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    2014 package suppliers list

    I have started the 2014 package/queen suppliers list once again. As always, there are disclaimers:

    1. Inclusion on the list does not constitute endorsement of any products or services.
    2. The...
  2. Thread: Dansk Farms

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    Re: Two thumbs up for Dansk Farms!

    As did I - no complaints
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    Re: Russell Apiaries

    Right - where is he. Last fall he had some pretty snarky and condescending comments for me too, based on some of the questions I was asking.

    His profile indicates that he joined last July and...
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    Re: Robert Russell is a fraud

    My intent was not to ignite a discussion about the legitimacy of Russell's product - only to state that I didn't think that the sub-producers colluded or did anything nefarious with respect to when...
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    Re: Robert Russell is a fraud

    I agree with Astro. I was never a sub and never really fell for the Russell sales pitch (just too much wrong with the science). However, I think that we can assume a few things:

    1. The...
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    Re: Robert Russell is a fraud

    This from the Russell website today:

    "Holdover/Transfer orders and Cancellations

    Due to the many struggles that we have faced during the 2012 season with the storm damages, the traggic loss of...
  7. Re: How long can a capped super last before extracting?

    Work prevents me from pulling supers and extracting on the same day - or even weekend. I pull the supers and stack them on an upside down migratory cover. I put a second migratory cover on the top...
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    Re: what the heck?

    I have seen a similar behavior when I have had nucs with virgin queens. All the bees would leave with the virgin as she oriented to the hive. I would get a huge, dispersed cloud of bees slowly...
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    Re: R. Russell queens

    Wow - nice. Offensive and laced with personal invective. I assume that you are excluding all of the Ph.D.'s living off of tax dollars who develop new medical treatments, design new weaponry for the...
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    Re: R. Russell queens

    That isn't to say the the Russell forum doesn't intend to go in that direction, does it?
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    Re: R. Russell queens

    Ok, so where is the evidence that granddad Russell was conducting all of this research on all of these strains of queens and laid the foundation for making these claims? Did grandad Russell also...
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    Re: R. Russell queens

    Ok - so who are they? What are their qualifications? I went to graduate school. I know some who graduated with advanced degrees in my cohort who I wouldn't let make a ham sandwich.

    Plus,...
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    Re: R. Russell queens

    What is the procedure for testing these traits? Is it reasonable to believe that any queen designated as 'Hybrid 410' is really going to produce bees that:

    1. Perform better than other bees on...
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    Re: Tony Homan service

    Please update with how they perform. I am interested in hearing.
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    Re: Pestisides killed my observation hive..

    Better check to see what your 'burden of proof' is before you open that can of worms. Normally, your say so isn't sufficient in cases like these. I wouldn't be surprised if you would need to get...
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    Re: Alfalfa flows

    I have hives on alfalfa here in ND. One HUGE field gets cut three times per year. The other posts are right - the farmers want to cut it just before it blooms. I get very little off of that field...
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    Re: Griz getting close

    Vance,

    Marlin makes a nice lever gun in .45/70 (http://www.marlinfirearms.com/firearms/bigbore/1895.asp). It is a bit pricey - but (my two cents here), if I had griz around like that, I wouldn't...
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    Re: Should I split my hive?

    I don't do that anymore. I have tried it - in my experience, at best you will have a decent nuc or a single deep (with between 6-8 frames) that *might* get through winter.

    I am in ND (which is...
  19. Re: Just a stupid question Do bee's polinate dogwood trees?

    Actually, ALL flower petals are leaves. They are highly modified leaves that do not photosynthesize or function like leaves, but their developmental origins are the same as leaves. That does not,...
  20. Re: Looks like the colony is replacing a lost queen. How do I know when it's OK again

    It can be easy to miss supersedure cells and virgin queens. Just this spring, I made up a 3 frame nuc and ordered a queen. The queen arrived dead, and the nuc had been queenless for perhaps 10-12...
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    Re: R. Russell queens

    Over the years, I have purchased a lot of queens from a fair number of different producers, both big and small. I have never had an order be more than one week late - and that has happened rarely.
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    Re: Russell Apiaries

    I have a question -

    We know, from the Miss. Dept of Ag. page, that Russell apiaries is not licensed to sell bees or queens in Mississippi.

    I have been told (by way of responding to the obvious...
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    Re: How many use Linseed oil instead of paint?

    I painted about a half dozen deeps, bottom boards and lids with linseed oil and Thompson's water seal (as Lburou describes) last year. They all need to be repainted. The grain is exposed and there...
  24. Re: What to do about drones in a recovered laying worker hive?

    Mites prefer drone brood. I would pull it and freeze it.
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    Re: How many mites can a hive survive?

    The affected hive is over 2 years old and that is surviving North Dakota winters. I am sure that they have carried mite loads before. To treat my operation for varroa in spring and fall would run...
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