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    Re: will moth balls hurt bees?

    What I may not have said in that post is that I do this only when I have important genetics that I'm trying to evaluate that with no fault of their own didn't get to a target population.
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    Re: will moth balls hurt bees?

    Just keep in mind that there are no guarantees, but if your donor hives can spare the brood then its worth the risk. We still have a good brood cycle until a potential frost. Get the entrances as...
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    Re: What is going on with this?

    No expert on EFB, but I believe that I've seen it before. Isn't it possible that the massive mite infestation is causing large stress leading to EFB? We hear all the time that EFB is a stress...
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    Re: will moth balls hurt bees?

    I seriously doubt that moth balls in nearby bushes would be damaging your nucs. This colony is clearly distressed as they are not cleaning out the dead bees. The upper entrance shouldn't be a show...
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    Re: Foundation or not?

    Save yourself headache and use foundation until you get more experience.
  6. Re: Overwintering indoors???.....Is this possible?

    I've been keeping a few very small nucs in my attached garage for several winters. This garage is unheated, but never gets below freezing. I've had good success in keeping them alive. I feed all...
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    Re: Cleaning queen excluders

    I don't have one, but have thought of building a tank, like one that would be used for dipping boxes in wax. Fill it with water and have a propane burner boil the water. Seems like it would get them...
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    Re: Fumeboard product questions?

    There was a recent discussion here: http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?302813-Fischer-s-Bee-Quick
    that posed the idea that these newer products may have a shelf life.
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    Re: Maxant bottling valve

    Seems to me that the repeated stress of pulling the lever may cause cracking issues on a plastic pail. Never tried it myself. You might consider a non-insulated SS pail instead.
  10. Thread: Laying worker

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    Re: Laying worker

    Correct



    No. Likely there are MANY workers laying.



    I believe that a newspaper combine poses a greater threat to the receiving colony. I think your odds at damaging your good hive is...
  11. Thread: Laying worker

    by AstroBee
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    Re: Laying worker

    Yes, as others have mentioned simply shaking out the colony and placing it back in its original position is folly. What jwcarlson and Mr. Clemens suggest is the correct approach. My only caveat is...
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    Re: Sugestions for project title

    How about: Calculus-free Optimization: A Bug's Perspective

    Discuss the optimal usage of resources, particularly wax building. My colleague (a Mathematician) once told of a lecture he attended...
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    Re: Nuc source and suggestions

    I tend to agree. Lots of potential for issues with not much margin. I'd purse other options.
  14. Re: Buy proven survivor stock or continue to develop my own

    I suspect that you're not looking hard enough. Even the most hygienic bees will carry some level of varroa. How are you testing? Regardless, sounds like to you have a keeper. Absolutely propagate her...
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    Re: Spring Split - Last light or Midday????

    First time that I heard the term "side-by-side" split - actually had to google it. This seems to give a good description of it: http://www.honeybeeworld.com/spring/splits.htm#Side%20by%20side
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    Re: Mark's new Honey Label

    We changed our label about a year back and some of our customers were confused and some even complained that they liked the old label better. You got to go with your gut on this. For me, it was my...
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    Re: Common mistakes or other topics for a class.

    Cutting out queen cells BEFORE they understand the intent of the bees
    over and underfeeding, both have consequences
    managing robbing BEFORE it starts
    making sure honey is dry enough BEFORE its in...
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    Re: Mark's new Honey Label

    Honest feedback. Don't like it - now if that was a bee beard then you might have something :)

    Seriously, I think the focus of the "beekeeper" should be more for a back label thing, kind of "meet...
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    Re: SHB honey supers

    I've also done this many times without issue. I do it exactly as Mbeck suggests: air of low humidity and actively blown through the supers.
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    Re: Add space or not?

    Its hard for us to give really good guidance without more information. What's the status of the existing 10 frames? Are they fully drawn out and filled with brood/pollen/sugar syrup? How much brood...
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    Re: SHB & Plastic Frames

    I rarely use traps, but keep in mind that other areas may be very different. Most big colonies can manage a decent number of SHB, but the issue comes when starting smaller colonies or mating nucs....
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    Re: SHB & Plastic Frames

    I had these frames in my yards for more than 10 years and have yet to find the groves on one fully propolized - just doesn't happen in my experience. In my experience the result is exactly as the OP...
  23. Thread: Virgin queens

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    Re: Virgin queens

    Very low percentages for me as well. This seems to be one of the mysteries of beekeeping how some can have great success, while others (even very experienced beekeepers) struggle. I'll admit I...
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    Re: finally, fall flow!

    David,

    Its been my experience (at least locally), that the early season GR doesn't produce much (if any) honey, but it does provide some pollen. The later variety typically does produce honey, and...
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    Re: how to kill hive of bees

    Finally, we have a winner.

    Don't kill the bees. Follow the guidance above. I'd add, if you have smaller colonies nearby, then reduce their entrances prior to the shake out. Place the hive...
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