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    Too late for a split?

    I have a strong hive that I want to split. Given my location in Piedmont of NC is it too late to do a split and let them raise a queen? I plan on feeding in the meantime but wasn't sure if I should...
  2. Re: Too late for bees to draw out foundation (August) ?

    I tried to get mine to draw last fall and it was a disaster. They were not inclined to draw much at all and I ended up with some crazy frames.

    That said I've heard that you can try and feed weak...
  3. Thread: AFB?

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    Re: AFB?

    Why that one vs the Varroacleaner?
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    Re: AFB?

    Any recommendations as to the best OAV system or applicator?

    -bk79
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    Re: Does OAV hurt open brood?

    How have you been using OAV and how often? What type of applicator do you use?

    -bk79
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    Re: AFB?

    It became available only last month in NC. Is there enough research to make it worth it? I know it's harmful as hell to humans.

    -bk79
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    Re: AFB?

    This morning I had one of our state bee inspectors from the Dept. Agriculture and we inspected the hive together. He found no signs of AFB or EFB but we did see many k-wing and deformed wing bees. So...
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    Re: AFB?

    Ha! Not quite...

    I read somewhere that when (some) people move a large number of hives (say to the mountains for the flow up there) that they will dump water into the hives to cool them off during...
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    Re: AFB?

    It looked like the bees had been cleaning out the frames. I never saw the queen or eggs but again I was only in the top deep at the time.
    It's going to be 96 today so an inspection is out of the...
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    Re: AFB?

    Is there a way to deal with PMS?
    I don't see any signs of AFB (no sunken caps, no rope in larvae) but do see those of PMS (spotty brood, deformed wing virus, no odor)
    I don't want to add any...
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    Re: AFB?

    It was liquidy? It hung on the twig like a drop but didn't drop off. The few that I pulled out were dark brown in color but no smell. I saw several bees with deformed wings.
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    Re: AFB?

    I didn't see many cells with brown larvae in them. They weren't ropy but looked brown and gooey in their cells. When I stuck a small twig in there I was able to scoop out the dead larvae and they...
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    Re: AFB?

    After researching PMS it looks A LOT like that. Given my treatment free stance, should I let them sort it out? Powdered sugar? Split the hive or remove the queen for a bit?

    -bk79
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    AFB?

    I went in and did an inspection today and found a spotty brood pattern along with the dark brown "lumps" in several of the cells. They were not ropy, but they did stick to the small twig I stuck in...
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    Re: Sources for treatment free bees

    Do most of you order from places in or near your hardiness zones? Does it matter that much?

    I have been TF for 3 years but would really like to introduce some other TF genetics (especially since I...
  16. Re: Why do Male Drones Bees Die after mating mating

    Agreed. It would seem that way back in the bee ancestral tree that drones perhaps survived mating, but would then put additional strain on the hive's resources (either heading into winter or long...
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    Re: Organic/treatment free beeks

    Not at all, it's always great to see things from a different perspective. But the practices of a commercial beekeeper are selecting for different bee traits than that of a TF hobbyist. If I could...
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    Re: Organic/treatment free beeks

    So then what killed them all, weather? pests?
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    Re: Organic/treatment free beeks

    If you are a commercial beekeeper trying to make money, I can understand using chemicals and treatments to keep the bees alive long enough to make money. I doubt that the poultry farm chickens at...
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    Re: Organic/treatment free beeks

    Or because you treated them for so long you ended up with a population that couldn't survive on it's own...Kind of like what we are seeing now in the US
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    Re: New Hives, dead queen, dead bees

    Did you give them drawn comb or do they need to make their own? Is there a flow going on?

    If the answer is no to both I would feed them 1:1 sugar syrup to try and help them get going.
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    Re: What's a swarm good for?

    Update:

    A week later they have are still pretty calm. Opened up just the top box and saw that they have drawn the 4 foundationless frames I put in to 60% (didn't check the other 4 in the bottom...
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    Re: What's a swarm good for?

    I went ahead and moved them into two 8 frame deeps with 7 foundationless frames. I didn't see any eggs or look for the queen but there was a lot of activity and some nectar already in.


    -bk79
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    Re: What's a swarm good for?

    Given that it currently has 9 of 10 frames drawn in a 2 story Nuc, how many empty (foundationless) frames can I swap in for them to draw? 5 checkerboarded? More?

    -bk79
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    Re: What's a swarm good for?

    Here is how big the swarm was.

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