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    Varroa mite statistics?

    Hey everyone,
    I'm writing a term paper on honeybees, and one of the topics I would like to include is varroa mites. I am having some difficulty finding sources that I can cite about the average...
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    Re: Bees Not allowed

    Bakpakr, how is this coming along? Anything concrete?
    Thanks for taking it on.
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    Re: Hive with no queen, what to do?

    You could try moving a frame from your good hive with eggs in it over to the hive without a queen. They will normally take one of these eggs and turn it into a queen. Just make sure the frame you...
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    Re: i live in a state of stupid people...

    Knowing yahoo I would guess the little kid who lived in a house nearby the hive was the expert they consulted.
  5. Thread: No queen

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    No queen

    A little more than a week ago we checked one of our hives and found capped brood all over the place and way too many drones. We suspected that we didn't have any queen until we got down to the last...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Caught my own bees swarming yesterday, April 8, 2012. Location is central Virginia, where the winter was gentle and Spring warmer than normal. The swarm came from a one year old hive and clustered in...
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    Setting hive price

    I am selling a hive to a friend and trying to figure out a fair price. I'm not trying to make any money off of this sale, but would like to not lose a ton, either. The hive is established, in an 8...
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    Why three clusters?

    Our bees swarmed today for the first time. When they did they didn't all condense on one branch like I thought they would. Instead they separated into three clusters. Two of the clusters were very...
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    Re: Carniolan Queen, Italian bees?

    My best guess is that your queen either mated with some Italian drones, or you have a two queen colony one Italian and one carniolan. I wouldn't trust me if I were you though, since I only started...
  10. Thread: Bees at night

    by Foster
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    Bees at night

    It is pretty dark out and there are a bunch of bees on the landing board of the hive. they are mostly all buzzing but none are flying. Also, the air around the hive smells like honey. Are they just...
  11. Thread: Take the brood?

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    Take the brood?

    We have one hive that is weak and one that is full of bees. I am a little bit worried that the strong hive is going to swarm. I have been destroying queen cells whenever I see them but I think the...
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    Re: Probably a stupid question.

    I was thinking more about the bees tracking in chemicals from the paint, but those sound like equally good reasons not to paint it. Thanks.
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    Probably a stupid question.

    I was painting the top bar hive that we recently finished and I am wondering if I should paint their front porch or if that might be bad for them.
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    Re: Should I wipe the snow off?

    It's a pretty weak hive and I'm just hoping that it will survive the winter. Does the snow offer any insulation or does wiping it off and leaving a wet outside-of-the-hive cause more...
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    Should I wipe the snow off?

    It's snowing and I would like to know your opinions about leaving the snow on top of a hive and using it for insulation, or if it's better to wipe it off so that the cold doesn't seep down.

    Thanks!
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    Re: Mosquito control in bee water

    If you don't get the goldfish then I would just dump the water out whenever you see mosquitoes.
  17. Thread: Bad to feed?

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    Bad to feed?

    We have had some pretty warm days in my area recently and the bees have been flying. I started to put out a bowl with about a cup of sugar water in it a couple of days ago. I am wondering if I...
  18. Re: OFFER: My top bar hive, bees and equipment (free). Fairfax VA

    This is a very generous offer, indeed. Please put me on the "if the previous deal falls through" list.
    Thanks!
    hinchingbrookepark@yahoo.com
  19. Re: Leave screened bottom board or close it up for the winter??

    Now that queens have stopped laying eggs doesn't that mean that the varroa also stop reproducing?
  20. Thread: Evolution.....

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    Re: Evolution.....

    What I think needs to happen for mites to finally be taken down to a manageable number is, either beekeepers need to stop treating for mites so that all the non mite resistant bees will die and the...
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    Re: Bees in downed tree

    Isn't it illegal to keep bees in a gum hive since you can't remove the frames for inspection?
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    Re: Yellow jacket nests

    I've also heard that you can pour gasoline down the hole.
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    Re: Need advice on top bar hives.

    Thanks for your help. It looks like it will be a fun project.
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    Need advice on top bar hives.

    My dad and I have two Langstroth hives and we are planning to build a top bar hive or a Kenya top bar hive for next year. I am wondering if any of you who have already built and/or kept a top bar...
  25. Thread: Wasp invasion

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    Re: Wasp invasion

    I'm sorry about the three hives you lost. The only thing I have to add to what Mike said is next time you see a wasp on your hive grab a tennis racket or a hive tool and kill it so it doesn't tell...
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