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    Re: Bees are blackened, look burned ?

    I'm thinking CBP. Not a runt or part of the normal mix of coloration in a hive. I've been keeping bees for decades.

    Not a lot of bees on a frame, so I'll probably just leave them as is. Just...
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    Bees are blackened, look burned ?

    I've noticed a few of my hives, maybe 5%, have bees that are blackened. They almost look burned. Also, greasy looking. Definitely sick bees. In these hives, a frame of bees will have one or two...
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    Re: nicot system just put in today.

    I'm a believer in spraying the cage with sugar syrup. The workers clean up and thus "polish" the plastic cells, getting rid of any foreign smell.

    I used to do this one day before caging the queen....
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    Re: Will virgins fit through excluders?

    It is the thorax that doesn't fit through the excluder, so in theory no. But anything is possible.

    Why do you have an excluder at all? Not necessary in normal operation. Useful in locating queen...
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    Re: The queen has been kicked out

    Regarding my experience, which is slightly different than Jonathan's:

    [QUOTE=Michael Bush;931296]
    Unless I could prove it was the same queen who still lives there, I would assume it was a virgin...
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    Re: stored frames - moldy and fermented

    Bees will clean up the comb. It isn't a problem.

    You can store outside, under cover. Or inside is OK. I store inside, unheated. We get temps low enough to kill moths, etc.

    If stored...
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    Re: The queen has been kicked out

    I have had a similar experience, with an established hive. In my case, I noticed the queen in the grass in front of the hive with a clump of perhaps 15 bees. Put her on the landing board, whereupon...
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    Re: When installing package bees

    I have had severe problems with drift among package-installed colonies. Usually get 10 or 15 packages. Last year, I put them in pairs facing SE,SW, with each pair about 20 ft apart. Still had very...
  9. Re: Does colony have a sub-family preference in raising queens?

    Charlie,

    Not sure how to send a secure email on this site. If you know, email me. Otherwise, I will post my email.

    I'd like to contact Dr. Rinderer with some of my puzzling thoughts.

    This...
  10. Re: Does colony have a sub-family preference in raising queens?

    Charlie,
    Thanks for researching this.
    -Kraig
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    Re: Nicot system

    One problem with Nicot, Jentner or similar systems is the queen is reluctant to lay in plastic cups. In theory, if you come back in 24 hours there should be eggs. Maybe, Maybe not.

    I find...
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    Re: Hive Boom for a Pickup

    Here's the one from Allan Dick. It doesn't have a trolly but I think it would work for me:

    http://www.honeybeeworld.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=374

    (Scroll down)

    Better details at:...
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    Re: Hive Boom for a Pickup

    The problem with all the pickup cranes on the market is they don't trolly in and out. You would have to position the pickup perfectly and then could only work one hive without moving the truck.
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    Hive Boom for a Pickup

    Wondering if anyone has a design for a small hive boom.

    I have a pickup with an 8 ft flatbed I use for working my hives. I can think of lots of times I need to pull two or three supers to get...
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    Re: Extra insurance because of bees?

    Your homeowner's policy should be adequate for two hives. You are clearly not making your living off of bees, so you are not a commercial operation. No different than if your dog bites someone....
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    Re: Where to get a good hive tool

    I'm with Hawkster: biggest problem is they hide well.

    Be nice if they had a ring tone, so you could find them in the grass with your cell phone.
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    Where to get a good hive tool

    I'm not talking a strange design. Just the old standard.

    Seems like the quality of steel has gotten worse over the years. Used to be able to pry a pickup out of a ditch with one. Now they are...
  18. Re: Does colony have a sub-family preference in raising queens?

    Charlie,

    The sperm that a drone produces is all the same, a clone of his haploid genome. Millions of them, all identical. Absolutely no variation.

    The queen produces a different egg,...
  19. Re: Does a virgin queen actually mate with a "male" bee?

    I imagine they would describe it as "heavenly."
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    Charlie,
    I hadn't thought about the process of queen's killing other queen cells. I suppose that is another situation where the sub family influence could affect survival rates of a better...
  21. Re: Does colony have a sub-family preference in raising queens?

    The relationship ratio system is used by biologists. It goes like this:

    Daughter to Mother = 1/2
    Daughter to Father = 1/2
    Sister to Sister (rare in bees, common in humans) =1/2
    Half Sister to...
  22. Re: Does a virgin queen actually mate with a "male" bee?

    I stand corrected on the evolutionary age of Hymenoptera. I mis-read Wikipedia.

    But I still say the virgin is mating with the mother of the drone.

    The drone is just a delivery mechanism.
  23. Does a virgin queen actually mate with a "male" bee?

    I say not.

    Concepts like "queen," "male," and "female" are anthropomorphisms.

    The drone carries the sperm (gamete) of his mother. He is entirely a creation of his mother. The drone has no...
  24. Re: Does colony have a sub-family preference in raising queens?

    Charlie,

    The favoring of queen larvae from the successful sub-family is a separate, but related, question to why the workers don't produce drones of their own.

    It seems likely to me that two...
  25. Re: Does colony have a sub-family preference in raising queens?

    Go to:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evolution_of_eusociality

    The basis of Hamilton's thesis for the evolution of eusocial behavior is that a worker gives up her ability to reproduce because her...
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