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    Re: Wrapping hives in cold climates.........

    I used thumb tacks and just pushed them in with my fingers. Don't think the bees even knew I was there. Used a big roll of 15 lb tar paper. 80 inch lengths are enough to go around a 10 frame set...
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    Re: African hive inspection

    Accuracy seems to be very important to you when you post. Nothing about being thin skinned or humorless...just notice that folks seem to respect your words and wanted to be clear about Dee's...
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    Re: African hive inspection

    Dee doesn't keep nucs.
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    Re: Back ground noise....

    No.
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    Re: Back ground noise....

    I just pm ' ed Daniel to tell him how much I have been enjoying his posts this year.
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    Re: Bee Vacuum Please

    I went along on a removal last week in Boca Raton with Sierra and Al from the Palm Beach County Beekeepers Assoc. They used the system that Al makes using wooden hive boxes and a Rigid vacuum. ...
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    Re: Microbial ecology - HOW?

    Kofu, remember my "potty mouths" slide from the Philly talks last February?
  8. Re: Mite Count: What is considered "high" for those who do not want to treat?

    Treatment free beekeeper here who is getting ready to do sugar shakes and count mites (!).

    Our bees are all small cell. Does anyone know how many small cell bees there are in a cup? I'm...
  9. Re: ideas/suggestions for hive inspections during the "mean" and lean season?

    I live in Massachusetts. The thermals aren't for warmth, they are to make a buffer between the stingers and your skin.

    I only suit up like this if I am about to deal with potentially very...
  10. Re: ideas/suggestions for hive inspections during the "mean" and lean season?

    Wear protective gear that does not allow the bees any access.

    Inspectors jacket with visor underneath veil to keep bees away from face. Jacket tucked into white painters pants. Thermal long...
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    Re: Our understanding of genetics is changing

    On a similar note...bacteria evolved humans out of themselves to invent better and faster transportation devices that enable the bacteria to move more efficiently around the planet and into the solar...
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    Re: Our understanding of genetics is changing

    Thank you for this elegant post!
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    Re: Pollen sources now in the northeast?

    Hi Bob, Are you home? We're on our way to Cohasset to move bees to the island in Quincy. Our red maple bloomed last week and Dean was able to get some great photos. Our bees in central Mass. have...
  14. Re: Attach foundation using only wax as fastener under the top bar?

    Perhaps the speed the bees draw has to do with comb use. With foundation, the queen can lay in the cells before they are drawn. If a flow is on, the bees can draw foundationless and fill with...
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    Re: My (alternative) theory of the Bush Miracle

    When I use foundation I do what Lauri does but horizontally and with sc wax. Foundation goes just above the top wire and just below the bottom wire. Bees are free to build whatever size comb they...
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    Re: What flowers make honey taste bad?

    What is "bad" or "revolting" to some is delicious and extremely desirable to others.

    When we give tastes of goldenrod honey it is clear that there are camps...some customers make a face, for...
  17. Re: Top Bar Hives -- The red headed step child of beekeeping

    We know a guy who went to do cutouts on a pennyfarthing, took photos of the process on his I phone, carried the bees away on the bike, then sold the honey back to the homeowners with photos of their...
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    Re: Question about Ultra Breeze Veil

    I have the Mann Lake version purchased around 2011. I wear a wide brim baseball type hat under which does a good job keeping the veil away from my face.

    Had the jacket on a couple of weeks ago in...
  19. Re: Is the division 'Treatment Free' adequate to the task?

    Whew. Taking a deep breath and practicing my own resistance :)

    Can't wait until the northern hemisphere bees are all back out!
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    Re: Beekeeping with microbes - treatment-free

    Actually, "they're feeding the snot out of them with fumagillin" was a quote from Dave Tarpy in answer to the question we had as to why the commercial queens he looked at in 2010 showed 0% nosema...
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    Re: Microbial ecology - HOW?

    Here is a link to a portion of a very old book (~1912?) on the fungal eating ants of North America:

    http://antbase.org/ants/publications/10543/10543.pdf

    The descriptions of the ants growing the...
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    Re: Are SHB a problem in New England?

    Overrun means some of them perished.
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    Re: Are SHB a problem in New England?

    We have a friend here in Massachusetts who was running less than 20 colonies. His hives were suddenly overrun with small hive beetles. He couldn't understand what was happening until he learned...
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    Re: Microbial ecology - HOW?

    Sorry I wasn't more clear. What I was discussing was honeybee gut bacteria showing resistance to antibiotics, not eradication of the bacteria.

    Dee Lusby's bees are dramatically different from...
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    Re: Treatment Free - How long does it take?

    Have you ever been interviewed for a news story, read the final print version and wondered how the reporter came up with the statements they did that were attributed to you? Not saying that the...
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