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    Re: CRAP HELP Queen FLEW OFF WILL IT RETURN

    Possible, but most of the queens that flew off on me were never to be found again.
  2. Thread: Caucasian bees

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    Re: Caucasian bees

    Canada imports thousands of queens annually from the US, Chili, Australia, and NZ. What's a few dozen more from said regions? Refusing to import from those regions won't make my neighbors cease doing...
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    Re: Caucasian bees

    That's understandable if you are looking specifically for caucasians, hence why I don't go to actively promote them, even in Canada. I didn't get my own from US breeders, though, as I couldn't find...
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    Re: Caucasian bees

    Good question. I (legally) imported caucasian queens last year into Canada, I'll be grafting from some of them soon. Viruses and such aren't a huge concern because Canada already imports a ton of...
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    Re: Unintentional experiment with mating nuc size

    Interesting. I don't tend to follow the anti-drifting "best practices", I don't have funky horse-shoe shaped apiaries, my entrances aren't all facing different directions, my hives aren't spread...
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    Re: USDA pollinator program

    I'd be curious to know this as well.
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    Re: 240 Hives stolen, Colusa Ca.

    Yup, I'm looking into that myself. Losing an apiary (or more) is way too much of a setback, it isn't just about the value of the bees themselves. Seems worth it to put some anti-theft measures.
  8. Re: How many dead-outs are the result of the 2 types of nosema?

    First I hear of it, but I dug up the article: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0034528815300333

    Thymol also has effects against nosema. Much more than even fumagilin, at least on...
  9. Re: How many dead-outs are the result of the 2 types of nosema?

    Not to mention that prophylactic treatment with fumagilin may be exacerbating issues with Nosema ceranae: http://journals.plos.org/plospathogens/article?id=10.1371/journal.ppat.1003185
  10. Re: EPA forced to admit neonicotinoids killing bees

    It's not a total scam, it's just... hmmm... very selective information sharing.

    Here's another article from a somewhat more reputable source, about the same EPA assessment:...
  11. Thread: Poster Child

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    Re: Poster Child

    Yes, but hive performance was also looked at, as I mentioned. If you want a direct quote:



    Those are the two sentences that preceded the previous quote. As I had recapped in the previous post....
  12. Thread: Poster Child

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    Re: Poster Child

    An experiment presented in Apimondia 2012 (Québec city) showed that hives installed on irradiated comb actually had more viruses than those on comb that wasn't irradiated...

    Impact of viruses on...
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    Re: Beginner's mistakes

    Use treatments according to labels... We usually harvest our honey in September around here, treatment obviously isn't to be done before that (unless the label says otherwise, like with MAQS).
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    Re: Let's see your snowpiaries!

    Went yesterday with my kid, since it was about 5°C. Sampled ten hives, lifted the covers, all looks good. A bit less snow than usual at this time of year.
  15. Thread: Poster Child

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    Re: Poster Child

    Neonics are extremely water soluble, mobile, and persistent. Do they accumulate? Under some circumstances, yes, though how widely I don't know. They do leech, though, otherwise Québec's environment...
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    Re: Poster Child

    Ditch flowers aren't really the amazing solution they are put off to be. When treated seeds are put in the ground, most of the pesticide is washed off, and heads to the ditches where the wildflower...
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    Re: Planting around hive

    I plowed the fields by my apiaries last year in July, but the tractor broke down before I could finish the job and sow anything. Luckily for me, it led to about an acre of spontaneous field mustard...
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    Re: Let's see your snowpiaries!

    Not all that much snow this year: https://www.facebook.com/Apis.rustica/photos/a.491438157596003.1073741828.475217419218077/984415884964892/?type=3&theater
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    Re: Quick Deep Divider to Make 2 Nucs

    I have a hard time imagining styrofoam lasting for any significant amount of time. Not only might the bees chew on it, but if they put burr comb or propolize it, moving the side frames will quickly...
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    Re: 2 Queens in one hive- What fun!

    https://scontent-yyz1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xap1/t31.0-8/12068993_934153516657796_7451098576957203334_o.jpg...
  21. Thread: Frame Perch

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    Re: Frame Perch

    The more I grow, the less I use mine. I really liked them at first, when I was mostly manipulating 1-deep hives. As the hives grew, I found them less and less practical.

    An empty deep resting...
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    Re: Warre hive just for thoughts and discussion

    In my eyes, there are no functional differences between a Warré hive and a Langstroth hive. Putting ventilation tops or not, using full frames or partial frames, putting windows or not, adding supers...
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    Re: Beginner's mistakes

    Doing a full inspection is usually unnecessary, but it does help beginners get a hold of how the colony is organized and how it evolves. It does stress the bees, but they can tough it out and it's a...
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    Re: Switching to foundationless...maybe

    Nosema, viruses, foulbrood, pesticides, etc. Plenty of reasons not to re-use comb, or at least to re-use it as little as possible. Obviously, there are also plenty of reasons to re-use comb else it'd...
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    Re: Ozone to treat acariasis (varroa)?

    If you are using the same queen, you still can count the time it takes for the new (post-release) eggs to get capped and deduct that from the total confinement time required. In other words, you...
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