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    Re: How Cold Before SHB Die?

    I don't think the adults lay eggs if the temps are below 70 degrees. They must have ground temps above 50 for the larvae to pupate. I can't remember where I read this, I think it was on a USDA...
  2. Re: Not feeding, why??? Low on stores, and not feeding.

    Are you sure the hive not taking the syrup has empty cells in which to put the syrup? If there is no storage room the bees will not take the syrup.
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    Re: Increasing cell size

    The new queen may be reluctant to lay in the small cells, if she is reluctant, give her a frame with drone sized cells. She will start laying drones, and after a frame or two, she will start laying...
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    Re: Drone congregation Area

    A colony will have drones in all of the DCAs within flying distance of the colony. Each DCA will have in it the same percentage of drones from each colony within flying distance. A queen will fly...
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    Re: terramycin

    This past week-end at our state association meeting the Arkansas Apiary Section's report on disease found during inspections was that after inspecting over 11,400 hives no AFB was found. There were...
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    Re: terramycin

    If AFB spores are introduced into the hive when the terramycin strength is below what it takes to suppress the disease, yes it is possible for the disease to occur if the bees are not resistant to...
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    Re: terramycin

    Feeding terramycin in powdered sugar 3 times at 5 day intervals was recommended because the drug was more stable than when fed in syrup. It was to be fed no closer to the nectar flow than 4 weeks.
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  8. Re: Difference in mites varroa vs Tracheal

    Mr. Clemens; My information is from the fourth edition of the "Beekeepers Handbook" by Diana Sammataro and Alphonse Avitabile. I have also been told the same information in several talks on honey...
  9. Re: Difference in mites varroa vs Tracheal

    Disjointed wings can be caused by viruses, both Acute and Chronic Paralysis cause wings to become disjointed, as also does Nosema.
  10. Re: Frustrated with VSH and looking for suggestions

    The test for VSH was the uncapping of pupa that had mites reproducing in the cell. The researchers gave the bees infested brood, when the bees uncapped the cells the researchers inspected the brood...
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    Re: Slatted Racks?

    In my climate conditions the slatted racks do not help bearding as much as screened bottom boards. Keith Delaplane did a study as to whether the racks helped with honey production and swarming (?)...
  12. Re: Why would workers ball young queen in a nuke?

    I have seen the bees ball a laying queen to stop her from laying eggs when they were in a starvation situation. When they were fed they released the queen and allowed her to start laying again. I...
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    Re: Have you tried Hopguard?

    I have treated a colony that had only sealed brood and dropped less than a dozen mites in a 24 hour period. 10 days later I placed 2 strips in the brood nest and dropped several hundred mites. ...
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    Re: Foundation or not?

    I like wooden frames with plastic foundations. Much easier than doing all wax and having to wire the frames to keep the foundation straight while it is being drawn out.

    Kiddkop, A question you...
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    Re: Mating yard questions.

    A study in 2007 by Koeniger in Germany (?) showed that queens fly only as long as it takes them to be sufficiently mated. Mating flights lasted from 10 to 30 minutes, with the shorter flights...
  16. Re: Mite Count: What is considered "high" for those who do not want to treat?

    I have tried small cell, 3 years with 20 colonies, and the solution is genetics. What was a surprise for me this year is that the colonies of my TF survivor queens and their daughters have as large...
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    Re: Quilts and Candyboards

    jcolon; Put a 3/4 x 3/4 inch rim around the bottom of your 2 inch frame under the wire. Have 2 strips across the bottom from side to side to support the wire. A 2 inch frame will hold 20 pounds of...
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    Re: Drone comb

    It just takes longer for the bees to remove the pupa/larvae from the cells.
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    Re: Drone comb

    Use a wire brush to remove the cappings while the comb is still frozen, it is fast and the pupa/larvae are not damaged.
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    Re: powder sugar

    Yes, use one cup per super and separate and do each super. Powdered sugar works best when there is no sealed brood in the brood nest, if there is brood most of the mites will be in the capped brood.
  21. Re: Mite Count: What is considered "high" for those who do not want to treat?

    My treatment free bees started from treated stock in 2006. They have been in a Bond Yard until this year. I brought home 4 queens and raised daughters from them to head the 14 full sized colonies...
  22. Re: Mite Count: What is considered "high" for those who do not want to treat?

    If you consider your colonies to be expendable, and you have the funds to purchase new bees each year, then start out on the non-treatment path if you wish. At the present time I have 14 colonies...
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    Re: Varroa Mite mobility?

    I have wondered if part of their speed is the result of being attracted by a static electricity build up on the honey bee, something similar to the way pollen is attracted by the bee.
  24. Re: Newbees, Mediums and AFB -- a cautionary tale

    I would think the commercial beekeepers have more AFB than hobbyist because they have more colonies. I would also think that more of their cases of AFB are found because they are better at...
  25. Re: Need to feed a little nuc. How best to do without inducing even more robbing?

    Take food from the strongest colony for the nuc, and then feed the strongest colony. They are better at defending themselves than a weak nuc.
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