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    Re: What temps are safe

    Thanks for the answers

    'And if it isn't queenless it will benefit from the added brood. Don't shake the bees off of that frame but do make sure the queen isn't on it.
    It was't queenless...big fat...
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    Re: What temps are safe

    Reason for inspection: I have a feral colony that is queenless...I think...taken from a fallen tree ...would like to transfer open brood frames to increase chances of survival. What would you do?
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    What temps are safe

    To examine frames with open brood...would a sunny day at 50deg be safe if done quickly?
  4. Thread: honey suckle

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    Re: honey suckle

    the
    'winter honeysuckle" is bush-type
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    Re: honey suckle

    been told that "winter honeysuckle" is a good source of nectar before other sources are available.
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    Feral colony question

    Last week captured the bees from a downed tree. Have not seen a queen and doubt that she is in the hive....bees are bringing in pollen and making some comb. In taking open brood and eggs from another...
  7. Thread: Bee Tree

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    Re: Bee Tree

    good luck...you will need it ...very difficult job....getting the queen out alive is a big problem
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    Feral bees in fallen beech tree

    The tree is about 18/20 in. dia. . Hard to determine where the comb in in relation to the entrance. Location of the tree will make a difficult cut. I placed a couple of boxes with some honey/empty...
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    Essential oils used in hospital

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=klBwEBWa4Zo

    Maybe we should try atomizing ...is this comparable to OAV?
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    Anyone have winter honeysuckle

    been told that winter honeysuckle is a great source of early nectar ...anyone with experience?
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    Re: Dry sugar failure

    MB is correct....bees make bad decisions....same as beekeepers
  12. Re: Russians are flying today, Italians aren't, that can't be good

    MB says they are all MUTS....that's true!
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    Re: Sheet Metal for Telescoping Cover

    make it reversible ...black in winter and white in summer
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    how to manipulate swarm cell

    First try on raising a queen. Attempting to pull a frame with a queen cell or two to start a nuc.
    Question.... at what stage of the cell ....what do I look for to determine the proper time to...
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    Re: What Does Mite Tolerant Really Mean?

    "VSH bees use uncapping and removal behaviors to disrupt mite reproduction."

    just wondering ....any proof of this?
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    Re: Essential oil treatments, are they bogus?

    Leave it to the Volunteer State guy to come up with the correct answer to this query.
    ..Garlic is a great remedy for all that ails you.
    Honey is a great remedy for allergies.
    ...the list goes on...
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    Re: Does anyone that treats have success

    julysun,
    definitely not a "Flamer" ...whatever that is ..but I do work with flames sometimes. Just trying to figure things out....trying to keep my bees live.
    Reason for the thread: MB declared...
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    Re: Does anyone that treats have success

    MB, how far away are you from other colonies?
    Thanks ...me thinks that using something like OAV to kill the mites ..such as you my have ...and reducing the exposure of mite infestation by being...
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    Does anyone that treats have success

    It seems that from comments from Michael Bush treatments + success are not possible. I would define success as 80% to 85% average survival over more than 3 years.
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    Re: Why I don't consider using treatments.

    saying CCD is caused by a pathogen is akind to saying the common cold is caused by a bug ....or a pathogen
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    Re: Pure Russian Queens

    Think one needs to go to vastly isolated territories in Russia to get "pure" Russian queens.
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    Re: Another week of minus temps.

    South pole temps.....this is considered some part of the globe...I think

    The mercury dropped to -73.8C (-100.8F), breaking the previous minimum temperature record of -73.3C (-99.9F) set in...
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    Re: Another week of minus temps.

    Global warming???? What globe are you on?
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    Re: Any true race of bees?

    "Like Bigalk in Iowa, Tubbs had an opportunity to witness

    the Russian bees’ durability thanks to a harsh winter. Of his
    1,500 domestic colonies, 1,200 to 1,400 were lost, whereas of
    his 2,000...
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    Re: Any true race of bees?

    "The purpose is to maintain a pure russian stock."

    ....is there such thing as a pure russian stock.....where did they come from?
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