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  1. Thread: Grapes and Bees

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    Re: Grapes and Bees

    We do know that at least in several cases the beekeeper involved went and looked and saw honeybees working the split grapes. Most of the vineyards seem to be barren of anything but grapes. Bees...
  2. Thread: Grapes and Bees

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    Re: Grapes and Bees

    Vineyards are getting very hard to stay away from. What once was excellent forage areas are becoming food deserts for bees. I am sure drought conditions exacerbate the situation. I field several...
  3. Thread: Grapes and Bees

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    Grapes and Bees

    Anybody out there having problems with apiaries located near vineyards? I am hoping to hear from growers and beekeepers.

    There have been several reports of problems in our area from both...
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    Re: Making up Mating Nucs

    We use a 3 or 4 frame western mating nuc usually started with one or two frames of brood and some stores plus feed. Avoiding fly back or drift is critical to having the bees stay where you put...
  5. Re: Bred for propolis production and/or prolific drawing of comb

    We are very happy with our Caucasians from Sue...

    We will be sending some drones back to her off of the best overwintered queens in March for a collaborative project as well as getting a couple...
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    Re: Super DFM - Honeybees

    What about weighing freshly emerged workers to assess fatbodies and overall health?
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    Re: Feeding Sub Response

    wrong thread

    Although weighing freshly emerged workers should give an idea of how well provisioned a larvae was during development.
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    Re: Is EFB a problem in your Apiary?

    The BIP team mentioned efb & efb-like infections are very prevalent in a lot of operations in the PNW this year.

    One may want to consider other tools than just TM. Hygenic queens and nutrition...
  9. Thread: Mite Teatmeants

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    Re: Mite Teatmeants

    We may sample the same have 6 to 8 times in a year ourselves and then the BIP team does the same group hives 2-3 times throughout the season. Each hive gets a unique identifier and is tracked season...
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    The Problem With Queens

    By Jennifer Berry in this months Bee Culture....
    An interesting read and honorable mention for a couple Beesource regulars. With the ominous title I wasn't sure what to expect.
  11. Thread: Mite Teatmeants

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    Re: Mite Teatmeants

    We alcohol wash before and after. Efficacy testing is critical. I have seen whole operations get in deep trouble fast because of faulty assumptions about mite numbers and the efficacy of mite...
  12. Thread: Grafting

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    Re: Grafting

    Sometimes, but it is much more convenient to purchase some. Most decent health food stores will carry some fresh RJ.
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    Re: BIP partnership and testing breeders

    http://beeinformed.org

    Totally slammed right now.... i will post more asap
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    Re: BIP partnership and testing breeders

    I totally agree on BIP.

    In terms of VSH and just plain old HYG one would expect lower mite loads and our most hyg results did have some of the best mite numbers. Many different genes involved...
  15. Thread: Grafting

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    Re: Grafting

    I prime the cells with roughly 50:50 jelly to water. You don't want it runny or it will drip out with your graft. Priming allows me to work longer and faster without worry of larvae drying out. ...
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    Re: BIP partnership and testing breeders

    That did not copy and paste very well. The spreadsheet it was copied from is way easier to read and anything above treatment threshold was is in red. Maybe I can post it as an image, but the data...
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    Re: BIP partnership and testing breeders

    Hygienic and Selection Report "Bee Informed Partnership:
    BeeInformed.org"

    Your Beekeeper ID Code =...
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    Re: BIP partnership and testing breeders

    I usually do a sugar roll or alcohol wash. They took the samples in soapy water I believe. They are sending them the lab in Maryland. We also tested the VSH breeders I got from Dr Harbo. Of the...
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    BIP partnership and testing breeders

    http://lh5.ggpht.com/-uyuZ3dK7ZZE/U4qCdjaEXrI/AAAAAAAAAak/MNmsWvDnb9s/s1600/20140530_170545.jpg
    This is a shoot of freezing the brood. For some reason when I posted the pic the right side was...
  20. Re: Another failed attempt at grafting. Advise needed!

    We only use queen right starter/finisher and typically get results like this:
    http://lh3.ggpht.com/-jpJVHv64QzI/U4JzXLfQA-I/AAAAAAAAAZw/Vc3KA3gRuEg/s1600/20140521_103617.jpg

    We pull the cells to...
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    Re: What's the best method for shipping queens ?

    We like to use Fedex for overnight and USPS for in state or very near. I have had many very bad experiences with UPS, every thing from losing shipments, killed shipments, and selling me bogus...
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    Re: Mating nuc question

    Should work great... Probably wont even need follower board.
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    Re: Will they rework a frame of Drone comb

    Aha... smart bees!
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    Re: Will they rework a frame of Drone comb

    I still think it would be a good experiment to hive a package or swarm on 100% drawn drone comb on wax foundation and see what happens. I predict the hive will make the usual amount of worker bees. ...
  25. Thread: Wanted photos

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    Re: Wanted photos

    It was a Samsung Note 2. I have gotten several amazing photos with it. I am hoping to get the Note 4 this fall with even a better camera. That photo would make a great teaching slide.
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