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  1. Re: Have skunks- can't use imidacloprid a neonicotinoid

    Grubs are insects, bees are insects, anything that kills grubs will kill bees if they come in contact. Some insecticides are less deadly to bees than others. You need a soil active insecticide to...
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    Re: Strange honey

    My spin on it is: the glucose fraction has crystalized and settled out. The liquid portion is fructose and water. This will likely ferment.
    Dave
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    Re: Planting suggestions?

    My first thought was Sainfoin, but it does not like wet feet. My second suggestion would be Bird's Foot Trefoil. We have both and the bees like them real good.
    Dave
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    Re: sweet clover

    Our Yellow Sweet Clover has had an extended bloom this year. As a matter of fact it is still blooming, and has been since mid June. It has been irrigated twice.
    Dave
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    Re: Something went very wrong, very fast ...

    estreya what you are describing is classic poisoning. I do not think the sugar dusting had anything to do with it. Do you live in an urban area with neighbors? This would not be the first time I...
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    Re: clover planting

    Sweet clover is sometimes cut for hay late in the summer of its first year. Mowing in now will not hurt it. If you mow in the spring you need to leave at least a four inch stuble for it to re-grow....
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    Re: Queen right hive and laying workers.

    okay I stand corrected, but I still think it is a real stretch to say all or even most hives have laying workers. The sample size would have to be much larger.
    Dave
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    Re: Queen right hive and laying workers.

    How was it determined that there are laying workers in a queen right hive. They do not look any different than no-laying workers. Some body would have to dissect every worker in a hive to determine...
  9. Re: spraying laying worker hive for requeening

    >Being a laying queen probably helped with the laying workers<

    I agree completely, and in my own mind I think the syrup may not have been all that significant. This is why I made a point that I...
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    Re: Effectiveness of Vita EFB Test Kit?

    I used the kit once and got a negative result for symptoms that fit EFB really well. I also sent a piece of frame with diseased comb and dead larvae to the bee lab. Both results were negative for...
  11. Re: spraying laying worker hive for requeening

    The above recipe is what I used except I did not have tea tree oil in my mix.
    I had intended to apply the syrup with a spray bottle, but the syrup was too heavy for the spray mechanism. We used the...
  12. Re: spraying laying worker hive for requeening

    Salty we took the queens out of one hive, rolled them around in the syrup until well coated and released them between the frames of the new hive. I have not tried this with purchased caged queens.
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  13. Re: spraying laying worker hive for requeening

    Riskybizz I do not believe that, and have never seen any evidence to support that. There may indeed be an occasional laying worker, but not many and not all queen right hives.
    Dave
  14. Re: spraying laying worker hive for requeening

    It looked like the queens never missed a beat on laying eggs. There are eggs to 3-4 day old larvae in all 4 hives. The queens pretty much had most of the available space layed up. When I had this...
  15. Re: spraying laying worker hive for requeening

    Update: We succeeded 100%. We re-queened 4 out of 4.
    Dave
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    Re: Supercedure

    Where did this idea come from? It would be impossible to verify one way or the other. With drones moving freely between hives, how would they maintain hive integrity? Even the idea that the queens...
  17. Thread: Help

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    Re: Help

    I suspect that they did not like her and killed her. We used to have this happen to us too. Now we leave the candy end corked for three days. Then we go in and search all of the frames for queen...
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    Re: Is Roundup as safe as we have been told?

    I was involved with the final testing of a selective grass killer for use in agricultural crops. It was very effective without having any damaging effects on broad leaf plants. Not even at 10X the...
  19. Re: bunches of tore down queen cells cant find a queen.

    When did you do the split? After you found the torn down queen cells? If so at best you will have a queen in one of the splits. Since there were no eggs the split without the queen cannot raise a...
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    Re: virgin or mated?

    She looks okay to my eye. I would give her another week.
  21. Re: Do not feed to infants less than 1 year, how about Elderly and Immunocompromised?

    You are missing a major element of the why not. It is not that infants immune system is under developed, although that is part of the problem, it is that the stomach is not acid enough to stop the...
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    Re: Feeding in the fall?

    We feed with internal frame feeders. We have not had any significant robbing problems so far.
    Dave
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    Re: Is Roundup as safe as we have been told?

    It is not just 40 years of our exposure. How many animals have been fed and raised on GMO, roundup sprayed, corn and soybean? Comparing the testing or lack there of PCB, asbestos, and DDT is nuts. ...
  24. Re: spraying laying worker hive for requeening

    The idea for the spearmint is that it will hopefully disrupt the odors of the hive enough that they will not immediately recognize the queen as foreign. By the time that the sugar is cleaned up the...
  25. spraying laying worker hive for requeening

    Has anybody successfully sprayed sugar water with spearmint on a laying worker hive and the new queen? I am going to try it today with some older queens that we are replacing.
    Dave
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