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  1. Re: Honey Supers ON, one with QE another without

    I translate some posts from The Drone, a master beekeeper from Germany. All Photo credits to him. He is using a deep Jumbo Dadant broodbox.

    This is how the bees look like in late winter here....
  2. Re: Extractor-less honey by- "Honey Flow" - Flow Hive

    Just have put two and two together.

    For a full hive, you pay 600 US$. Right.
    You pay another 116 US$ shipping (to Europe). Right.

    Plus, the German custom duty take an impost worth of 135 US$
    ...
  3. Re: Honey Supers ON, one with QE another without

    As I said: you don't super right before the flow, you super way before the flow. First time we check the hives in February, which is winter here. Frosty days and all. Second time the bees get the...
  4. Re: Honey Supers ON, one with QE another without

    You supered too late.
  5. Re: Honey Supers ON, one with QE another without

    No.

    Your comparison is not ok, since you compare apples with pears. People continue to use the queen excluder wrongly. But still if you use it the right way, there is no such a problem taking...
  6. Re: Extractor-less honey by- "Honey Flow" - Flow Hive

    While I agree that the way some folks dicuss against neonics is not right, the underlying matter certainly is no fantasy. The European Commission has recently reviewed 350 studies on bees and...
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    Re: virgin queens and honey production

    Or do a split with the old queen as a backup. Like in the OTS method. You don't risk a complete loss, because if something fails you still have the old queen to reunite. Plus you have a good quality...
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    Re: Feeding Sub Response

    Maybe, but they profit from external vitamin C for sure!

    Supplementing with vitamin C the diet of honeybees (Apis mellifera carnica) parasitized with Varroa destructor: effects on antioxidative...
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    Re: Feeding Sub Response

    Is it? What vitamins and minerals can you find in brewer's yeast? Sure there is a lot of vitamin C in lemon juice, for a start.
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    Re: Microbial Activity and Pollen Myth

    For a good intro read this discussion: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0032962#s3
    (Characterization of the Active Microbiotas Associated with Honey Bees Reveals...
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    Re: Microbial Activity and Pollen Myth

    That is what I see, too. But of course no life is an island. You yourself as a human consist of 4 kg of microbes, and we do strongly depend on those microbes. They break up food for us, produce...
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    Re: Feeding Sub Response

    So I gave it a try and so far the bees do respond to it with tons of brood. It really helped the bees to get the brood going through March, where pollen gathering was restricted due to bad weather....
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    Re: Microbial Activity and Pollen Myth

    The conclusions are complete crap.

    Scientists really should do their homework before publishing.:scratch:
  14. Sticky: Re: CCD/Neonicotinoid Data (Studies, Articles, Links)

    On a German beekeeper and scientist convention the following has been presented. Some studies on neonics and varroa. Findings:


    Insecticides affect the population dynamics of mites!
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    Re: It's never enough

    There is quite some evidence building up, which shows that sublethal neonic exposure increases varroa populations significantly. Quite some scientists work on that.
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    Re: It's never enough

    News from the EU:
    http://www.easac.eu/fileadmin/Reports/Easac_15_ES_web_complete.pdf

    Scientific studies rather support the neonic sceptics...
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    Re: Do you put weight on your top covers?

    Probably a relict of an ancient hunter&gatherer religion, stacking rocks and so.

    Would at least partly explain why people insist on doing it, while there other technical options (as shown in this...
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    Re: Do you put weight on your top covers?

    Telescoping covers with no weight.

    Additional weight is not needed IF the telescoping cover has a height of 10 cm/4 inches. If it reaches down four inches, the roof stays on top even in strong...
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    Re: It's never enough

    We already discussed this one: http://www2.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2014-10/documents/benefits_of_neonicotinoid_seed_treatments_to_soybean_production_2.pdf

    Sure there are more like this one.
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    Re: Mixing essential oils in suryp.....

    Most essential oils are insecticides, too, you can overdose easily. Also weak hives and splits do not really profit but suffer from essential oils. When there is no need do not use it.

    If you mix...
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    Re: Mixing essential oils in suryp.....

    Be careful. You can wreck hives with essential oils. Just saying.
  22. Re: Controlling Pests on Young Apple trees in my Apiary

    Chickens. Kept under the trees all year round, keep bugs low. (Often bugs winter down in the ground. When they come up in Spring, the chickens get them.)

    Also learn about "fruit tree guilds" or...
  23. Re: TBH and crush/strain tools - what do you use and why?

    You better don't mash the combs. Do not crush. The honey sticks to the comb if you press the combs.

    Instead cut the combs. By cutting you get about 20% more honey out of the combs. Cut into...
  24. Re: Ventilation for the top of your hive

    Check out these:

    http://www.beecoolventilators.com/need.htm
    http://www.beebehavior.com/bee_cool_ventilators.php...
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    Re: Where can I buy a Kerhof hive?

    That article here: http://nocobees.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/performanceofakerkhofbeehive.pdf

    ...says you can buy that hive, but the website named isn't active anymore. There seems to be a...
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