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    Re: Learned something new about milkweed today

    news to me, thanks for sharing.
  2. Re: Mating NUC question: OK to Use a Queen castle??

    I use queen castles as mating nucs regularly and get about 80% success rate with them. The queens that don't come back, I remove the queen castle divider and let them combine with the queen-right...
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    Re: Freezing frames prior to extraction?

    That's basically what happens in areas with winter and freezing temperatures when colonies die early and there's no one to keep the honey warm. You should be fine.
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    Re: last years capped frames

    They'll use them if they need them. Right now, in my area, bees need space more than anything. They're growing and foraging so capped honey frames are not in demand. You can uncap them and eventually...
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    Re: Mites and Propolis

    Renata Borba's research has found that if colonies live in a "propolis envelope" they tend to be healthier than those that do not live in it. But the "propolis envelope" doesn't seem to help with...
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    Re: Propolis envelope techniques?

    According to Renata Borba's research, yes it's better if the surfaces are propolized in managed hives.
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    Re: Long Hive - mediun vs deep frames?

    If you intend to use medium boxes above the long Lang then I'd suggest going with a medium frame size long hive.
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    Re: Sugar treatment ?

    OP said there's no brood present. If I was going to do a sugar dusting, broodless period would be ideal and I'd probably do 2-3 dustings spaced 3-4 days apart. Monitor your sticky board for mite...
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    Re: Identifying sugar syrup vs. honey by color?

    If I feed sugar water, I add food coloring so I can track how it's used and where it's stored. I also don't want to take the chance that I might be extracting sugar water that I fed to the bees (...
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    Re: Adding to a package

    If the donor hive is healthy, and it sounds like it is, and can afford to spare some brood, then yes. It'll help the package bees. You can probably leave the bees on the donor frames, just make sure...
  11. Re: 7th Annual Bee Forum at Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago

    A day before the event reminder :thumbsup:
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    Re: Feeding Indoor Bees

    I have nothing to add to this discussion, but this is one of the most fascinating and educational threads I've read in a while. Thanks to all who contributed so far.
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    Re: Wintering successful so far

    Good to hear about your success Vance. I have a similar thought process to yours about 3 years not being experimental anymore. I believe that whatever you do 1st year and get favorable result is...
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    Re: Passing of Walter W. Wright

    very sorry to hear of Walt's passing.
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    Re: not dead until they are warm and dead

    Been there, done that. Few years back on a sunny 50 degree March day, I started disassembling a hive that was dead because it wasn't active when the other hives around were flying. I put some bees in...
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    Re: Genetically Modified Varroa Mites

    I think Beeologics/Monsonto is working on RNAi research in relation to varroa mites.
  17. Re: georgia bee supply has a 7 frame hive (thoughts)

    I use 7 frame boxes that I built myself because I had a lot of leftover lumber scraps that could either be used for 7 frame box, or made into 5 frame nucs.
    In my experience, bees seem to build up 7...
  18. 7th Annual Bee Forum at Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago

    Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance will be hosting it's annual Bee Forum on Saturday, March 19th., 2016 from 8:30 am-2:30 pm. This year's theme is "The Community of Beekeeping". The cost is $28 for...
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    Re: Inferior Drones?

    I saw a talk ( can't remember who the speaker was ) where it was mentioned that drones reared in worker sized cells are still able to reach sexual maturity. Don't know if drones raised that way are...
  20. Re: How many dead-outs are the result of the 2 types of nosema?

    I don't think I've ever gotten a report that distinguished between the types of nosema. But I think it's a good idea to send samples in when trying to determine the cause of a dead out. I send random...
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    Re: Can wood be too rough for bees?

    Possibly Renata Borba's research done at Dr. Marla Spivak's Bee Lab at University of Minnesota https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Renata_Borba
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    Re: How many bees die per day overwinter?

    That's more in line with what I see in my backyard hives. Every morning I "clear" 8-12 dead bees from in front of the hive entrance.

    Thanks to everyone who replied.
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    Re: How many bees die per day overwinter?

    Thanks Robbin, I was thinking something similar. I've heard it mentioned in a talk I attended, and quite possibly the speaker was saying that , on average 200-250, bees day a day over the whole...
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    How many bees die per day overwinter?

    I know this questions is totally dependent based on your location, so please answer based on your location.
    Let's assume that a colony going into winter is healthy, mites have been managed and...
  25. Thread: Ultra Bee?

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    Re: Ultra Bee?

    How many colonies were you feeding?
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