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    Re: What are these bees doing?

    Sure, that's a very possible explanation. However, I'd expect them to do some house cleaning and get that BB clear pretty soon.
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    Re: What are these bees doing?

    Your last video shows a LOT of debris (45 sec mark) on the BB. If the bees have been flying then this is not typical. You might want to take a peek to see what's causing this. Perhaps it was just...
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    Re: My wax dipping tank setup

    Man, you're not fooling around. That's a serious tank. Looks great.
  4. Re: Whats your average date for the start of queenrearing

    The way things are going for us this year May is looking pretty good. Expecting a "snowy mix" tonight! Bizarre Spring this year.
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    Re: Mobile cell incubator kit?

    Joe,

    Perhaps you know this, but the proportional thermostat means that the commanded output is a function of the difference between the actual temperature and the setpoint temp, i.e., error. The...
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    Re: Easiest type of cell builder for a beginner

    Agree!

    I suggested not inculding open brood just to keep it simple and reduce the chance of rouge cells for the beginner. But yes to get those picture perfect cells, open brood is very helpful....
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    Re: Bottom Boards Loaded with Sugar

    Yes, as mentioned this should be used as an emergency approach and is not a substitute for getting colonies up to weight in the Fall. However, it does work very well as intended. You say you wetted...
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    Re: Has Seed Coating Changed? CCD gone for Good!

    My bad. I saw the date published (March 18, 2015) and thought it was a recent study.
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    Re: Easiest type of cell builder for a beginner

    8 queens and only once per season, yeah no point getting fancy.

    1) Give your breeder queen a frame with just a starter strip of foundation. Let them work on that for about 5 days. Make sure to...
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    Re: Has Seed Coating Changed? CCD gone for Good!

    See: http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?309058-Assessment-of-Chronic-Sublethal-Effects-of-Imidacloprid-on-Honey-Bee-Colony-Health
  11. Re: Assessment of Chronic Sublethal Effects of Imidacloprid on Honey Bee Colony Healt

    Interesting study. Seems that the takeaway may suggest that seed coatings may not be as detrimental as previous thought. However, when concentrations are higher, e.g, direct spray, a much different...
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    Re: Mass Bee suicide?

    Perhaps there's another explanation. I've found that bees returning to an observation hive whose entrance tube is positioned such that the bees are forced to land on brick often get super chilled by...
  13. Thread: Cheap Nucs?

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    Re: Cheap Nucs?

    Don't know what the students from these business schools answer, but for me its obvious. As a nationwide company it would be unethical to sell the same product at various locations well outside of...
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    Re: Population explosion and feeding

    David,

    I think you're right. On some of my larger colonies they are actively storing maple honey, which is really pretty rare. This could be a very interesting season! Had my first taste of real...
  15. Thread: NUC Day 3

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    Re: NUC Day 3

    I like to make the entrance smaller on small nucs. Your reducer isn't all that small. I'd go for about 1 inch slot (maybe smaller) and observe traffic. Once populations increase and you start to see...
  16. Re: Ok to install packages anytime during day ?

    The more favorable the conditions the less drifting you'll have. Things that work in your favor are: reduced flying conditions (e.g., later in the day, or light rain), drawn comb, a frame or two of...
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    Re: Overnight split

    Not sure when you're planning this split, but local drone populations are still pretty low. We are VERY late this year. Since you're forcing them to rear a queen you might consider waiting a week or...
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    Re: Has Seed Coating Changed? CCD gone for Good!

    Logical construct of the question aside, how could this possibly be a bad thing? Seems pretty obvious that if you reduce inadvertent spread of pesticide dust, then all pollinators will benefit in the...
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    Re: REPORT YOUR POISONINGS

    Boy, I want to keep bees on your farm! No offense, but do you seriously believe that when an experienced beekeeper approaches a deadout in the middle of spray season (perhaps only a day or two later)...
  20. Thread: Cheap Nucs?

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    Re: Cheap Nucs?

    I see bringing in "honesty" into pricing structure as irrelevant. Either you're honest or you're not. You think the guy selling the BMW is less honest than the guy selling Chevys? The guy selling a...
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    Re: I should Combine Much more aggressively

    I think you're right. As other mentioned, this is easy to suggest, but it takes determination to execute (pun intended). My exception to this rule is when I have specific genetics that based upon no...
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    Re: To use or not to use a QUEEN EXLCUDER

    +1
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    Re: Found Queen Cells

    So what did you do with the two capped cells you found? Did you cut them out? If so, at the risk of Monday morning quarterbacking, that would not have been a good idea. The likelihood of a swarm in...
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    Re: Who's got drones

    Not much here. I have a few stragglers from last year, and some very young drone brood, but not much else. Very late start this year.
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    Re: Strange queen loss

    Perhaps, but keep in mind that two products were mixed together in my case. It could be that this combination is what led to the problems I observed. Also, these products were applied mid-day!!
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