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    Re: Any way to dissuade a swarm?

    You could do a split containing the mother-queen, open brood, enough nurse bees and a couple of empty frames for the queen to begin laying again. Move the split somewhere else. Get rid of all queen...
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    Re: Bees congregating outside of combined hive

    Rehabing a laying-worker hive is definitely resource and/or time dependent. I follow the Palmer model for a sustainable apiary (ref Michael Palmer's talk on the sustainable apiary on youtube?) and...
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    Re: Bees congregating outside of combined hive

    IMO the best way to deal with a laying-worker hive is to give them a frame of open brood/eggs (some emerging/capped brood also helps). You may need to do this once a week for a few times --...
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    Re: Does smoking calm Yellowjackets?

    claytr, I know you know this, but be very careful about using smoke, fire, gas or anything like that in your friends house --- especially in the walls/attic. Smoke doesn't work on yjs anyway. On a...
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    Re: Selective Breeding

    Perhaps you could put the virgin queen and selected drones in a wind tunnel to provide the flying environment for controlled mating. That may be other factors such as cloud/tree/ground images (as...
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    Re: Outer cover construction question

    Shannon,
    Years ago I constructed a bunch of tops with rigid foam insulation sandwiched between the sheets. Metal top, painted, etc. A bit heavy but worked fine. BUT, over time (maybe a year later),...
  7. Thread: Tiny bee...

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    Re: Tiny bee...

    I suppose it's possible this bee could have been exposed/infected with some of the viruses that are normally vectored by varroa mites. Is it possible your bees were supplied to you from some other...
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    Re: Tiny bee...

    The smaller bee is a victim of varroa mites feeding on it's blood. It is underdeveloped, has deformed-wing-virus and will die shortly are emerging. The larger bee is fully developed and probably died...
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    Re: Big swarm help please

    Hey dude you can try this (has worked a few times for me): place a swarm box (deep with bottom, top, 1 or 2 old comb frames and filled out with foundation/starter-strip frames) on the ground in a...
  10. Thread: Wild Bee Issue

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    Re: Wild Bee Issue

    Hello breeze and welcome. A couple of suggestions: Get a detailed map of the area and use bee-lining to triangulate the approx. location of the bee nest. During a good rain and/or late afternoon...
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    Re: Multi-Laying Queens

    I've never had this problem (enjoy your grain of salt please), but my guess would be that you have one or more laying workers active. Your queen's pheromones are too weak to suppress egg laying by...
  12. Scout bees investigating a swarm box in the bed of my pickup truck (35 sec video)

    If it decides to move-in, this will be the 3rd swarm caught by my truck over the last 3 years. I had preped the box with lemon-grass-oil for placement
    at another site --- but it looks like a swarm...
  13. Re: Is this colony too weak or is this typical for late winter

    I suggest: 1) Make sure frames to each side and above the brood nest have honey --- replace any empty frames with honey filled frames as needed. These frames must be within reach (no more than an...
  14. Re: Creating a monitoring station from hivetool.org

    Have you tried connecting the scale directly to your computer (not the Pi) using a serial port? The computer should be able to at least detect it and/or try to communicate with it.
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    Re: Post-mortem 2 A DBL.DEEP

    Hi Glock, a couple of questions/comments: 1) The hive wrapping looks too tight to me --- perhaps there was not enough ventilation to remove the CO2. 2) 2 or 3 partial frames of bees in a double deep...
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    Re: Would drone confinement help?

    What are the criteria mite-resistant queen breeders use to evaluate/select queens/colonies for further breeding and/or as drone/queen source colonies? Mr. Ron Hoskins (Swindon Honeybee Conservation...
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    Re: Would drone confinement help?

    Yes --- unfortunately, at this point, that appears to be the only way to eliminate the undesirable drone genetics from mating. If I could neuter the drones as they leave the hive, that would...
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    Re: Would drone confinement help?

    MB: Thanks much for the link to a drone trap --- I think this is what I need for limiting the unwanted drones during mating and these appear easy to make. If all I had were queens producing drones...
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    Re: Would drone confinement help?

    So I would need to invent a drone trap that is external to the hive and that captures the drones as they exit the hive in such a way as to not block the hive entrance/exit. I assume most queen...
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    Re: The Scourge of Varroa?

    I think this means that the varroa mite feces does contain the DWV: "DWV was found only in the midgut lumen of V. destructor in structures resembling large, dense spheres, which were presumably...
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    Re: Would drone confinement help?

    I agree about the drone drifting problem. I would need to somehow trap/prevent the non-resistant drones from ever leaving their hive and also stimulate more drone rearing in the resistant hives. This...
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    Re: Would drone confinement help?

    beebreeder: I know most (if not all) of the beekeepers within a 5 mile radius of my apiaries. None of them are commercial or even large sideliners; some are more like "bee havers"; I think all are...
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    Re: The Scourge of Varroa?

    Do varroa carry/transmit AFB or EFB? I don't believe they do but could be wrong! Regarding how varroa transmit DWV and other pathogens: are their excrement deposits in the brood cells known to be...
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    Re: The Scourge of Varroa?

    Since varroa mites SUCK the bees blood, why/how do they INJECT viruses into the bee's blood? Maybe this is researched/documented somewhere? Thanks
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    Re: Would drone confinement help?

    Thanks Michael and Kamon for the info re queen and drone flying distances for mating. I am new to queen rearing. In the Kansas plains study the mating NUCS and drone donor hives were arranged in a...
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