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    Re: Queen released inside package?

    Yeah thanks forgot about the cork, good point about helping the process along, hopefully they've gotten used to her smell by now.
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    Queen released inside package?

    I wonder if somebody can give me a couple tips on this, I'm sure it has been discussed somewhere before but can't find a thread that answers it.

    I recieved my first package of the year on Monday,...
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    Re: Totally Beefudled

    Did you happen to notice if the hive this was happening in had relatively old brood comb? I know pesticide residue tends to accumulate in brood wax, is it possible that they didn't like the "taste"...
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    Re: Ticks, Lime, and Bees

    Also, if you can do anything to lure opossums to your property, they will roam through your scrubbrush, picking up ticks and then cleaning themselves, eating the ticks in the process.
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    Re: How soon to start balancing hives

    Thanks, I stuck a medium frame partially filled with eggs in there yesterday, and saw new larva in the existing queen cells (4-5 days old). I had heard a theory that the bees will move larva from...
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    Re: How soon to start balancing hives

    So I revisited this hive on Saturday, taking advantage of the first good weather we've had in a while, and I think the queen is in the process of being superceded. I saw two open queen supercedure...
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    Re: How soon to start balancing hives

    Sorry Tenbears, just re-read my post and edited to make more clear, it's only been about 4 days since the queen has been released, not 4 weeks. I'm assuming this is ok for at least another week or...
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    How soon to start balancing hives

    I had a single hive last year, it didn't make it through the winter, but I figured I had learned enough to double up this year and install 2 hives (which most beekeepers I've heard from recommend...
  9. Re: Mite Count: What is considered "high" for those who do not want to treat?

    I'm in the same boat with Charlie. Got a single hive that I would love to survive long enough to make splits off of, acquiring some genetics from whatever the local population is in the process. I...
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    Re: Extraction question

    IMO, also from brewing, Idophor is just a clearly superior disinfectant.

    It sanitizes in 2 minutes of contact time, as opposed to 30 for bleach.
    It leaves no noticeable residue or smell.

    And a...
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    Re: Mosquito Control is a Killer!!

    @Michael Bush

    I wholeheartedly agree, these blanket sprays do more harm than good - not even counting all the side-effects, it is ineffective at it's one stated goal - to reduce the mosquito...
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    Re: is this chalk brood?

    Couldn't "not eating during times of plenty" be a sign of nosema infection? If they don't take straight syrup, maybe try HBH or another feeding stimulant.
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    Re: survival of individual colonies

    That's not how splitting reduces varroa, as the "per capita" varroa level is what is important, and if all splitting did were to spread it out, it wouldn't be effective in the slightest. The...
  14. Bees more important than fertilizer to crop size.

    Saw this tagline over at Science Daily, thought I would share:

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/06/140610101516.htm

    Interesting topic, I think they might be overselling it a bit,...
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    Re: genetically engineered honeybees

    Did you actually read the article you asked me to find for you, or were you just waiting for your chance to speak again?

    Congratulations on cherry-picking a quote which seems, on the surface, to...
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    Re: genetically engineered honeybees

    Here is a decent overview of epigenetic heritability:
    http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0168952514000584

    Of particular relevance in this case is what they present as...
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    Re: genetically engineered honeybees

    Well, saying that RNAi has no long lasting effect, period, is not technically accurate, which is why I made the distinction. RNAi targeted against the right genes can induce apoptosis (programmed...
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    Re: genetically engineered honeybees

    As hesitant as I am to get involved in an ongoing shouting match, there does seem to be one point that needs to be clarified here, since PLB and WLC seem to be arguing two tangental points to each...
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    Re: Newly published Harvard study on neonics

    While I have immense respect for Randy, and have read his information almost religiously, I do have one small problem with his panning of this particular study. One of the main points of his...
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    Re: Newly published Harvard study on neonics

    Even if my hypothesis about "bioaccumulation" in the brood comb is not accurate, I still think an overreliance on testing only properly administered "field level" neonic may be missing the point. ...
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    Re: Newly published Harvard study on neonics

    @Nabber
    "Bioaccumulation occurs in living organisms not inanimate objects such as brood wax."

    Seeing brood wax as a simple inanimate object is a rather simplistic way of looking at it. Many...
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    Re: Newly published Harvard study on neonics

    I fail to see why people are concentrating on the lack of nosema testing for his one dead control hive - who cares? He had one reported fatality in a control hive, it either was nosema or it wasn't,...
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    Re: Newly published Harvard study on neonics

    They do reference an examination of the total RNA pools " In addition, a recent re-analysis of genomic data previously generated from RNA pools of CCD colonies has also excluded the association of...
  24. Thread: Extractors

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    Re: Extractors

    So what about the hobbyist who doesn't particularly care about making a profit (or even their money back) on hives, nor do they ever intend to have enough hives to justify an 18-frame extractor, but...
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    Re: Large Drone drift? (I'm hoping)

    The location of the cells, for one thing - there are only a couple and in the middle of frames when there is ample room on the bottom to build queen cups if they were doing a planned swarm. I know...
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