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    Re: Bees absconding in late fall

    The brood pattern last I checked looked fine, but that was summer time. My last deep inspection I just looked for eggs, found some, and moved on. I have dealt with laying workers before and didn't...
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    Re: Bees absconding in late fall

    I misused this term. Sorry, I was referring to the fact that there would be no larval mites because it was a new package with no bee larvae.
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    Re: Bees absconding in late fall

    I'm wondering if tracheal mites might be the issue here. From another beesource posting. Notice last sentence.

    "Tracheal mites live, breed and lay eggs in the tracheal system. The adults and eggs...
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    Re: Bees absconding in late fall

    This was 2 to 1 sugar syrup, mixed well. It was not burnt or overheated, and nothing was added to it. Perfectly normal.

    As for mite frass, nothing out of the ordinary. There were dead mites on the...
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    Re: Bees absconding in late fall

    Sorry for the late reply. I was busy extracting the honey. As I said, there were plenty of stores. The top medium super was 100% loaded, and the other two were about 25% filled. Enough honey to 2/3...
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    Re: Bees absconding in late fall

    Thanks for all the replies. There are some questions to answer so let me get to it.
    1. Michael Palmer, I found one single capped cell on 30 frames. Not a single bee in the hive, except for about 3...
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    Re: Bees absconding in late fall

    Yes, I checked and treated for mites 6 weeks ago. Oxalic acid vapor, two treatments, one week apart. Checked for mites again, mite drop was significantly lower. Decided not to treat a third time....
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    Re: Bees absconding in late fall

    I certainly could be mistaken. The hive might have been in real trouble and I didn't catch it. Probably no way to know for sure, since I didn't check for eggs at last inspection. Thanks, I will...
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    Re: Bees absconding in late fall

    To answer your questions:
    This was from a package started in spring. By the end of October, it had built out three full mediums and was filled with bees. I am in Annapolis MD, and it was probably...
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    Bees absconding in late fall

    Three weeks ago all was well. The hive was very strong and they had plenty of stores. Today, the hive is empty except for capped honey. No brood, no bees, no pests. Zippy. This hive was in a decent...
  11. Re: Negative effects of caramelized sugar syrup...

    He was using sucrose. "Caramelized sugar" is probably not exactly what was happening. His father wasn't boiling it down to hard candy, but he was boiling at much higher temperatures and for much...
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    We just found out this morning, so we are planning to take corrective action asap!
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    If Michael Bush hasn't observed this, we are seriously in virgin territory! I am tempted to apply for a grant and do a formal double-blind scientific experiment!
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    Thanks for the info, JW. I am going to have to read more about HMF. From reading this, it sounds like significant amounts of HMF could be produced if his father is boiling the crap out of the...
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    Thanks, MB. So, I asked my question very simply because I didn't want to ask it in a leading manner. I am trying to diagnose a problem that keeps occurring with a friend's hives. I think I have to be...
  16. Negative effects of caramelized sugar syrup...

    What are the potential negative effects of feeding caramelized sugar syrup?
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    Re: Stupid Mistakes

    My worst day beekeeping. My two hives were kept at a nearby botanical garden, which is a very popular place in my town. It's beautiful and there are huge expensive weddings held there. They wouldn't...
  18. Re: New Package Install Help! It's all going pear shaped!

    First of all, let me just say that I am Blackf250's mentor. He is a very attentive person and does not question everything I tell him. However, just like most of us, he is experiencing the excitement...
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    Re: Formic application methods question

    Maybe I am missing something, but why aren't people using Mite Away Quick Strips? Too expensive? Not effective method for applying formic acid? Unavailable in your region of the country/world?
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    Sticky: Re: Extractor-less honey by- "Honey Flow" - Flow Hive

    Point well taken, MB. For what it is worth, my colleague is satisfied with the catch all statement saying "All the rest of the normal beekeeping care for the hive still applies."

    He says "Oh, it's...
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    Sticky: Re: Flow Hive- this look interesting

    I think we are about to have a whole lot more of the latter soon.
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    Sticky: Re: Flow Hive- this look interesting

    I think Steadfast (and others) brings up some very good points. Let me relate a discussion I have been having with a colleague about this to give Steadfast's opinion a little more context/weight.
    I...
  23. Re: Advice on trying PermaComb...one more time...

    I remember reading your procedure years ago on this forum, but I just don't have any wax to do that. I would think one would need several gallons at least in order to fill a pot with enough wax to...
  24. Re: Advice on trying PermaComb...one more time...

    Thanks for the practical advice. I will give that a try.
  25. Advice on trying PermaComb...one more time...

    So, a little background first. I attempted (and failed) to use PermaComb about three years ago on my two hives. In hindsight, I probably went about it the wrong way by keeping my brood chambers on...
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