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  1. Re: Bacteria from bees possible alternative to antibiotics

    Kind of cool but I have to wonder about an article that starts:

    >Raw honey has been used against infections for millennia, before honey -- as we now know it -- was manufactured and sold in stores....
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    Re: Russian Bees

    >So can someone quantify how much less honey "frugal" bees like Russians and Carniolans consume over "regular" bees.

    Every colony is different. Every winter is different. But I think it's safe...
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    Re: Beginner-What if I just let them swarm?

    Whether you treat or not, if you want to have four hives in the spring the best way to accomplish that is to go into winter with eight. You can combine before the flow if they all make it or sell...
  4. Re: Mating hives...drawn or undrawn frames...and when to start grafting

    >Or use split pins used for foundation.

    Yes, I suppose that would work too.
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    Re: Top Entrace Hives

    >Is it ok to use a screened bottom board in conjunction with a top entrance hive?

    About half of mine are screened bottom boards. All of mine are top entrances.

    > Obviously, I'd want the style...
  6. Re: Mating hives...drawn or undrawn frames...and when to start grafting

    >Do I need to have drawn comb when I start or can I start with undrawn plastic foundation or no foundation at all?

    I think it's much easier to use mating hives that take the frames you have in...
  7. Re: Aren't You Breeding for Your Management Style?

    Not only are most beekeepers who are doing selective breeding, breeding for their management style but also breeding for their product. Certainly you can breed bees that are "smart" enough to build...
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    Re: Bee question...

    >Now I have a new question to wonder about.

    I think I know what you are thinking and you are right. The receiver bee keeps putting it in the same cell and tends to go back to the same forager. ...
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    Re: Russian Bees

    >How come they are not more widespread?

    First, bees differ more from colony to colony than from race to race. So picking a particular race may have a lot less impact than you think. Second,...
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    Re: 5 Frame Deep Mating Nuc?

    If you are raising a few queens, a five frame deep nuc will work fine. If you are raising a lot of queens, it may tie up too much of your resources.
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  11. Re: Punctuality in the Workplace; Excuses, Excuses

    First, I always figure there are jobs where it matters and jobs where it doesn't matter. There are jobs where if you come in a hour late and stay an hour late it makes no difference as long as the...
  12. Re: Aren't You Breeding for Your Management Style?

    >Aren't You Breeding for Your Management Style?

    I don't think that was Taber's point...

    >Queens raised from average stocks under ideal conditions will be better queens than those raised from...
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    Re: early brood vs direction hives face

    I can't say it won't, but I think the temperatures inside are more of an incentive as is availability of pollen. The ones facing the sun seem to get started earlier foraging... and foraging pollen...
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    Re: Bee question...

    The bees will know where every blooming thing is for the 8,000 acres around them. Smell, sight, exploration...
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    Re: ants in your hive

    It might work fine. Just remember it's an insecticide and bees are insects... Ants are always around, but I've never lost a hive to ants here in Nebraska. I've heard of people in the south losing...
  16. Re: Best time period for guys picking up Nucs?

    The earliest I have any use for a nuc here would be April 1. The latest would probably be the middle of June.
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    Re: Beginner-What if I just let them swarm?

    >What if I just let them swarm?

    The main downside is that you don't get any honey. The secondary downside is that it leaves them weak and vulnerable to ending up queenless. It's not that there...
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    Re: Angies List question

    >...old people who are venerable...

    Yes. Old people should be venerated. They have worked hard to get the wisdom they have and we should respect it... but maybe that's not what you meant...?
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    Re: Hello, Guys Nu-Bee Here

    If you can scrounge the lumber for free it is worth building your own equipment. Luckily bee hives take short pieces and those are often being thrown away. Frames are a lot of detail work, but...
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    Re: Why foundationless? Newbie questions

    People have been doing movable comb for thousands of years in Greek basket hives and other types of hives. They have been doing foundationless from the beginning of beekeeping until now. Langstroth...
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    Re: Euthanizing Hives with Mites

    Here is Kirk's method:

    http://kirkwebster.com/index.php/10-november-and-december-packing-bees-blowing-out-failing-colonies
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    Re: Hive check time. 15 degrees though.

    "Good news will keep. Bad news won't go away." Other than seeing if they are light (which you can do by hefting the back of the hive) I would leave them alone until spring. I seldom open any hives...
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    Re: Hive location choice for newb

    Definitely face the hive away from traffic. If flight paths become an issue put a six foot board fence around it or on the side where it's an issue. This will get the bees in the air over people's...
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    Re: Spray Sugar Water instead of Smoke

    >I can only think of one good reason to not use smoke, and that's if you have bees in a spot where use of smoker is prohibited.

    I suppose I can think of one other, when you're looking for queens,...
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    Re: Hive check time. 15 degrees though.

    >Hive check time. 15 degrees though.

    Oxymoron. It's not "hive check time" if it's 15 F...
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