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  1. Sticky: Re: CCD/Neonicotinoid Data (Studies, Articles, Links)

    I don't know, are you suggesting it could only be neonics? I have seen some fungicide issues that resembled this. I do know it's something any good beekeeper would want an answer for.
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    Re: Pound of dead bees in front of each hive!

    Almost certainly pesticide. Do the dead bees have any lingering chemical smell? About all you can do at this stage is clean out the bottom boards, reduce the entrances and monitor closely for...
  3. Re: Those who advocate OA as a summer treatment, what do you make of this?

    I think there is reason to believe that the mode of action of dribbling is more systemic as you are, in effect, treating the cluster. If you are applying with the notion of getting treated syrup on...
  4. Re: Those who advocate OA as a summer treatment, what do you make of this?

    People that assume dribbling's only effective application is as a late fall treatment are missing out on my favorite use, which is treating a nuc made with a queen cell at that 20-21 day "sweet spot"...
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    Re: Yearly Hive Loss

    30% is certainly acceptable IF the remainder are strong. That's the element that seems to get forgotten in this sort of discussion. There are some springs when I'm almost relieved to find some dead...
  6. Thread: Super bee 1 K

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    Re: Super bee 1 K

    :thumbs:
    I have 2 turbo's one with 1,000 hours and the second with over 1,200) and love the heck out of them. Aside from a recent alternator replacement on the older unit, they have been trouble...
  7. Thread: Super bee 1 K

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    Re: Super bee 1 K

    Should be within its rated capacity of 3,000 lbs. We've lifted lots of full totes with our turbo without a problem and those joints aren't nearly as heavy as the XRT, of course it must be done...
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    Re: Move QC's 10th or 11th day?

    Well I've never seen hatched cells 10 days (240 hours) after grafting and my experience is 90% will hatch within the next 24 hours. You are quite right that temps are a great variable
    I'm trying to...
  9. Re: It's too complicated nowadays. What were the good ole' days like?

    I like it. No voodoo, just good beekeeping. :thumbsup:
  10. Re: It's too complicated nowadays. What were the good ole' days like?

    Interesting post rfg.....Your 6% losses in recent years is pretty impressive. Mind sharing how you "have learned how to deal with varroa"?
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    Re: Move QC's 10th or 11th day?

    Yes, there is always going to be some variation but 5 days should be safe IF you are certain of exactly when it was capped. Bottom line is to always err on the side of early hatching rather than late.
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    Re: Move QC's 10th or 11th day?

    Yes, the "day thing" can be confusing thats why I referred to hours after grafting. If they were grafted on the 1st then you should remove them no later than the 11th as some may well hatch by the...
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    Re: Move QC's 10th or 11th day?

    Safe? Of course, with a reasonable amount of care. More specifically day 10 (or 240 hours after grafting) is when they should be removed as my experience is that some may emerge within the next 12...
  14. Re: It's too complicated nowadays. What were the good ole' days like?

    Good ole Penncap-M no doubt. We had some massive losses as well back in the 70's. We got reimbursed for some of the losses but there were lots of inequities in that system.
  15. Re: It's too complicated nowadays. What were the good ole' days like?

    My first experience with varroa was about the same time. I made a deal to buy some brood from a guy who had just pulled his hives out of the almonds. At first glance the hives looked pretty good...
  16. Thread: Honey Glut

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    Re: Honey Glut

    I remember something like this a few years ago in the wake of the story where a large block of Chinese honey was rejected. Seems like no one really knew what was going to happen to it and it was...
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    Re: Making a steam heated uncapping knife

    I've used fuel line on my small boiler for several years without a problem. It's a pretty low pressure application.
  18. Re: It's too complicated nowadays. What were the good ole' days like?

    I've never seen much honey production from weeds in row crops even before roundup ready crops. Alfalfa has always been a major nectar source and the biggest difference in honey crops was the advent...
  19. Re: It's too complicated nowadays. What were the good ole' days like?

    A good banker, some farmland for equity and our willingness to take on debt. When it's all you've ever done and all you really know you just keep hoping things will turn around. In the late 1990's...
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    Re: My TF foundationless experiment

    I'm sure you've posted this but give us, again if you will, a little background of the "Genesis" of this apiary? "Clean" packages? Or some other startup procedure.
  21. Re: It's too complicated nowadays. What were the good ole' days like?

    The family stories that were related to me were of huge crops in the hand crank extractor and penny a pound days of the 30's, much better prices during the tragic war years when folks may have had...
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    Re: Possible disaster.........maybe?

    A full midsummer inspection of a hive that was "doing really well"? It will probably recover just fine as long as it didn't give too much of an opportunity for shb to get a foothold but if I might...
  23. Re: Question for Cowen Silver Queen Uncapper users

    Yes, actually there is a handle that you can turn 90 degrees for select frames. I don't use it often, though. If I have a frame with some brood on it, we usually just either cut it by hand or grab...
  24. Re: Question for Cowen Silver Queen Uncapper users

    We've found 9 frame spacing works very well. You will have some feeding problems with the bridegcomb that results from 8 frame spacing.
  25. Thread: Bee Trucks

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    Re: Bee Trucks

    Interesting post Bernhard, you are quite resourceful. Saw the Avant loaders at a dealer here in the US recently. A bit small for most commercials but an interesting and versatile little machine. ...
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