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  1. Re: Put the queen cell in a mating nuc 2 days early or 1 day late?

    10 days is ideal. That does not mean you can't go earlier. Later doesn't work out well though...
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    Re: Organic/treatment free beeks

    >Michael - Are there other examples in animal husbandry where humans have achieved success in similar situations (i.e., an introduced foreign parasite which almost completely wiped out the target...
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    Re: 'Native' & 'Local'

    >Are the British bees truly "native" or did humans introduce them from the mainland in ancient times?

    Oh no! Maybe honeybees in England are invasive!? Kill them quick!
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    Re: Beginner Needs Help

    > Is there any way to get the bees in the lower super where the frames are??

    Lift the top box up. Slam it down. Remove it.
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    Re: Organic/treatment free beeks

    >While I can certainly find it commendable that you have been able to manage bees without treatments, at the same time I do not believe that it is practical to think that one can, in decades, effect...
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    Re: About queen bees

    >That is very interesting is Alice still alive today

    I don't know for sure when she lived but that book was published originally in 1949 and she was dead then...

    Typically before acaracides...
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    Re: Sugar syrup PH

    >In the midwest here...the water is buffered heavily so adjusting ph is incredibly hard. It bounces back on you after you have it just right.

    That is an issue. It also changes by temperature and...
  8. Re: Thick honeycomb on brood frames. Do you trim?

    >I wouldn't count on the bees "fixing it" just by placing it against another comb. They'll likely just connect it to the other comb and call it good.

    Or the small hive beetles or the wax moths...
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    Re: Carniolan Honey Production

    >To think that on average, there's no significant difference at all between Africanized and Euro bees would mean that the stories of the former's aggressive behavior have inexplicably been...
  10. Re: Extractor-less honey by- "Honey Flow" - Flow Hive

    Simplicity is certainly appealing.

    "A comb honey beekeeper really needs, in addition to his bees and the usual apiary equipment and tools, only one other thing, and that is a pocket knife. The day...
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    Re: About queen bees

    http://www.bushfarms.com/beesqueenrearing.htm#queenlongevity

    From "Better Queens" page 18:
    http://www.bushfarms.com/beesbetterqueens.htm

    "In Indiana we had a queen we named Alice which lived...
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    Re: hopkins queen rearing

    Either take it quickly to the house (or a heated truck cab etc) and do your work and then put it on the hive quickly, or wait for the weather to improve and try it again...
  13. Re: Question on Splitting/Finding the Queen

    >Finding the queen isnt my strong suit, so how do you go about making a split if you cant find the queen?

    I don't bother to find the queen when doing splits. I just split them.

    The best way to...
  14. Re: Question regarding Queen cell development

    >Surely someone knows the answer

    "You never can tell with bees..."--Winnie the Pooh
  15. Re: Would you put an entrance above queen excluder?

    Anytime I use an excluder (only in queen rearing really) I always have an entrance on both sides of the excluder. If nothing else the drones need to get out...
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    Re: smoker question

    >How do you put your smoker out?

    I used to make a plug for it by finding the right diameter stick and cutting or breaking it. But I kept losing them. You can just lay it on it's side and it...
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    Re: Adventures in Observation Hives

    >How difficult would it be to engineer a small section of an OH to induce this type of visible cross-sectioned comb building? Without interfering with the rest of the "normal" OH features?

    If you...
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    Re: Is this a Disease?

    The only thing I'm seeing in the cells is pollen. The only other thing I'm seeing because the comb is smooshed is the cocoons.
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    Re: Rearrange frames on new hive?

    If your entrance is in the middle they will keep moving the brood nest to the middle. If your entrance is on the end they will tend to have the brood nest at the end. Yes, worry about it in the...
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    Re: Carniolan Honey Production

    > For example, if you try to deal with a swarm of Africanized honeybees thinking they are Italians you will likely quickly come to appreciate the reality of racial differences.

    Not really. I've...
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    Re: Organic/treatment free beeks

    >BUT, I also don't want my bees to suffer needlessly because of my ideals.

    If we all keep propping up weak genetics with treatments and the bees keep languishing and dying how are bees suffering...
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    Sticky: Re: Rearing queens for a small operation

    >How about letting the bees do the job and eventually helping them a bit by crowding and feeding?

    The only issue is that they may not swarm on command. If you make them crowded (compress the hive...
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    Re: Is this a Disease?

    I don't see anything wrong. What specifically were you concerned about?
  24. Re: Thick honeycomb on brood frames. Do you trim?

    I brush off the bees and cut down the comb and put it back.
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    Re: Carniolan Honey Production

    >Race? Huh? We are talking about subspecies here, not races.

    From a taxonomists point of view things down to species are fairly specific. Once you go past that it is not so specific and could be...
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