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    Re: narrow frame?

    You might also enjoy reading CCar's old thread on this topic.

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?249192
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    Re: narrow frame?

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?291964

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?205420

    There are several more good threads if you care to look for them.
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    Bees are more flexible than that. When they need honey to feed brood, nurse bees will convert to foragers earlier than normal. When the main nectar flow is on, they will even neglect brood so as...
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    Just to keep interest going, how many eggs does a queen lay per minute when she is clicking out 3000 per day? What about the mythical incredi-queen that lays 4800 eggs per day?

    24 hours times 60...
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    Deknow, it is crop dependent. Foragers rapidly learn to avoid anthers and collect only nectar if that is what is needed in the hive. Almond blooms are very amenable to side workers who slip their...
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    You are mixing apples and oranges. Pollen collection depends directly on the amount of "open" brood in the hive. The farmer wants more colonies with smaller populations for pollination because...
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    What makes you think it doesn't? This is a simple classroom exercise. Read the research by C. L. Farrar in 1932 and 1936. The most significant parts of it are covered in The Hive and The Honeybee....
  8. Re: What's the "ideal" number of brood frames?

    10 frames in a Langstroth box, standard 1 3/8 spacing with 5.3 foundation gives about 7000 cells per frame or 70,000 cells for the box full of frames. About 55,000 of these cells will be used for...
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    You have to think in terms of how many bees are available to forage and how many are tied up tending brood. As the population in a bee colony peaks in the range of 50,000 to 60,000 bees, roughly the...
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    Re: squarepeg 2015

    The thing about feeding is that once you start, you have to keep it up until fruit bloom starts. I've tried feeding pollen sub. The bees will take it so long as natural pollen is unavailable. We...
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    Re: Thrown into the Fray!

    There are two options, the easiest is to open the cavity and transfer the bees to a hive. If the cavity is completely opened and the hive is set on supports near the old entrance, all of the bees...
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    Re: I will never buy packages again.

    Most of the time, a failing queen does not die, she stops laying, usually at a critical point in hive development. If the queen fails in the fall, then it should be detectable as absence of brood or...
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    Re: I will never buy packages again.

    This description is not consistent with queen failure as the only cause. Did you look into the position and size of the cluster when they died? Were they on honey? did they have patches of brood...
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    Here is the list of problems with the line of mite tolerant bees that I am using:

    1. The swarm too much.
    2. When they swarm, they typically produce 2 or 3 afterswarms.
    3. They are more...
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    This is where we differ. If mites got em, it is the bees fault. If they can't take care of mites on their own, I don't want them. Yes, I'm a hardliner on this issue. Yes, I agree that it can't be...
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    Whatever it costs, it is more than I pay. I also sold a decent crop of honey this year. Granted I am not in a super cold climate so I don't deal with Wisconsin winters.
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    Yes, there are several contributors who have Weaver's lines. I do not at present have any, but am getting a few this year to evaluate in comparison with the mite tolerant line I have.

    Keep in...
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    That is the $64,000 question. I am aware of 12 queen suppliers who claim significant mite tolerance. There are probably others. The difficulty is that mite tolerance, high honey production...
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    Re: Treatment free strategy

    First things first. Where are you going to get queens that are mite tolerant?

    A small operation leaves the beekeeper vulnerable to whatever genetics and whatever potential he starts with. If...
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    Re: SUGAR

    I read through this thread expecting to see the one elephant that beekeepers should be aware of, but it is not here. There is abundant discussion of caramelized sugar, contaminated sugar, and even...
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    No, the Glen queens would not be worth a fortune. If you do some due diligence, you can find excellent queens with VSH traits and with confirmed mite tolerance with a simple google search. Maybe I...
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    Re: squarepeg 2015

    I'll expand on the honeyflow characteristics a bit by stating that our spring flows in February are primarily for pollen, but an occasional surplus from maple can be stored. Early fruit bloom from...
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    I actually don't light my smoker very often. In fact, I only light it when it is really needed. That works out to about a dozen times per year.

    Many times I do a colony inspection by pulling the...
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    There is still wisdom in doing the due diligence to start with mite tolerant genetics. All else being equal, I would rather start with mite tolerant bees and know that I could treat them if...
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    Knowledge based on reading books is not the same as knowledge acquired by doing. Knowledge acquired by doing is not the same as solid scientifically documented research that establishes the...
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