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  1. Re: Cells full of "snot" - does that mean there are larvae?

    We generally refer to it as milk brood, and yes it is brood food. As soon as the egg hatches the nurse bees start feeding. This produces a small lake of milky fluid that the larvae float on. It...
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    Re: yellow sweet clover is done

    I do not know for your area, but here once you have sweet clover go to seed you have it for ever. It would be impossible to plant alsike clover where the sweet clover had been. When mine is through...
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    Re: Beehive extremely weak, please help!!!

    I think you need all the bees you have left, so if they were mine I would just treat them and hope for the best.
    Dave
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    Re: Beehive extremely weak, please help!!!

    In an alcohol was you take 1/2 cup of bees without the queen of course add about the same amount of alcohol, shake vigorously, then rinse the bees through a fine kitchen strainer, catching the liquid...
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    Re: Beehive extremely weak, please help!!!

    I would treat them right away, but the damage may be just to great IF you do have a mite problem. Bees that are chewed up by mites may not take any feed at all. If you had more bees I would...
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    Re: reactions to requeening

    To answer your questions: 1: a hive knows it is queen less in just hours. 2: yes an inspection can cause them to reject the new queen.
    Did you release her directly into the hive or is she still in...
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    Re: Beehive extremely weak, please help!!!

    Follow the honey thee are two queens in the pictures just as described.
    Potato what did you do for mite control?
    Dave
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    Re: Will Bees make a hive in burnt wood?

    I have a couple of scorched Langs, and do not have any problem with the bees accepting them.
    Dave
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    Re: Beehive extremely weak, please help!!!

    Try feeding them some sugar syrup, to see if you can get one of the queens to start laying. My guess with the second queen is that they superceded the original queen with out killing her. I have...
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    Re: reactions to requeening

    Their reaction to her could be either or as you describe. Without being able to see them I cannot tell you. I would put tape over the candy plug. Put the cage screen side down between two frames...
  11. Thread: lilys?

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    Re: lilys?

    I am surprised to see the bees in the picture working lilies. We have some asiatic and I have never seen anything work them.
    Dave
  12. Re: Emergency Queen Cup despite productive queen?

    Hives build queen cups just because. You have nothing to be concerned with until there is an egg, larvae, or royal jelly. They will build them and sometimes turn around and tear them down only to...
  13. Re: queen cell after introducing a new queen?

    I have not found queen cells being built during the introduction of a new queen unusual at all. I suspect that this might be the cause of introduction failures. This year we put the new queens in...
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    Re: Frame feeders: making a no-drown top

    We use window screen fan folded and opened up in the frame feeder. The folds are wide enough to span the width of the feeder. This arrangement when opened up in the feeder gives V shaped feeding...
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    Re: How to varroa treat bees in a tree?

    If you have the bees going in and out of the tree through the deep I would suggest putting an Apivar strip in the deep so the bees have to pass over it to get in and out. Apivar works as a contact...
  16. Re: Is it normal that they are capping sugar water?

    Any food source, be it nectar or sugar water, if in excess of the daily food requirements will be stored in the comb and capped.
    Dave
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    Re: Any cons to buckwheat?

    The only down side I can think of is taste and color. Buckwheat honey is dark and strong flavored. Both of these are fine with me, but some people do not like either. We have planted some...
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    Re: Poisoned bee hives

    What disturbs me the most about this, she is the only one that admitted to action against non-native species, but I have known others with the same attitude. I have eaves dropped on conversation...
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    Re: Pounds vs Gallons-

    Honey averages close to 12 lbs/ gallon. Our sales are based on weight. A deep frame full of capped honey is supposed to weigh 10 lbs. A full medium super is supposed to have 30 lbs of honey in it....
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    Re: Poisoned bee hives

    I would not disagree shinbone.
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    Poisoned bee hives

    How many have had a neighbor intentionally poison a hive or hives?

    What about encounters with extreme environmentalists that are against honey bees because they are not native to the USA?

    I had...
  22. Re: papers provide conclusive evidence that the pesticides are causing the mass death

    The parallel with bees I was after with the bear is this. Even though the almost constant diet of meat allowed the bear to raise an unbelievable number of young, and was the probable reason for her...
  23. Re: NY Times Editorial: "Risking Another Silent Spring".

    We picked potato beetles, and dug dandelions. Since imidicloprid came out I have not even seen a potato beetle in more than 10 years. Before imid they sprayed organophospates and carbamates every...
  24. Re: papers provide conclusive evidence that the pesticides are causing the mass death

    Here is a good example of how natural selection works in the real world. I spent 4 years working on Grizzlies in Yellowstone National Park. One of the problems with that population of grizzlies is...
  25. Re: NY Times Editorial: "Risking Another Silent Spring".

    I know he won't answer the question. I have asked it many times before. He does not have a clue what the answer would be or the consequences of getting his way. I have listen to environmental...
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