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    Re: Treatment free vs. good sense.

    Evolution in bees is very slow. You cannot compare what scientists do in order to test evolutionary theories in labs to what happens in nature. In order to evolve you need a new generation. If you...
  2. Thread: 1:1 vs 2:1

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    Re: 1:1 vs 2:1

    1:1 is said to induce the queen to lay, it is often considered a nectar substitute as the bees think there is a nectar flow and start to grow in population. This is why you feed 1:1 in the spring.
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    Re: No honey in super

    Yes, you want to compact the hive and remove the empty, they are not likely to make any comb and empty space can be a death trap in the winter. Remember, you want to be feeding 2:1 (sugar:water).
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    Re: No honey in super

    If you want them to have a good chance of making it through the winter I would start feeding them soon! While it might be warm now I don't expect that there is much nectar around for them to forage...
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    Re: tounge stuck out

    Often, this is an indication of death due to pesticide.
  6. Re: Overwintering indoors???.....Is this possible?

    Yes, it works but as the other poster mentioned; you want to keep the temperature moderately low (shouldn't be an issue in NC). There are keepers around me (WA) that keep the bees indoors for the 3...
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    Re: Treatment free vs. good sense.

    A wise person once said: "If your bees are dying every year then you are not keeping bees".

    I take this to heart myself. I would like to be treatment free but at the same time if there is...
  8. Thread: Yellow Jackets

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    Yellow Jackets

    This year the YJs appear extremely robust in population and while they are not entering my hives they are taking any bees the fall to the ground (or giving the bees that fall a run for their money). ...
  9. Re: Mite count still high after treating with Mite Away Quick Strips

    There has been very little proof that sugar shake can knock down varroa significantly. Unfortunately I cannot comment on another round of MAQS but if these where my hives I would go another round. ...
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    Re: When to feed 2 to 1

    Around here we feed if the hives are light (less than 50 pounds of honey stores) anytime following the last major nectar bloom. You feed 2:1 for a number of reasons: 1) Less moisture means less...
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    Re: Rose Hive Method

    If you search YouTube you will find a dozen or more videos covering varying practices.
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    Re: Not taking syrup

    I've found that they don't take syrup if they are finding sufficient wild sources and it sounds like they may have natural sources available.
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    Re: Laying worker(s) and capped larvae

    Laying workers lay only drones; they would be indistinguishable from drone capped cells. If they are flat like worker cells then you may not be queenless.
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    Re: Laying worker or Drone laying queen?

    Yes, but neither source suggested that the are active laying workers. I don't dispute there are workers with ovaries but that is different than to say the are actively laying in a hive that also has...
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    Re: Queen right hive and laying workers.

    I checked in the "Biology of the Honey Bee" which suggests that a queen and laying worker would likely not be present in a hive at the same time unless, the hive was without queen and (more...
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    Re: Laying worker or Drone laying queen?

    I checked in the "Biology of the Honey Bee" which suggests that a queen and laying worker would likely not be present in a hive at the same time unless, the hive was without queen and (more...
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    Re: Queen right hive and laying workers.

    I have never seen nor heard of this fact; can you point to where you saw this information (I don't think it is true but always interested in learning)?
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    Re: What to do with queenless hive this fall?

    +2, they won't survive otherwise.
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    Re: sprays of soapy water and sugary water

    Sugar water doesn't make bubbles of substance (soap bubbles have a skin) so no, it doesn't kill them like soapy water does. Honestly I've never heard about soapy water and honey bees but it is a...
  20. Thread: Salt lick

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    Re: Salt lick

    Bees need salt and will benefit from it being available. Some people, myself included add salt to their water at opportunistic times; but not too much.
  21. Re: Just lost 2 queens from my 2 hives- now what??

    Without a queen they will not survive the winter.

    Your next problem will be to stave off the creation of a lying worker; which can happen once there is no brood in the hive so time is not on your...
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    Re: Open Feeding What Happened?

    During a dearth open feeding can draw bees from many miles around and it sounds like that is what you experiences. The bees can be quite agitated during this feeding frenzy, also what you appear to...
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    Re: Pesticides? Or something else?

    You may want to check with your local beekeeper organizations. Here is Washington the University does free diagnosis of dead hives and I suspect in your state there maybe a similar service. Tongs...
  24. Thread: mean bee

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    Re: mean bee

    Bees can get aggressive at times but (for instance when protecting honey during a dearth or during cooler weather if you don't give ample notice, in the way of some before entering the hive). If...
  25. Re: "...honey vs. sucrose or high fructose corn syrup"

    http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/integrative_medicine_digestive_center/news_events/corn_syrup.html

    Quote from the article: "The HFCS bees do not turn on their immune genes (that is they have less...
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