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    Re: Beekeeper in Germany

    Thanks for the suggestion!
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    Re: Beekeeper in Germany

    Thanks for the replys. I would be but I will be heading back stateside in 10 days. I'll try to message theme and see if I can work something out. Thanks again!
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    Beekeeper in Germany

    Is there any beekeeper in Germany, maybe near Kaiserslautern, that would let me come see your apiary. Thanks!
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    Re: Dead hive, guesses welcome

    None Poppy. Jw, I believe you maybe be right, but my best guess. Beeman, you are right on the math. 20 mites might be high, I'll have to go back and look I said, but that was also in August and...
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    Re: Dead hive, guesses welcome

    Thanks for the reply. Just wanted to get some other perspective. Like I said my other 10 hives and all my nucs have been doing great. I was just surprised because it was one of my strongest hives.
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    Re: Dead hive, guesses welcome

    He might have been. Statistically it's not impossible. A cup of bees is approximately 300 bees, in a hive of around 30,000 that's a 1% sample size. So, if you find 1 mite, that means 1% of your...
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    Re: Dead hive, guesses welcome

    Local breeder. I'm not saying I don't see any mites, there definitely are mites. Just a light mite load. In August I was seeing maybe 20 mites on sticky board over a week. I would check and mark...
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    Re: Dead hive, guesses welcome

    To answer some questions. I did a alcohol wash and found 0 mites back in November. I didn't treat the hive because the wash was low and natural fall monitoring showed very low mite counts. I last...
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    Re: Dead hive, guesses welcome

    Thanks for reply. It wasnt varroa I checked. No deformed wings. Like I said, cluster was good going into winter. I know things happen, just want to figure out what happened.
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    Dead hive, guesses welcome

    It was in the high 50s this weekend so I went to weigh them and was going to add food if needed. All were busy, except my largest hive. So I decided to pop the top and peek in. That's when I found...
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    Re: Small Cell Mite Counts

    Well said.
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    Re: Small Cell Mite Counts

    I think small cell helps, doesn't mean that it's a silver bullet for varroa. I believe that genetics plays a big role as well.
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    Re: Received Queens with dead attendents

    I would do the same. Make the nuc now and introduce her later this evening. It doesn't take but a couple hours for a nuc to realize they are queenless.
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    Re: Foundationless for new Beekeeper

    I agree with brettj777. Wedge top frames and most importantly, a level hive. I have melted a little wax and "painted" the wedge to encourage them to not draw it perpendicular.
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    Re: Hive check - lots of drones

    I still have some hives that had frames of drone brood. Not worried about it, they know better than I. And no I don't have a drone layer, still packed with worker bees.
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    Re: Time to reQueen?

    What's wrong with the queen you have currently? Personally I don't pinch queens unless there is a good reason to. If you really want to then I would wait until spring. It's getting to be too late...
  17. Re: How to be competitive when the competition iis priced too low?

    Who said it was complicated?
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    Re: watched one of my hives go this morning

    Were you feeding? Were they honey bound? Did they have open or capped brood?
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    It depends on what system of measure you are using. Most beekeepers use weight to sell honey (ie Lb or pound). Some people see by ounces (oz), but is is avoirdupois(avdp) or fluid oz? So, 12 fluid...
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    At $5 a Lb I'd buy your's all day too!
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    Re: Need some advice if you have time

    I would take everything that i consider a honey super. For me that means I leave 3 mediums and anything over that I extract. I will put them back on wet and see what else I can get. If they seem...
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    Re: Honey Pricing

    I'v been buying 12oz jars and filling on a scale to a pound. Does anyone sell in half pint and pint jars? Just thinking it might be easier to get than buying bulk 12oz jars. Do you notice more...
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    Re: Honey Pricing

    I forgot to say that I sell for $10 a pound around here.
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    Honey Pricing

    I know it's very local, but wondering what people are selling their honey for this year (retail)? Did you increase prices from last year? Just like to see what everyone else is doing.
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    Re: Introducing a Queen to a Nuc

    Also, I like to wait at least 2 hours on a small nuc, longer for bigger hives. I would also wait a little longer if I moved them. If you install a queen and can easily move the bees off the cage,...
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