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  1. Re: Honey Room vs Basement? Please give insights.

    Think sanitation as you are looking at things. In some states (like mine) honey is considered a food product and processing facilities are regulated.
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    Re: Poo Yaah They MAD...

    Also realize that late in the day in a dearth the foragers are home so the population is higher than what you are used to.
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    Re: Feeding supplements?

    The question you need to answer for yourself is are you using supplements to effect a change (treat) the colony? As far as TF goes there is a wide range of thought and no high court to judge the...
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    Re: Feeding supplements?

    I generally don't use supplements. I do use HBH as a feeding stimulant when I want the bees to take syrup and for whatever reason they are reluctant to. I place little credence in the claims of...
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    Who's here?

    My wife and I are - staying in the dorms.
  6. Re: How long can a hive live without a queen

    Drones might extend the length of time that there are bees alive in the box - if the entire population is drone you might as well call the colony is dead.
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    Re: Hives in a circle for varroa?

    I'm not saying that this mechanism does not work as you describe; instead that it needs to be documented. Anecdotal evidence often equals myth, especially on BeeSource where many novices accept...
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    Re: Hives in a circle for varroa?

    This claim or observation or whatever is what needs additional study.
  9. Re: How long can a hive live without a queen

    Six weeks.

    Life length of summer worker bees is about 42 days.

    It will be a viable colony that can be saved for a shorter time - maybe 30 days.
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    Re: Hives in a circle for varroa?

    Brood breaks help, but they are not the panacea some on BeeSource might have you think. Varroa mites summer life is a couple of weeks longer than a typical worker bee. Brood breaks keep the mites...
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    Re: Hives in a circle for varroa?

    What I think Seeley was talking about was the spread of the mite - re-infestation if you will. He spoke on this at a past EAS. It is somewhat intuitive - hives close together share pathogens and...
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    Re: need advice

    Not correct. Larvae develop from eggs of laying workers. If you see single eggs well centered you can safely presume they were laid by a queen. I don't have the skill to differentiate drone larvae...
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    Re: Hives in a circle for varroa?

    If I remember correctly Seeley concluded that what was needed was distance between hives. You will not accomplish that in a 30' square.
  14. Re: What's your strategy for growing your apiaries?

    In the words of a now dead politician: "trust, but verify." In other words test (or at the very least learn to recognize viruses, check drone brood, etc.) Feral survivors are not exempt from...
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    Re: Swarms cells? this late?

    A swarm can issue for no beekeeper faulted issues too - the reproductive urge is strong!
  16. Re: What's your strategy for growing your apiaries?

    Get yourself a copy of Increase Essentials. Understand the biology behind what you want to accomplish.
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    Re: Should I stop feeding?

    PMFJI - I would never feed with a honey super on.

    Once again we have regional differences rearing their heads on BeeSource.

    MSK500 - what is the usual configuration for over wintering in your...
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    Re: Wood Frames for Honey Super

    You might try asking the next person you come across whose got one you like if they would consider making you one. I think all frame presentation cases are made at home and not sold through...
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    Re: Varroa test. {pics}

    Your results are good - too good to believe.

    There are lots of dead bees in your bucket but let's confirm a few things:

    what was your sample size?
    where in the hive did the sample come from?...
  20. Thread: what now

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    Re: what now

    The OP is from Texas and it would not surprise me if it is common to go with a single deep as brood chamber in his area..

    If you are good at finding queen, find her and gently put her in the deep...
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    Re: Swarms cells? this late?

    "Late" depends on where you are located. I made up a split yesterday with swarm cells. It certainly isn't too late for them here. This was in a hive that I work monthly given its location and...
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    Re: Adding Second Brood Box

    I've never heard of adding a new brood box containing foundation that needs to be drawn, underneath your current brood box. Under supering for honey supers I've heard of and do on occasion. But...
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    Re: treating for mites

    Downside of formic acid strips? Some beekeepers report queen issues including premature queen death by using formic acid strips when the temperature is "high." By "high" my understanding is greater...
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    Re: Cost of Feeding Sugar Syrup

    The decision to feed now is based on your observations and inspections. Questions to ask yourself and perhaps experienced local beekeepers include:

    Is there a field force that could gather...
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    Re: Minor feedback requested

    I agree with Mark - adding wax to the foundation would have been more helpful than the sugar syrup.

    And if you are using a queen excluder, as Mr.Beeman says, remove it ASAP.

    I do not think...
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