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    Re: Walk away split

    I have a 'super hive' that is a real survivor of all the ills that have come to my bee yard. It produces an enormous quantity of bees each spring, doesn't have mites and no beetles, despite a...
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    Re: SHB Study... NEED YOUR THOUGHTS

    Fipronil is quite toxic to honeybees and it's LD50 is < 5 nanograms per bee. That's lethal to honey bees 50% of the time at a concentration of less than 5 billionths of a gram.


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    Re: SHB Study... NEED YOUR THOUGHTS

    So true.

    I had a dozen hives with zero hive failures in the last three years. My bee yard was completely mite and beetle free until I purchased a few packages from Georgia. Very quickly those...
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    Re: Whats happening?

    It could actually be a good thing. Bees with the hygienic behavior trait seem to be able to detect problems with the brood, including mite infestation. They then take the infected brood from the...
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    Re: VERY aggressive colony

    You guys posted some very good suggestions. I'll let you know how it goes.

    I'm sure the hive does not have a AHB problem. I re-queened the hive a little over a year ago and I believe that...
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    Re: Swarm Trap Questions

    I've found that I seem to have a higher success rate if I can get the swarm trap into a fruit tree before it blossoms. I don't use the paper-mache type traps, I use the waxed cardboard nuc boxes. I...
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    VERY aggressive colony

    I'm a long term beekeeper but I'm up against a problem I've never had before.

    I have a very aggressive hive which I believe to be very dangerous. I've been stung several times by this colony...
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    Re: make money on your deadouts with chocolate

    I sure hope you're joking.
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    Re: I'm Tired of all this CCD BS

    I didn't watch the video but I did attend a lecture last month given by a honeybee researcher studying the effects of pesticides on honeybees.

    She said that neonicotinoid pesticides have an LD50...
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    Cotton as a smoker fuel?

    Disclaimer: While I'm a long time beekeeper, I openly admit I'm not an authority and know increasingly little on the subject of beekeeping. While I don't use chemicals in my hives, I'm by no means...
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    Re: Prevalence of CCD in untreated colonies

    Ok, you asked...

    I've been keeping bees since the early 70's when I bought my first bees and equipment from the Sears catalog. Then Varroa came in the 80's and nothing, including Apistan, seemed...
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    Re: Prevalence of CCD in untreated colonies

    I don't use chemicals and I've experienced zero loss over the last year. In about 4 weeks we'll see how they fair the severe winter we're experiencing.
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    Re: Black Locust Trees

    Black locust makes good fence posts because it contain a poison which works as a biocide. The normal wood digesting organisms die until the wood becomes very aged. We had a large diameter locust...
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    Re: Color of boxes

    I keep my hives in a wooded area so I paint them a chocolate brown color.

    I do this because during the summer months, they blend in and aren't easily visible to those with bad intentions. Then...
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    Re: The current price of sugar.

    This week I found 50# bags at the Costco in Hanover Maryland. They were priced at $19.99 a bag or 40 cents a pound.
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    Re: Hornets and bee suit question

    I don't want to sound disrespectful, but I would be seriously concerned about using the Dadant full coverall suit with hornets. Their suit isn't even honeybee proof (are any?). Both my nephew and I...
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    Re: Does smoking calm Yellowjackets?

    I've found smoke doesn't work with yellow jackets.

    I've also found that some gas without the match works just as well.

    This year I tried placing a white plastic bucket over the hole for a...
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    Grounded Bees?

    Today, I noticed hundreds of honeybees in the grass about 70 feet from the beeyard, they were in the grass directly under their normal flight path. It looked like the bees were attempting to fly but...
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    Re: Is Honey Kosher?

    I'm not a food purist but depending where you get your honey, there is a chance that it isn't actually honey. China for example has been caught selling syrupy liquids as honey (not actually honey). ...
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    Bee Suit Question

    I've been bee keeping for years and wearing a full body suit that fits poorly.

    Apparently I have an extra long torso because the jump suit style suits are too short in the body. It's too tight...
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    Re: Worst place to get stung?

    I had a very hot hive, which oddly was my favorite hive. They were very unpredictable, one day docile and the next, WATCH OUT!. I always wear a full body suit when I work that hive because they...
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    Re: smelly swarm...

    I usually have a very sensitive sense of smell, I can sometimes smell fruit a block away. On warm days, my bees have a very unpleasant odor and they have for years. They don't have any disease,...
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    Re: The current price of sugar.

    Whenever I go to Sams or Costco, all they have is 25 lb bags. $.49 per pound this week.
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    Re: Fast Consumption of Feed Syrup

    Yes, I would say its the hot weather.

    I have noticed the same thing about this time each year. I think the increased activity of the bees due to the heat causes them to take down the syrup...
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    Re: New Threat to Honeybees

    In 2007 & 2008 my hives had terrible ant problems. The surface of the syrup in feeders would be literally covered in dead ants. When seeing this, I could only imagine what bacteria,virus or fungus...
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