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    Re: Genetically Modified Varroa Mites

    Sevareid's Law: "The leading cause of problems is solutions."--Eric Sevareid
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    Re: Head-scratching trying to be TF

    >This is not true, but if it was it would negate the argument that commercial beekeepers are creating weak genetics and mite bombs.
    >You see, your argument is that losses are about the same whether...
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    Re: Mold

    I'm allergic to penicillin. I let the bees clean up any such problems. I've never had a problem. Bees are very meticulous. All those tiny bits of mold are huge items to them.
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    Re: Coloring Beeswax Candles

    I always thought the color was one of the nicest things about a beeswax candle, and it's what identifies it as such. If I see a red candle, I assume it is paraffin...
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    Re: Ventilation...

    All a colony needs in any hive is one small opening. The ventilation should be managed by the bees. Mine has just the gap at the end of the bars for both the entrance and whatever ventilation the...
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    Re: Mold

    >They will clean up the mold but what do they do with it?

    Well, if it's blue, it's penicillin... no reason to believe it's a problem. They just haul it out.
  7. Re: georgia bee supply has a 7 frame hive (thoughts)

    I don't understand either. If you want smaller boxes, 8 frame boxes have been around for almost 150 years. Why make a 7 frame box? Nothing wrong with it, but there is so much 8 frame equipment...
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    Re: Wax Dipping

    I do mine between 230 and 250 F (110 and 122 C). At 250 F (122 C) the boxes cook nicely (like deep fat frying them) in about six to eight minutes. At 230 F (110 C), they take more like 10 to 12...
  9. Re: Did Ancient Man Employ Bees To Ward Off Elephants?

    The links don't work for me. I get "no records found".
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    Re: Genetically Modified Varroa Mites

    Anytime you genetically modify something to have a reproductive disadvantage you ensure those genes will not get passed on as often as the natural ones without the reproductive disadvantage. I'm not...
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    Re: Extractor-less honey by Flow Hive

    >Has anybody had them in this country long enough to have put bees in them?

    I've had bees in them for two seasons now.
  12. Re: Why is a medium sometimes called an Illinois super?

    >Funny, I grew up calling them shallows and we referred to 5 1/2" as "skinnys"

    What was a 4 3/4"?
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    Re: Foundationless frames. Wire or not.

    >Doesn't the answer to the question depend on whether the honey will be harvested using a centrifuge?

    Not to me. I don't wire. I do extract.
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    Re: Queen question

    This time of year, as squarepeg said, it's most likely a drone laying queen. She probably ran out of sperm.
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    The inventor would be Camille Pierre Dadant.

    "The experiment was made on a large number of hives both with the deep brood-chambers and the Langstroth hives. With the former the matter was settled...
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    Re: Ceder hives : worth it?

    >You speak of the vast number of micro-organisms as part of a healthy hive, do you believe that cedar would in any way inhibit them?

    I don't know. I've never thought about it. I only have a few...
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    Re: Nosema contaminated equipment

    >... or do I just need to toss all the equipment

    Never throw away equipment unless you had AFB in it...
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    >I've always assumed they got the "Illinois" nickname because their popularity required other suppliers to sell them but those suppliers hated to directly mention the name of their competitor...
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    Re: Which size hives are most productive?

    The only connection I see between hive size and productivity has more to do with managing the space. In that sense a smaller box gives you more control over the space as you can add half as much...
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    Re: Foundationless frames. Wire or not.

    >Any tricks to have them attach the bottom? So far I find they leave the whole bottom unattached . I wish I could figure how to have them attach at least a 1/4 to 1/2 oh the whole length.

    I don't...
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    Re: Battery powered smoker

    I admit that's the cheapest one I've seen... I have seen one in action but never bought one. They were impressive as far as quickly getting going etc. I can see the appeal, but simplicity has...
  22. Thread: Mold

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    Re: Mold

    >My hive got mites late last fall.

    Your hive always had mites up until the bees died.
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    Re: Foundationless frames. Wire or not.

    I find the wire to often be in my way. So I don't wire them.
    http://www.bushfarms.com/beesfoundationless.htm#canwire
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    Re: Best way to build up a lot of comb?

    Bees build better, in my experience, when they are almost crowded. In other words adding one box at a time. It takes heat to make comb.
  25. Re: Why is a medium sometimes called an Illinois super?

    >I have also heard them referred to as a "3/4" but not sure why..they don't seem to be 3/4 of anything that I could easily identify......

    If a deep is a "full" and a 4 3/4" is a "half" and a 5...
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