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  1. Have you tried the RECIPE for varroa tolerant bees?

    http://www.beesource.com/pov/usda/varroatolerantbee.htm

    I'm finishing up my first year of beekeeping. There would be no better time for me to begin working on this recipe for producing varroa...
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    So this obviously means that in 2008 the...

    So this obviously means that in 2008 the regression/retrogression performed by the small cellers is also stressing the bees.



    Shoots holes in the idea that larger or smaller cell size creates...
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    Other way around Keith. I'm wondering about the...

    Other way around Keith. I'm wondering about the way some small cell proponents keep referring newbies to buy foundation from the same small company. It makes me wonder if cash is being passed...
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    I hope you're right but since the same small...

    I hope you're right but since the same small manufacturer of small cell gets mentioned over and over and over it makes me wonder. I hardly ever hear about all the other big manufacturers of small...
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    I've been wondering about that for a long time. ...

    I've been wondering about that for a long time. Do those who keep pushing small cell use have some financial connections to those who sell small cell foundation?

    I don't think I'll ever know.
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    My absolute favorite - ...

    My absolute favorite -

    http://www.honeybeeworld.com/bee-l/
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    If you watched the same video I watched twice...

    If you watched the same video I watched twice earlier this year this is not quite what she said. She said the increased number of mites were not statistically significant but the researchers felt...
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    "You have jumped into a camp very quickly for...

    "You have jumped into a camp very quickly for being a rookie."

    Actually, I've looked at small cell for about 1 1/2 years. So, rookie? Yes. Very quickly? Perhaps not. I recognized crap logic...
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    "there has never been a serious study to...

    "there has never been a serious study to prove/disprove SC and why it does/doesn't help with varroa mite control."

    University of Georgia's study by Jennifer Berry wasn't serious???
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    Small cell HAS been researched. It doesn't work...

    Small cell HAS been researched. It doesn't work for varroa.
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    Try Glenn Apiaries. ...

    Try Glenn Apiaries.

    http://www.glenn-apiaries.com/glenn_apiaries.html

    I haven't dealt with them so YMMV.

    I think that all MH bees sold come from Glenn Apiaries but I may be mistaken. Also,...
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    I'm still fairly new here but I'm beginning to...

    I'm still fairly new here but I'm beginning to love this set of forums on beesource.

    I've wasted far too much time looking into small cell as a starting point for a new beekeeper and here is a...
  13. Thread: Gooseberries

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    In my experience I've found that people either...

    In my experience I've found that people either love them or hate them. There doesn't seem to be a middle ground. Fortunately, I love them and now that I have some ground to plant them I need to get...
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    I only have 2 hives...so far. For each frame I...

    I only have 2 hives...so far. For each frame I simply shake off as many bees as I can and then brush off the rest.
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    Queen bee flight on Nov. 16th?

    Do queens take cleansing flights?

    I'm a first year beekeeper and I'm not great at spotting the queen on combs yet. But this happened on the landing pad on the front of the hive.

    It was around...
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    Thanks!!! That's what I'm looking for.

    Thanks!!! That's what I'm looking for.
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    Is there a Beekeeping Calendar?

    I don't mean something that says, "On May 14th you need to ..." but something with activities listed along with when to do them like, "On the first sunny day of the year when the temperature exceeds...
  18. This is my first year of beekeeping and I've been...

    This is my first year of beekeeping and I've been told not to expect any honey from my 2 hives that I started this spring from nucs.

    From what I've been told by experienced beekeepers my one hive...
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    Does goldenrod make a really dark honey? I'm...

    Does goldenrod make a really dark honey?

    I'm in south central Iowa and I'm trying to figure out what kind of nectar is making the dark honey I just harvested. Another guy about a mile away...
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    I use the 'crush and strain' method to harvest...

    I use the 'crush and strain' method to harvest honey. Afterwards I put the frames with foundation back in the hive for the bees to clean up. That way the bits of honey aren't wasted.
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    I don't think anyone in my area would be growing...

    I don't think anyone in my area would be growing buckwheat but maybe they are.

    This honey is almost as dark as blackstrap molasses.

    Someone mentioned goldenrod once. Does that nectar make a...
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    Nectar source for very dark honey?

    I see that some of you are in or around south central Iowa so you may be able to answer this.

    Sunday I harvested honey from my hives after keeping bees for my first season. The honey is very dark...
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    Powdered sugar contains some corn starch to...

    Powdered sugar contains some corn starch to prevent caking. Some think this causes a problem, especially during the winter, because corn starch isn't very digestible and can cause defecating in the...
  24. Thread: 2 Queens!!!

    by pgmrdan
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    From the reading I've done this isn't that rare...

    From the reading I've done this isn't that rare of a situation. Usually the keeper finds a queen and stops looking so he/she never notices a second or even a third queen in the hive.

    Speculation...
  25. Thread: Paint Strainer

    by pgmrdan
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    riverrat, How long do the Dadant plastic...

    riverrat,

    How long do the Dadant plastic strainers last you or do you use their stainless steel strainers?

    Thanks,
    Dan
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