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    Re: Split of a Colony

    I do not have another yard to move our splits too. I usually hang long grass or branches with leaves in front of the splits entrances thick enough that the bees have to dodge obstructions to get...
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    Re: Cooperation

    We have had mothers and daughters in the fall like this, but I have never heard of it with an introduced queen. The old queen with the frayed wings will probably not last much longer. We have never...
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    Re: candy board in spring

    Make it in to syrup or save until next winter
    Dave
  4. Re: Reuse of hive parts when exposed European foulbrood

    Mark we feed sugar syrup every year. Last year was the first time in 6 years that we had trouble, and it was only in a couple of hives. I do not think feding sugar is the problem that some believe....
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    called idiopathic brood disease

    Maybe this is what we dealt with last year. I used diagnostic kits and got negative results for both foul broods. We then sent them to the bee lab and got a no...
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    Re: When do you take hive wraps off?

    We leave ours on until mid-April. We took them off a couple of times in mi-March and chilled a bunch of brood. I think they provide a big benefit in the early spring.
    Dave
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    Re: Help with hive disease?

    What you show in the two pics is not disease it is crystalized honey or sugar syrup. Normally the cluster will be in the top box in the spring and will move down as the bees bring in new stores. ...
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    Re: Does smoke scorched wood affect bees?

    I have used scorched boxes several times and never had a problem. I would say go for it.
    Dave
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    Re: Did you get honey your first year

    The first year we got most of a medium super from each of our 3 hives. We fed them syrup for about 2 months to get them to build wax and population.
    Dave
  10. Re: Reuse of hive parts when exposed European foulbrood

    Walt I agree with the previous two posts. We had it in a couple of hives last spring. We treated with Terramyacin for three weeks. We are still using the hives and frames, and the colonies in them...
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    Re: Small Cell Claims Debunked

    One piece of data that I wish we had was the number of hives that have been lost due to non-treatment of mites, and the small cell debacle. Michael and some others have succeeded at treatment free,...
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    Re: 2 more Dead outs

    dw, what is worse a little chill or dead bees? When they need feed, feed them. I have opened hives to add sugar with temperatures in the single digits. I pick a sunny, wind free day, and go for...
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    Re: 2 more Dead outs

    Your problem is very likely that the available feed was below the cluster. When the weather is cold they will not move down to find feed, and will starve with an abundance of food in the hive. Next...
  14. Re: "...Neonicotinoid Insecticides in Wetlands of Canada." Paper in PLOSOne.

    Ian is it flea beetle that you are trying to control with the neonic seed treatments, or are there other major pests for Canola?
    Dave
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    Re: honey suckle

    We have Tartarian honeysuckle and the bees work it very seriously.
    Dave
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    Re: What causes a hive to Swarm 3 times?

    One of our first hives superceeded the queen and the bees made many queen cells. Being very nave I left all of them in the hive. That hive swarmed itself to death. When the last swarm issued...
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    Re: Sugar Beets

    I have raised table beets, same species, for seed. They are wind pollinated and the bees totally ignore them.
    Dave
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    Re: Bees "eating" bird seed

    When our bees are in this early season collect anything mode, we put out shallow trays of dry pollen substitute. It gives them something healthy to collect, keeps them out of the neighbors feeders,...
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    Re: Puzzling varroa numbers

    That is a good example of why 24 hr mite drops are unreliable. An alcohol wash will give you better results.
    Dave
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    Re: identification help

    Stork's bill geranium.
    Dave
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    Re: How close to mow?

    The safe distance can change from day to day with weather factors, and it will change seasonally. A late season strong hive in a dearth will be much more aggressive than and early spring hive. Like...
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    Re: Checked weight on a hive

    I weighed our hives a couple of weeks ago, and the weight loss was similar to yours. During the brood less period honey consumption is not very high. When brood rearing resumes food consumption...
  23. Re: Fastest way to get laying queens in the early season

    Shinbone did you contact OH Bees (Olivarez). They have Hawaiian queens besides their locally produced queens.
    Dave
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    Re: rheumatoid arthritis

    Dan I have had it for 15 years, and it has had limited impact on what I do. Everybody is affected differently. Mine is in my lungs too, and initially it really did a number on me. So much so that...
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    Re: Question for those who feed sugar

    We use beet sugar and have a 100% survival this year and less than a 10%loss for the past 6 winters. I will take the GMO beat without question. Conventional beets are sprayed more often and with...
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