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    Re: Stratiolaelaps - A bug to Fight Varroa?

    My approach has been to use semi-rotten wood chips, which have been stacked on bare soil for at least one month to attract soil-dwelling mites, such as Stratiolelaps. This material is then added to...
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    Re: Neonicotinoids The Four Dog Defense

    Well gee, I am a beekeeper and I understand that perfectly - but his location has NOTHING to do with the post at the top of this thread, which NOBODY has come close to engaging with.
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    Re: Neonicotinoids The Four Dog Defense

    And the point you so widely missed was - what have his location or interests to do with the subject of the post?
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    Re: Neonicotinoids The Four Dog Defense

    This from someone who signs themselves hpm08161947....
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    Re: Neonicotinoids The Four Dog Defense

    I haven't been here for a while, but once upon a time there was a decent level of debate. Now - here, at least - it seems to have degenerated into unwarranted, personal attacks with no serious...
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    Re: Saw Buck Base

    Here is my latest YouTube video showing my experimental 'deep floor', which is designed to encourage an ecosystem to develop inside the hive, while maintaining and stabilizing the internal...
  7. Re: New podcast - interview with Christy Hemenway

    Thank you! I would love to do more, but they are quite time-consuming to produce. I am now aiming for one per month and have noticed how June is running out... I will see what I can do. The July...
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    Re: Electromagnetic theory for colony collapse

    Here's an experiment for you all to try:

    1. Take your cellphone, check that it has a signal, and wrap it in tinfoil.
    2. Connect it to an earth wire, if you like.
    3. Call your phone from another...
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    Re: Electromagnetic theory for colony collapse

    Be sure to wear a WW2 steel helmet to protect yourself as well... oh yeah, and tinfoil underpants. :rolleyes:
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    Re: Removing Drone Brood in a KTBH

    That is certainly a tough choice.
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    Re: Lots of Drones?

    Of course they get kicked out at the end of the season, but that doesn't mena they are not important while they are there. After all, they live longer than workers!
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    Re: Lots of Drones?

    R.O.B. Manley, a British commercial beekeeper of the first half of the 20th century, wrote about his observation that his best honey-producing hives were the ones with the most drones... funny how...
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    Re: Removing Drone Brood in a KTBH

    Yeah, it's tricky alright. I am more and more inclined towards the 'do as little as possible' end of the spectrum, and I think that removing drones wholesale unbalances the colony. The long-term...
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    Re: Removing Drone Brood in a KTBH

    It started that way, but then seemed to stray into drone culling -

    >>I wonder if just scratching the drone comb - causing the bees to remove them and clean out the cells - is still an effective...
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    Re: Lots of Drones?

    I meant drones, of course...

    I have more questions than answers - about this and almost everything else. But I do think they have a role in maintaining brood temperature and possibly colony...
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    Re: Lots of Drones?

    Think about it: 7,500 queens in a natural colony. How many of them are likely ever to mate with a queen? What do you suppose the others are doing, meanwhile?
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    Re: Feed or not to feed?

    They probably failed to find your feeder because sugar syrup has no smell. Bad idea to feed outside anyway, unless you want to feed wasps as well - any anyone else's bees that happen to be passing! ...
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    Re: Removing Drone Brood in a KTBH

    I'm amazed that anyone wants to be this invasive! What makes you think you know better than bees do how many drones are needed in a hive, or where they should be?
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    Re: Lots of Drones?

    You are used to/have been conditioned by the owners of conventional hives to expect only a few hundred drones in your hives. Natural colonies have about 15% of their population as drones during the...
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    Re: How Many Beekeepers Using Top Bar Hives?

    Interesting, and I would like to see a comparison with Langs in the same locations, started at the same time. I must say that my top bar colonies have come through winter in much better shape than...
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    Re: How Many Beekeepers Using Top Bar Hives?

    Same way as you would oxalic - trickle between the combs in mid-December.
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    Re: How Many Beekeepers Using Top Bar Hives?

    FWIW I will throw my two penn'orth into this thread.

    Nobody should be suggesting that TBHs of any design prevent mite problems - that is just wishful thinking IMO. However, I think natural comb...
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    Re: Anyone rearing Queens in a TBH?

    I have found the Miller method (http://bushfarms.com/beesmillermethod.htm in MB's list) to be reliable and simple to use in a TBH. I don't like grafting, as it is too invasive for my liking and...
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    Re: TBH Designs Wanted

    Anyone interested may like to know that I have just finished a revision of the FREE ebook - How To Build A Toip Bar Hive - which is now available from here:
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    Re: Top Bar Designs (The Bar Itself)

    By definition, if you are using frames then you are not running a top bar hive - I don't care what they are made from.

    A top bar hive uses top bars. A frame hive uses frames. You don't run a...
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