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  1. Thread: Too many bees?

    by Joel_T
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    Too many bees?

    This is our 2nd winter with 3 hives....2 Italian and 1 Carny. Everything we use is 8 frame deeps. Last winter we uneventfully removed 3 supers (only got 5 pts) leaving 2 boxes for each hive, for...
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    Re: Hive Top feeder recomendation.

    swienty feeder with a vivaldi board......easy to use. No dead bees or robbing.

    http://www.bee-outside.com/roundswientyfeeder.aspx
  3. Does feeding help with drawing out new foundation?

    We started with 3 hives last spring and use all 8 frame deeps. We fed them into late summer, but haven't since. All 3 hives gave us some honey in the 3rd box and they all had a full 2nd box of stores...
  4. Re: Winter is on its way, I need some books to read until spring. Any suggestions?

    That field guide is really excellent…. but….

    I've got a request for any PDF guru that can tell me how to shift the pdf’s 2 page view by a page. The even numbered pages, usually text, have arrows...
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    Re: What's everyone using for TREAMENTS??

    Good grief.....I'm supposed to read that?? I take it straight forward results/conclusions are outlawed around here. I guess like everything else fogging with FGMO works, or doesn't, depending on...
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    Re: What's everyone using for TREAMENTS??

    Well, nearly 300 posts later, and except for the gal from washington's good post, and a few others, I'm only hearing about how dangerous things are but not so much of whether things work or not. Only...
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    Re: HITS method of mite control

    To save me some time, although I'm becoming very leary of "conclusions" around here, there are so many different ones.... your conclusion (from your multigazzilion sources) is/was?
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    Re: HITS method of mite control

    That abstract didn't address the viability of the mite only the quantity. More is not better (for the mite) if they are sterile, as the other article suggested.
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    Re: HITS method of mite control

    Yea - learned that in a beekeeping class. I guess that's called "tw", treating the wallet. :scratch:
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    Re: HITS method of mite control

    There are studies on that. If I recall correctly, the percentage of sterile mites born/hatched (whatever it is) in smaller worker cells was higher than those in larger drone cells. I just recently...
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    Re: HITS method of mite control

    I've heard that approach as a business model before. Don't leave ANY honey - the bees are expendable - a couple hundred pounds of honey will offset all new package expenses.
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    Re: HITS method of mite control

    The idea of mites isn't taboo. I see you believe that but don't know why. 100% of those I've read or talked to agree mites are a problem and 100% of those also disagree on the methods to deal with...
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    Re: HITS method of mite control

    Did Seeley debunk Huangs suggestion of heavy ferral losses altogether or just find exceptions to it? I can't find much but exceptions - Arnot Forest stuff.
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    Re: HITS method of mite control

    I'd think that Zachary Huang, and/or Michigan State University would be pretty reliable sources. Maybe contacting them would give you leads to data you could more easily embrace.
  15. Re: Newbie confusion and wonder regarding queens

    Handy to know - I'll be using that - thanks.
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    Re: HITS method of mite control

    Countless exchanges? "...Chest proudly stuck out…tone usually reserved for an errant six year old ‘Nope..mites weren’t a problem.'" If your intent wasn't a snide recreation I'd have to ask why you...
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    Re: HITS method of mite control

    I see what you mean. I think he was suggesting that scientists were saying chemical treatments weren't going to make the problem go away but rather exacerbate it.
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    Re: HITS method of mite control

    There's a difference. Chemical treatments don't innoculate the bees against the mites, among other things (it's the other things I worry about) they just weaken or kill the mites. Maybe somebodies...
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    Re: HITS method of mite control

    Yes that makes sense. There are essentially 2 different approaches that the word "treatment" alone doesn't separate. Bad word to use by itself........ needs to be modified by "mechanical" or...
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    Re: HITS method of mite control

    Have I misconstrued the general meaning of "treating" bees for varroa? I just can't put drone cell management and small cell strategies in the same category with fumigating bees (insects) with...
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    Re: HITS method of mite control

    Maybe not closed minds, but conclusions have likely been made.




    Probably true..... that is, if I've come to conclusions. You're forgetting, I'm new so there's a lot new.
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    Re: HITS method of mite control

    This is a very interesting thread to me, a lowly 60+ post new guy who hasn't yet had time to bury my head in the sand. You obviously have had time to do that after years and years and around 3100...
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    Re: HITS method of mite control

    :thumbsup:
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    Re: Not yet sold on foundationless frames

    :-) Bet you'd frown though if half your frames were loaded with drone larva. It's been a week so I'll go in today and see what they're loading the 4 foundation and 4 foundationless frames with....
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    Not yet sold on foundationless frames

    The 4 small cell wax foundations in my second boxes are almost fully drawn so they're now working on the remaining 4 foundationless frames. Those cells though, all of them, sure look big by...
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