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    Re: insecticide article

    So all we really need is an adjuvant that inhibits sucrose sensitive neurons and we are good, CCD solved.

    Being sarcastic here. Unfortunately, CCD is most likely due to a multitude of factors...
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    Re: Adding a brood box to a medium?

    Bees move up much easier than down so on top is best. I do this all the time and keep my hives at one deep and two mediums--w/ the deep between the mediums. Gives me the benefit of all mediums w/...
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    Re: adding additional supper too early

    Several issues here:

    Deep frames to medium bodies. You will have comb build on the bottoms of the frames that will be a huge mess in two weeks time. For foundationless the hive must be...
  4. Re: Dead bees cover the landing board and the ground, suspect nosema, what to do?

    Doesn't sound like Nosema if you are not seeing the streaks--I would not treat as a preventive. I have two guesses for you:

    1. If bees had not flown for a week it could simply be the...
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    Re: need spring help

    Watched my girls a little yesterday and a few were bringing in some pollen so there is a little out there here--probably pine. Our maple buds (red maple) are swollen up pretty good so the should pop...
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    Re: need spring help

    Do you have a feel for the weight of the hives? To be honest, I don't crack into the hives to start looking for honey frames--I don't like mucking about breaking the propolis seals and bridge comb...
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    Re: need spring help

    This is good advice. All I did yesterday was give sugar to one light hive. The maples will start blooming here in the next week or two and I have found that the bees seem to use this as a pollen...
  8. Re: add boxes top or bottom with foundationless frames

    Funny. I tried it for the first year and quickly adapted. Not only do you have to move the boxes but, with fixed frames, the bees tend to build solid comb throughout the boxes. So separating can...
  9. Re: add boxes top or bottom with foundationless frames

    Exactly. I have yet to talk w/ someone w/ standard Warres who have not had them swarm instead of moving down. From what I found, 2 boxes is the magic number. They seem to always swarm before...
  10. Re: add boxes top or bottom with foundationless frames

    But it is more natural for a queen to move up to lay. This conflict is the reason why Warres invariably swarm after getting two boxes drawn out. Irf your desire is to produce honey, while leaving...
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    Re: Depressing.. Gotta tell ya

    Probably not.
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    Re: Depressing.. Gotta tell ya

    My guess would be varroa infestation for the hive that had stores. Usually, when I've seen this, it was from mite pressure leading to weak winter bees that die out around Chrisatmas time (2 months...
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    Re: Flea Control in Bee Yard.

    Meaning, don't use anything w/ permethrin (or anything ending w/ "thrin") on a cat. Cats can't metabolize these compounds and are poisoned. I use on my dogs but have to make sure the cat doesn't...
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    Re: How do i pull out comb

    2:1 is two parts sugar to 1 part water. Have to heat the water to get all the sugar do dissolve but don't let it boil.

    Was home over the 4th week-end and my hive was coming back after swarming at...
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    Re: How do i pull out comb

    Sounds like the first year I had my warre. They swarmed constantly for over a week and I thought it was done--but they came back. That was late May though. Now I throw two supers on in Apr and...
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    Re: How do i pull out comb

    Mine usually swarms 3-5 times (once was 7) and they look really empty when done. Two months later you couldn't even tell. Note that you may actually cause the problem this time if you remove frames....
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    Re: How do i pull out comb

    I've had a warre for 3 yrs and it swarms every year. I've never worried about a queen--they take care of themselves. I still get about 60lbs of honey from them too.

    However, this is one reason...
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    Re: Clustering/Festooning on "honey bars"

    Just set up the two packages and leave alone. I had one hive that went queenless probably in feb timeframe. Interestingly, this was my only carni hive and the queen was from Noble Apiaries--close...
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    Re: Clustering/Festooning on "honey bars"

    Sounds like a drone laying queen. I hope your other packages are from a different supplier. Seems like strike two for this supplier, to me.

    I'd hive the other two packages as you planned and...
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    Re: Any ideas what these are?

    assassin bugs are in the same order as box elder bugs so they both have the peircing-sucking mouthpart design you describe.

    Didn't know they can ruin lumber. What did they do, stain it or...
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    Re: Clustering/Festooning on "honey bars"

    Good point--should be facing down. I have often wondered, if bees were making emergency supercedure cells from cells that already had eggs/young larvae (say the queen was rolled or something), would...
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    Re: Any ideas what these are?

    Looks like box elder bug nymphs to me. Nothing to worry about.
  23. Re: can ants and SHB larva cross a Vasoline line?

    Some species of ants can, some can't. SHB larvae on your bottom board are coming from the hive, not crawling up hive legs from the ground. Bees are throwing them out of cells they find them in. If...
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    Re: Clustering/Festooning on "honey bars"

    Looks like they may be. I'd leave them alone if there is anything in them--I wouldn't even bother them to check. If they are cups they are supercedure cups, not swarm cell cups. Packages often...
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    Re: Queenless after overwintering???

    That's good. You definately did not have laying workers yet. Should be set now. Check on them in a few weeks to be sure they survived mating and are laying but leave alone for now.
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