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    Re: Extraction Methods: Simple Draining

    Nice job!
  2. Re: Reuse of hive parts when exposed European foulbrood

    I am also thinking there is a new strain, and it came out of CA. Stronger more persistent. If you look at all the old treads about 5+ years ago they were seeing a lot of EFB in almonds. Some bees...
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    Re: Shook Swarm for EFB

    >OTC in powdered sugar on end bars for one week.
    I would do 3 treatments of OTC dusting 5 days a part as per label. I would also feed OTC syrup and a mist of OTC water.
    You have probably read the...
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    Re: Organic/treatment free beeks

    http://www.apidologie.org/articles/apido/pdf/2006/05/m6039.pdf
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    Re: Organic/treatment free beeks

    There is a genetic difference;

    http://scientificbeekeeping.com/whats-happening-to-the-bees-part-5-is-there-a-difference-between-domesticated-and-feral-bees/
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    Re: Pics from 4th inspection

    You have a very spotty brood pattern that appears to be getting worse with fewer large larva scatter all over.

    A few frames missing patches of comb, did the bees do that?
    There appears to be a...
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    Re: essential oil question

    EOs are considered a pesticide by EPA.
    Are you feeding your bee or are you treating for pests?
    My bees like sugar just fine they have no problem taking it.

    >I'd like to use some for a hive...
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    Re: Hanging Bee Hive for Non-Keepers

    I think what you need are ferial survivors not domesticated bees.

    http://scientificbeekeeping.com/queens-for-pennies/

    It might be easier if you find a beekeeper locally or become one.
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    Re: Supersedure/no new comb

    >Poor laying pattern now
    got pictures?

    >I have capped queen cells.
    They are going to or have swarmed. If you can find the queen make a nuc with her if you can't I would divide the boxes and...
  10. Re: How to identify which hive swarmed? Lower honey? Other?

    This can help determine which hive swarmed. Providing you have the swarm.
    Pick a worker from the new swarm, take her to the hive you suspect put her at the entrance, watch what she does an watch...
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    Re: Is this a Disease?

    "Take Pictures BEFORE you scrape" and make them picture of your brood, if you want a diagnosis.

    What you have looks like pollen.
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    Re: bee disease diagnosis key

    Good idea! Now just make it mandatory for all new beeks.
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    Re: Removing Queen Cells

    I just harvested some a few days ago, less then 1/2 were saved. Most were opened at one end and I could see the larva, I did not bother with those. The bees made a few that were quite a bit away from...
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    Re: Plastic frame rant

    >I am in process of moving to foundationless frames. I have changed out about 40% of the foundation frames. I had read the bees would become smaller over time. It seems the bees are getting bigger
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    Re: Plastic frame rant

    I don't like plastic much, they burr and bridge comb it up, often will make other comb twice as thick so they don't have to work the plastic. seems they time they work it is during a strong flow,...
  16. Re: Anyone had a hive abscond in winter and return in spring?

    It's most likely a swarm. Free Bees!
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    Re: Swarm trap equipment overkill?

    https://ecommons.library.cornell.edu/bitstream/1813/2653/2/Bait%20Hives%20for%20Honey%20Bees.pdf

    IMO Brood comb will give you the greatest advantage. More traps, more swarms.
  18. Re: Hive Swarmed Last Night and then it Stormed.

    1) They can take the rain (search "open air hives"). Sometimes they will move to a different branch. Have seen a small swarm freeze and fall to the ground when temp got 39 deg. I tried staking a new...
  19. Re: Installing Nuc and foundation-less frames in new supers

    Foundationless frame and Honey frame
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    Re: White spots on bees

    >Your comb looks awfully dark and the capped brood looks sunken which might mean AFB?
    I did not see any capped brood, looks like encapsulated wax and maybe pollen.

    beeMT
    What does your brood...
  21. Re: Causes of dead open larva. EFB, Sacbrood, what else?

    Looks like you have a good plan.
    Also don't move anything from that hive into another, keep your tools, gloves... clean. Until you get word back from the lab.

    >I will see a couple of dead open...
  22. Re: Installing Nuc and foundation-less frames in new supers

    Start with one deep put one at a time empty foundationless frame between two brood frames until you get them drawn. Then go on to the next deep, by that time when the population is built up you can...
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    Re: what would you do

    >a friend of mine seems to think we should cut it all out and put it in frames to make everything right.
    Your friend is right.

    Keep a queen cage with you, check brood frames for the queen, if you...
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    Re: Need to re queen?

    What's your brood pattern look like? spotty or solid?

    Got pictures?
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    Re: Any advice on catching swarms?

    Like MB said more traps, more swarms.

    You can do things to increase your percentages.
    Brood comb will give you the biggest edge.
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