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  1. Re: GAHHH!!! I can't believe it! I think it happened to me!

    Sounds like mites then. Other hives now are very weak as well now. Guess I have my answer.

    Looks like total losses for me this year.
  2. Re: GAHHH!!! I can't believe it! I think it happened to me!

    No I don't treat for mites. I didn't think hives would abscond because of mites though, I thought they would just die.

    Well maybe its not CCD. I actually would rather it was mites or something...
  3. Re: GAHHH!!! I can't believe it! I think it happened to me!

    What about hornets? it was freaking filled with hornets.

    And if it went queenless how come there where hundreds of abandoned eggs?
  4. Re: Trapping yellowjackets.....what worked for me.

    I may try that, I'm suddenly having a huge problem with them. They've been around all summer but the bees have kept them at bay, but now that its cooled off the bees are clustered up and not guarding...
  5. Re: GAHHH!!! I can't believe it! I think it happened to me!

    I've actually never seen burr comb in my hives at any time of year. I'm foundationless which I think helps with this since they always have a place to build comb of any size they want.

    There where...
  6. Re: GAHHH!!! I can't believe it! I think it happened to me!

    Anything is possible I guess, but why would they abscond at this time of year? or leave behind so many eggs?

    I also wonder if there was more brood but it was taken by the hornets? Their where a...
  7. GAHHH!!! I can't believe it! I think it happened to me!

    So last week I harvested from one of my hives but didn't have time to do the other two. I did check on them and all seemed well, hive full of bees, eggs and brood.

    Today I look out at my bees and...
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    Re: DWV.....need advice please.

    No....I think it makes strong mites. There's a big difference. (Although it wouldn't surprise me if insecticides in the hive make those bees sick but that is totally different than genetic...
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    Re: DWV.....need advice please.

    Well, I have no idea how Clinton came into this thread so I assume this was a reply to some other thread that you accidentally posted here. I really don't care if you talk about Clinton, I just don't...
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    Re: DWV.....need advice please.

    Umm....wrong thread?

    Anyway...hmmm. Not sure what I should do, if anything. I want to make some splits anyway...The hive still has a lot of bees, less than my others but more than it went into...
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    Re: DWV.....need advice please.

    So I think I've decided to split up the hive which is in four mediums right now into four hives that all have a miz of eggs, honey and brood and let them raise new queens and see what I get.
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    Re: DWV.....need advice please.

    Interesting. Well, I don't have any nucs on hand and probably don't have time to make any before I have to leave, but I could do four walk away style splits pretty easily and since each split would...
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    DWV.....need advice please.

    One of my hives is showing signs of a worsening DWV problem. I first noticed it a couple months ago, at that time it was only seeing one or two effected bees per hour. Now I've seeing ten in about...
  14. Thread: Funky Comb

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    Re: Funky Comb

    They probably do know best, which is why they aren't using your foundation and building their own comb where they can. You can cut off the new comb and push your frames tightly together so they have...
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    Re: Foundationless Question

    I would add the empty box on top and move up two frames of none brood bearing comb from the bottom and leave a empty frame between them.

    You can just add a box full of empty frames and most...
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    Re: Now what do I do with tis comb?

    Can't use rubber bands on a top bar hive, it has no frames, just strips of wood the comb hangs from.
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    Re: Antsssssssssss !!!!

    Whats wrong with ants?
  18. Re: Can wax foundation be straightened once in gets warped?

    Dunno, but foundationless comb can be so I imagine wax foundation can.
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    Re: Future of Commercial Beekeeping

    Will it happen exactly that way? Probably not. But none of the elements are at all far fetched. It would just be history repeating itself. Or do you think bad things only happen in the past?

    You...
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    Re: Future of Commercial Beekeeping

    Apocalypse.

    Mites, CCD's and weather will conspire to create a perfect storm and one of these seasons (perhaps this one, perhaps the next) most commercial beekeepers will suffer 90% losses. ...
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    Re: Foundationless frames question

    How did you manage to do that?

    The only comb I've ever had fall out of the frame was on Duragilt foundation. Never going to use that stuff again. Haven't had any problems with foundationless.
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    Re: Vinegar in syrup

    I would just buy a bag of acid blend from a brewer supply store and use that if the point is to lower PH, it also tastes better.
  23. Re: re-queened - but workers, drones have diappeared - help?

    I lost my first two hives to bears. One climbed the side of the house to get to the hive on the roof, the other went through an electric fence, both times where total losses. Very frustrating. ...
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    Re: HITS method of mite control

    I guess I see it this way, I haven't seen any numbers that say that treatment free is worse than treatment.

    Maybe they exist, but I haven't seen them.

    If both systems are equal in loss rates...
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    Re: Does Varroa have a natural reservoir?

    So how are all the bees getting reinfected every spring? Is it from migratory bee keepers that over winter in places that don't really have one?
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