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  1. Thread: stop swarm

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    Re: stop swarm

    i had one still swarm after splitting the queen out. i cut all but 2 cells, but i didn't think about them making more cells after the split which they did. i'm wondering if i would have went back...
  2. Thread: stop swarm

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    Re: stop swarm

    i think what jwc had in mind was splitting the existing queen out with some bees (artificial swarm) would preempt losing her and a portion of the bees should they swarm away. you could monitor the...
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    Re: need some advice..

    the suspense is killing me. :)

    did you get them hived beestudent?
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    just got back from the outyard from which i harvested a couple of more supers. that yard is made up with mostly of last year's starters and majority of them did respectably well this year. it sure...
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    Re: oh great, a swarm on August 27

    johnsof, has your hive that swarmed had continuous syrup available to it for the past few weeks? seems weird that they would swarm this late. if you can wait a few weeks to allow the new queen to...
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    Re: Bee Parasite?? What Is This?

    i see something similar in the spring here when the bees are getting into the tulip poplar blooms, i believe it's pollen.
  7. Re: Feral NY honeybees evolving varroa resistance.

    i'll retract that statement and replace it with this one:

    time appears to be telling.

    mikheyev et. al. present compelling scientific evidence in their paper on the ithaca bees, randy oliver...
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    Re: Wintering nucs in a garage or shed

    i get in now michael, thanks. sounds like they would have to be kept at or near room temperature and a syrup jar or equivalent would have to be monitored and maintained.
  9. Re: Feral NY honeybees evolving varroa resistance.

    understood johno, and i thought that might be where you were coming from. my view is that this is another one of those aspects of beekeeping that tends to be 'local' and that there's a more than...
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    Re: need some advice..

    average first frost date for midland michigan is 9/23. in my view winter preps should be complete no later than that and preferably before that. chances are the bees in their present location are...
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    Re: need some advice..

    tough crowd. :)
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    Re: need some advice..

    they'll have a much better chance at surviving winter if you leave them be, and if they make it you'll know you're getting bees with decent survivor traits.
  13. Re: Feral NY honeybees evolving varroa resistance.

    good one johno. :)

    is it that you don't believe the reports of populations of bees developing mite resistance or just pointing out that that resistance doesn't necessarily carry over into...
  14. Re: Timing and location for combining colonies/hives?

    6" apart shouldn't be a problem, but centering it up wouldn't hurt. i would do it later in the day if you can so that they can tear through the paper during the night and get the air flowing...
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    Re: Wintering nucs in a garage or shed

    many thanks mb, and if i understand your comment correctly you are saying that a much smaller colony than normal that has less stores than are usually necessary can survive in an observation hive...
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    Re: Wintering nucs in a garage or shed

    reading all this makes me curious about what observation hives do in the winter when the hive is inside at room temperature but it's too cold to fly outside. do the bees stay inside? do ob-hive...
  17. Re: Feral NY honeybees evolving varroa resistance.

    it's the same there as it is here in that 'expert' is a relative term, meaning some opinions are more expert than others. :)

    i like the way donald rumsfeld put it: "it's important to know what...
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    Re: Move things around? Good idea or bad?

    agree with dave except for removing the bottom box. if you have a bottom entrance leaving it there will give the brood nest a little protection from the cold drafts. in late winter/early spring you...
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    Re: Partially filled supers

    nice! :)
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    Re: Partially filled supers

    understood gary, thanks. has foraging picked up down there since the rains?
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    Re: Home bred queens or bought queen

    interesting, looking forward to hearing how you do, thanks for posting.

    as far as rearing vs. buying queens it sounds like you are taking careful notes and letting your observations guide you,...
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    Re: Home bred queens or bought queen

    you may want to check with your mentor, but i don't believe you will have brood in your hives during the cold winter months at your northern latitude.
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    Re: Partially filled supers

    it just occurred to me that the op may want to use treatments in early september and needs his supers off for that reason. how would those of you treating in the fall deal with the supers?
  24. Re: First and Last year since no one can play nice

    agreed, good post ace.
  25. Re: Feral NY honeybees evolving varroa resistance.

    in one sense it would be better for the varroa if they were less virulent. as a parasite the killing of one's host is usually not a good idea. in the wild colonies may be separated enough so that...
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