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    Passing of Walter W. Wright

    It is with deepest sadness that we must announce the passing of beekeeper and writer Walter W. Wright. As many of you may know, he fell and broke his hip Saturday evening, January 30. After a...
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    Walt Wright temporarily out of commission

    All,

    This is Roy A. Kesmodel, Walt's son-in-law. This message is to inform you all that Walt is temporarily unavailable for consultation. Last Saturday evening, 1/28, he fell and broke his hip. ...
  3. Re: Why did my hive die? Little white/yellow balls on bees.

    I normally stay out of threads concerning disease because I have so little experience in disease. Had none in my years of keeping bees. But I have seen no responses to this thread that I can endorse,...
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    Re: Cluster question

    Guess I should have mentioned that MB makes no effort to "correct" for this condition. His bees will expand downward in the spring. Expanding his hive count to a couple hundred colonies means he has...
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    Re: Cluster question

    You didn't say what your wintering hive configuration is, but if it is an all medium config. your status is not unusual. My friend, M Bush, reports that his all-mediums have their clusters in the top...
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    Re: swarm taking up with queenless hive????

    Again
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    Re: swarm taking up with queenless hive????

    Delete double post.
    W
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    Re: swarm taking up with queenless hive????

    Perhaps I should have noted that I knew they were hopelessly queenless, but had not taken any steps to fix it yet.
    W
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    Re: swarm taking up with queenless hive????

    I don't believe what I saw was usurpation as described by Mangum. There was no resistance from the queenless unit. The abscond formed their tornado of bees overhead, moved the short distance to the...
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    Re: hive configuration

    Where in PA makes a difference. Long in east/west distance and divided by the mountains, PA has 4 planting zones.
    W
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    Re: swarm taking up with queenless hive????

    Yep. Saw it with my own 2 peepers. It was only about 20 ft or so between a crowded nuc and the queenless established colony. I happened to be walking between them at the time. I had the impression at...
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    Re: Autumn checkerboarding experiment...

    I thought it interesting that you described strawberry tree honey with the same words that internet sources described honeydew - dark and strong.
    Walt
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    Re: "Main flow" is a misnomer

    What? NO negative responses to what I see?? Have grown accustomed M.Palmer refuting anything I write. He must be asleep at the switch.

    I did not intend to promote CB with this thread, but got...
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    Re: "Main flow" is a misnomer

    I didn't get e mail notice of the activity on pg 3. But I needed some time to cool down, anyway. I try not to respond with my first reaction to negative responses to my input here. During the...
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    Re: "Main flow" is a misnomer

    What I see is not conjecture. It's real. I report what I see. It may not be what is seen in other areas, but is fairly repeatable in this area. Disagree all you want to, but do not expect me to yield...
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    Sticky: Re: Bee Natural Site Archived

    I like it, Dennis. You are a moving target. Improves my eye to hand coordination.
    W
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    Re: "Main flow" is a misnomer

    Thanks guys. I was not looking forward to haggling semantics with an experienced beekeeper that I respect. But I suspect that he missed what I was trying to get across. To use "main flow" in the...
  18. Re: Transitioning from all mediums to double deep brood boxes.

    I think moving from all mediums to a double deep is a mistake. That does not account for the bee instincts involved. From the info handed down from yesteryear, we were told to use a single deep for a...
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    Re: "Main flow" is a misnomer

    Good question, Mike.
    I didn't do any early "stimulative" feeding after trying all-up syrup for two seasons. Saw no change in buildup rates. Took the alternative approach - make sure they got it...
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    "Main flow" is a misnomer

    When writing, I usually put it in quotes for the simple reason that it is not a valid description of the period. It normally occurs slightly after the middle, or peak, of the general spring nectar...
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    Re: Storing drawn comb in refrigerator

    Yep. If the fridge is set to regulate at about 40 degrees, that's fine.
    W.
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    Re: Autumn checkerboarding experiment...

    John.
    Thanks for the invitation to participate in your investigation. But your current approach is outside my current recommendations for fall management. I currently recommend ignoring fall honey...
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    Re: Drawn Comb Question

    Since no one has offered this comment, will give you a way to increase comb-drawing. The bees cannot stand a blank space in the warmed cluster interior. They jump on drawing comb in that area,...
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    Re: artificially starting a flow?

    Walt checks in, after a couple of days of a back problem that kept him out of business. Left the pc napping on this thread for the interim to be sure to find it when I was able.

    For a month, we...
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    Re: Bees are all tucked in for winter :)

    The rationale for placing them adjacent and touching is to share colony heat. ( M. Bush) It appears that you have insulation between the hives. How does that help?
    W.
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