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    Re: spraying laying worker hive for requeening

    The queens you put in were actively laying? Out of one hive and into another or similar to a shipped queen? Any difference in your opinion?
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    Re: spraying laying worker hive for requeening

    What was the mix?
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    Re: Baffled from bee tree

    Not much swarming here. Two, 5 ft off the ground last year, 1, 40 years or so ago on the cross bar and the transformer of a power pole, left that one alone.
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    Re: Baffled from bee tree

    Always wanted to try a super soaker, never had the chance. they will do about 30 ft straight up.
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    Re: Our understanding of genetics is changing

    Peter, really had no one specific in mind. I get the dog analogy that a bee equivalent is not going to happen, even that it is more complex than the open breeding problems.
    There is more resilience...
  6. Re: Local absence and local extinction, a confounding factor in TF prescriptions

    If you have a top producing Holstein do you breed her and her calves and call it good? Or do you do the bee equivalent of embryo implanting; requeening.
    You could let the rest of your dairy herd die...
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    Re: Baffled from bee tree

    The queen was killed or not. The brood is now past QC age. Sounds to me they are doing the equivalent or returning to the location of a moved hive. Try adding some brood to your bait hive, if the...
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    Re: Our understanding of genetics is changing

    Controlling the outcome through (do I dare say the word) husbandry may be virtually impossible. Maintaining a pure carni line on the mainland by flooding with carni drones comes to mind. Yet if you...
  9. Thread: Regression.

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    Re: Regression.

    If MB is going to take most the SC flack, he might as well get the publicity. http://www.bushfarms.com/beesnaturalcell.htm

    I believe he is also doing narrow frames at the same time.
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    Re: virgin or mated?

    Pictures do not tell the whole story but I am not seeing much stores, pollen looks (top picture) ok, but she will not start well without reserves on hand.
    Hard to think of feeding with robbing...
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    Re: Our understanding of genetics is changing

    Shhh, OT, I think the password is ANTi-
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    Re: Our understanding of genetics is changing

    Do not quite buying that letting everything but the last 2 to die is the best course either. You may want some of those traits that you are letting die later; like artificially large hives /...
  13. Re: Feeding extracted honey back to bees - good thing?

    If you put it above an inner cover they will rob it down into the hive. You could bleach the frames with a sprayer before or after feeding and let them set in a closed up hive.
  14. Re: What do you think this is? UFO Reported on the news

    UFOs are the only time they still work together.
  15. Re: Paired apiary test: natural comb does no good

    There has been much posted about how difficult or not difficult it is for the honeybee to modify it's genetic makeup. If the honeybee merely needs to modify the expression of existing genes rather...
  16. Re: Paired apiary test: natural comb does no good

    The ability of one hive to survive a high mite load and another failing under a light load probably has little to do with mite itself. I would rather be bitten by ten lyme free mites than one...
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    Re: Africanized Honey Bee's? Coastal Virginia...

    Sometimes that first sting smell just makes them go nuts, especially a stinger from a different hive. If they react to the smell that day it does not stop that day. Different day, no reaction.
    Left...
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    Sugar lump robbing stopper?

    Really am not sure what to think of it but last spring I left a clump of harden sugar left over from Mountain Camp under a feed box used with syrup buckets.

    Just an empty box with a lump of sugar...
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    Re: Dearth Nucs...

    You do not want wimpy nurse bees. You want nasty old Clint Eastwood bees. Move the main hive and leave the nuc or single it it's place. One frame of brood and nurse bees will get you several...
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    Re: Theoretical TF apiary management

    The only place to begin is the beginning. Will follow your efforts if you keep posting.
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    Re: Theoretical TF apiary management

    I am wondering if you have expanded your search for stock as much as possible? Are feral hives in your locality or from a similar environment available? Abandoned or neglected hives that have some of...
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    Re: Laying worker advice needed please

    WBVC, true enough that can happen. Original queen or superceder virgin riding the transfer. Or superceder virgin returning to wrong hive.
    Only the bees know for sure.
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    Re: Laying worker advice needed please

    Odds of recovering LWs just keep going downhill with time. You have a laying queen, you have already past the hard part, see what happens.
    Could be a wandering queen or one they snuck past you...
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    Re: Splines vs finger joints

    The fewer you are making the more of that time is just set up. Biscuit cutter is quick and tight, no bad cuts. Finger joint is my preference, but it ties up the saw longer than I want. Mostly cause...
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    Re: Ball clover in the north

    The white gets smothered in the hay, the ball clover climbs over. There are some edges that get hogged, to steep to hay.
    The ball's timing looks to be in it's prime before the white comes back...
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