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  1. Re: CAPA Report: 58% overwinter colony mortality in Ontario.

    weird weather indeed michael.

    we've had above average rainfall these past two years while the west coast is in severe drought.
  2. Re: Is 5.0mm foundation to big to use as small cell?

    rite cell is standard size, 5.4 i think.
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    Re: What Percent of Hives Are Feral vs Kept

    this has been the case in my (limited) experience as well daniel. not all daughters from good queens turn out good, and daughters from queens that didn't do well sometimes do well. i can't blame...
  4. Re: Is 5.0mm foundation to big to use as small cell?

    youbetcha. as stated in my last post, all comb is in use at this time, but i'll likely have a sample or two this winter jwc, and i'll be happy to get some pix to you. have you collected many...
  5. Re: Is 5.0mm foundation to big to use as small cell?

    hmm. looks like she acribes smaller cell sizes to the warmer climes. do we know where the numbers come from?

    in fairness, i only took measurements from one frame, which i pulled from a dead out...
  6. Re: Is 5.0mm foundation to big to use as small cell?

    interesting ot. to be honest i've not read the studies and really don't have a dog in the fight anyway.

    why would bees in alabama draw comb differently than in sweden? have different subspecies...
  7. Re: Is 5.0mm foundation to big to use as small cell?

    :) i doubt that is true, but the west coast if famous for all kinds of support groups jwc and i'm sure we could find you one if needed.

    seriously, i didn't say anything about varroa control nor...
  8. Re: CAPA Report: 58% overwinter colony mortality in Ontario.

    polar vortex?
  9. Re: Is 5.0mm foundation to big to use as small cell?

    most of the comb in my hives was drawn on rite cell foundation. the few frames i have so far that were placed foundationless have about 4.9 mm cells in the centers of the brood frames, with larger...
  10. Re: Is 5.0mm foundation to big to use as small cell?

    what diameter cells are they drawing in the center of the broodnest?
  11. Re: CAPA Report: 58% overwinter colony mortality in Ontario.

    "As of February 27, Winnipeg was experiencing the second coldest winter in 75 years, the coldest in 35 years and with snowfall total being 50 per cent more than normal."

    from:
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  12. Re: CAPA Report: 58% overwinter colony mortality in Ontario.

    pretty close to what the state of ohio reported in the bee informed survey. other northern states with similar results.

    http://beeinformed.org/2014/06/state-by-state-colony-loss-2013-2014/
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    Re: What Percent of Hives Are Feral vs Kept

    ;)
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    Re: What Percent of Hives Are Feral vs Kept

    it was meant tongue in cheek mark, that's why the smiley. mike and i have had cordial back and forths, i hope he took it in the spirit intended, but if not, well, excuuuuuuuuse me! :)
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    Re: What Percent of Hives Are Feral vs Kept

    one of your best posts mike! :)
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    Re: Egg laying drones

    bee admiral,

    welcome to beesource and don't let these guys pull your leg, we knew what you meant.

    another approach is to add a frame of eggs from one of your strong hives. this will stop the...
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    Re: What Percent of Hives Are Feral vs Kept

    i've been wondering if you were still lurking. :)

    thanks for starting the thread.
  18. Re: "...honey vs. sucrose or high fructose corn syrup"

    it is well know that many healthful substances can become harmful in high concentrations, vitamin a for example, while deficiencies of these substances are associated with disease and mortality. ...
  19. Re: "...honey vs. sucrose or high fructose corn syrup"

    so i corresponded with one of the authors, who very courteously replied, and referred me to citation #22:

    http://www.pnas.org/content/110/22/8842.full

    in this study specific ingredients of...
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    Re: SHB populations low this year?

    noticeably fewer this year compared to precious years, perhaps the long cold winter knocked them back.
  21. Re: Thoughts about keeping one full honey super on all winter

    hi dulley.

    having all ten hives survive winter is outstanding, especially considering that ohio beekeepers completing the survey for bee informed partnership reported a collective 58% winter loss...
  22. Re: "...honey vs. sucrose or high fructose corn syrup"

    i must admit that dr. cryberg has provoked my thinking with this statement. since my background is not in molecular biology i'm not sure what to make of it. i will attempt to correspond with the...
  23. Re: Increased Tolerance and Resistance to Virus Infections:

    agreed. even if one brings in proven genetics most of that will get diluted after the original queen gets replaced, especially if there are no survivor colonies nearby to mate with.

    alternative...
  24. Re: "...honey vs. sucrose or high fructose corn syrup"

    i'll respectfully disagree richard.

    these genes being turned is more appropriately interpreted as immunocompetence, the opposite of which is immunodeficiency...

    and the studies that generate...
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    (deleted, error on my part)
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