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  1. Re: Hive designs and their advantages and disadvantages

    Johno
    It depends how you count. If you have 100 hives going into winter in September and have 50 hives in April or March - than it is 50% loss, does not matter how many new splits you will do over...
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    my point was that bee-conditon has been changed since 1852. This thread is talking about Dadan's modification of the bee-hive if I understood correctly.
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    The entire point of this thread was that bees need a "cavity" of particular volume and the rest is for beekeeper convenience - therefore there are hundreds of bee-hive designs and all of them work...
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    Since I825, many things have been changed. What was good in 1852 is not necessary good in 2016. Different situation may require different solution.
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    Do you count varroa, commercial pollination, migratory beekeeping, pesticides, chemical treatments, forbidden export of queens in US, crop monoculture and GMOs?
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    Re: Ah, the joys of keeping bees

    One time, I provoke the detonation of bottles with champagne-style mead. Result was spectacular - half of the house was covered with sweet mead and bees immediately attended the party! I tried to...
  7. Re: Hive designs and their advantages and disadvantages

    Hi Fusion Power
    Since you feel that large square frames are beneficial, would it be easier to keep them in horizontal arrangement (long hive) rather than vertical? Since I am amateur I designed my...
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    Not only Warre, you missed Perrone, Rose, Japanese, Slavic, Ukranian long, etc. I do not understand your point? Was it that bees can live in any suitable size cavity? The design of the "cavity" is...
  9. Thread: I'm done

    by cerezha
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    Re: I'm done

    Bees are amusing creatures - they can help in healing process. I can not imagine my life without bees! I learned from bees and we worked together to establish beekeeping approach, which can keep bees...
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    Re: how long to grow to 300 a month profit

    I think, right now, small bee-business has chances to be profitable:
    people aware of local raw honey for which they ready to pay premium price; selling nucs can work - many people interested in...
  11. Thread: Bee Aggression

    by cerezha
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    Re: Bee Aggression

    If, there is no reason to suspect a big problem, then defensive bees is a good sign - they have stuff to protect inside the hive! When small beehive has established and very mild bees become...
  12. Thread: Caucasian bees

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    Re: Caucasian bees

    Well, I have no personal experience in beekeeping in Russia, but I am active in Russian and Ukranian (used to be) bee-forums. It is my understanding, that after USSR collapse, the rich bee-culture...
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    Re: Layens Vs Top Bar

    In this thread you may see some pictures including my long-hive (post #206 for instance)...
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    Re: Layens Vs Top Bar

    Layens hive has frames, essentially, it is a "long-hive"
    http://www.horizontalhive.com/how-to-build/layens-beehive-design.shtml

    I personally prefer long-hive based on Lang's dimensions (deep...
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    Re: German Black Bees; any left in the USA?

    It does not work this way - other bees, which are not varroa-tolerant/resistant will spoil your single "treatment-free" (not really) beehive. In our small community, we have 3 beekeepers, who has...
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    Re: German Black Bees; any left in the USA?

    This is exact problem - there is no magical bee. In order to achieve the goal, one need to change the whole practice of keeping bees. Different goals = different practice. Re-queening is useless...
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    Re: German Black Bees; any left in the USA?

    Sorry ABK, I slightly "edit" your sentence:
    Another saying is that who is healthy, that person will have healthy death!

    I saw a full-size movie on youtube about German bee program. They have...
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    Re: Thermosolar Hive Kills 100% Of Varroa Mites

    well, is Randy Oliver convincing?

    Oxalic Acid: Questions, Answers, and More Questions: Part 1 of 2 Par
    "How often to use it?

    Will overuse of oxalic acid result in its becoming just another...
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    Re: Thermosolar Hive Kills 100% Of Varroa Mites

    It is my impression based mainly on communication with Russian (and Ukranian) beekeepers via bee-forums, that varroa situation in Russia is getting worse. They have 10-20% loses, which look small in...
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    Re: Thermosolar Hive Kills 100% Of Varroa Mites

    Oh, not AGAIN! We had this battle many times at Beesource! Treatment vs non-treatment, please ...
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    Re: Thermosolar Hive Kills 100% Of Varroa Mites

    Agree! It is advantage.
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    Re: Thermosolar Hive Kills 100% Of Varroa Mites

    They are using so called "thermocamera" for decades. You can search using "термообработка пчёлы." There are huge thread about thermo-treatment on Russian bee-forum. There are lectures (18hr)...
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    Re: Thermosolar Hive Kills 100% Of Varroa Mites

    Unfortunately true - I stop visiting our bee-group and associated bee-class because they were all about chemical treatment: "rise your hand, who did not treat yet? You must treat!" This is my...
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    Re: Thermosolar Hive Kills 100% Of Varroa Mites

    I am sorry, but you speaking nonsense: 1) varroa eventyally will become resistant to any chemical treatment, it is just matter of time and stupidity of beekeepers (nothing personal), who underdose or...
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    Re: Help With Foundationless Frames/Hive

    You need to understand that package bees were "trained" on foundation. All my bees are foundationless, but it does not mean that they will do well in empty box. I normally, add a few frames with old...
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