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    Re: Why foundationless? Newbie questions

    Both Doolittle and Miller started with foundationless frames, but when foundation had been improved to the point it was in the late 1890s and early 1900s, they used foundations in their section boxes...
  2. Re: Mating hives...drawn or undrawn frames...and when to start grafting

    Probably the best time to raise queens would be the time period from the beginning of your swarm season until the end of your spring nectar flow. If your area is like mine when the flow ends the...
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    Re: Hygienic vs. varroa resistant

    Hygienic bees are bees that detect diseased larvae/pupa and remove them from the hive. Varroa Sensitive Hygiene (VHS) bees are bees that detect capped cells that have varroa mites laying eggs in...
  4. Re: Aren't You Breeding for Your Management Style?

    It was found that several of the queen breeders that produced queens for the study were actually using queen-mothers they had purchased from Jay Smith. Even using the same stock, Smith always...
  5. Re: Aren't You Breeding for Your Management Style?

    Taber was speaking of improving the environment in the Starter and Finishing colonies to make queens that were as good as could be produced. He was not talking about the production colonies that...
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    Re: Russian Bees

    Virgins from my Buckfast and flooded the area with Russian drones.
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    Re: Russian Bees

    He must have been talking about the Texas Buckfast, the crosses I made with the Canadians could be worked with no protection or smoke.
  8. Re: Which Breed of Bee is Ideal for Climate in NW Arkansas?

    The races of bee I have had the best luck with are Buckfast from Canada, Russian, and Carniolan. The crosses that occur with Italians are OK, but straight Italians seem to have severe varroa...
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    Re: Russian Bees

    There are stories of colonies with Russian queens being very agressive, but that is not my experience. The first year the USDA released the Russians they were agressive, swarmy, and very different...
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    In my area from mid April to mid May when the nectar flow slows and you use a brood chamber of double deep boxes it is not unusual to see 14 deep frames 60 to 70 percent brood, if you have good...
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    Re: Royal jelly lasts for??????

    I have kept RJ in the freezer over winter for priming early spring cells, at room temps the jelly dries quickly. I prefer to harvest jelly from natural queen cells the day before I graft and just...
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    Re: Why foundationless? Newbie questions

    I have looked and looked for the studies that show the amount of chemical in wax foundations, and I have not been able to find any that actually say that the larvae are damaged by using foundations. ...
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    Re: Early springs?

    My bees are bringing in the first pollen of the year today. I checked a few nucs last week and had no egg production, but this pollen flow should start the ball rolling.
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    Re: Sugar Syrup - Jar Feeder

    A 1/16 in drill bit is good for a metal lid, if you are using a plastic lid 5/64 is better. When drilling in most plastics the bit pushes the plastic to the side and doesn't cut well and the hole...
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    Re: Early springs?

    When we have an early spring I always worry about having a late freeze and having all the nectar producing plants kill the way we did a few years ago. We had no nectar produced after the 2nd week in...
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    Re: Honey in brood comb

    I suppose it depends on how fastidious you are about what your food has in it. Most chemical residue from varroa treatments are in the brood chamber, larvae poop just before becoming pupa and that...
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    Re: More"advanced beginner" Questions

    Don't make the split until swarming season arrives about the first week in April. Make the split about 10 in the AM and leave the split portion with the queen and 2 to 4 frames of brood and some...
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    Re: Paint the inside ?

    I will have to be the Devil's Advocate on this one. I have used copper naphthenate for 10 or 12 years and have not seen any of those symptoms. The dip is applied differently than that in the study,...
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    Re: Paint the inside ?

    Just be advised I am an early to bed, early to rise type. Many post after 8:30 pm will have to wait to be answered.
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    Re: Paint the inside ?

    Mark, you would have made a great Rhett Butler, "Frankly my Dear, I don't give a ****."

    Actually, in the question of paint inside or not, there are no studies that I know of that proves one side...
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    Re: Paint the inside ?

    My time in the apprentice program was long, long ago. Many improvements have been made in the materials I used versus what they use now. My advice would be to use a major brand, and if you can...
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    Re: Paint the inside ?

    I believe any paint finish that is an oil base bonds better with an undercoating that is also an oil base. The problem is finding an oil base, at least in this area, everything is latex base. When...
  23. Thread: Freezers

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    Re: Freezers

    My wife gets a little "testy" when I have half of our freezer full of drone comb. If I ever clean out my work shop I will have room for a freezer of my own. Do you think appliance stores give...
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    Re: SBH in Europe

    In South Africa the beetles do not reproduce on fruit, the only place I have read that they reproduce is in bee colonies. They have caused them to reproduce on fruit in the lab, and they do feed on...
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    Re: Paint the inside ?

    As a painter apprentice I was taught that the paint film slowed the movement of water vapor in and out of the wood, this caused the wood to expand and contract slowly. The slow movement resulted in...
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