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    Poll: Re: Hive Overwintering Fools - Challenge 2013/2014

    colleen, are you still around and are you going to set up a spreadsheet for this year? i thought last year's was pretty cool.
  2. Re: How to stimulate colony build up in the spring?

    walt wright's checkerboarding or some version of it has be found by most to promote a nice expansion of the broodnest and population coming out of winter in preparation for the spring flow. ...
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    Re: Upset/Disappointed/Confused/etc.

    that's correct jrg. at this point i'm experimenting and more interested in survivability than maximizing production. on the other hand i'm not going to sweat all summer with nothing to show for it....
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    Re: question for dr. latshaw aka jsl

    it's all good stephen, interesting stuff. :)
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    Re: Upset/Disappointed/Confused/etc.

    same 'ol same 'ol.

    i agree with the point that sampling for mites 'might' help solve the mystery on some of these losses.

    although i've got a couple of colonies with over 10% as of the end of...
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    Re: Upset/Disappointed/Confused/etc.

    sp
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    Re: What to do with this hive

    i agree with don't disturb the good hive. artificially swarm them in the spring by removing the queen along with some brood and stores just before swarm season. you may have have some good survivor...
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    Re: Upset/Disappointed/Confused/etc.

    perfect, thanks talon.
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    Re: Upset/Disappointed/Confused/etc.

    look carefully at the brood comb for indications of mite frass. maybe someone could post a good image of what that looks like, i couldn't find one.
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    Re: mites?

    it was tough for starter colonies that i made up this year too because of the weird weather and especially since i didn't use any feed. even the swarms i caught had a little trouble putting on...
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    Re: mites?

    i agree with the others rube, sometimes the first indication is not making it through winter. summerville's not too far from here, what kind of bees do you have?
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    Re: VSH bees and hybridization

    it's worth considering eduardo, and it sounds like you're doing a good job researching the possibility. :)
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    Re: Lost my first hive in 5 year

    understood, and after seeing the prices that your packages and nucs command i think i would to the same! :)
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    Re: Lost my first hive in 5 year

    i am the only one who finds it remarkable that beemanuk has lost only one colony in five years? that's incredible, how do you do it?
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    Re: question for dr. latshaw aka jsl

    it's the same here ace. very few pounds of honey are consumed between now and february. it may have something to do with our average temps being around the 40 degree mark which supposedly is the...
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    Re: question for dr. latshaw aka jsl

    agreed. additionally brooding by small colonies is limited by the need to divide the work force between keeping the nest warm and foraging. the smallest colonies may end up receiving a frame of...
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    Re: question for dr. latshaw aka jsl

    true that ace. that's how it has been in the past, and i've not had to use any sugar/syrup for over three years. 2014 was challenging for the bees here due to the lengthened winter/shortened spring...
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    Re: question for dr. latshaw aka jsl

    understood jsl, and many thanks for the replies. my hives are a little lower on stores than they have been in the past, to the point where if brooding is initiated on an early warm up which is then...
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    question for dr. latshaw aka jsl

    i was wondering if the carbohydrate component in your 'bag o' bee food' mix would be enough to prevent a colony from starving if there were no other stores in the hive? if not, and if emergency...
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    Re: Full time Beekeeper

    there are very few things in life more rewarding than being able to make a living doing what you love,

    best of luck to you ben.
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    Re: VSH bees and hybridization

    perhaps a niche needing to be filled, perhaps by you eduardo? perhaps there are others in portugal like yourself eager for such a product and waiting for someone to pioneer it?
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    Re: more tf mite counts

    the recent arctic blast made its way through here and temps are just now moderating in its wake. i've got one hive (one of my strongest and heaviest after what little fall flow we had) with a few...
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    Re: Mixing bee races with new hives

    erik, as dsegrest notes whatever you start out with will ultimately become hybridized with whatever is around you after a couple of generations. this would be a good question to ask of beekeepers in...
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    Re: walt wright's checkerboarding

    interesting thoughts daniel. i too have been watching only a handful of colonies for a few short years. i do notice like many have reported that there can be considerable differences from one...
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    Re: walt wright's checkerboarding

    daniel, nucs appear to follow a different pattern and are observed by many to wax more vigorously and at times other colonies do not. i have seen this happen as well. walt attributes this to the...
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