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  1. Re: Fungicide Spraying During the Day While Bees are Flying

    Captan is described as being relatively non-toxic to honeybees with a contact LD50 of >10 ug/bee. Here is a link to my source: http://npic.orst.edu/factsheets/captantech.pdf

    Tom
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    Re: Strange behavior outside hive.

    Jacob,

    It sounds like orientation flights. Robbing would be unusual at this time of year with strong pollen and nectar flows starting. I saw Japanese honeysuckle in full bloom on my drive to...
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    Re: Queen is gone (I think)

    Give it some time. I would not go in the hive for a couple of weeks at least. Virgin queens are a lot harder to spot. Give the virgin some time to get mated and start laying.

    Maybe you could...
  4. Thread: Comb honey

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    Re: Comb honey

    I use medium frames and typically get five cuts from a frame.

    Tom
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    Re: Requeen or wait on defensive hive?

    My experience with defensive hives is that they get more defensive as the population grows. They do not get gentler in succeeding generations. They produce the most honey. They tend to be hardy.
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    Re: which linden tree?

    There are around 45 silver leaf lindens on a stretch of road near one of my apiaries. My bees make a lot of honey from those trees.

    Tom
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    Re: Adding a package to a weak hive

    Why buy a package and add it to a weak hive? Put the weak hive in a nuc box, the package in a hive with some drawn frames.

    If the weak hive takes off in a smaller box great. If it doesn't then...
  8. Thread: Bt works!

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    Re: Bt works!

    If kept dry it should be good for years. What you have are the bacteria spores. They do not become active until eaten. The toxin produced is very host specific. So, the spores lay dormant in the...
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    Re: Epipen guidelines

    I'll be one more to suggest you have this conversation with your doctor. Anaphylactic reactions to bee stings are pretty rare. Most people have a reaction to a bee sting that is localized. ...
  10. Thread: Better Genetics

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    Re: Better Genetics

    Genetic diversity is important. But, to improve stocks you need to select from your best. Since all four hives will be producing drones I would choose from your two best queens to raise queens...
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    Re: Wood Pellets for smoker fuel?

    If you think lighting wood pellets is hard corn is even harder. We have a corn stove and use wood pellets to light our corn stove. Corn burns at 1100 degrees, I'm not sure how a smoker would handle...
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    Re: I will never buy packages again.

    Whose general rule?

    How do you know if swarms are using old or new comb?

    Note I used the word poorly. That doesn't mean they cannot survive on new comb just that they do better on old comb.
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    Re: 8 Frame equipment

    I have 8-frame boxes. I use deeps and mediums. If I were starting over knowing what I know now I would probably go with 10-frame deeps and mediums.

    I also successfully overwinter 5-frame nucs.
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    Re: I will never buy packages again.

    I have read where a retired commercial beekeeper in Canada states bees overwinter poorly on new comb. This might add another variable to the over-wintering success of packages.

    I think the two...
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    Re: Dead hive, I will never understand

    You mention this was your strongest hive, that instantly made me think of mites. Hopefully your post-mortem will give you some answers.

    At least all that snow will help moderate the cold temps...
  16. Re: burning fertalizer insmoker to stunn agressive bees ?

    Ammonium nitrate is a little harder to buy in quantities since the OK City bombing.

    I also understand it burns pretty hot. Maybe you could put some bees to sleep and clean the creosote out of...
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    Re: bees only heat the cluster?

    Dan,

    Just put some insulation over the inner cover and your problem will be fixed!

    Tom
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    Re: 2015 betterbee catalog

    I have only ordered once from Betterbee but was very happy with the order, prices, shipping cost. Delivery time was surprisingly fast. I will do business with Betterbee again!

    Tom
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    Re: Cane or Beet Sugar

    I have used a lot of the Bakers Corner sugar over the past few years without any problems.

    Tom
  20. Thread: Top entrance

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    Re: Top entrance

    It all depends.

    I have periodic skunk problems. I switched to all upper entrances no more skunk problems.

    So, yes they are better!

    Tom
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    Re: screened bottom boards

    I have some screen bottom boards and use upper entrances. The only times the screens would get 'clogged' with debris is with a dead hive.

    I typically try to clean them out once a year. I put a...
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    Re: Farm Field and Round Up

    2,4-D can volatilize and drift several miles under certain conditions. It won't impact the bees. But, I have seen it drift over one mile and damage a commercial tomato field.

    Tom
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    Re: Definition of "Best Honey"

    I like linden/sweet clover but my fall goldenrod/aster is probably my favorite.

    Tom
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    Re: telescoping vs migratory

    I use migratory covers and the Honey Run style ventilated inner covers.

    The inner cover allows plenty of room for pollen sub or fondant. I have incorporated an upper entrance in them.

    I...
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    Re: Can I put syrup in empty comb?

    There is a commercial beekeeper on Beesource as The Honey Householder who uses a small hand-pump sprayer to fill combs with syrup. He fills combs to use when installing early packages.

    Tom
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