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    Re: Why aren't Cloake Boards more popular?

    I am guessing, but I think Cloake Boards are a highly specialized piece of equipment (and thus used only briefly during the season) and take up a lot of storage space, and there are other ways to...
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    Re: How do eggs end up in a queen cup?

    Plus, not sure how much "conscious" thought a bee is capable of in order to be aware of what is going to happen in 3 weeks if she lays in that queen cup.
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    Re: Organic/treatment free beeks

    No mention of honey harvested. Hives surviving untreated is great and better than nothing, but, true success requires harvest of a reasonable honey crop.

    They started with 150 hives. They had...
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    Re: Organic/treatment free beeks

    Michael - Are there other examples in animal husbandry where humans have achieved success in similar situations (i.e., an introduced foreign parasite which almost completely wiped out the target...
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    Re: Organic/treatment free beeks

    +1
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    Re: Hive Tracks... Who is using this

    The last thing I want to be doing is messing around with a phone or tablet in the bee yard.

    Get in. Get out. Scratch a few notes. Move on. Its all right there in front of your face the next...
  7. Thread: I had no Idea

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    Re: I had no Idea

    4000 hive - what a huge amount of work.
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    Re: Front Range SNOW !!!

    38F at my house this morning.

    I've either lost a bunch of queens, or they have completly shut down egg production.

    Usually, the bottleneck for honey production in this area is not enough...
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    Re: first time selling nucs question

    lol!
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    Re: first time selling nucs question

    Obviously, language is not a mathematically precise form of communication. No matter what is defined or how it is defined, there is going to be inherent ambiguity because that is the nature of...
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    Re: Bee Lineage Question

    "Not to mention that a queen will fly far away specifically to avoid mating with her own drones which tend to be in the closer DCAs."



    "The results showed that the distribution of queen flight...
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    Re: first time selling nucs question

    "But it's kind of misleading to make absolute statements about what is or isn't."

    Actually, it is not. Ryan Williamson's language is the generally accepted definition of a "nuc," except for the...
  13. Re: Time interval for re-queening a queenless hive before it goes laying-worker?

    Thanks for the info.

    And to be more precise, according to one of the citations in the linked paper on Thelytoky, the clock to laying-worker-dom starts ticking at un-sealed-broodlessness. [In...
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    Re: Bee Lineage Question

    No to mention that a queen will fly far away specifically to avoid mating with her own drones which tend to be in the closer DCAs.
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    Re: Organic/treatment free beeks

    Well said!
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    Re: first time selling nucs question

    "Nuc" is short for "nucleus hive." It is well established among reputable sellers that a nucleus hive consists of (from Ryan Williamson's post):

    "- Bees from hives that over-wintered in my bee...
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    Re: Carniolan Honey Production

    We can easily talk about the "average", but without mention of the "standard deviation," the average has little real-world meaning. Unfortunately, no standard deviation information exist about bee...
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    Re: Sucsessful Queen Introduction tips.

    Beepro - Awesome. Thanks for the additional info.
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    Re: first time selling nucs question

    The commercial beek I sometimes help inspects the nucs the day before pick-up. The nucs have been together as a small functioning hive for 2 -3 months at the time of pick-up, and are in the Jester...
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    Re: Sucsessful Queen Introduction tips.

    beepro - I am intrigued by your requeening method. With the brood frame with queen and nurse bees enclosed with screen so bees couldn't get in or get out, how was the queen and trapped bees fed? ...
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    Re: Is starvation really starvation?

    Roland - An interesting and valuable lesson in the benefits of detailed observation and careful record keeping.
  22. Re: Attached is Spring Schedule to Prevent Swarming and Maximize Crops...advice neede

    In my mind, what you have mapped out is not a "general plan." It is so specific as to be of little use beyond a good mental exercise. For such a schedule, even a general one, to have any merit, it...
  23. Re: What's a fair price for an established hive?

    Also, I think the time of year the hive is sold affects price. A hive on-sale just before Winter is worth less than a hive on-sale in Spring because of the chance of the hive not surviving the...
  24. Time interval for re-queening a queenless hive before it goes laying-worker?

    For a hive that goes hopelessly queenless, how many weeks till it is no longer possible to re-queen by simply inserting a caged queen with marshmellow cork for self-release?

    Obviously, a queenless...
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    Re: Will DE help with mites?

    The mites are on the bees and in the cells. If the DE comes in contact with the mites, it will also come into contact with the bees.
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