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    Re: New NC keeping Bees!

    Welcome from Lincolnton
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    Re: hopkins method queen rearing

    Well explained articles. Thanks for posting.
  3. Re: What trees do you wish you had more of for your bees?

    Around here, Privet honey is considered to have a bad taste and won't sell.
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    Re: From Malaysia with love :)

    welcome
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    Re: HOW DO I "KEEP FRAMES OF HONEY ON HAND""

    Never leave honey or sugar water on a hive above an excluder in winter. The cluster of bees will move through the excluder to the stores but the queen cannot get through and will freeze to death. ...
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    Re: G'day from downunder

    Welcome don't be afraid to ask questions even if they seem nave.
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    Re: Laying workers this time of year

    thanks for your advice
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    Laying workers this time of year

    I have a five frame nuc that has laying workers. Bees are occupying about 4 frames. I feel that it's too late in the year
    to go through the process of adding a frame of larva each week until...
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    Re: New-ish Bee from Rutherfordton, NC!

    welcome from just northeast of you
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    Re: Nuc source and suggestions

    I sold several 5 frame nucs this year that I produced from my own bees. Customers seem to want 5 drawn frames and all being used, but Hungry Bear makes a good point about this being swarm level in...
  11. Re: Lactic acid bacterial symbionts in honeybees

    Do any practical beekeeping practices have an impact on the gut microbiota? For example: feeding sugar water, Honey Bee Healthy or HFCS, using chemical treatments for mites or Nosema, foraging on...
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    Re: Hello from Greece

    Welcome
  13. Re: Local absence and local extinction, a confounding factor in TF prescriptions

    Since our queens mate with area drones, it is our own best interest that as many colonies as possible around us are also treatment free survivors. It also expands our gene pool. I believe that the...
  14. Re: Local absence and local extinction, a confounding factor in TF prescriptions

    That's what Michael Bush keeps saying.

    I believe that we have less virulent mites. It just makes sense. It seems to be the conclusion to Tom Seeley's studies. There are some very good...
  15. Re: Local absence and local extinction, a confounding factor in TF prescriptions

    My way of looking at it is that the amazing virulent genetics are in the treated hives. Only we treatment free beeks and ferals have the non amazing virulent genetics.

    What so you guys think?
  16. Re: Local absence and local extinction, a confounding factor in TF prescriptions

    Good point. The ferals make very little surplus honey.
  17. Re: Local absence and local extinction, a confounding factor in TF prescriptions

    My numbers were exagerated for effect from my current opinion but not by much. The reason I think beekeeping practices do not matter much is because of the surviving ferals in forests where there...
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    Re: Bees seem runny but not aggressive?

    I remember reading on Beesource that runniness was(is) a trait of the German bees (mellifera mellifera).
  19. Re: Local absence and local extinction, a confounding factor in TF prescriptions

    Maybe the secret to successful treatment free beekeeping is something like:

    10% Competent Beekeepers
    10% Genetics of the local bees
    80% Genetics of the local varroa mites
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    Re: Hello from N.C.

    Welcome from Lincoln Co. Beesource has a great wealth of information and members are great.
  21. Thread: Purvis Queens

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    Re: Purvis Queens

    I heard his lines were great. Wish I could buy some queens.
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    Re: letting the bees clean frames

    Yes, put them on just before dark. Also, if there is a something of a flow happening they will not go beserk and tear up the comb like they will in a dearth.
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    Re: letting the bees clean frames

    Oops. I meant the hole to the outside, not the hole in the center of the inner cover.
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    Re: Swarm Cells How to Split?

    They probably being supercedure cells instead of swarm cells is a good point. And swarm cells are usually much more numerous.
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    Re: letting the bees clean frames

    I agree with David. I like to put the wet frames above the inner cover (with the hole covered with duct tape) and an empty. My reasoning is to make sure they perceive the wet frames as not a part...
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