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    Re: Whiten up the comb--how to?

    Still a bad idea (means don't do it! :no: ) -- just not so much chlorine gas all at once. That's where a knowledge of chemistry is useful (and the ignorance factor kicks in, for me).

    :ot: I used...
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    Re: Whiten up the comb--how to?

    Uh, maybe that's like a really bad idea? :no:

    Chlorine bleach mixed with an acid = chlorine gas?

    I knew a guy who mixed ammonia and bleach to whiten up the floor, and they found him laid out on...
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    Re: Extractor-less honey by- "Honey Flow" - Flow Hive

    Twice now, in my list of subscribed threads, Maxant has had the last word in this thread for a couple of days... Isn't that a little bit funny? :lookout:

    But seriously, the longer this goes, the...
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    Re: Extractor-less honey by- "Honey Flow"

    "Straight lines" are what the straight man in comedy says — lines that weren't meant to be funny, but the funny guy makes a joke of it.




    In the Flow™ frames patent application, they do list a...
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    Re: Flow Hive- this look interesting

    As a backyard beekeeper at the 3-5 hives level, now going into my fifth year, I really appreciate Michael Bush's generosity with his time and his readiness to tap his experience and knowledge for...
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    Re: Flow™ Hive management question

    On the question about over-wintering the colony and not letting the cluster move up into the box of Flow™ frames where they might want to raise brood, they're in the best position to say something,...
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    Re: Flow™ Hive management question

    The caveats you quoted just say to consult with people who know more. Meanwhile, e.g., on facebook, a lot of people sold on the Flow™ Hive idea are so determined that it'll be "so much easier on the...
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    Re: Flow™ Hive management question

    The sales pitch is misleading, including the video, etc. An 8-frame, 2-deep set-up is not enough for a colony to overwinter in, especially if the novice beekeeper removes the upper box. How many...
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    Re: Extractor-less honey by- "Honey Flow"

    Maybe one test will be, How much will these 'honey flow' frames sell for, used, 2-3 years from now?

    If they work great and everyone loves them, then we can expect scarcity and high prices probably...
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    Re: Extractor-less honey by- "Honey Flow"

    In the new patent application, they do mention that approach as one that was suggested earlier -- and theirs is presented as a big improvement. It's in the verbiage, which is sort of interesting if...
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    Re: Extractor-less honey by- "Honey Flow"

    It looks to me like they've patented the idea that you can cut hexagonal comb vertically into slats that, when every other slat is shifted upwards, turns it into channels that (in theory) drain...
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    Re: Doolittle's paddle for that "scolding" bee

    Maybe he wants the paddle for when he kills 10 or 12 within a minute.


    If I have a mishap at a hive so as to get the colony thoroughly angry, and a half dozen or more angry bees are allowed to...
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    Re: Doolittle's paddle for that "scolding" bee

    No, I actually have a physical copy of the third edition (1910) that made its way to me recently from an old New Jersey farmer! I am enjoying it, and I wondered if I found a place online that has...
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    Re: Doolittle's paddle for that "scolding" bee

    A rod is 5-1/2 yards, so I think Doolittle is saying he probably won't do it unless the bees follow him more than 40 or 50 feet from the hive.

    When I get chased ("scolded"), I stand next to a...
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    Doolittle's paddle for that "scolding" bee

    G.M. Doolittle reviews C.C. Miller's A Year Among the Bees.


    I have at last found time to carefully read Dr. Miller's book, "A Year Among the Bees," which I received sometime last March or April,...
  16. Re: Marin Bee Survey: Hobby keepers - a net population sink

    Very nice. You've put your finger on the same issues that I see in the Philadelphia area, same dynamics. But you have data, too. We're not that together, yet. Thanks for taking the lead on this stuff.
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    Re: Critique Please - Swarm Infographic

    I would say something like, "They've left their old home, and they're waiting for their scouts to find them a new one. It might take a few hours or so, and meanwhile they're contented to hang out."
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    Dadant, First Lessons (Italianizing an Apiary)

    I was pointed to a pdf copy of the 1918 edition of C. P. Dadant, First Lessons in Beekeeping, available from this BioBees page.

    With all the effort these days at finding feral bees (possible AMM...
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    Re: How Mushrooms can Save the World (Bees)

    This is a recent video, where Paul Stamets talks about noticing that bee collected "sweat droplets" from a mycelium patch where he was growing mushrooms, and his theory that they get antiviral...
  20. Re: Bees hanging out on neighbors porch--what to do ?

    Maybe you could take the plastic box over to the hives? if there's something in it or on it that attracts them...
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    Re: Zombees in Pennsylvania

    No, but I've never noticed bees flying out of a hive towards a light at night. Have you? It's one of the three research questions listed on the BeeWatch page linked to above, so it's evidently a...
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    Re: Zombees in Pennsylvania

    Flying toward the light is a symptom, a lag-effect of infestation.

    Take a look at the ZomBee Watch project's collecting technique, basically a light over a bucket, which gets them a sample of...
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    Zombees in Pennsylvania

    Just in time for Halloween, researchers in San Francisco confirmed the suspicions of a beekeeper in Mountain Top, PA, that bees in her area were infested with phorid fly larvae, Apocephalis borealis....
  24. American Foul Brood, paenilamicins and paenilarvins

    Here's a story about two scientific studies on how American Foul Brood works, and possibly how it may be cured. German researchers found enzyme molecules -- paenilamicins -- used by AFB to destroy...
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    Re: Microbial ecology - HOW?

    Yes, I do. A lot of us remember, probably. Another beekeeper with better access to scholarly publications passed the article to me, and we all recognize the significance.

    So, do you think this...
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