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  1. Re: Mite Count: What is considered "high" for those who do not want to treat?

    Yes I saw it .Comment was not directed at you it was to open the eyes of others ( if you get my drift). I used chemicals, antibiotics, Eos for many years I hadn't attempted tf. I like a challenge and...
  2. Re: Mite Count: What is considered "high" for those who do not want to treat?

    Apiary inspectors are all pretty good people in our state, they are there to help, they make suggestions give guidance and help with what you need, but if you want to be an arrogant D they can...
  3. Re: Mite Count: What is considered "high" for those who do not want to treat?

    I'm treatment free and I do mite counts and inspect for disease. Why? For the reasons Jim Lyon has stated and in TN it is the state apiary inspectors duty is to inspect for disease and pests and are...
  4. Re: Bearding late in the season - too many bees or just the weather?

    Look inside the hive above the cluster you'll probably find the queen. Probably just the humidity. If the bottom of the hive is open or screened they may be an extension of the cluster also could be...
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    Re: South African hives

    Sounds promising Gary but keep in mind and don't allow disappointment to set in. In the end they will do what they want to do all you can do is stack the deck in your favor and it sound like you...
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    Re: Need advise? bees have to go!

    Nothing to lose other than your time and trouble. It's worth a try, might luck out and have some success with it. If you have the equipment why not? The new owner is going to destroy them anyways. To...
  7. Thread: Swarm cells

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    Re: Swarm cells

    Anything is possible. Some times they'll attempt to supercede a perfectly healthy queen if she doesn't have enough room to lay or enough stores to support the hive makes the bees think there is...
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    Re: What can I do about varroa mites?

    wdale you just got me all excited for you! That is a true gold mine, makes me tingle all over oh yes! What bees surviving without treatment simply unimaginable! Sure hope you find some, sure wish I...
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    Re: screened bottom boards in winter...

    Yes close them up with the plastic sheet. First frost works or when the sugar maple leaves start to change color. You can pull the plastic sheet later on to clean any hive trash off it and can use a...
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    Re: What can I do about varroa mites?

    Most intelligent thing I've heard in a good while squarepeg. That is the honest truth if I've ever heard it. I can tell you though more bee trees are being found in Alabama now then there has been in...
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    Re: What can I do about varroa mites?

    Each club has their own philosophy and there is several different ones in each club. It is difficult to find a club open minded enough let alone people that understand there's more than one way to...
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    Re: Exposed bee faces: brood

    K wing isn't a death sentence just an indicator something's wrong, commonly associated with nosema apis and tracheal mites.
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    Re: What can I do about varroa mites?

    Yes essential oils. When going treatment free whether packages are treated with whatever or not treated really isn't the key it's a combination of things as others have stated you can only attempt to...
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    Re: What can I do about varroa mites?

    It is extremely difficult to find true treatment free bees. Just cause Bubba didn't treat last year won't give him treatment free bees. So be careful if you do find bees that they claim to be...
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    Re: South African hives

    Go to the commercial/pollination forum and look for skep beekeeping in Germany or just type it in the search engine. There's a video I think you will enjoy.
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    Re: South African hives

    I know another beekeeper around here that uses the exact same method, he says it's not to often that he misses a swarm. Just so you know Gary if you remove the queen from a fresh swarm the swarm will...
  17. Thread: Swarm cells

    by Slow Drone
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    Re: Swarm cells

    Sounds more like a supercedure. If they're in swarm mode there will more queen cells. Is the queen cell capped? Are they backfilling the brood nest?
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    Re: Moving Bees (Vermont to Atlanta)

    Point was sqkcrk was inspection is necessary whether you are commercial or not. Yes inspection from state of origin. Have that paper work in order when passing through other states. Check state laws,...
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    Re: South African hives

    As an example Charlie would be VSH ( varroa sensitive hygiene)bees. Brood from the first generation queen will display hygienic behavior, brood from the daughter queens will display less so on and so...
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    Re: Moving Bees (Vermont to Atlanta)

    Inspection is required whether commercial or not. Check state laws also. I can move hives out of Alabama but I can not move hives into Alabama just an example.
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    Re: Moving Bees (Vermont to Atlanta)

    Rader Sidetrack and UTvolshype:thumbsup::thumbsup: The only thing I have to add is make sure your paper work is in order for each state you have to pass through.
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    Re: Queenless or Not?

    There may be a freshly mated queen if they aren't building queen cells. Keep an eye out for drone larvae. A freshly mated queen will start out laying drones but in a solid pattern a laying worker...
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    Re: Queenless or Not?

    If there's brood there's a queen. Not sure what you mean by holding open?
  24. Re: Pulled Queen off of hive. What to do now?

    Look for the hive that starts building queen cells or go back and hunt for queens. In the future number your boxes, makes it a lot easier on yourself.
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    Re: South African hives

    Gary the Capes and the Africans have a totally different temperment when they are pure bred. When you cross the two with either breed all behavior are ultra hyper, defensiveness as an example. If you...
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