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  1. Re: Looked like bees were swarming, but then they died on side of hive in a few minut

    Ursurpation is primarily a event associated with AHB however there is some evidence that it also occurs in european honey bees as well. Its likely that you don't have AHB but did experience an...
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    Re: Swarm Question

    Paramoth will drive them out - put tehm in a nuc with clean undrawn foundation for a week while you air out the other comb.
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    Re: SHB's mode of travel into hive?

    its has been shown that adult SHB beetles can fly upwards of 6-8 miles. And im pretty sure that the larvae can crawl more than several feet away from the hive which is why its not as simple as just...
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    Re: how to manipulate swarm cell

    you can pull at any stage there is developing larvae, but to get the healthiest cell you may want to wait until the cell is capped (day 7-8) before moving it. If you move it earlier than that, you...
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    Re: Bees swarming from semi in Phoenix.

    good thing they taped off the area to keep the bees contained.....lol sensationalism at its finest.
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    Re: What to do with Honey??

    That wax comb, in my opinion is going to be contaminated as well, not just the honey. The wax comb absorbs that chemical as well. so any future honey in that comb can have traces of apistan. Id...
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    Re: 4 or 5 year old queens

    check out Zia Queen in New Mexico - their breeders are survivors of least three yrs.
  8. Re: Question: Forcing feral colony to Swarm

    Swarming is a natural event that is next to impossible to force in a feral colony. Not all colonies swarm and can/will survive(actually just persist) without ever swarming. They just exist. Are...
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    Re: Pure Russian Queens

    check out the russian breeders association website: www.russianbreeder.org
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    Re: To feed or not to feed?

    they likely already have brood already. the question you may want to ask is honey much do you want to stimulate them. here in PA we already have very small patches of brood and its 20 degrees with...
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    Re: Latest Dee Lusby Video

    She is also in AHB territory, so its quite likely that there are some AHB genes in those hives - definately runny and flighty!
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    Re: Dead hive

    its not as accurate as as when done with live bees but it does work - there are always mites on dead bees - i use bees collected from dead out hives to show how to conduct alcohol washes when i teach...
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    Re: Dead hive

    if you haven't thrown away the bees already, you can conduct an alcohol wash on the dead bees to see what you mite load was like - take about 1/2 cup of bees, place in a mason jar, fill up with...
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    Re: Bait swarms screw up wax foundation

    old foundation? If the wax was old and lacked the freshness of new foundation they will sometimes do that.
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    Re: Dead hive

    I leave my bottom boards open all winter as well - helps with the ventilation (lots of moisture in the winter here in PA) - your bees probably died of a combination of issues - starvation was part of...
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    Re: Attaching Numbers To A Queen Bee

    glue ive used super glue with success but the offgasses produced can cause the bees to not accept the queen - most number packets come with an adhesive you can use
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    Re: Best location to catch swarms?

    you will find that there are only a few "specifics" as it relates to catching swarms the rest is a guess! height should be about 12-15' although higher and lower have caught swarms. Size of the box...
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    Re: about that winter cluster.....

    you likely wouldnt have any brood this time of year - it could have been that the one cluster was off foraging on that side and got caught by a sudden drop in temps - definately go in when temps hit...
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    Re: Varroa & swarms

    swarming due to varroa no - in fact, swarming can be considered a natural way of controlling varroa population numbers within a colony -the colony swarms for reproductive reasons and creates a brood...
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    Re: Swarm Trap: how empty should it be?

    if you need to go foundationless, at the very least alternate frames with foundation then foundationless so you wont have 5-8 frames with cross comb! but yes fill it up with frames as everyone has...
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    Re: cold pails of honey

    I use a 20 gallon metal garbage can to de crystalize my honey. I place a 75 watt light bulb in the bottom, stack some bricks around it to provide space for the bulb, then i place a piece of aluminum...
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    Re: I Have laying worker

    if you have the time and there are plenty of bees, introduce a frame of eggs and a ripe queen cell in a protected cage. let the queen emerge, go out and get mated and return... that usually works...
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    Re: Best extractors?

    cant go wrong with maxant..... in quality, reliability and great customer service
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    Top Bar Hive Class - Pittsburgh, PA

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    Re: Suspected Nosema ceranae. Suggestions?

    Send a sample of the dead bees to Beltsville Lab for analysis. you will need about 1/3 of a up of bees. soak them in alcohol then put them in a ziplock. they will tell you if you had mites and/or...
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