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    Re: High mite count, thoughts?

    I am new to beekeeping and not particularly an advocate of strictly treatment free beekeeping, however Randy Oliver (scientific beekeeping.com) seems to suggest that fall whiteboard mite counts are...
  2. Re: Varroa screened bottom board & treatment with MAQS - clarification on how to do i

    I am pretty sure it's put in the white board and do not have the entrance reducer on. If you leave the screened bottom completely open without the whiteboard you probably won't get an effective...
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    Re: V Mite Questions

    I think we should be clear as to how one can "genetically" weed out weak bees. The ONLY way is through a new queen. Once a queen has mated the "genetics" of that hive are permanently set, no amount...
  4. Thread: Almond Extract

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    Re: Almond Extract

    It shouldn't make any difference. benzaldehyde is the same molecule regardless of it's source, it's not like something such as vitamin e, which if obtained as a natural extract contains many...
  5. Thread: Almond Extract

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    Re: Almond Extract

    I am pretty sure that bitter almond extract is mostly, if not entirely benzaldehyde, it comes from the decompostion of amigdalin which is in almonds, into glucose, cyanide, and benzaldehyde. You can...
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    Re: frame not fully drawn out .. see pic

    just guessing but probably there isn't a major flow going on or it just ended so the bees are drawing what they need no more. Mark
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    Re: Supercedure cell?

    This is really interesting. I had a similar experience with a single capped queen cell on the bottom of one of my frames. New hive from a package, great brood pattern very productive Carniolan...
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    Re: Laying Workers

    I am a new beek, but either way without a queen, or eggs from a queen the hive will wither because only drones come from laying worker eggs. Perhaps they have a pest or disease? Mark
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    Re: Laying Workers

    after 21 days or so of no queen or brood phermones the workers overies fully develop and they begin laying eggs.
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    Re: Automatic Supersedure of 1st-year Colonies

    Supercedure is when the new queen replaces the old queen, swarming is where the old queen leaves with about half the hive after the swarm cell(s) is/are capped. supecedure cells are usually in the...
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    Re: Automatic Supersedure of 1st-year Colonies

    Well I am probably going to go into the hive this afternoon and look for the queen or eggs, the next couple days are just too busy for me to do it. I have to admit I am really going back and forth...
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    Re: Automatic Supersedure of 1st-year Colonies

    So doing a little math and trying to figure out how to approach my hive. I found what I believe to be a supercedure cell last Saturday June 9th, the previous saturday I didn't notice an uncapped...
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    Re: Automatic Supersedure of 1st-year Colonies

    So I have a question. My package hive with Carniolan Varroa resistant queen looks to be getting superceeded. Since the new queen will be a daughter of the Carni queen, will the new queen produce...
  14. Re: cutting out capped swarm cell as a temporary measure

    thanks Bee and Ps! I have decided to let them do their thing. You've convinced me. thanks, Mark
  15. Re: cutting out capped swarm cell as a temporary measure

    Well, the queen has been very productive, I had over 6 full frames of capped brood or recently emerged empty brood cells. I can't imagine that the bees wouldn't find her sufficiently productive and...
  16. cutting out capped swarm cell as a temporary measure

    I just check my hive (from a package and carniolan queen) which I combined with a laying worker hive and didn't find the queen but did find a single capped queen cell at the bottom of one of the...
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    Re: New queen and frame of brood

    I'm not so sure if that is the best way to go in this particular case, pcs only has one other hive and it's only just getting started itself, I think taking a frame of open brood a week from that...
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    Re: New queen and frame of brood

    I think as long as she is in her cage she'll be safe, but I don't know if the layer workers will accept her, even after a few days. The way a shake out works is you basically take the hive somewhere...
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    Re: New queen and frame of brood

    I would also be careful to check for laying workers, just to be sure. check carefully for multiple eggs in any of the cells, at 3 weeks you are right around the time that workers ovaries will mature...
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    Re: Is it possible to get packages or nucs now?

    Thanks so much, I think she has a line on a swarm hive, that should solve her problems. Mark
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    Re: Is it possible to get packages or nucs now?

    Thanks everyone! I'll forward that PM info along. Mark
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    Is it possible to get packages or nucs now?

    My bees are fine, finally, but there is a new Beek in my area (Oakland CA) that is in trouble and probably needs either a nuc or a package with a mated queen for her hive to survive. It's late in...
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    Re: How should I combine these two colonies?

    I am very new to bee keeping, but I would say that if you are going to leave the screen in place for 3 days then let them have an upper entrance to relieve themselves, get water, and forage. Then in...
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    Re: Uniting two colonies

    Is a double screen a specific piece of bee keeping equipment or simply window screening material? Mark
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    Re: What to do with a fist size of bees

    So I have a sort of similar problem, I shook out a hive I started from a swarm that became, or started queenless and it had laying workers. The two hives were about a foot or so apart. The old hive...
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