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    Re: EFB cleanup

    What about spotty brood WITHOUT any discolored larvae? No to low mite counts. Sometimes I wonder if workers can be TOO hygienic, and remove brood at the slightest hint of something wrong, leaving a...
  2. Removing Drones From Drone Laying Hive

    I have a March queen that was laying a large percentage of drones seem to go almost completely drone layer. Not laying worker-she's still in there. She's now laying very spotty worker brood, and...
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    Combine Or Let Them Raise Their Own

    I have a failed cut down split. The original queen was put in a nuc, swarm cells were left in the parent hive. The larger hive promptly robbed the nuc and killed the original queen in the process....
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    Re: EFB cleanup

    This comes up every year. I'm in threads from a couple of years ago. Something has changed about EFB, I don't believe the "requeen and a flow" will clear it up. Maybe, it will for one season. Last...
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    Swarm Size and Queens

    Is there a general rule of thumb relating the size of a swarm and predicting if its queen is mated or virgin? For example, I would guess a two pound and under swarm would be a virgin-containing after...
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    Re: Drone Numbers

    Are you looking for more information from me, or following for more responses?
    Rob
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    Drone Numbers

    On a "local" forum that covers a two county area, and through conversations at my club, there seems to be a problem few have encountered here before. We have an unusually large number of drones being...
  8. Re: Introducing Virgin Queens in Full sized Colonies

    Robert, sorry if I missed it, but how old are the queens you mark and cage when introduced to these full sized colonies?
    Thanks,
    Rob
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    Re: How long can virgins be kept

    Robert, no disrespect, of course, just wondering.....:)
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    Re: How long can virgins be kept

    Robert, that may be so, but I wonder more about acceptance than successful mating. I want to requeen full size, double deep colonies, not introduce them to nucs or mating nucs, and THEN combine with...
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    Queen excluders and swarms

    I often read on this site that one method of preventing a caught swarm from absconding is to put a an excluder between the hive body and bottom board. Likewise, some less experienced beekeepers talk...
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    Re: Pacific northwest swarms?

    To your original point: I live in NW Washington, one hour south of the Canadian border, and yes, I think MOST swarms here are from mismanaged or under managed hives. There are very few feral bee...
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    Re: Swarm trap frame question

    WOW, that's early for our neck of the woods. Better get my traps out.
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    Too Early To Rob Brood Frames?

    I have a live queen with a cupful of bees. No brood. I believe there are not enough bees to polish cells and tend to eggs, barely enough to keep the queen alive. Two adjacent hives are already...
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    Re: Insulatiion for Wax Making

    Perhaps this should be another thread, on hiving packages on drawn comb.

    One of the reasons I posted the original question:
    Last spring I hived two packages on drawn comb in late April. Two...
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    Insulatiion for Wax Making

    As most packages are installed here in the Pacific Northwest in April, when rain, daytime temperatures in the low to mid 50's, and nighttime lows in the 40's, are the norm, I'm wondering if...
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    Re: virus warning

    Still having problems using Win10, Edge, Norton. No access to home page, must go to Forums directly.
    Using IE with Norton results in same error.
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    Re: Passing of Walter W. Wright

    Condolences to his family.

    I reread his writings several times a year, and feel honored to have conversed with him in a few threads.

    One of the legends on Beesource.
  19. Re: How many dead-outs are the result of the 2 types of nosema?

    Because the OA dribble killed the weak bees?
  20. Re: How many dead-outs are the result of the 2 types of nosema?

    Has anyone here had luck with any of the "snake oils"? Nosevit or Complete? Dribble, not as feed stimulant/supplement ?
  21. Re: How many dead-outs are the result of the 2 types of nosema?

    I don't know mite counts. They dribble with OA at Solstice. I can't remember if they use formic in August, but I think so. I know they have vaporizers as well. They definitely treat. The interesting...
  22. Re: How many dead-outs are the result of the 2 types of nosema?

    Or, in the case of Nosena C., crawl off and die.
    I sometimes get a colony with crawlers, but no DWV that test high for Nosema.

    Second hand, so take it for what it's worth: Our club president and...
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    Re: They are all dead...

    I'm not sure how willing new beekeepers are to a pinch a first year package queen and replace her with a more local one the same season. It is not unreasonable to me, but then I'm not buying oodles...
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    Re: They are all dead...

    I've notice some package suppliers in our area are suggesting Italians over Carniolans this year, claiming the Italians are better mated for April packages. For years it's been thought Carnies would...
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    Re: Nuc prices for 2016

    I'm two plus hours north of Lauri. "Nucs" here (really splits of CA almond returning bees with a current year CA queen) run from $125-135.
    A 5 frame nuc from a treatment free queen breeder last...
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