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    Re: mice out in winter?

    If there are mice in there I would deal with it no matter how cold it is... they will devastate the hive...
  2. Les Nouvelles Observations Sur Les Abeilles Edition du bicentenaire (1814-2014)

    Huber's new Observations in French is released:

    http://astore.amazon.com/thepracbeek-20/detail/1614761566

    Pour autant que je le sache, ce merveilleux ouvrage n'a plus été disponible en français...
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    Re: How many hive bodies to buy

    You cannot have too many boxes... plan on six or seven per hive plus a couple extra for manipulation of frames, plus a couple extra for catching swarms...
  4. Re: Understanding swarm cells and timing for doing different things

    Splitting to prevent swarming does not preclude combining for a flow...
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    Re: How to manage Carniolan Bees

    >a. How do you keep them from swarming?

    The same way you keep Italians from swarming. You just have to keep a closer eye on them because it can be more sudden.

    >Do you use 3 brood boxes?
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    Re: Buckfast bees

    > It sounds like they're almost flying evil incarnate.

    Yes. That's how I felt about them. My back door was 100 yards from the hives and they would be waiting for me at the back door when I...
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    Re: beekeeping insurance

    I got Farm Bureau insurance because they would insure my farm/produce with liability. That would include the bees, the horses etc. I pay extra for that, but not all that much extra. If I were a...
  8. Re: Understanding swarm cells and timing for doing different things

    If you break up a strong colony into a bunch of small nucs each with a queen cell you will almost always head off swarming.

    Right after the first queen cell is capped is usually when they swarm. ...
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    Re: Buckfast bees

    >I hear many people say that Buckfast bees are aggressive(hot). As a novice, I"m trying to understand where they would fall in a ranking from docile to omg! there's bees in my nose! Are they any...
  10. Re: Resistance to varroa : what mechanisms?

    My guess is it's a combination and testing for that would be difficult. But here are a few:

    Male survivorship:...
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    Re: Russians or Carniolans

    I probably prefer Carniolans. But what I like is a healthy, productive, gentle hive. If they are Russians, I don't care one way or the other, but I TEND to get more of those from the Carniolans...
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    Re: to split or not to split

    >I keep reading to split to get more hives and help prevent swarming. Then I read to get honey do not split. I want both but how much more honey does one get by not splitting. .. I am confused
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  13. Re: Ask This Old House now instructs beekeepers?

    >Be happy This Old House did something in a respectful manner that doesn't disparage what we do as beekeepers.

    That's all we can hope for really.
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    Re: To wrap or not?

    We get -27 F sometimes every night for a couple of weeks... I don't wrap. By rights that should be USDA 4a, but it's 5b. I've lived in Laramie and did not wrap either. Sometimes it got -30 F. ...
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    Re: Making up Mating Nucs

    >I assume you are moving open brood?

    There is generally some open brood. I don't worry too much if it's open or capped, just so there is a frame of brood and a frame of honey. The extra shake of...
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    Re: New guy with some questions

    >If I do decide to use foundationless frames can you still put them in an extractor? I've read you can if the comb is attached on all 4 sides.
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    Re: Making up Mating Nucs

    I don't have enough resources to do five frame nucs. I do two frame mating nucs with my standard brood frames (mediums in my case) and a frame of brood, a frame of honey and another frame shaken in....
  18. Re: LOL...somebody made top bar hives in video game

    >...somebody made top bar hives in video game

    Looks like they are being robbed out by yellow jackets. ;)
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    Re: Honeybee Genetics and Breeding Bees

    Americans have been in a hurry since the pilgrims arrived. The Europeans farmed with oxen. They were too slow for us. We used horses (2 1/2 times faster). But that wasn't fast enough so we...
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    Re: New guy with some questions

    >I feel in may not have the experience to not use one at this point...

    When I heard Lloyd Spears speak (who is a VERY experienced beekeeper) he said "I'm not a good enough beekeeper to use an...
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    Re: Confused about winter feeding

    Expectations are usually misleading. If you feed dry sugar expecting them to eat it and store it you will USUALLY (but not always) be disappointed. They will eat it. They might store it. They...
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    Re: Mouse in the Bee house

    Set a trap inside and outside. Get rid of the mouse... chase it out and then put a mouse guard on if nothing else. Open it up and set a trap inside... the mouse will destroy the colony and make a...
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    Re: Alternative to candle release spray?

    Actually soapy water works better than oil. Spray it on lightly and let it dry.
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    Re: My DIY OA Vaporizer!

    >And even that might not be safe. I've seen sudden shifts in wind when OAV treating.

    Correct. Even that might not be safe.

    >I've gotten a whiff once...such a small bit as to be invisible and...
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    Re: Can I put syrup in empty comb?

    >I don't have a way to spray it.

    The sell little plastic spray bottles very cheaply at the hardware or farm stores.

    >Poring works better than dunking.

    Yes. Anything to give it momentum.
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