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  1. Thread: Bumper bees

    by Bee-52
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    Bumper bees

    Not sure if it has been posted here, but in case it hasn't - here it is. As an engineer I find the way bee's wing is designed is fascinating.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyXlHeBsA6k
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    Re: January 1st, first swarm of the year

    I know. We had a cold snap this morning too. 60F!!! If it keeps going like that I might not be able to do my beekeeping in shorts and flip-flops. Unfortunately, it supposed to be back in 80s by...
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    January 1st, first swarm of the year

    Outside is 80 degrees and I had the first swarm of the year come out this morning.
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    Re: Strange cycle of the brood nest

    Hey, nice user name :)

    To answer the question - I had only two swarms so far and both of them came out of the same hive. The rest didn't produce any swarms so far. If I remember correctly, last...
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    Strange cycle of the brood nest

    I noticed it last year. During the winter (such as it is here) the bottom box in my hives is pretty much solid brood. Normally, I would leave a super of honey for the bees for the winter. So my...
  6. Thread: STOLEN HIVES!

    by Bee-52
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    Re: STOLEN HIVES!

    Every year I see the same story. There is such a device! Apparently not everybody know about it. $100 for a device and $100 for the subscription service per year. Device starts transmitting only...
  7. Re: How to stimulate colony build up in the spring?

    I'm not dogmatic about it. It depends on a size of a colony. For a smaller colony I do leave one deep. I make sure in the spring that they have enough room to expand.
  8. Re: How to stimulate colony build up in the spring?

    They are still being raised this "winter".
  9. Re: How to stimulate colony build up in the spring?

    Exactly the question I'm trying to find an answer for :) I'm not trying to change my whole operation - just to experiment with a couple of hives. Currently I don't downsize them. Just let them be...
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    Re: Randy Oliver from Scientific Beekeeping

    As I stated before I completely agree with Randy on his point about scientific approach. However that approach includes things like peer review, controlled groups and other practices which, among...
  11. Re: How to stimulate colony build up in the spring?

    I haven't noticed any blooms on maples here, although we don't have too many of them around my area. Do you go by the pollen color they are bringing?
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    Re: Randy Oliver from Scientific Beekeeping

    I don't know. Neither does he.

    And that's exactly why I compared his approach to that of the FDA. He could've as well said there are no studies that indicate that neonics are NOT causing major...
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    Re: Randy Oliver from Scientific Beekeeping

    I would say that he represents a good balanced view of the commercial beekeeping community. Somewhere in the middle of his interview he made a statement that both hobby beekeeper and commercial...
  14. Re: How to stimulate colony build up in the spring?

    I didn't shoot anybody down. I clarified the question, pointed out the things which didn't apply in my case and asked additional questions based on his response.

    As you probably have read above -...
  15. Re: How to stimulate colony build up in the spring?

    Thanks for all the ideas. I will definitely try to move honey boxes to the bottom to stimulate brood production. I like the idea of combining nuc with a hive, and was already planning on attempting...
  16. Re: How to stimulate colony build up in the spring?

    Any particular syrup concentration? Do you remove frames with syrup before the flow starts?
  17. Re: How to stimulate colony build up in the spring?

    1. I don't treat my bees for anything. They seem to be doing just fine on their own for years now.
    2 Can you elaborate on this point? How do you manage your colonies? What are the objectives?
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  18. How to stimulate colony build up in the spring?

    Ok, I realize that for the most of you the winter has just started and your hives are tucked away for the next 4-5 month. But here in Florida spring is not that far away, so I'm already trying to...
  19. Re: On the natural cell size of European honey bees

    To be fair, the paper is not about whether bees can build smaller cell, or if they do nowadays or even if there are benefits of smaller cells. The paper about the fact that (or if) historically...
  20. Re: On the natural cell size of European honey bees

    Regardless of the subject matter I have a problem with the author's methodology. The whole premise of the paper is to analyze the work and findings of certain authors. Instead of doing just that...
  21. Re: Why I decided not to put my hives out in the sun

    To topic of the thread is misleading. There is no answer to the question in the body of the message. Now I won't be able to sleep wondering what was the reason. :)

    All my hives sit in full...
  22. Thread: The Fat Bee Man

    by Bee-52
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    Re: The Fat Bee Man

    I tried a couple of the suggestions from his videos - to use cinnamon for ant control, which didn't affect little black ants in the slightest and kind of annoyed my bees and put a salt block next to...
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    Re: Extracting--- using heat gun to uncap??!!

    This subject threads pops up every 4 months or so. Try using search. The subjects has been explained thoroughly before. In short, this method works really well for dry capped honey. It doesn't...
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    Re: Chinese Tallow Trees

    Recently I discovered a tree that turned out to be Chinese tallow tree next to our office. It was crawling with bees when it was blooming. I would guess if your bees ignored them, they must've had...
  25. Thread: waggle twerk

    by Bee-52
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    Re: waggle twerk

    It is a laying twerker!
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