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  1. Re: OA Vaporize Package Bees While Still In Package?

    Drenching would probably be easier, and probably not a bad idea.
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    Re: Is this noraml behavior with bee suppliers?

    It seems the package bees and nucs business, specifically the distribution, is very appealing to people who are solely business minded. Make a quick buck by being a middle man, and who cares if you...
  3. Thread: Russian Bees

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    Re: Russian Bees

    Or rather sort the queens by color and call them Italian(yellow) or carniolan(black) LOL
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    Re: Making your own drone comb for DHCs

    I wonder if I can make the foundation part thinner, in order to gain more drone on the outside?
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    Making your own drone comb for DHCs

    So Randy Oliver has that part of one of his articles that shows how he makes drone traps using a deep frame with a horizontal bar 2/3rds of the way up, foundation above, foundation-less below. I am...
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    Re: Ultra Bee/Bee Pro no HFCS

    Well, last year I mixed up a dry weight of 60% sugar and 40% Bee Pro and just added water until I like the consistency. I think it was a little wetter than I wanted but it never turned hard. This...
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    Ultra Bee/Bee Pro no HFCS

    The recipes on both packages are basically the same and call for HFCS. What sugar syrup ratio would you use in place of HFCS, or what else would you add in place of it?
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    Re: I will never buy packages again.

    Have you read Honeybee Democracy? I catch swarms in at least 50% in my traps(when I do set up traps) after using the knowledge from that book.
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    Re: I will never buy packages again.

    It depends on the location and type of management. Some people able to buy packages each Spring, install them on drawn comb, make a honey crop, and sell the bees in the fall. Some people can't do...
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    Re: I will never buy packages again.

    That there aren't enough nucs produced to meet the demand. That beginners don't yet know enough to weigh the pros and cons(what's the first thing that pops up when beginners search for bees?). Then...
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    Re: what is considered a local queen?

    I don't think one year is enough to be considered "local". If you wanted locally adapted bees you wouldn't evaluate the mother(breeder) for just one year would you? Any number of queens from all over...
  12. Re: Introduce virgin queens of a different strain

    Whatever route you go, I suggest feeding syrup along with it. It seems to put bees in a better mood.
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    Of course, never will there be a perfect bee forever. Evolution progresses through death, and not directly through better and better genes. Location is a lot of it, as different locations have...
  14. Re: The BEST queens are mated after the Solstice...

    http://i1254.photobucket.com/albums/hh609/sratcliff3/Mobile%20Uploads/download.jpg
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    Re: My bees won't come out of their hives?

    Well, its showing 18* at the moment in Black Forest, CO, so that's too cold to come out...

    In my area, this time out year, they'll start flying out somewhere between 35*-50* depending on sunshine,...
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    I was talking more about when a swarm find a new cavity, rather than trying to regress bees in current hives. And maybe my question was still answered by Rader's and Michael's links, I'll go over...
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    Are there links to studies about this? Does a swarm remember the size of the old comb and use a size in between? That's funny that they can 'reset' their orientation but not their comb size.
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    I just read all of his "What's Happening to the Bees" articles over the holiday. It seems that as soon as you take bees from the trees they begin to become domesticated in some way, which disrupts...
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    Re: Where did my bees go???

    One of the Four Horsemen.

    http://scientificbeekeeping.com/sick-bees-part-2-a-model-of-colony-collapse/
  20. Re: To be treatment free, get treatment free bees to begin with

    I tend to think it's not what you say, it's how you say it. Something that gets lost in text. None of us can speak for Randy, but I don't think he meant they are literally as bad as the Taliban.
  21. Re: Volunteering with a beekeeper might have paid off !

    I think getting to see what healthy, populous hives look like up close puts a new beekeeper years ahead. Not to mention how to properly use a hive tool and move around boxes.
  22. Re: Have not even started and already discouraged...

    Find someone who is successful, treatment free or not, and learn from them. Ask them if they mind you tagging along when they are working the hives, or better yet see if they'll hire you. There is...
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    Standard tea light size

    Is there a standard tea light candle size? I thought about buying a pack of 50 with the aluminum tins, taking out the paraffin candle and pouring my own, but a lot of pictures look like the standard...
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    Re: Flickering and wick issues

    Not nearly a pointed as it was. As long at the wick is about 1\8" when I light it I haven't had any issues so far. What do you do if you cut it too short?
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    Re: Flickering and wick issues

    I think I've sorted my issues for now. It seems there's as much to lighting candles as there is to making them!
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