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    Re: Bee-pocolypse. Reality or Fiction?

    So we cannot control agriculture and the use of neonics, why not spend your time working to relieve the other stresses that we have more control over
    Johno
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    Re: Property tax agricultural exemption for bees

    I have only the1 acre lot with my house on, so I will get no tax breaks for my 27 hives and 20 nucs. Guess I will have to continue to pay my $200. bucks a year property tax without any respite. Woe...
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    Re: spacer between honey super and brood box?

    There is an interesting article by G W Hayes called Queen excluders or honey excluders? this can be found in the bee source archives and it deals with tests done on excluders under a shim providing...
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    Re: How much nectar can bees gather

    Hi Daniel,
    How did you make a feeder out of a 5 gallon bucket, I am feeding from time to time with a 1 gallon chick water dispenser. Tried a 5 gallon feeder once before but it did not work to...
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    Re: Caraway

    The above study is amazing, I have quite a lot of coriander in my veggie garden that re seeds itself every year and flowers profusely. Yet I have yet to see a honey bee settle on the flowers, lots of...
  6. Re: The State of Virginia is now paying for people to take up Beekeeping

    Just how much of other peoples money am I entitled to, to keep bees a hobby or sideline of my choice for personal enjoyment, besides beware of strings attached.
    Johno
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    Re: Texas Chickory / Flase Dandilion

    Hawk weed, has different leaves and generally a branched stem with many flowers. I often see bees taking pollen from them not so sure about nectar
    Johno
  8. Re: Interesting DC editorial countering the pesticide CCD hysteria the media loves

    Besides the media in 'Worshington' DC some of the results of polling or questionnaire led research are dependent on the questions asked ie garbage in garbage out. As some lady was professed to say...
  9. Re: Interesting DC editorial countering the pesticide CCD hysteria the media loves

    Guys It does not look like the Washington Times Is the only thing with a certain bent surprise surprise sqkcrk.
    Johno
  10. Re: Does anyone know if varoa die when the bee dies

    A couple of seasons ago I saw a worker die on top of a white painted telescopic cover, the bee had not even stopped moving when off jumped 2 mites just like rats off a sinking ship. Now I often...
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    Re: Killing queen after Marking?

    Well checked those hives where the queens sort of died while being marked, both are alive and well and laying like gangbusters
    Johno
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    Re: Killing queen after Marking?

    That bit by Jay Smith was quite interesting and I wonder how they held the queen for marking way back. I wonder what they used for marking, I cant remember Doolittle mentioning marking but I would...
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    Re: Killing queen after Marking?

    Hi guys,
    marked a few hundred queens over the last 4 years, had an occasion to mark a new laying queen on one of my hives where I had removed the queen when they went into swarm preps, well after...
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    Re: brood break and mites

    Barry, it just depends on how you apply your maths, 400 bees with 12 mites equals 3%, split 4 ways then 100 bees have 3 mites so each split still has 3% infestation
    Johno
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    Re: No bees, no food (Catch the Buzz)

    My my, what did they do for food before the first settlers brought in the honey bee from Europe in the eighteenth century
    Johno
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    Re: Varroa survival in dead-outs

    There was a paper put out by some university where tests were conducted with very good results on the spraying of packages with a OA and sugar solution. I would think that OA vapour would give better...
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    Re: Queen with clipped wings...

    So Redbug, pros and cons.
    If the queens wings are clipped you have a chance at saving the queen and saving the hive for honey production.
    You also have an opportunity to create a nuc with the...
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    Re: Queen with clipped wings...

    Dan, I would suggest your instructor should read scientific queen rearing by Gilbert Doolittle who has clipped the wings of all his hives queens ever since he lost a swarm from his first hive. He did...
  19. Re: adapting practice to climate change - principles of beekeeping

    The honey bee is supposed to originate in Africa which is tropical to sub tropical mostly. so I would guess the bees would say " warming bring it on had enough of this continents cold"
    Johno
  20. Thread: Self Taught

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    Re: Self Teaching

    Some mentors have taught me all they Know and I still know nothing
    Johno
  21. Re: Yet another imbalance caused by feeding sugar - - robbing of hives with honey?

    Might be all those feral bees everybody is talking about
    Johno
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    Re: Truly, what are ferals?

    Ever heard of the dodo, Feral hives in my area are like the dodo
    Johno
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    Re: Does anyone that treats have success

    Started with 2 frames and a queen cell, then added 2 Georgia packages and then 2 nucs in the spring of 2011. Ended up overwintering 9 colonies. those nine colonies ended up being 25 at the fall of...
  24. Re: Indisputable proof...no such thing as organic honey

    I believe there is an Island administered by New Zealand called Nuway that is isolated and is mite free and that their honey is classified as organic, so I would guess that there are other isolated...
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    Re: How do you tell if you have a queen?

    All my hives were flying on Sunday, one of my home hives had quite a few drones flying and hanging about the entrance. Now that does not seem good, perhaps the queen has died, maybe a drone laying...
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