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  1. Re: IPM Mite count & beekeeping activity that could SKEW results

    Right, but it will not skew the results in favor of the mites.
  2. Re: Bee foraging skills impaired by neonicotinoid pesticides

    hum, The bumble bee equivalent of a pot smoker.
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    Re: The bear strikes again

    If 50,000 volts won't detour them what makes you think 110 will. Giving them honey will not stop them either, most of the time they prefer the brood. I was walking a wood lot with a gent as I...
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    Re: Hello from West Michigan

    Welcome. This certainly is the place to pick up tips.
  5. Re: Bottom board conversion - screened to solid?

    Yes. that corrugated plastic will be a great place for Small Hive Beetles to hide unmolested by the bees. Contact the supplier tell them you ordered a solid bottom board, and want to exchange. Their...
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    Re: No food taste better than your own

    Funny how those who grew up and live in a suburban environment romanticize all their lives being farmers. While those who grew up on farms, enduring 16 to 18 hour work days. No sick days, no...
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    Re: Bees not making new queen

    Ever heard of someone placing a dead queen in a trap? Why? Because her pheromones remain with her corpse for a considerable time. Leaving her corpse in the hive may be what is keeping the bees from...
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    Re: Is this a reasonable approach?

    If there is any kind of a flow going it would be rare for the queen to shut down completely. so the fact there are no eggs or brood would seem to indicate the absence of a queen. Certainly you would...
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    Re: New from WI, but my hive died :(

    Two weeks would be pretty quick to have a hive die out from a queen loss. it sounds as though something else is involved
  10. Re: Are they drinking the neighbors' Kool-Aid?

    Not understanding the proper times and reasons to feed syrup to your bees does not mean feeding is bad. proper feeding can improve your hive strength, build up, and drawn comb amount. doing so when...
  11. Thread: need advice

    by Tenbears

    Re: need advice

    As Andrew said more information is necessary to truly make a proper diagnosis. However there are many plausible situations, a number of which do not mean you have trouble. when in doubt the best...
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    Re: Honey flow advice and prep for winter

    Three mediums generally will weigh around the 140 mark completely full. I believe you will find 4 more than you will need to winter. But certainly there is nothing wrong with erring on the side of...
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    Re: Egg laying drones

    your problem is you destroyed the "supercedure cells" and it sounds as though you kept "going through the deeps" and doing so every 10 days. in bee terms that equates to listening to someone say...
  14. Re: Bee Bee tree seedlings and seeds for sale.

    last time you had these for sale I asked this but never got an answer. What is the age of the tre in picture #5, how many years does it take for them to mature?
  15. Re: "...honey vs. sucrose or high fructose corn syrup"

    OK you win! you know all.

    Nosema apis

    Scientific classification

    Kingdom: Fungi
    Phylum: Microsporidia
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    Re: Dead carcasses outside hive??

    "The bee world is harsh." Yes it is! My girlfriend thinks it is the funniest thing in the world that the girls toss the drones out to starve or freeze before winter.

    Yes, I am looking!
  17. Thread: Dearth time?

    by Tenbears

    Re: Dearth time?

    larva the size of a grain of rice can be 4 days old or more. meaning you had a queen 7 days prior to seeing it. it is doubtful that they would become aggressive that quickly. I would look for...
  18. Re: "...honey vs. sucrose or high fructose corn syrup"

    saprophytes feed on dead decaying matter.
  19. Re: "...honey vs. sucrose or high fructose corn syrup"

    Interesting! By that definition nearly every living thing is a parasite. wolver benefit at the expense of the Elk, people benefit at the expense of everything on earth. even vegetarians benefit at...
  20. Re: "...honey vs. sucrose or high fructose corn syrup"

    Except Nosema apis is a fungus that completes it development cycle in the gut of the honeybee. Not a parasite
  21. Re: "...honey vs. sucrose or high fructose corn syrup"

    Did that not call for the assumption that your definition of commercial is the only or correct one, and not the one I was in reference of.
    The price of honey did not collapse because there was...
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    Re: Queen cells in trap hive

    to be sure you have a laying queen can take as long as 30 days from the start of the cup. as few as 15
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    Re: Should I stop feeding?

    No That is not what they are saying. But they will most likely not draw anything more if you stop feeding. If you want them to Draw the super, You will have to feed as they will not draw comb unless...
  24. Thread: Dearth time?

    by Tenbears

    Re: Dearth time?

    Dearth can vary from latitude to latitude, state to state, county to county and year to year. Weather proximity to water, agricultural conditions are all factors that play a role in it. I would say...
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    Re: What to do about queenless hive?

    OR you could give them a frame or two of brood too with newly hatched larva, or eggs. This will help prevent a laying worker situation while at the same let you know if there is a virgin queen, or a...
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