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  1. Harvard School of Public Health Study Links Neonicotinoids to CCD

    The study duplicates an earlier study that came to the same conclusion.

    www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/press-releases/study-strengthens-link-between-neonicotinoids-and-collapse-of-honey-bee-colonies/
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    Article about the Mislabeled Honey Case

    Here is an article from Bloomberg Business Week that describes the investigation of the ALW Honey Laundering case:
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    Re: Should I reverse the brood boxes?

    Both hives are like this:

    Telescoping cover
    Top Feeder
    Queen Excluder
    Deep Box Has brood and saw queen here. Frames with brood have honey dome. There are also a couple of outer frames with...
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    Should I reverse the brood boxes?

    I went through my two hives today. They are both double deeps. Both have lots brood, some capped and uncapped honey and pollen in the top box. I saw queen in the top box of each hive.

    The bottom...
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    Article About Beekeeping

    Here is a link to an interesting article about beekeeping:

    http://www.vqronline.org/articles/2013/summer/rachlin-beekeeper/

    TonyC
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    Varroa Mite Is Even Worse Than We Thought

    I just found this interesting article from BBC Nature that implicates the Varroa mite in spreading a virus that is deadly to bees:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/18339797

    Tony
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    Re: Cutting out Queen Cells?

    Mtn. Bee,

    I was at Don's last year in the spring when he cut some queen cells out and moved them to other hives. He asked me to hold two of the cells and cup my hands together to keep them warm...
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    Brood Chamber Configuration

    I am in upstate South Carolina, USA. Summers are hot and humid. Normal winters are mild. Usually only 4-6 weeks when temperature may drop between 0 and 32 degrees F.

    I have been a beekeeper for...
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    Re: Small Cell Hive Question

    Thanks everyone for you advice.

    TonyC
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    Re: Small Cell Hive Question

    All,

    Sorry for my less than precise question.

    My desire is to use the drawn large cell medium supers for honey storage above a queen excluder.

    The bees in the hives are already small cell....
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    Small Cell Hive Question

    I have two hives that were started with small cell foundation. One hive is from a nuc I bought a year ago. It survived the winter and exploded this very early spring. I, like may others was too slow...
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    Re: American Foulbrood

    I just saw a presentation by Dr. Mike Hood from Clemson at our local beekeeper association. He said there are some strains of AFB that are resistant to terramycine which is commonly used to treat...
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    Re: 5gl Buckets - Food Grade?

    I recently noticed that Lowes in my area (South Carolina) has food grade 5 gal. buckets. The sign with the price for them, under US$4.00 (I think) says "Food Grade Buckets"

    I like free better and...
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    Re: 5gl Buckets - Food Grade?

    I got several bucket from a bakery department in a grocery store...FREE! They were 3 gallon rather than 5 but they still hold honey.

    I have had success putting the buckets in the dishwasher with...
  15. Thread: Winter Green Oil

    by TonyC
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    Re: Winter Green Oil

    Fatbeeman in GA says you can put the oils and one cup of water into a blender. Blend, on low (i think) for 5 full minutes to emulsify the oils. The mixture can then be mixed with syrup and fed to...
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    Re: SHB and screen bottom boards.

    Early this spring (Late winter to those way up North!) I saw many SHBs when I looked through my hive. I have read about using FOOD GRADE diatomaceous earth sprinkled on the ground to help control...
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    Re: My beetle trap really works! Take a look!

    schmism,

    Everything I have read says not to use the swimming pool grade DE. It has been heat and chemical treated. It may still kill insect pests but according to some sites I have read, it is...
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    Re: Brushy Mountain Beetle Jail

    I have 4 of the Beetle Jails. So far I haven't caught many beetles in them using oil.

    I am about to try using food grade diatomaceous earth in them. Maybe with some shortening as bait.

    TonyC
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    Re: SHB Study... NEED YOUR THOUGHTS

    I have used DE in a tray under my screened bottom board for a couple of weeks. I was surprised at the number of dead and dieing beetles in the tray after just a few hours. I did notice that the DE...
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    Re: My beetle trap really works! Take a look!

    MichaBees,

    Check a local farm store that carries livestock feed. I recently bought a 50lb bag of it for about $50.00.

    Be sure to get food grade diatomaceous earth. There is a type of DE that is...
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    Re: SHB Study... NEED YOUR THOUGHTS

    This is a fantastic thread!

    I have one hive that I regularly see SHBs in. To me it seems like a lot of beetles, but after reading this thread maybe my numbers aren't so bad. In any case I want to...
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