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    Re: How much wax in a 10 frame deep.

    Actual wax content of a 10 frame deep box when it is fully drawn and has been used several years is in the range of 10 pounds. It is very difficult to recover this amount of wax because so much of...
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    Re: Natural Selection Management

    IMO, actively selecting colonies that have the most mites and requeening them from the colonies that have least will result in significantly faster genetic gain. Bringing in some known mite tolerant...
  3. Re: Who's got a better laying worker than this one??

    The only highly effective method of dealing with a laying worker colony is to combine it with a queenright colony. I've seen people advocate giving a queen cell or adding brood in hopes of...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    I've caught 2 swarms, one from a colony of mine, one that came from the woods.
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    Re: Sources for treatment free bees

    Carpenter Apiaries has queens that are highly mite tolerant.
  6. Re: How much moisture is added to the hive, from respiration, over the winter?

    There was a pretty good discussion of this topic about a year ago in the commercial forum. Bees release so much water and carbon dioxide in winter that an indoor wintering facility has to have dual...
  7. Re: Selling 1 Pound of honey. Size of Jar or weight of honey?

    A quart of honey is almost exactly 3 pounds. I agree that honey in north Alabama is bought by the quart. Nobody here compares price/weight, it is always price/quart. That does not mean we ignore...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    I've been going through my bees over the last 3 days and have some very interesting results.

    One colony developed so fast and so strong that it swarmed. Fortunately, the swarm moved into an empty...
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    Re: Is starvation really starvation?

    I would add that it is rare for a colony to die from a single cause and that most winter deaths are a result of beekeeper action or inaction the previous fall. Here are some common causes of winter...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    Put it under the category "advanced beekeeping 106". If you remove all the honey that robbers are gathering, they will immediately shift attention to any weak colonies and sometimes overwhelm them. ...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    I got a call from Carpenter Apiaries earlier this evening that he will ship 10 queens to me either Monday or Tuesday. 5 of them are for a guy I got started beekeeping last year and will be used to...
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    Re: Bonnie Plants & Neonicotinoids

    It is well documented that some soybean varieties yield nectar abundantly. Unfortunately, 70% of current varieties do not.
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    Re: Who is NOT small cell but successful?

    Some colonies will appear to be mite tolerant but with time will show up as susceptible. This will be because the colony escaped serious problems because it swarmed or otherwise went through a brood...
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    Re: Who is NOT small cell but successful?

    If you want answers to those questions, you should open one or more separate threads. It is distinctly off topic for this particular thread.
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    You are seeing why I never feed pollen sub in spring. We have had near continuous pollen available since mid February.
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    Re: What bee suits you?

    Decide which breed based on what you are producing. If you need early spring pollination, some breed of Italian is good. If you have harsh winters and an early spring flow Carniolans would be a...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    I helped a beginner do spring inspections of his colonies. He had 2 colonies from me and 5 that were purchased from one of his relatives.

    1 - from me, medium colony, good queen, needed some feed....
  18. Re: Minimum number of hives to be self sustainable and TF?

    You have to keep enough colonies to exceed the pressure of mite susceptible colonies in the surrounding area. I pushed my colonies to swarm heavily a few years to move a few dozen feral colonies...
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    Re: Who is NOT small cell but successful?

    Oldtimer, while I run my bees on small cell, I have started 3 beginners with bees over the last 6 years. Two of them are using regular foundation from Kelley. One is using PF106 plastic 4.9 frames...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    It is a beautiful sunny day here in North Alabama with temps about 80F. Bees are flying freely and collecting moderate amounts of pollen. I have peach and nectaplum trees in full bloom in my yard. ...
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    Re: Sugar to water ratio

    More beekeepers goof up with fall feeding than with spring. Think of it in terms of metabolic stress on the bees. They have to expend energy and resources to invert sugar syrup. This causes them...
  22. Re: Question: Small cell wax foundation vs. foundationless for bees raised on small c

    Look at this in terms of advantages and disadvantages.

    If you are treatment free, natural comb permits you to avoid chemicals in the wax. No foundation means you won't start with the levels of...
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    Re: 9 Frame Natural Comb

    There are no conditions where I would run 9 frames in a 10 frame box as a brood nest. I purchased some colonies several years ago that had 9 frames for brood. It was a tremendous mess to clean up. ...
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    Re: WHAT DEFINES FERAL BEES

    Ferae naturae - latin term used to describe honeybees. The essential meaning is that all bees are non-domesticated livestock in the sense that a horse can be domesticated, but honeybees cannot. ...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    Bright sunshine and 55 degrees today had the bees out in force. They are bringing in olive green pollen. I did top checks - pull off the cover, verify colony position and access to stores - on the...
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