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    Re: I am losing a lot of bees.

    VanceG, I agree....in Montana, even a totally healthy colony of bees may succumb during your winter. But....a Texas winter....temps in the teens? I'd say if they're dropping in 1000+ numbers in...
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    Re: I am losing a lot of bees.

    Yes. When your overwintering bees were still developing brood themselves, if they were parasitized by mites, then they may be severely weakened. In that case, their ability to survive the winter is...
  3. Re: Have not even started and already discouraged...

    To the original poster. If anyone suggests a simple solution to varroa, be it OAV to small cell......give them a wide berth. Mites aren't a simple problem....there aren't, in my opinion, any simple...
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    Read about and understand the enemy. It is a complex relationship between bees and mites...often oversimplified. Choose a method to objectively measure the level of varroa infestation. Don't allow...
  5. Re: People actually make a living with honey production??

    If this is in reference to my earlier post...my numbers are the price/lb of honey alone. Jars, labels and delivery are figured separately and added to the price ultimately charged.
    My point was...
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    Re: Management Strategy Impasse

    :thumbsup: Truth in that. Three of my yards are on CNG farms. Those folks love having them. Every time I'm out working those bees and the farmer is around he/she will come up and talk my ear off...
  7. Re: People actually make a living with honey production??

    Exactly right. I've used the business term ' value added' a number of times when talking about bees and honey. A keeper with a thousand hives can remove honey from them, extract it and put it in ...
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    Re: Another bee kill from spraying?

    Seems like an over the top response.
    It was a simple question I was asking. I am not taking sides.
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    Re: Lighting a smoker with wood pellets

    Yep...but the Dan variation doesn't come with an instructional video.:)
    I never cared for the smell of burning pellets but once lit they will burn all day and produce relatively cool smoke. Which...
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    Re: Lighting a smoker with wood pellets

    My approach is similar except I use pine straw to start. I light a bed of pine straw and once it has gotten a good start I add pellets and then a layer of pine straw on top...to keep pellets from...
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    Re: Another bee kill from spraying?

    Do you have any sympathy for the citrus growers?
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    Re: Moving them in

    In such a confined area I would make sure to have full protective gear. Full face with breathing filtration and some sort of jumpsuit. Otherwise you have the entire winter to whittle your way through...
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    Re: Moving them in

    Too bad there's no easy way to do an oxalic acid vaporization as well.....just to see. Then...if it worked well, next season you could....maybe...... store those hives with access to all of the...
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    Re: Southbound 2012

    I figure that your bees come out of NY with very few shb. I was only pointing out the problem for readers who keep bees in the south year round and may have some big populations of them this time of...
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    Re: Moving them in

    Once those pallets of bees are stacked indoors it looks like it'd be a major undertaking to get each of them open for a dribble.
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    Re: Another bee kill from spraying?

    The sad part is, as I said before it is a lose-lose situation. The beekeeper trying to keep his bees and the grower trying to save his crop. As these conflicts in interests continue, and they will,...
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    Re: Southbound 2012

    I wouldn't dream of doing that here (pollen patties) any time of year. In the 'old days', in early spring I would check hives for stored pollen. Any that were low to empty would get a sub. As shb...
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    Re: Management Strategy Impasse

    You surely do....and it is easy to prove....and, even with all of your changes, if you ignore them....you'll likely repeat your experience.
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    Re: Management Strategy Impasse

    Some strange circumstances. I have never had to ask anyone if I could put bees on their property. I have gotten invitations and continue to get them. Today...I have all the bees I can manage and so...
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    Re: Small Cell Benefits

    Unless the bees are significantly smaller. If the brood covering, small cell worker bees are thirty per cent smaller, as has been purported by some, then it would take thirty percent more bees to...
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    Re: Small Cell Benefits

    I always thought that the number of bees was limited by the number of fertilized eggs a queen could lay in a day. If I understand this...some of you are of the opinion that the number of eggs laid is...
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    Re: Baggie Feeder

    I've done them with water for demonstrations and they didn't leak. The surface tension of the water alone was enough. Maybe they were too full, as someone else suggested. I would fill mine half to...
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    Re: Bomb Cyclone to hit US next week

    This?
    http://www.nbcnews.com/news/weather/storm-stronger-sandy-heads-alaska-will-chill-much-u-s-n243391
  24. Re: People actually make a living with honey production??

    I suppose....if you're sitting around looking to get insulted. The op has a few hives and is interested in making money. His return on time and energy will make him much more money with a 'regular'...
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    There are many businesses that will not earn the owner enough money to pay his total costs in the first year. That's a pretty high expectation. Many people take much of the potential profits and...
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