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    Re: Never seen this before

    Parasitic Mite Syndrome.
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    Re: Never seen this before

    If all of the frames are as short on food stores as that one I would give them a gallon or two of syrup as soon as I could. When you make another picture, shake the adult bees off the frame so we...
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    Re: how to mark a queen???

    You could use nail polish. You would need to cage her for 5 or 10 minutes to let the odor lessen or they may ball her. you could use regular latex enamel paint and a q tip. You could just catch...
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    Re: screened or solid base

    Strange how bees in colonies with solid bottom boards all beard in our humid 90s+ summer temps, but those on open mesh bottoms beard very little or not at all.
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    Re: Do quilt boxes cause SHB problems?

    Is there any reason you can't use regular window screen instead of 1/8 in hardware cloth? The mesh on window screen is too small for the beetles to go through.
  6. Re: Deformed wing virus in a treatment free hive.

    The queen could have started using sperm from a drone whose workers would be susceptible to the virus. If you will do even a sugar dusting of the hive you will get some idea of the varroa...
  7. Re: How important is it to find the queen?

    I don't look for the queen every time I inspect, but finding queens is like handling frames or boxes, it is part of learning to be a beekeeper. I don't mark all of my queens anymore, but I do clip...
  8. Re: What are the benefits of feeding syrup?

    Here are 3 studies, there are many studies on feeding and nutrition in honey bees. I found these on the Apidologie website.

    "Nutrition and Health in honey bees," by Robert Brodschneider and Karl...
  9. Re: What are the benefits of feeding syrup?

    Pollen furnishes protein, honey or sugar syrup gives them carbohydrates. The only thing honey would have over syrup is the minerals and vitamins that syrup would not have. Bees in feeding test...
  10. Re: Lots of Capped Brood - What if it Hatches Just as Dearth Begins?

    If you will have a Fall nectar flow the colony will need to stay strong in adult bees in July/August to raise the foragers that will collect the nectar in September/October and go into winter. ...
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    Re: Small cell bees and Survivor bees

    Yes, I did, and for that I apologize.
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    Re: Small cell bees and Survivor bees

    If bees construct all drone cells in a comb, and that comb is allowed to remain in the colony after the queen lays in it and the brood emerges, the varroa in those cells will have reproduced at a...
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    Re: Small cell bees and Survivor bees

    Congratulations, you have given the varroa mites the ability to double their population growth rate. Varroa mites will do what varroa mites need to do.
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    Re: Small cell bees and Survivor bees

    Beregondo;
    Brother Adam saw the same thing even before the varroa mite, bees on comb 4 years old or less usually "evince a zest and prosperity lacking in those on old combs."
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    Re: itroduceing queens

    Did you make sure that they had not made queen cells after they became queenless?
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    Re: Vinegar and Feeding

    The bees themselves add everything the syrup needs to meet their ph needs just as they do to the pollen substitutes. To prevent fermentation either feed only what they will take before fermentation...
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    Re: Another Kind of Follower Board?

    Looks like recycled Honey Super Cell. Some dummy boards made of scrap wood would work as well.
  18. Re: Converting over to small cell foundation--

    Knisely; There are many studies at the Apidologie website that address chemicals in wax as well as other honey bee issues.
  19. Re: Converting over to small cell foundation--

    My bees drew acceptable (?) small cell comb on the 4th round of small cell foundation given to them. 4 colonies did it on the 3rd round, but they were daughters from a Texas queen (think 10%...
  20. Re: fixing a colony's microflora/ecosystem (practical experiences/studies)

    SeaCucumber; What makes you think it couldn't hurt?
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    Re: Question on bottom board

    Solid bottom boards were made with 2 sides, one with a 3/8 inch high entrance for winter and the other side with a 3/4 inch high entrance for summer. Either size entrance will work, and with the...
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    Re: Do feral bees washboard?

    My guess is that they do. I think they are cleaning the surface and putting on pheromones marking the location.

    I don't know about squirrels eating live bees, but I have seen them eat comb that...
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    Re: Trying the "snake oil"

    Nabber, I think Caspian started in Romania or Bulgaria, I don't know how strict their rules on advertising are. I once read the results of a trial, and if I remember correctly the results were not...
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    Re: How long to forget hive location

    The nucs had been gone from this yard for 5 days, and the field bees had oriented and had been flying in the new yard for those 5 days, yet when they were returned here the field bees remembered...
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    Re: City TF Drones

    CathyC;

    Rule number1, You can only work with what you have, and set realistic goals.

    Rule number 2, Don't wait until you think you can have it perfect, things are never perfect.

    Rule...
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