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    Re: article feedback request

    The bee informed survey is certainly a valuable, and interesting resource. But imo it is necessary to consider what lies behind it.

    Statistically hives that were not fed had higher survival than...
  2. Re: Is 5.0mm foundation to big to use as small cell?

    :thumbsup:
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    Well hey there's a first for everything LOL

    No, provided understanding is given where the measurement was taken I have no problem. Although there is an issue that nubees think these measurements...
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    Absolutely, and this often gets lost.

    Agreed, doubt anyone would do that.

    Quite correct again. That's why people should not say things such as "my bees built cells at 4.7" but forget to mention...
  5. Re: Is 5.0mm foundation to big to use as small cell?

    I was not talking about you in particular Michael, more these discussions in general. "Core Broodnest" measurements are mentioned over and over.


    Emphasis may be. Who would really know?
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  6. Re: Is 5.0mm foundation to big to use as small cell?

    Saltybee touched on a rarely mentioned elephant in the room.

    In a lot of this argument about how small the cells have to be, used to be, or whatever, small cell proponents tend to focus on cells...
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    Masarin how long have your bees been treatment free for?
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    That is the million dollar question LOL

    However from anecdotal chat with various beekeepers around the world it does seem those in cooler climates tend to have larger natural core brood nest cell...
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    Here is a link showing how Dee Lusby sees effect of climate on cell size.

    http://www.beesource.com/point-of-view/ed-dee-lusby/historical-data-on-the-influence-of-cell-size/climate-map/
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    Yes to both. Region and climate has an effect, and also bee breed. In my country for example, despite searching for it in wild comb, I have never found 4.9 cells built naturally, apart from the odd...
  11. Re: Is 5.0mm foundation to big to use as small cell?

    Probably because you are in Alabama. Masarin in Sweden will find it harder to get the bees to build small cell comb, however he is shooting for a 5.0 mm cell size so ought to work out, plastic...
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    Re: Bees not making new queen

    What Gary said.

    And also, it is absence of brood that causes laying workers even if a queen is present. it is possible laying workers were present even though they were not actually laying yet....
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    Re: bee sting alergy question

    There is also, I believe, some natural variation in the venom. I get stung most days & after years of this I have no reaction, a few minutes after the sting cannot even see where it happened.

    But...
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    Re: Flea Control in Bee Yard.

    Give the cat a long term treatment such as Frontline, Advantage, or similar.

    What's happening at the moment is the fleas drop eggs on the ground which eventually hatch and wait for something to...
  15. Re: New Study on Neonics, in Nature (journal), out of Netherlands

    All the same, I don't really see any great mystery if insect eating birds decline after insects are killed by poison.
  16. Re: UPDATE: Who ever uses the VMVaporizer, there's a new step-by-step video!

    Jim, studies have been done that found oxalic dribble done to excess during winter will retard brood development the following spring. Other studies have been done that found that it did not, LOL.
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    Re: Oxalic Acid Vaporising Bulk Hives

    Posted in wrong thread - deleted.
  18. Re: UPDATE: Who ever uses the VMVaporizer, there's a new step-by-step video!

    Nice video.

    Re the dosing, I use something similar that blows in vapour in a way that cannot be measured exactly. However have overdosed experimentally to several multiples of the recommended...
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    Re: survival of individual colonies

    Quote - "One of Tom Seeley's current lines of research is to look at how beekeepers might achieve a sustainable control of varroa mite populations, and how beekeeping practice might help or hinder...
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    Re: Using house bees in a starter??

    What I do is use nurse bees if possible. But sometimes for whatever reason all I have to hand is packages of older bees. So what I do in that case is to leave them queenless for at least 24 hours...
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    Re: I've been NUCed

    Nice work.

    It's true. Properly set up and healthy nucs, made at the right time of year, just explode & do very well.
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    Re: Weird thing happened...

    I'll go with the crow theory.

    Similar happened to me, I was on the porch, suddenly BANG and a section of vertebra bone bounced on the timbers near me. Looked up, nothing. Totally confused for a...
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    Re: Thank you Beesource

    :thumbsup:
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    Re: Hybrid KTBH/Warre/Lang Nuc

    Oh sorry, my bad. I assumed it was the observation hive you had observed bees flying in from one comb to the other.
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    Re: Are You In The Closet?

    Pretty good answer Tabby.

    Guess there are white lies, which are morally debatable but something we all do one way or another like when my wife asks me if I enjoyed dinner.

    The issue on a chat...
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