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    Re: Are AFB spores harmful to humans?

    Eating the honey has no effect on humans, but in 2010 there were 5 people in Germany that had AFB infections from shooting up with methadone mixed with honey that had AFB spores.
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    Re: 10 frame double deep or single?

    Roland; How do you feed your single deeps for winter?
  3. Re: Bees and Skunks: what is fact and what is folklore?

    I'm not sure, I was an enforcement officer. It was the biologist that were always tasting it, and all they said was "It tastes like scat."
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    No, but I can verify that they do stink to high heaven. I have had more actual damage done to my bees by squirrels more than any other animal, they chew the legs of stands and drop a colony that...
  5. Re: Bees and Skunks: what is fact and what is folklore?

    Fellows, the scat/bee remains are from the bees the skunk ate the night before. I have a bee yard that has a skunk den 20 yard from it and I have watched the skunks at the hives. I have never had...
  6. Re: Bees and Skunks: what is fact and what is folklore?

    Around my hives it is always bee remains in piles of scat.
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    Re: Hive orientation?

    No, it will not matter which way you face your colonies. Facing them in a SW direction would be better than NE if you have strong winter winds from the north, but over a year's time there is little...
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    Re: 10 frame double deep or single?

    In my area it is possible to overwinter a 3 frame nuc during a mild winter with an early spring. You will sleep better if the bees are in a well stocked double deep, and you will have stronger...
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    Re: Requeen with Buckfast Queen

    The only colonies that I have found to be reluctant to accept foreign queens have been Russians. They will often take 48 to 72 hours longer to accept the new queen than will colonies headed by other...
  10. Re: Small Scale VSH genetics and hybridization

    There is a study that showed that drones from a colony will be in every DCA within flying distance of that colony. If there are 20 colonies within flying distance, then a queen has the opportunity...
  11. Re: Small Scale VSH genetics and hybridization

    Google honey bee mating is semi-isolated valleys. Just showing that it does happen. There are reports of virgins being seen to mate close their own apiary in literature going back to the mid to...
  12. Re: Extra space in 8-frame mediums & foundationless

    Center the frames in the box with space on both sides. The outside frames may be drawn a little "fat" but the fat side can be trimmed down. Over time the propolis build-up on the meeting edges of...
  13. Re: Small Scale VSH genetics and hybridization

    In a study of bee mating in semi-isolated valleys that was done in G.B., in the most isolated Edale Valley apiary, the researchers found that 60% of the matings were with drones from the same apiary...
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    Re: piggy back rides

    Undertaker bees taking away the sick or the dead.
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    Re: plastic vs wax foundation

    Wooden frames that use the plastic foundation are best. If you start with one 10 frame box feed the new frames/foundations in one or two at a time. If there is not a strong flow on feed a thin...
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    Re: question for dr. latshaw aka jsl

    He describes the hive top feeder that he used and how it was modified so that 4 nucs could feed from it. This is on page 42/43 of "Beekeeping at Buckfast Abbey." He went on to say that feeding of...
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    Re: question for dr. latshaw aka jsl

    Yes, Br. Adam was specific in saying that stimulative feed was not part of their management plan, they had practiced it at one time, but when the book was written it was not. I do think that we...
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    Re: question for dr. latshaw aka jsl

    Daniel Y;

    I have read several of Br. Adams books, and I understood what he said. What I disagreed with was his diagnosis of what the problem was with over-feeding a colony in the fall. There is...
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    Re: question for dr. latshaw aka jsl

    In Beekeeping at Buckfast Abbey, page 55, Brother Adam is writing about winter close down. He writes "However, in seasons of total failure (the nectar flow on Dartmoor", when they return from the...
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    Re: Late October Swarm?

    I caught a swarm in my home yard on the 9th of October. When I checked 5 days later they were storing syrup, but there was no laying activity. By the 19th the queen had started to lay a silver...
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    Re: Do you use terramycin on your bees?

    Like you, when I started beekeeping I was taught to use terramycin spring and fall, but now that is not how beekeeping is taught. I know no hobby beekeepers that use antibiotics as a preventative...
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    Re: Foundation or not?

    I have not had a chance to read the book, but in an article written in the ABJ in 1891, Hutchinson said he hived swarms on foundationless frames and had comb or foundations in the honey super. He...
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    Re: Foundation or not?

    Moses Quinby was not using foundation in 1900, he died in 1875.

    If anyone wants to read about foundation versus foundationless they should read the older issues of the ABJ or Bee Culture. The...
  24. Re: Mouse guard - 1/2 square opening or 1/4 square?

    I have always used a 3/8 inch high entrance and I have seen mice in colonies 3 times in 37 years, always in dead-outs in out-yards. I don't know if they entered before or after the colonies died. ...
  25. Re: Mouse guard - 1/2 square opening or 1/4 square?

    Yes, 1/2 inch is a little large, the 1/4 mesh would do better.
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