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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    Ty FP. That was a very thoughtful response.
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    Perhaps "decision" was the wrong word. I'll insert "instinct" in it's place, since bees instinctively know when something is wrong and make changes within the hive to correct it. Could it be possible...
  3. Re: So, has big box bee companies raised their prices again?

    I was just comparing prices from 7 years ago. It's doubled. The sign of the times.
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    In the whole TF scheme of things, do you suppose a queen right hive builds excess drone comb to relieve a varroa infestation? It doesn't really get the bug out of the hive, but it would keep the...
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    Re: Who Is Using Small Cell Size?

    I'm a fan of WTB foundationless. No need to worry about wax foundation warping, whether they'll take the plastic, or which cell size I should buy. They build the cells they want/need.
  6. Thread: Bee quandry

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    Re: Bee quandry

    Sounds like your girls may have a case of nosema. I'd order a backup package or two, just in case. You may want to set a swarm trap or two, if you're not at home if/when they swarm, in the spring. As...
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    Re: What else do I need for my first year?

    A little pollen patty won't hurt, if you're getting packages. It'll help them get a good start on brood rearing, if there isn't much pollen when you install them. When you make up your sugar feed,...
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    LOL!!:lpf:
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    Re: Home made branding iron

    That looks like a sore arm in the making! I, personally, would probably fire up the forge and make something really simple with round stock. I few bends here, a few there, and I've got an easy...
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    Thanks for pointing that out, Rader. Been a awhile since I was a newbee. I forget the little, oh so important, pieces of info that should be imparted. :)
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    missybee, I believe she is referring to a "Walk Away Split". Michael Bush has good info on splits. http://www.bushfarms.com/beessplits.htm
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    Re: Scent cues and hygienic behaviour

    Dr. Spivak's lecture touched on this. One of her students was doing research on hygienic behavior via scent cues. Interesting stuff!
  13. Thread: 2015 plans

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    Re: 2015 plans

    After a lengthy break, I am starting anew. Rather than placing bees where ever (which was usually near a monoculture) , I'm aiming specifically for organic farms that have a variety of planted crops,...
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    Ouch! LOL. Gimme a good compound, any day. Tweak tweak tweak. Always tweaking my bow and arrows, just like the hives. :)
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    Lauri, as soon as I read, "When I shot competition archery and came to a target who's distance I wasn't sure of..." I envisioned myself "rocking" side to side to look for hidden obstacles and then...
  16. Re: State of the Bees - Marla Spivak , April 2014

    Great lecture. Thanks for sharing!
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    Interesting video on treatment free. http://youtu.be/6gCY6EZkgxE
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    Great pics and post, Lauri. Sometimes, "madness" is what makes all the difference. :)
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    Re: Show us your honey labels!

    This is quite clever!!! I'll have to tuck this info away for later use. :)
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    Re: CSA's Said Ok. Now What?

    Thanks for the post, clyde.

    Mark, I don't treat my bees.
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    Re: CSA's Said Ok. Now What?

    Thanks, Mark.
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    Re: CSA's Said Ok. Now What?

    I live in the city, and I have no space to keep bees. These particular CSA's are all organic.

    I suppose I should have posed the question differently, like what specifics should be asked/offered...
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    CSA's Said Ok. Now What?

    I've contacted a couple of CSA's about keeping bees on their respective farms. They said they were interested. Now that I have it, what do I do with it? Basically, what questions do I need to ask...
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    Re: Carnolian Bee Reviews

    Love Carnis! I used to live up north and they faired better than the others. I didn't mind the rapid buildup. They're my first choice.
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    Re: Record Keeping for Beeks

    Hive Tracks. Best app out there to manage hives
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