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    Re: Bee Weaver Queens

    Most of my bee keeping experience is from keeping bees 25 + years ago. I really don't recall looking for "docile "traits in bees back then. Occasionally we got some pretty testy bees but they...
  2. Re: 1st walk away split in East Tennessee

    I split ( walk away) last week. Like you, drones around for about 3 weeks. Will look for queen cells on next warm dry day.
  3. Re: Killing an Africanized hive but preserving the honey

    You could use a CO2 fire extinguisher. Most of the bees will be instantly frozen...then you could harvest anything you want.
  4. Re: Actually considering a little honey theft LOL

    I don't know about harvesting much, This is a five frame nuc that I just put another five frames on. I am just wishful thinking but I will still probably have to taste it.
  5. Actually considering a little honey theft LOL

    The Bees have filled and capped two deep frames in the new five frame super on a nuc within the last week off of something that is early blooming with nectar. Not sure what it is other than maple...
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    Tiny Texas Queen doing well

    After last year saga of dead outs (lost 16 out of 17), I over wintered a 5 frame nuc that was headed up by a B Weaver queen. She is small and black but the hive is already building up nicely. I...
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    Re: Results back from Beltsville

    early larvae would seem to be wet and have some amount of RJ in the cell, but it was never an impressive amount.
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    Re: Results back from Beltsville

    I have found several labs, I just don't know if I have the funds to invest in the ones that I have researched so far. I have had a couple of suggestions on this forum that I have not had the...
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    Re: Results back from Beltsville

    Never, Never saw dead bees of any number other than the typical amount. Everyone sees a couple of bee bodies in front of a healthy hive. The only indication of problems were smaller numbers of bees...
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    Re: Results back from Beltsville

    There are labs that claim they will test honeycomb for pesticides, giving the result of PPM (I assume). Then I would also assume that it would be up to the beekeeper to decide if the PPM level was...
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    Re: Results back from Beltsville

    The only confirmed pesticides that I saw was sevin dust applied as powder with a blower unit on about 20 acres or tomatoes. The cloud drift was blowing the direction of my property although it is...
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    Re: Results back from Beltsville

    tests for insecticides? That would be the only tests that could be done.

    Contaminated...meaning having the presence of whatever thing or chemical caused the bees to die out...Equipment I was...
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    Re: Results back from Beltsville

    The original post that was linked to this post describes the "what happened" question. They simply dwindled away to nothing (best description)

    As far as infected equipment??? Again, no one knows...
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    Re: Results back from Beltsville

    I have been "back to beekeeping" for 2 years now, but kept bees for a lot of years with my family a while back. Beekeeping is definitely different today than it was years ago, but I have tried to be...
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    Re: Results back from Beltsville

    I have looked into a couple of places so far that test for pesticides. So far the info that I have found is that you have to specify what pesticide you want tested for out of a list of 8 or 10 and...
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    Results back from Beltsville

    After losing 15 hives (out of 16) And going through about about 18 or 20 queens, the result that I got back just seems to open up more questions.
    The test result showed no trach. mites, no nosema,...
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    Re: devestating year, need suggestions.

    The Sevin dust on the tomatoes was done last year. The biggest field of soybeans was corn last year. Other than that, we had a perfect spring and summer last year but this year we were all wet for...
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    Re: devestating year, need suggestions.

    I guess it will depend on the tests.

    Last year I had 8 hives going into winter and lost one. they all did exceptional last year. It may be a matter of both.
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    Re: devestating year, need suggestions.

    I am sending bees and comb to beltsville to est for typical bees and brood disease first. Whatever results come back will at least give me a starting point . Either they will find diseases and I...
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    Re: devestating year, need suggestions.

    No, I used Apivar for varroa mite treatment.
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    Re: devestating year, need suggestions.

    Already treated for nosema. All-star queens from BWeaver have fared no better than Italians from the three other states.
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    Re: devestating year, need suggestions.

    This farmer does not use a spray...He uses the dust. Has a big blower on the back of his tractor that blows a cloud for about 50 feet. The last time he dusted (that I witnessed) the prevailing wind...
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    Re: devestating year, need suggestions.

    I will put a yard a my parents house next year and try to do some control tests. I just gotta get some more bees next year. Hopefully my one remaining hive will survive.
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    Re: devestating year, need suggestions.

    Yes I fed pollen subs that they would not eat...I fed sugar syrup that they would not eat. I have had syrup on hives during the dearth this year that took over two weeks for them to eat a quart. ...
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    Re: devestating year, need suggestions.

    Early Mid to late August.
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