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    Re: Do I Have Afrcanized Honey Bees?

    According to Dr. Mussen of UC Davis, Africanization is defined by mitochondrial DNA, however, it doesn't really matter since behavior is determined by nuclear DNA! Africanized drones can mate with...
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    Re: Overwhelmed by it all

    Keep your woodworking equipment, great way to clean out your scrap pile.
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    Re: My TF Trial is over - for the time being

    >Do likewise and these threads will take a turn for the better.

    There was a poster on another beekeeping forum using the same name and employing the same technique. He was eventually ignored, but...
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    Re: Replacing queen question

    Ok, say the queens are in hand, would it be best to introduce the new queen into a newly made nuc until it is accepted and laying, then gradually shift brood frames in with the new queen? Would that...
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    Re: Hogan Trap Out question

    You'll have to figure out how to get the queen to move into the hive body--with no brood and no returning foragers, you might be left with a small patch of comb in the tree and no bees.
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    Best size to successfully requeen hot hives

    Still in my first year, and have accumulated a fair number of bees from swarms, trap outs and splits. In Southern California, it hasn't been too difficult to keep bees alive, but they all seem to...
  7. Thread: Nuc yard.

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    Re: Nuc yard.

    You in particular have been prominent in sharing your experience with OAV--thanks!

    Do you have any thoughts about this--in particular, you showed heavy mite infestations in many of your hives,...
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    Re: Windows XP?

    Windows XP will still run, I was never able to keep a PC alive as long as you have. If you are adventurous, you could download Linux Mint, and run it from a CD without changing your operating...
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    Re: A lot of mites on small cell bees

    I'm in Southern California, so there wasn't a real winter to serve as a brood break here. You may want to do a sugar roll or alcohol wash of about 200-300 nurse bees scraped from a frame to see the...
  10. Thread: Moving hives

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    Re: Moving hives

    Thanks for the suggestions, the trailer hitch mounted cargo carrier was a winner. Worked great for my 8 frames boxes, but it will perfectly accommodate 2 ten frame boxes....
  11. Re: aggressive racoon, or fox?, climbs 12 feet, flips heavy lids, eats comb, trap set

    I was tempted to try the koolaid method when I found my koi all over the backyard, but chickened out. Still see the robbers running into culverts around the streets, but they haven't gone for my tbh...
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    Re: Moving hives

    It was on sale--Came to $82.58 delivered. Thanks!
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    Re: Moving hives

    Just got my bottle of honey b gone, might be a good time to try it out.
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    Re: Moving hives

    More like a SUV, with 4x8 cargo space, bout 3 ft high. Only going about 4 miles to some orange groves, so should be ok, I guess. Thanks again:)
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    Re: Moving hives

    Yes, and slide it into the back of my old Yukon. Hoping I can put off getting a flat bed a little bit longer:) Keeping hives in friends' back yards sounds cool, but the road to 60,000 bees is more...
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    Re: Moving hives

    Thanks Mark !
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    Moving hives

    I need to move a Langstroth hive, which is two deeps and a shallow super. Can I strap them together and move them on their back, or do they need to stay vertical?

    Thanks!
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    Re: First cutout a bust

    Charge by the hour?
    :lookout:
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    Re: First cutout a bust

    A trap out is frustrating if there are multiple entrances--they can chew through a lot of stuff to get back to the brood nest. One inch holes are pretty easy to repair, so you might try punching in...
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    Re: 'Open Source' Beehive.

    Actually laughed out loud, thanks!
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    Re: New bees - should I start with VSH queen?

    So true, beekeeping is like they say about politics--it's all local.
  22. Re: White blobby stuff in cells of recently dead hive?

    Excreta left by Varroa mites
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    Re: New bees - should I start with VSH queen?

    Yes, might as well get started with what you purchased. Learn how to check for mites, next year you can try a comparison.
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    Re: New bees - should I start with VSH queen?

    This is a good time of year for free bees--swarms, cut outs, trap outs. Those bees have already demonstrated mite tolerance--they are alive and thriving. Maybe nothing special, but "VSH" open mated...
  25. Re: Drone Brood for Mite Control with Foundationless Beekeeping?

    Culling drone comb combined with splitting into three hives has dramatically reduced the mite load in my top bar hive. I'm now cutting more top bars as the oranges come into blossom. I'm seeing my...
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