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    Re: getting towns to ban polinators

    Strong hives rob weaker hives. If these hives rob Zookeep's, it's because Zookeep's aren't strong enough, else they would be robbing others. Robbing is a reality in beekeeping, you can't legislate it...
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    Re: choosing first bees

    As Michael said, with such a small sample, it won't really make a difference. Intra-racial variability in honey bees is greater than inter-racial variability.

    With only two colonies, I'd stick...
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    Re: getting towns to ban polinators

    If your hives are being robbed, it is your own fault, not anyone else's. It's your responsibility to protect your hives, by making sure they are strong enough and have an entrance they are able to...
  4. Poll: Re: Treat for Varroa mites or let them suffer & die..........

    I would love to see the people who make this claim actually go out and live by it.
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    Re: Aren't you glad your hives are on the ground?

    My thought exactly.
  6. Thread: VSH Breeding?

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    Re: VSH Breeding?

    Which, in my mind, is why one 100-hive breeding operation is better than 10 smaller operations.

    Someone who makes a living off breeding can afford productivity losses due to stock replacement, and...
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    Re: Ontario restricts use of neonicotinoids

    Never, because it's irresponsible, and completely contrary to basic IPM principles. Want insurances? Scout the fields. No bugs? No problem.

    "Yield gain" is just another way of saying "no yield...
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    Re: Ontario restricts use of neonicotinoids

    Except they do. I've been to grain production conferences, and they were told that the seed treatments offer no yield gain. They were given subsidies to scout, but decided to funnel the funds to...
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    Re: Ontario restricts use of neonicotinoids

    Really? You want to tell us what neonic you use for foliar application against flea beetles in canola?

    Because I just double-checked what the lady said at the conference. And there isn't a neonic...
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    Re: Ontario restricts use of neonicotinoids

    Disease? Studies prove neonics increase susceptibility to disease.

    Queens? Studies show neonics decrease fertility. Plus, studies show that queen quality can be dramatically decreased by exposure...
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    Re: Ontario restricts use of neonicotinoids

    95% of corn surfaces gain no yield benefit from treated seeds, because the pests are simply not in the soil to begin with.
    Soybeans gain no yield from seed treatment, except in southern-most United...
  12. Re: McCormick, alias Billy Bee introduces its new Natural Farms honey, a blend of Chi

    Yea...

    They should replace "CANADA #1" with "CFIA #1", it would be much less misleading.
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    Surprising honey sources

    Ever heard of parsnip honey? I haven't, at least not before today. I had sent one of my batches to get its pollen analyzed, as I hadn't tasted any other honeys quite like it, and even if I harvested...
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    Re: Is EFB a problem in your Apiary?

    You are correct, it does not actually form spores and I used the wrong terms. The rest stand, though: surviving larvae are far more infectious than those who succumb to the bacteria.

    "When food...
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    Re: Post your beekeeping Facebook page

    Didn't intend to be rude, just looked like you were beating yourself over nothing. Your pictures looked fine to me.
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    Re: Post your beekeeping Facebook page

    A Facebook page is a Facebook page, I don't really see much esthetic differences between any of them. ;)
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    Re: YS Organic Honey? Is it a scam?

    I think that if you want your honey to be certified as organic, you need to extend the norms to all of your colonies, even those you don't extract honey from.

    These are some of the issues I have...
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    Re: Post your beekeeping Facebook page

    Actually, now that you mention it, I think Facebook has an integrated translation service.

    I do plan on translating my website myself, though. It's on the endless winter to-do list. :rolleyes:
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    Re: Post your beekeeping Facebook page

    www.facebook.com/Apis.rustica

    Almost all posts are in French, but a lot are pictures where the words matter little, and most of the time I use the latin names for the plants.

    I use my facebook...
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    Re: Upset/Disappointed/Confused/etc.

    I'll agree with you there. Were it robbing, there would have been chewed comb and a lot of dead bees.
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    Re: Is EFB a problem in your Apiary?

    EFB development is intimately linked to nutrition. Well-nourished larvae will survive, but will defecate before emerging and thus contaminate the next larva to share their cells. Poorly-fed larvae...
  22. Re: What species did Apis Mellifera displace in North America?

    I'm not sure I would qualify A.m. as "invasive". Naturalized, perhaps, to a certain extent...

    Something to consider is that North America's environment changed drastically over the last few...
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    Re: Can a noob take care of 60 hives?

    The question needs to be asked: does he need to take good care of 60 hives? He's an almond grower, that's his income. From what I gather, his beekeeping objectives are, firstly, to pollinate his...
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    Re: what to plant for bees

    It does have a great blooming period, it flowered much longer than pretty much anything else, except maybe for birdsfoot trefoil.

    Perhaps it just has to do with the geography: patches of chicory...
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    Re: Can a noob take care of 60 hives?

    Different people learn at different rates. It also mostly depends on the time and effort you put into it. If you follow classes, read books, attend conferences, speak with other beekeepers, join a...
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