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    Re: When to start feeding?

    If the bees can evaporate the moisture in nectar to make the honey, they can evaporate the moisture in syrup.
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    Re: Looking for Carniolan Queens

    Strachen Apiaries in California produces a good Carniolan.
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    Re: foundation mill

    Rangerbees; You must be planning to go commercial if you are going to use enough foundation to justify a mill.
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    Re: Why aren't Drones clones?

    Harley; Probably because the queen was of mixed heredity. The drone has the heredity of his grandparents, the queen and drone that produced his mother.
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    Re: Races of Honey Bees

    For just honey production by race of bee, I would say that a colony headed by an Italian queen mated to Carniolan drones would produce the most honey.
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    Re: Queen Absconded, then she returned!

    Manpunchingbear; How was the queen marked so that you were able to identify her as the one that left?
  7. Re: Ventilation issue after reducing entrance for Robbing

    Missbee: your best choices are to either let the colony beard or to remove the IPM board and let them return to the interior of the hive. If there is robbing and you open an entrance to a wider...
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    Re: Bees not eating Sugar Water

    Inspect them to see how much storage space they have to store the syrup. Also check the amount and condition of the brood. If bees don't take syrup it is because there is a nectar source producing,...
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    Re: Arrangement of hives in an apiary...

    My full colonies are in pairs in lines facing north or south, my nucs also are two to a stand, stands face north, south, east, and west.
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    Re: opinions on 2 full entrances?

    It is common to create an upper entrance by sliding the super back about 1/4 inch, some use 3/8 inch strips and make an entrance just above a queen excluder when using excluders. If the colony is...
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    Re: Storing drawn out frames?

    Skunkape71; If you are storing frames that have had brood laid in them you will need to treat with BT or paradichlorobenzene crystals. You can freeze them if you have enough freezer space. How...
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    Re: Storing drawn out frames?

    How many frames and what kind are you talking about?
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    Re: Winter stores-what should I see?

    Without weighing a hive I would like to see all the frames in the top box, except for the one or two in the center, at least 90% full of food stores. The two in the center I like to have 60 to 70%...
  14. Re: Bee's Brdng after Changing Btm Brd To Solid

    If it is still hot enough for the bees to beard, why did you remove the screened bottom?
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    Re: Going into the winter with nucs

    My conditions in north Arkansas are not as severe as yours in Indiana, but here a 5 frame nuc should weigh 45 pounds without the telescoping cover. Even at that weight you can expect 30% loss, 5 out...
  16. Re: A new genetics study of wild honeybees

    The study says they expected to find changes, probably brought about by stress from mites or other sources, also it says it could be because of African genes they have found in N.Y. There is a...
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    Re: Cyprian and Syrian Bees!

    According to Frank Benton, Cyprian and Syrian bees were imported in the 1880s. Syrians were inferior in temper and wintering ability, and beekeepers thought those qualities outweighed their ability...
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    Re: Heavy feed in summer/fall vs winter

    I feed 1:1 in August to keep my queens laying. Most of my queens have Carniolan in their heritage and they reduce brood laying when there is no nectar or pollen coming in. If I need comb drawn...
  19. Re: Vitamins, electrolytes and PH in winter feed

    The best emergency feed is to feed 1:1 syrup in late August, 2:1 in September/October so that emergency feeding is not necessary in mid to late winter. The studies I have seen were with syrup, pollen...
  20. Re: Bees under the hive on bottom screening. What to do?

    The foragers under the screen pass nectar off to the bees on the inside of the box, the foolish house bees will also feed bees that are on the outside of the hive. The only problem with bees under...
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    Re: Nucs or deeps?

    I have 28 nucs in double or triple 5 frame boxes and they have no problem moving up in the box. I get my best combs drawn above the bottom box where the queen has her brood nest, the bees draw the...
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    Re: Your favorite Bee Keeping book?

    A book for colony manipulations, the "ABC&XYZ of Bee Culture," the issue dates before 1980, for behavior, disease or pest/parasites I rely on the latest information on the USDA websites or studies...
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    Re: Do beeweaver queens get DWV

    That's long enough for their bees to show evidence of DWV if it is in the population. The last Carniolans I bought had a problem the first 3 or 4 months and after that everything cleared it's self...
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    Re: Do beeweaver queens get DWV

    How long have the queens been in the nucs, long enough for all of the adults to be from their eggs?
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    Re: Is an inner cover necessary?

    I have used both types of inner covers, wood or cloth, and I much prefer the wood. Just get a piece of 1/2 in. CD plywood, cut a hole in the center to feed through with a hole saw, nail strips...
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