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    Re: Why so wide? Building some beehives...

    I build 8 frame at 14 1/4 outside and 12 3/4 inside. 9 frames fit tight when new, and 8 frames fit beautifully when drawn. I add scabs on the long side (bevels cut from scrap 2x) that allow me to...
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    Re: Foraging on oak sapwood?

    They are (likely) harvesting sugars from the phloem. The clue is "the outer half inch".

    Resin, the source of propolis, (in softwoods) is produced in the cambium-inner bark interface and flows...
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    Re: 9 Frame Natural Comb

    It will work better to draw the comb with all 10 (or 11) frames tight in the box. Once drawn, you can space them wider; to do otherwise invites cross, burr, doubled and drone comb.
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    http://www.macs.hw.ac.uk/~awhite/Miller2006_Evolution.pdf

    This is a fundamental, often cited paper, on the dynamics of parasite-host tolerance. Has some interesting (modeled, not empirical)...
  5. Re: Treatment Free Study in Northeast Pennsylvania

    The TF stock in my experimental apiary dies. I had 2 of 11 make through the August-February cull in the 2014-5. I split off the two, but I am not impressed that they will make past mid-summer.
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    Re: When is dead dead?

    http://i3.mirror.co.uk/incoming/article3854121.ece/alternates/s615/Monty-Python-dead-parrot.jpg
  7. Re: Can I capture swarms in Arizona? What about Americanized?

    1. Have a queen supplier on speed dial.
    2. Have your smoker lit and smokin' before you touch the hive tool.
    3. Have nuc boxes ready to make a cut down split as soon as the hive builds-up.
    4....
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    Re: migratory cover question

    You are missing lines 21 through 23 which read:

    "" ..... except in cases where the hive have been oriented to face in a South-east or North-west axis".
  9. Re: Treatment Free Study in Northeast Pennsylvania

    I am glad a formal study is being conducted. I have been dedicating resources to a TF experiment for more than a decade.

    Apiaries cross-infect with mites from collapsing hives.
    Daughter queens...
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    Re: migratory cover question

    I use inner covers under migratory lids until I move the hives. There is no law stating one cannot use a inner cover with a migratory.

    Top covers are made of almost any wood material -- OSB...
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    Re: "African" Bees are so terrible?

    There is an interesting paper by Kraus on AHB in Veracruz, Mexico.
    He found a distinction between the process of Africanization in lowland wild hives (where intensive beekeeping is practiced), and...
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    Re: "African" Bees are so terrible?

    Whitfield in his important paper "Thrice out of Africa" provides important graphic evidence of genotype replacement rather than hybridization in the North American contact between AHB and EHB. This...
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    Re: Syrup compared to nectar

    Evaporating water uses kilojoules of heat energy. In the spring, that heat comes from the bees not the air temperature. All those calories burned up trying to move water vapor away from hygroscopic...
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    Re: Front Range weather roller-coaster

    Chinook is heated by adiabatic compression (same as Santa Ana in California). The air mass descends over the mountains to a lower elevation (and consequently higher air pressure), the compression of...
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    Re: 8 frame...how to space?

    Sand the frames a hair, (60 grit on a belt sander works in seconds). Put 9 in the brood box. They get drawn beautifully. You can keep 9 in the brood, and in the honey supper start with 9 to get...
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    Re: Terrible Problem /.=)

    Only a wild burro guestimate -- about 50,000 capped brood or more or less 2500 per side of 12 frames.
    12 days that brood is under caps so -- >4,100 day or about 180/hour 24/7. I don't know if...
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    Re: Terrible Problem /.=)

    Square Peg (( I always have images of my grandfather caning rocking chairs -- you used these square pegs to lock the cane into the holes. Does anyone cane anymore?)
    I must admit I have never...
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    Re: Terrible Problem /.=)

    This is a queen I received from Jeremy Rose ( http://www.californiabeecompany.com/ ) in May 2014. Jeremy is a young, up-and-coming breeder, keep an eye on his stock. It yields about 1/2 Cordovan...
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    Re: Anyone using Mason Bees to pollinate

    Mason bees are used in British Columbia on large scale for Plum and Cherry. Bushel sacks of pupa are harvested and held over winter.
    Mason bees are used in Japan on commercial scale.
    Mason bees...
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    Re: Terrible Problem /.=)

    Thanks, brilliant, I will put that on my calendar for next go round. I was in the hive 12 days ago, adding checkerboard. But man, I didn't expect everything to fill up.
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    Re: Does pollen imply nectar?

    Southern California is in the middle of its pollen and nectar flow. The really early just pollen blooms (Live Oak, Quercus agrifolia) is now fading.
    There is huge diversity of other plants in full...
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    Terrible Problem /.=)

    I was all set up to graft into the cell builder today from the Queen Breeder I had selected. A zillion queenless nurse bees buzzing around.

    When I pulled brood frames to get graft stock from the...
  23. Re: Do the Descendants of the Package Queen Produce Successively More Irritable Hives

    Commercial breeders draw from thousands of prospective queens to select their breeders for grafting. The ones I work with quantify and record traits for both queen breeders and drone hives. This...
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    Re: Nucs Vs. 8 Frame Mediums

    You can build 4 or 5 frame medium nucs (out of 1x8 fenceboard) and double stack them. They build up quick in the stacks. The split management is easier in the nucs (locating queen, etc).
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    Re: Western Red Cedar

    And if you get AFB, you can plank Salmon with the covers.
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