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  1. Re: A split that seems to be laying worker, yet a queen cell was made.

    If it's a learning experience then yes, let things play out a bit longer to see what becomes of the cell.

    Laying workers will sometimes have eggs nicely placed one to the centre of the cell, but...
  2. Re: A split that seems to be laying worker, yet a queen cell was made.

    Just another thought, it does occasionally happen in my mating nucs that a slow queen can start laying after laying workers have developed, this is very hard to diagnose looking at a nice queen but...
  3. Re: A split that seems to be laying worker, yet a queen cell was made.

    If there really is worker brood, then you have a queen who can lay at least some fertile eggs, and this queen would represent a threat to the good queen of another hive she may end up in.

    But even...
  4. Re: A split that seems to be laying worker, yet a queen cell was made.

    Laying worker hives commonly build queen cells as a last ditch, but hopeless, attempt to survive. The queen cells contain drones and die around pupation.

    Also in LW hives when there is a lot of...
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    Re: Varroa in th Observation Hive

    Swarmed 7 times! Ha Ha sounds like my old observation hive, couldn't really control it, used to send out lots of mini swarms.

    Apivar really has to be hanging alongside brood. People have tried...
  6. Re: Just curious as to why my latest removal video was deleted

    The way it works in some chat sites is if a video is posted as part of a conversation it stays there. If the video is in the first post and is the primary function of the post it should be in the...
  7. Re: New forum problems with pitting and air bubbles

    If the melted wax was boiled over water it could have some little water bubbles in it, or even if the wax layer is too thin you'll get water bubbles in it. Also, it is possible small air bubbles...
  8. Re: New forum problems with pitting and air bubbles

    After dipping? What does this mean? Dipping what?

    The unfiltered wax you purchased, what was in it that you filtered?

    Are you dipping something into the wax to coat it, then when the wax coat...
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    Re: Varroa in th Observation Hive

    He is already observing them. The question is, do you observe them until they are dead, or at some point do you do something.

    To me, an observation hive is typically a very small hive, not a lot...
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    Re: Varroa in th Observation Hive

    I don't know what your access is to inside the hive but the best option if you can do it, would be an Apivar strip.
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    Re: Honey for $1500 a pound

    Ha! That's pretty funny. :)

    Applies to quite a few pursuits.
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    Re: I am at a crossroad.....I think?

    You obviously have a green thumb.

    Sell bees. Seems to be something you can produce.
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    Re: Flow Hive

    OK they grossed 10 million or whatever, but doubt they will have the needed resources to fight this successfully in China. Fighting officials who are being bribed by the other team is not a level...
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    Re: Flow Hive

    It's virtually guaranteed the knockoff version will not be food grade plastic.

    Honey will be sitting in those cells for some time before being removed by the beekeeper, and absorbing whatever...
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    Re: Drone comb loaded with mites

    Yes agree. Based on your best case, and worst case calculations, you should have seen minimum 14 mite drop, and maximum 576. But "The problem is on 3 of 4 occasions virtually no mites dropped".
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    Re: Drone comb loaded with mites

    To answer that, goes like this.

    First re drone brood, even in a hive with a natural amount of drone brood, about 40% of mites in brood will be in the drone brood, and about 60% in the worker...
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    Re: Drone comb loaded with mites

    What it may demonstrate is that sugar dusting doesn't really get them.
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    Re: why do they call now?

    Being wasps shouldn't be a worry. You just tell the caller that if they turn out to be wasps you can poison them, no need to remove the nest, and have some set charge for that. Get a powder puffer...
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    Re: Bees seem sick

    Can sympathise Grower, and as I've followed the thread it did seem like some of it may have been hard to take, in consideration of your stated TF ideals etc.

    However I've known most of these...
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    Re: Bees seem sick

    I'm surprised the advice given to sugar dust on the other forum was not moderated, as treatment options normally are. The problem that forum has is that when people with sick bees go there asking...
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    Re: Bees seem sick

    My suggestion is Apivar strips now.

    Sugar dusting won't do much. 80% of the mites are inside a brood cell so only 20% of them are available to be dislodged by sugar, and of that 20% only a few...
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    Re: Bees seem sick

    To go treatment free you need bees that are resistant to varroa, plus a few other things. Nearly all commercial package bees sold are not resistant to varroa and the hive eventually dies if not...
  23. Re: 3 weeks after catching a swarm... less population, high food stores... QueenRite?

    And after you done that, don't put anything where the hive was or bees will keep going there, take all the gear away so those bees will have to find their way to a different hive.

    Good luck,...
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    Sticky: Re: Raising Queen Cells Without Grafting

    The cage looks good! :)

    Just make sure the queen can fit through the gap between the small block of wood and the side of the cage. I also usually put candy in that gap also because the bees in the...
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    Re: What do the big boys do for mite treatment

    Check this video. It's about things other than OA treatment but at 4.37 you can see a guy upper left of screen start walking away from the truck carrying a red container and start oxalic dribbling...
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