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    Re: Black Comb

    You never explained what Kim Flottum's article gave as the reason for these black combs.
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    Re: What's wrong with this foundation?

    Yep, looks like mouse chewed that is being repaired/rebuilt by the bees, in some spots.
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    Re: Black Comb

    I too have only ever seen comb become "black", from its use for brood.

    The only other "black" I've ever seen on fresh, new comb, is a little mold on the top edges of comb that had gotten damp and...
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    Re: Hive placement questions

    If I closed any hives in, for three days, with screen after moving them. I'd expect few would return to their old locations, because they'd be dead from overheating and suffocation. Much easier to...
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    Re: What is that in the honey frame?

    Extremely unlikely that it is unemerged decomposed, bee remains. The bees quickly clean out anything of that nature. It sounds like stored, fermented, pollen, called bee-bread. If you manage to...
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    Re: Slatted Racks.......

    I'm sure there are many more possible configurations that I haven't even tried, yet.

    Those pieces of plastic signage material should work just fine. I'm even thinking of trying some in my next...
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    Re: Slatted Racks.......

    It sounds like you haven't taken a good look at all of my slatted-rack plans, yet. Especially where I have thin slats standing on edge, giving the rack lots of vertical space for bees, between slats....
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    Re: Slatted Racks.......

    I've designed and built many variations of slatted racks, if you do a search of this forum for "slatted racks" and my name, you will find various links to my plans, done in SketchUp. Or just search...
  9. Re: What's the purpose of the sugar in HBH?

    Apparently there are several manufacturers of this product. The list of ingredients, from the document I linked to in my first post, says, "It is made with lecithin, sodium lauryl sulfate, water,...
  10. Re: What's the purpose of the sugar in HBH?

    Shouldn't the question be, what is the purpose of Honey-B-Healthy in sugar syrup. It seems obvious the purpose of sugar for bees. Not so obvious the purpose of Honey-B-Healthy to bees.
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  11. Re: Does lots of Pollen being hauled in mean Brood and Queenright?

    "Does lots of Pollen being hauled in mean Brood and Queenright?" No, it does not. It simply indicates that you have a colony with the propensity to collect pollen and plenty of pollen is available to...
  12. Re: Difference in mites varroa vs Tracheal

    Here are a couple of references for my earlier post about K-wing symptoms.

    "Tracheal Mites. The Acarapis woodii takes up residence in the honeybee’s breathing apparatus. The mites are not visible...
  13. Re: Difference in mites varroa vs Tracheal

    K-wing is a symptom of physical damage done to flight muscles by tracheal mites, it is not caused by a virus.

    Added in: I stand corrected, apparently K wing, is one of the more common symptoms of...
  14. Re: Feeding wild bees - wow, they sure drink alot!

    Here in Pima county Arizona, there are often plenty of humming bird feeders, many of which use red food dye, in the food, for whatever reason. This can often be seen in newer combs, when inspecting...
  15. Re: Feeding wild bees - wow, they sure drink alot!

    BarnRat,

    I appreciate your sentiment towards honey bees.

    I thought I'd mention, how, when you 'open feed' honey bees, they aren't just eating your food to satisfy their own appetites, they're...
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    Re: New Queen in October

    In my part of the United States, it's not much of an issue. I make nucs and raise queens twelve months of the year, most years.

    I'd hazard a guess, and say that it's going to be difficult for a...
  17. Re: Any other causes of k wing besides mites and nosema???

    aspiringbeekeeper,
    As far as I know, K-wing symptoms are only known to be caused by tracheal mites. The bee sample you sent for testing; were they all showing the K-wing symptom? Or perhaps you're...
  18. Re: Any other causes of k wing besides mites and nosema???

    And I thought the only cause of K-wing symptoms, were tracheal mites.
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    Re: inverting sugar

    The reverse osmosis purification process, if successful, removes many of the troublesome ions that JWChesnut is referring to. So, if there were initially a large concentration of undesirable ions in...
  20. Re: My first 95 days as a beekeep, where did I go wrong? What's the prognosis?

    Similar to our human world, robbing and robbers come in all types and flavors.

    Whenever their is a dearth (lack of forage), and foragers still need to forage, they will search out sources of...
  21. Re: Foundation chewed through at bottom of cells

    It sounds, to me, like Ray's explanation is, right on the money.

    It is amazing how the bees can, when conditions are right, and they choose to do so, repair any and all of this type of damage to...
  22. Re: Have you ever had to USE your EpiPen? Dangerous side effects?

    Several decades ago, I experienced an unexpected anaphylactic reaction to prescription penicillin. Back then I did not have an epipen. I came very close to dying, the reaction occurred while I was...
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    Re: Is it necessary to get stung?

    I don't know if it's in the Michael Palmer video. It's just some of the information about allergies and allergic reactions I learned in college.
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    Re: Is it necessary to get stung?

    Infrequent exposures to minute amounts of a sensitizing agent, such as microscopic fragments of bee bodies, can set you up for a major allergic reaction. Generally those who are allergic to bee...
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    Re: Bees raiding local dumpsters

    It sounds like you've lived a sheltered life as a beekeeper. I've seen odd sources of (not necessarily desirable) forage, such as sugary waste, in refuse piles, sometimes even in 'dumpsters'. So...
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