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  1. Re: Dry pollen substitute feeding during dearth and in the fall

    brad, for the last day or two it's been mostly a bright whitesh yellow (reminds me of lemon maringue) along with a decent amount of yellowish orange (pumpkin color). there is corn and other...
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    Re: Hello from North Alabama

    welcome from up here in jackson county!
  3. Re: Dry pollen substitute feeding during dearth and in the fall

    went out and checked the one at home i put a quart on yesterday and they are only about half way through it.
  4. Re: Dry pollen substitute feeding during dearth and in the fall

    the quart of syrup i put in one at the outyard (macedonia) was empty this morning. i've noticed that the hives over there didn't get quite as far on the supers as the ones here at home. there is...
  5. Re: Dry pollen substitute feeding during dearth and in the fall

    dang. that's really surprising since we are on the same ridgetop. i have no clue what they are getting into over here but there was a couple of different colors of pollen coming in all throughout...
  6. Re: Dry pollen substitute feeding during dearth and in the fall

    brad, did you have any foraging today? it was fairly strong here.
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    a sincere many thanks jim, that means a lot to me coming from you.

    yes, i'll likely take counts any that look suspicious toward the end and some of the others to get a representative sampling.
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    here's wishing all of you a safe and happy 4th! :)

    a couple of my splits have graduated from 5 frame to 10 hive bodies this week. although i tend to avoid using syrup this is the one...
  9. Re: Dry pollen substitute feeding during dearth and in the fall

    brad, i have some left over bags of latshaw's mix and if you find yourself in the neighborhood you are welcome to get one and try it out.
  10. Re: Is treatment-free beekeeping possible at all?

    welcome to the forum jorre.

    whether in belgium or any location for that matter and what i was heartily agreeing with oldtimer on is that someone just starting out with bees and wanting to go...
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    Re: Backfilling brood nest?

    just noticed you are all foundationless, and that may have something to do with the bees not wanting to 'jump' up to the top of your super and draw comb.
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    Re: Backfilling brood nest?

    i'm in a different part of the country, using single deeps instead of doubles, and my be working with a different strain of bee than you, so fwiw.....

    it sounds like your bees are content to work...
  13. Re: New Nucs; with all the dandilions, should we still feed?

    i would probably give them a week or two and look to see if they are drawing new comb on the foundation frames. if yes don't feed, if no consider feeding until they get most of the foundation drawn....
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    Sticky: Re: Post Your Bloom Dates - 2015

    summer jasmine is just starting and i believe is responsible for the bright yellow pollen coming in today.

    there is also pale yellow, orange, and tan pollen being brought in. after the recent...
  15. Re: Dry pollen substitute feeding during dearth and in the fall

    a few years ago i tried putting out some of the dry mann lake ultra bee and the bees were all over it.
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    at the beginning of the thread i laid out production goals based on the number of overwintered colonies i started the season with and those goals were to average 100 lbs of honey and one nuc sold per...
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    Re: Varrox..... Now treatment free.

    that's almost as free as it gets. :)
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    Re: Checkerboarding vs bottom supering

    welcome to the forum kevers.

    checkerboarding frames of honey and empty comb above the broodnest in late winter provides the bees with the perfect situation to expand their broodnest upward. there...
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    Re: Combining hives in hot weather

    i've done a couple newspaper combines recently here in our heat that turned out good. i waited until the end of the day and used a single sheet of paper with multiple slits in it. i also made sure...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    understood arnie. perhaps you could ask around and see if you can locate anyone in your general area having success with keeping bees off treatments. if so, try to get some bees from them and...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    makes good sense dar. i believe that some have found that syrup can be better than honey for bees overwintering in the extreme northern climes, due to lessened solids and several months without...
  22. Re: Deformed wing virus in a treatment free hive.

    tony,

    i would have expect the overwintered swarm to have drawn out more comb than that. even though the swarm was cast from what sounds like has been a really good colony, it may turn out that...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    the rain and the sunset did you a favor gary, there probably wasn't much of a future for that one.
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    i'm not sure. while the genetic contribution from the queen is certainly important my feeling is that it takes the right combination of multiple factors for having success with keeping bees off...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    yes gary, i have noticed that colonies that don't swarm will oftentimes supersede their queen, and sometimes when they do a very small swarm will issue with the old queen.
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