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    Re: At a loss...I just don't understand

    Here are some interesting results on treating with MAQS, back in 2012

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?264947-MAQS-Winter-Survival-Poll
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    Re: At a loss...I just don't understand

    I was thinking the same thing. With all due respect for those who choose not to treat, IMHO, if you don't treat, you're just wasting your money on bees.

    I have a buddy who has never gotten a hive...
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    Re: Why I have never lost an over-wintered hive

    Without the shim the bees only have the space between the top of the frames and the inner cover to move over the frames. I like to give them much more of a cavity above the frames. While I use 1...
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    Re: Why I have never lost an over-wintered hive

    enjambres, you make a good point about the upper entrance. If you don't want to get out there every couple of weeks to clear dead bees off the bottom board, I'd recommend an upper entrance. Also,...
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    Re: Why I have never lost an over-wintered hive

    MAQS = Mite Away Quick Strips
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    Re: Why I have never lost an over-wintered hive

    I realize I just jinxed myself. My time will definitely come! However, as of now, I'm sitting at 100% for the 6 years I've been keeping bees. . . . and the last two years around here have been no...
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    Re: Why I have never lost an over-wintered hive

    By "shim", I mean that I place a piece of wood all the way around the top box. Here's an example WITH a upper entrance, or vent. I don't vent mine.

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    Why I have never lost an over-wintered hive

    I have been keeping bees since 2009. I run only two hives, but have never had a hive die over winter. I live in the Chicago area, so my winters are not what you would consider mild. I will freely...
  9. Original Edition - Hive and the Honeybee . . . what's it worth?

    My friend found an original edition in excellent condition. Any idea on what it would be worth?
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    Re: Wanted ideas for locust flow

    Keep them from swarming. I thank Walt for that trick.

    Black Locust honey is water white. Any color imparted to the honey is due to secondary sources of nectar. If you want to obtain the most...
  11. Re: Just when you thought you saw it all . . . lol

    He purchased two packages. All the bees left when the queen died and went into the hive that was queenright.
  12. Just when you thought you saw it all . . . lol

    My Buddy purchased a package to replace a hive that died this winter. He never installed a package before, so I let him watch me install one before sending him on his way. He was going to install...
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    Re: 4 days after install and they are GONE!

    I too purchased a package of bees this year and had the queen leave the hive the day I released her. I installed her on 10 frames of built-out comb. The bees accepted her. I released her, and two...
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    Re: Years since I've seen a honeybee

    Millenia,

    I treat with MAQS once in the spring (after the black locust flow) and once in the fall (after the goldenrod flow). I found that to be extremely effective, and extremely easy to do. I...
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    Re: Years since I've seen a honeybee

    MAQS is an organic treatment. You can be "organic" and still treat very effectively for mites.
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    Re: Years since I've seen a honeybee

    Stansuch99 - I never said that bees cannot be kept without treatment if you are a new beekeeper.

    oh, and by the way, I agree with you that I think it's irresponsible for anyone to say bees can...
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    Re: No ice for bee sting

    It's a wives tale that keeps getting perpetuated . . . Get that stinger out FAST . . . IT DOESN'T MATTER HOW!!!!! Stop spreading that myth.
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    Re: Years since I've seen a honeybee

    Yes you do. You need to start out with bees having hygienic traits or they will die. In my opinion it is irresponsible not to treat unless you know you have hygienic bees. Let me give you an...
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    Re: Years since I've seen a honeybee

    I have two booming hives in my back yard. I hardly see a honey bee on my property. They are genetically disposed to travel farther from the hive to look for food. Could you imagine if all 20,000...
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    Re: Timing of nectar flows

    Go to NASA's honeybeenet page and look at the nectar flow data for hive scales near your area. You'll learn a lot about the flows.
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    Re: Checker boarding with medium or shallow?

    I checkerboard with shallows. An added benefit to checkerboarding is that there is no need for spring feeding since, if you truly checkerboard correctly, you place alternating frames of honey above...
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    Re: Platform Scale Up and Running (pics)

    I simply use an old platform scale. The hive sits on the scale 365 days a year.
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    Re: Platform Scale Up and Running (pics)

    This is something I know a lot about. I've been keeping a hive on a scale for 4 years now. It's been a lot of fun, and allows me to collect varietal honey very easily. You can easily tell when a...
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    Re: Dead Out Question - Alcohol Wash

    Yes. That's what I'm thinking too. A 3% infestation rate on DEAD bees is probably a lot higher in reality.
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    Dead Out Question - Alcohol Wash

    A buddy of mine wound up with a dead out. Plenty of bees in a ball, frozen in place, with brood, and plenty of stores around the brood. I believe he had a 16" ball of bees, dead.

    He did an...
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