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    Re: Is Roundup as safe as we have been told?

    Because human beings are imperfect, and sometimes make mistakes?

    Initial testing is necessarily short term. As you imply, it is impractical to test every conceivable possibility for many years...
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    Re: Is Roundup as safe as we have been told?

    There seem to be a lot of very trusting people posting here. I kind of wish I were one of them, but I can't quite bring myself to trust in the accuracy of a company's self-testing of its product,...
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    Re: Top Bar Langstroth Frankenstein?

    I really like my long horizontal Langstroths. I like them so well I wrote a little booklet about building and keeping them.

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    Re: Paramount Farms buying out beekeepers?

    In all things, not just beekeeping, it's best to worry more about your own business than to fret about what others may be doing.

    The world would be a better place if more people followed Jim's...
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    Re: survival of individual colonies

    Well, yes.

    One of the assumptions made by treatment free beekeepers is that treatment damages bees. Therefore by treating initially, you are starting from a baseline that already involves damaged...
  6. Re: Long Lang Hive frame question - Michael Bush et.al.

    I used deeps on my long hives, for all the reasons cited above. If you're interested in the way I built my long hives, I wrote a little booklet on the design for Kindle, which can be found by...
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    Re: Celebrity Beekeeper

    This is very good news for those who sell bees, I would think.
  8. Re: Massive Die Off from SHB. Is There A Treatment Free Solution?

    Take this with a dollop of salt, because I'm a beginner, but the only trouble with SHB that I have had is when a colony is having trouble maintaining healthy numbers for some other reason. I've had...
  9. Re: Had to kill a colony... depressing. Can I reuse the comb?

    This was a hive that superceded more than once last summer, but finally settled down with a new queen in the fall. The bees were originally from Georgia.

    My attempt to requeen, when they first...
  10. Had to kill a colony... depressing. Can I reuse the comb?

    I had a colony in my backyard that was pretty much unworkable. They were stinging family members out in the front yard, and for the last couple of weeks we've been unable to use the backyard at all....
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    Re: Disaster, help with diagnosis

    Sounds like small hive beetles. Wax worms are bigger.

    If you freeze the frames for a couple days, it will kill the beetle larvae.
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    Re: Preserving the integrity of the brood nest

    In my long hives, I've used the technique that many top bar beekeepers recommend, of putting empty frames between brood frames to expand the nest, once it's warmed up enough to not endanger the...
  13. Re: Why use an inner cover instead of just raising lid by a beespace?

    I don't think it's really necessary to add bee space. All my hives have migratory covers, which are basically just flat pieces of wood with a lip at either end.
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    Re: Bee Informed National Survey

    Mark, how are your nucs packaged?

    I don't think the sheet metal would flap, because the way my trailer is set up, there's a 6 foot enclosed space on it, and behind that a 4 foot open space. I...
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    Re: Bee Informed National Survey

    Jim, that was exactly what happened-- a thick layer of bees built up on the mesh top and the screened opening and a vent hole in the bottom, and choked off the air. There were 3 inches of dead bees...
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    Re: Bee Informed National Survey

    Actually, I took your advice and put screened tops on the 8 frame deep boxes. The boxes were identical, one died and one did fine. I think that there were too many bees in one box, since that was...
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    Re: Best Way to Sell Bees

    Hmmm. I'm a newbie, and I "refuse to treat" and at the moment, my problem is too many bees.

    Life is strange.
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    Re: Bee Informed National Survey

    I'm going back to the standard nuc boxes that I moved without problem last year, I'm putting them on the trailer under shade instead of inside the car, and I'm moving nucs that aren't as chock full...
  19. Re: Allow aggressive hive to requeen or use queen from different genetics?

    I have a hot hive that I took a queen from about 6 weeks ago. I let them requeen themselves because I had no way to give them a queen at the time. They have a new queen but they're still hot, and I...
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    Re: Bee Informed National Survey

    I meant that there was a significant difference last year, but it was true in some prior years that the difference was less. I always found it odd that there was so little difference in prior years,...
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    Re: Bee Informed National Survey

    Well, it wasn't true for one year, at least.
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    Re: Beeweaver queens in the north

    Seems as though I've read that aggression is one of the traits that is most easily bred out of a stock. If that's so, maybe the mite resistance can be preserved, while working toward gentler bees.
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    Re: Beeweaver queens in the north

    That seems a tad judgmental. Unless you never buy bees or queens from the South or California, unless you buy only II breeder queens, then you too might have AHB genetics, and should probably get...
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    Re: Beeweaver queens in the north

    I just bought a couple of Beeweaver queens, because I was favorably impressed by the one I got last summer. They arrived on Saturday and today they're in a couple of new nucs (not yet released.). ...
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    Re: Foundationless Frames/Drone Cell Heaven

    I can't speak to the issue of honey production on foundationless, since I'm a beginner who isn't very interested in honey. But you can sure make a lot of bees on foundationless, and most of mine are...
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