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    Re: Percent of Honey to Harvest

    I take most of it and feed syrup and then sugar patties or fondant. I get better survival with this system and the honey is worth much more than the syrup.
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    Re: Where to buy honey in MA?

    Should have some in a couple of weeks...
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    Re: Can feeding fondant cause robbing?

    I've used fondant for years with my nucs. Never had it cause robbing. Bees do well on it.
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    Re: Bee-pocolypse. Reality or Fiction?

    Funny, that hasn't happened in the Canadian canola fields or in Australia where there is no varroa to vector virus.
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    Re: Time to start thinking about winter.

    Funny, I have to send bees off to find out if they have virus issues. Can't see them, even with my scope. Too easy to say you don't see them when they are not visible to the eye. No good bee...
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    Re: Time to start thinking about winter.

    unless you want to know why your hives die in the spring. It's not just the mites it the virus too. Bees can stand a pretty high mite count but can't stand high virus problems. In a couple weeks I'm...
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    Re: Time to start thinking about winter.

    Time for an alcohol wash I'd say
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    Re: Glenn Apiaries - Pol-Line queens

    Got some from Velbert. Great queens and quite gentle. Reasonably priced. I recommend them over the VSH queens -
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    Re: Styrofoam Hives

    bees will chew the frame rests in both EPS and foam hives. Only solution is put wood in those spots. I've given up on homemade foam nucs. too much trouble and the bees eat them up after a while, no...
  10. Re: "...honey vs. sucrose or high fructose corn syrup"

    not my experience. Just the opposite.
  11. Re: "...honey vs. sucrose or high fructose corn syrup"

    True but it seems that bees will acclimatize in about 10 year according to what I have read. I still find that my bees winter better on fondant or sugar patties [especially if the sugar has been...
  12. Re: Increased Tolerance and Resistance to Virus Infections:

    It also may explain why some treatment free bees survive and others perish. Personally I can't wait the 10 years for this to develop. Every attempt at treatment free has failed for me. Might be my...
  13. Increased Tolerance and Resistance to Virus Infections:

    Increased Tolerance and Resistance to Virus Infections: A Possible Factor in the Survival of Varroa destructor-Resistant Honey Bees (Apis mellifera)The honey bee ectoparasitic mite, Varroa...
  14. Re: "...honey vs. sucrose or high fructose corn syrup"

    There was a lot of honey on every hive. I extracted much of it and am still using it in my splits. I have some theories and my losses were varied. However, my mite counts were low going into the...
  15. Re: "...honey vs. sucrose or high fructose corn syrup"

    Getting back to the original paper... I left much more honey on last winter than ever before and I had the worst survival ever. I'm not sure that honey is the best for overwintering. I am more...
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    Re: End of Summer Splits???

    you probably should anticipate feeding them this fall to get them up to weight.
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    Re: Is the northeast in a dearth now?

    saw some blooming today too. but I've never seen the bees on the early varieties. they like the tall later goldenrod. It's starting to bud up now.
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    Re: End of Summer Splits???

    doing my last splits this week but I use mated queens.
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    Re: Opinion piece written by Mark Winston

    i emailed the author challenging some of his assertions. No reply yet.
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    Re: Weird AFB question

    Disagree, it's my understanding that spores are often in most hives. However, it takes stress or other pathogens to cause the hive to loose control. This paper covers AFB pretty well....
  21. Re: This may get interestiong, bird decline and neonicotinoid link...

    not seeing many bumbles here either, but lots of native bees.
  22. Re: This may get interestiong, bird decline and neonicotinoid link...

    We had to net our blueberries here in MA this year. Bumper crop and far too many birds trying to feed on them. Seeing lots of swallows, bluebirds, etc. No serious depletion here.
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    Re: Dr. Jeffery Pettis Steps Down

    Could be but it is not a good thing for the Bee Lab IMO
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    Re: Wintering Nucs in a medium.

    Bees move up much better than sideways. I like the 5 over 5 better than singles.
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    Re: Best small scale electric extractor?

    oops, I was thinking of the 9F
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