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    Re: Nuc management questions.

    congrats on getting 3/4 through winter so far! without pulling frames (and i wouldn't until it gets warmer) it's hard to tell about the cluster size. i agree that something like lauri's sugar...
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    Re: off season drones

    welcome to the forum. i don't think it is possible to have drones in the off season at locations where it is too cold. those who rear queens during winter here have to move their bees much farther...
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    Re: Newbie from Abbeville, al

    welcome aboard richard! looking forward to your posts. i'm especially interested in when you start hearing about swarms issuing down there in the southern part of the state.
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    Re: And then there were three ...

    that's heavy frass terry. have you tried to pull out some of the capped brood to look for deformed wings and stunted abdomens? agreed, looks like mites got the better of this one.
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    Re: Is "queen failure" the new "starvation"

    correct, no treatments here. i agree that it's not and will likely never be back to like it was pre-varroa. i don't really know how they are coping. i'm thinking that we may find out the dwv-b...
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    Re: Is it a loss?

    it's a good question larry, and i don't think there are any hard and fast rules about it.

    for example, some folks identify their weaker colonies in the fall, pinch the queen, and combine with...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    i just caught an error in my post #514.

    it has to do with hive #5, and it should have read 2014 swarm caught from #2, which is my longest lived colony, and why i am considering it a possible graft...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    that's definitely a good sign gary, and as usual i can expect to see what you are seeing a couple of weeks afterward. i appreciate the report.
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    Re: Is "queen failure" the new "starvation"

    queen failure and mite infestation aren't necessarily mutually exclusive as high titers of virus have been shown to damage a queen's ovarioles and render her failed.

    dan's description of queen...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    good report dar. the double deep colony that you brought up last weekend may be ahead of all of mine, as judged by it was the only one generating enough condensation for water to be running out of...
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    Re: Queen question

    if waiting 24 hours is easily doable than there's no reason not to wait but it may not be absolutely necessary. the idea behind a newspaper combine is that during the time it takes to chew through...
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    Re: Wearing white

    when suiting up in the summertime in ozark you'll want white to keep you as cool as possible. it's definitely worth the extra money to get a ventilated suit as well.
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    Re: Queen question

    if i found that happening this time of year hear i would likely pinch the drone laying queen and combine that colony with the smallest of the remaining 3. if you can't find the queen there may be...
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    Re: Move the cluster? Or trust the bees?

    as to the op, and once it has warmed up and we have started a good flow, i would center up the frames.
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    Re: Move the cluster? Or trust the bees?

    not in every case but that can be more truth than poetry. i've seen it in practice.

    squarepeg: "the art of beekeeping is making your manipulations in such a way as to facilitate what the bees are...
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    Re: Move the cluster? Or trust the bees?

    "By far the most difficult thing to do in beekeeping is “nothing”. "

    it has taken me awhile to learn this lesson michael, but i do find myself doing a lot more of it now than when i first started.
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    we had enough snow fall today to prompt school and business closures so i got the afternoon off from the day job. the forecast is for another week or so of cold temps, after which it looks like we...
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    Re: treatment free member listing

    from another thread:
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    Re: Dead hive, mites?

    was the queen found?

    if capped brood present, was it a gooey mess, did it have deformed wings or stunted abdomens?

    mites present on the bottom board?
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    Re: Dead hive, mites?

    i like your idea of the checklist.

    #3. how many dead bees are there and where are they located, i.e. on the bottom board, head first in comb, frozen in a cluster?
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    Re: Passing of Walter W. Wright

    rest in peace dear friend, i'm really going to miss our long chats and beeyard excursions.
  22. Re: Kirk Webster January 2016: FERAL AND MANAGED COLONIES

    it's interesting to compare and contrast the differences between locations, i appreciate the replies.

    so back to the topic at hand, and to michael and nb, are you guys aware of anyone up there...
  23. Re: Kirk Webster January 2016: FERAL AND MANAGED COLONIES

    those are good averages. assuming you guys are leaving 100 lbs. of honey for overwintering means that your colonies are putting up an average of 300 lbs. for the season. i think for us to see that...
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    that's really good michael. i'm not sure those kind of yields are possible here due to our long summer dearth. the reported averages around here are nothing like what you are getting. walt was...
  25. Re: Kirk Webster January 2016: FERAL AND MANAGED COLONIES

    many thanks for sharing your results nb. i've been hoping to see some numbers from those who are treating for comparison. congrats on your success. i'm guessing to pull those excellent honey...
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