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    Re: The FatBeeMan's new DVD?

    $60 seems a bit rich.
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    Re: Really new and soon to begin

    1) A healthy hive will continue to grow, and ultimately will (or most likely will) get to the point where it will want to swarm (reproductive instinct to put it simplistically). That generally is...
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    Package options in the USA

    Next season, I'm starting an apiary south of the border (I'm Canadian) and I'm wondering if any US folks have any feedback or suggestions as to bee package companies they use and have been happy with...
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    Re: Hive Hemorrhaging Bees

    Interesting ... I didn't know that about robbing actually. The queen is still intact and there is brood, although not enough nurse bees now to cover it all. All the honey that was there (quite a...
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    Re: Hive Hemorrhaging Bees

    They're at my in-laws place ... I'm not entirely sure what they're spraying with, but I see them spraying constantly.
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    Re: Hive Hemorrhaging Bees

    I have been suspicious of pesticides ... unfortunately my hives are surrounded by farmland with crops such as blueberries, cranberries and potatoes (which are all heavily sprayed). I however found...
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    Hive Hemorrhaging Bees

    One of my hives has been losing bees like crazy over the past few weeks, I'm guessing largely because I caught the high mite count too late. I do have a couple questions though, given the photos...
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    Re: When do we check the hives???????

    You also need to be cognizant of a honey super filling up however ... so, if there's all of a sudden a very strong flow and they fill 10 frames in a week, but you're only checking every 3 weeks that...
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    Apivar for medium brood chambers

    I know Apivar suggests something like 2 strips per brood chamber ... is that the same for medium size brood chambers as well? (or could I get away with 1 per brood chamber?).
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    Re: when to put on super

    How will they fill it with syrup if you're not feeding them?
  11. Re: 1 Frame of bees and a Queen = hopelessly lost?

    There was definitely a mite problem as I described in my first post ... I treated with MAQs (full dose) a few weeks ago, but haven't checked the numbers since (not enough bees to even do that now!)....
  12. Re: 1 Frame of bees and a Queen = hopelessly lost?

    I also suspect there may be a brood disease present, possibly EFB. Some of the brood had perforated caps and the larvae inside was a bit suspect in some of them ... I sent a sample to the lab to get...
  13. 1 Frame of bees and a Queen = hopelessly lost?

    My dwindling hive has just one frame of bees left and a very obvious marked queen. They've been dwindling for weeks now since I found the mite levels very high and treated 3 weeks ago or so. I...
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    Re: Will a swarm, swarm?

    Yes, likely what happened is the swarm left but the foragers didn't get the memo as they were out in the field ... they return to the hive and are hopelessly lost but stay there (probably due to the...
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    Re: removing bees from supers

    I shake and brush too, but know many folks who use bee escapes successfully.
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    Re: lots of problems

    The supersedure cells are likely just meaningless queen cups.

    What do u mean eggs that have dried up? A picture might help.
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    Re: Dwindling, dying hive ... now what?

    Yes, the full 2 strip dose. It was a bit warmer than normal, but I think still under the thresholds. It was probably low to mid 20's (Celsius) and I think the package said it shouldn't be 29...
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    Re: Dwindling, dying hive ... now what?

    I did see eggs ... but she never has been a fantastic layer (not the greatest/strongest of brood patterns).
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    Is this chalkbrood?

    I'm trying to identify the disease/syndrome/issue I noticed during an inspection today ... this is in the stronger of my two hives.

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    Is it chalkbrood?
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    Dwindling, dying hive ... now what?

    I found both my hives had high mite counts a couple weeks ago, and treated with MAQs. The numbers in my weaker hive were lower than expected, but still quite a number of bees ... today, 2 weeks...
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    Re: Are They Thinking of Swarming?!

    definitely orientation fights. U can see the pattern they're making quite well actually, sort of like a figure eight.
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    Re: Spring treatment for Varroa

    I treated both my hives a week ago with MAQs, did an inspection 7 days later (today) and everything looks great ... queens still around and eggs present.
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    Why are the bees doing this? [Video]

    There was a small number of bees clustered around the entrance of my swarm trap earlier today, and now they are doing this:

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6C21rk9q3kHZzZrMEs4NVZDUjQ/view

    Is...
  24. Tiny after swarm or scout bees bringing in pollen?

    I thought I had a swarm in my trap, bees were in and out for a few days, some bees bringing in some pollen ... then I cracked it open and there were just a handful of bees on the drawn comb I had in...
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    Swarm caught in my truck ... now what?

    I happened to have a swarm trap in the back of my pickup truck that I was going to move to some other location, and this morning I went out and there were a few bees buzzing around the entrance. I...
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