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    Re: Russian Bee Subspecies

    The Russian bees do not have a taxonomy per se. Originally I believe they were an Italian Honey bee, and being the first ones exposed to varroa have adopted traits to deal with it. However, Im sure...
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    Re: Mel Disselkoen

    Id love to read some peer reviewed studies on varroa mites, and brood breaks... unfortunately I cant find any!
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    Re: starting new small cell hives

    I used all small cell last season on some hives. It worked out fairly well. I would be tempted to use larger cell sizes on honey supers though. The bees will naturally build larger cells for honey...
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    Re: brood break and mites

    The way I understand it is by knocking down the bees population curve at a critical time (before they reach critical mass) you can avoid that inevitable period where there is more mites then bees...
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    Re: Winter losses ?

    75% still snow on the ground... most people I talk to in Ontario are getting wiped out something fierce.
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    Re: Fixed Brood and Honey Space

    The Chicken! http://www.thestar.com/life/2010/07/15/science_answers_the_question_which_came_first_the_chicken_or_the_egg.html
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    Re: Winter Supercedure

    I found some old brood cells, some drone cells. Gets so darn cold up here they dont typically raise alot of brood over the winter. Think I might throw pollen patties in my remaining hives to prompt...
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    Re: Winter Supercedure

    Well we typically use Oxalic Acid up here. I didnt treat these colonies, had two collapse from mites for sure. These ones were weird though all thriving 3 weeks ago and riddled with Queen Cells. Went...
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    Winter Supercedure

    Doing post mortems on beehives the other day trying to figure out what killed him. On three hives I found multiple sealed queen cell supercedure cells. Im wondering if anyone has experience this and...
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    Re: Mel Disselkoen

    There is also a decent presentation by him here explaining it a bit better https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIYz65Vquxg from what I can tell is its all timing. Split em on the summer solstice and...
  11. Re: Double Nuc Box Feeder Advice Needed

    Im curious Michael where do you get gallon cans? Ive looked at a few places and nothing seems to be economical $13-20
  12. Re: Should I wait to put new bees in the hive?

    Well... if its cold... they'll stay in the hive. But we only get nucs up here so lets wait for a more informed opinion.
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    Re: foulbrood in winter dead out

    Its pretty normal to see in a mite dead out, the brood gets cold and the bees might try to uncap it. The brood then dies and gets all gross looking. Id place bets that is what it is. Had a similar...
  14. Re: 2013 - 14 Winter losses -Scientific American

    Worth noting that it was that entomologists bees that died... think that last sentence was referring to himself.... if you check his twitter feed it confirms he was too lazy to check on mid winter...
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    Re: VSH...an excellent article

    I think the link to the specific article is located here https://afrsweb.usda.gov/SP2UserFiles/Place/64133000/PDFFiles/501-600/519-Danka--Varying%20congruence%20of%20hygienic.pdf and it refers more...
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    Re: Making a skep

    Many swarm traps dont have moveable frames....
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    Re: Bee Culture ?

    Adobe PDF will have a function where you "print" it as a pdf... easiest way to go. What format does Bee Culture come in? There is a program called "calibre" that will convert ebook formats and what...
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    Re: Bee space issue or other?

    They will build burr (or ladder) comb between frames all the time. If it is seeming excessive I would recommend going over the measurements on your boxes.
  19. Re: Please help....Did I make a boo boo when adding pollen pattyies today. Ontario

    Dancing Bee is the way to go for decently priced equipment! Also currently has pollen patties on sale =)
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    Re: For Treatment Free Beeks only

    There was a research project going on this year in Canada, where in order to find out the genetic diversity of honeybees in Canada we sent in samples from 6-7 of our hives. They have since finished...
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    Re: swarm cells

    Generally speaking yes, but keep in mind... often the bees dont read the same books we do =)
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    Re: Bee box...

    I think most good bee breeders out there should be able to help you out.
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    Re: Skills for hired help?

    Big shoulders, and a strong back ;)
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    Re: For Treatment Free Beeks only

    Importation in Canada doesnt make a whole lot of sense. Its the Prairie beekeepers that want "cheap" packages. Australian/NZ bees dont have varroa resistance and they sure as hell dont winter too...
  25. Re: Do you wear gloves during a frame-by-frame inspection?

    Depends on the time of the season for me as far as personal protection goes. Usually never wear gloves, but its important to feel underneath the tabs of frames when lifting em out for hiding bees...
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