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    Re: Do only Virgin Queens Pipe in the hive?

    I had a mess of queen cages on the table today, sorting them for introduction. These are proven layers from mating nucs. They were piping up a storm. The word is that they detect each others odor,...
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    Re: We lost our hive

    Full Sun for healthy bees. They cool the hive by evaporation.
  3. Re: HEADING INTO WEEK 5 - VARROA MITES! HELP!

    Mites increase exponentially (at a faster growth rate than bees). IF you have **any** detectable mites in April, by August you will have a killing over-population.

    As you will not be harvesting...
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    Re: Native American Honey Bees

    Autonomous bands of Comanche people moved from the Wyoming region in early historic time (1680>1740). They displaced Apache (also migratory) in the Texas Hill country due to their mastery of the...
  5. Re: Best way to draw small cell on foundationless

    Bees on foundationless draw a much larger proportion of Drone in the FL frames. I have observed this again and again over many years. The FL advocates attack this observation with a lot of hand...
  6. Re: HELP-My small cell bees arrive tomorrow; where do I set up up this colony?

    How can Michael know this. He says he keeps only small cell bees and claims he has no need to do a side by side comparison test.

    Those that have tested "regressed" bees in pairs against normal...
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    Re: How many frames in an 8 frame box?

    New 8-frame boxes get 9 frames. I pull back to 8 when it gets difficult to squeeze the ninth in. Honey supers get 8 to start, but after the first extraction get 7 when restacked on the hive.
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    Re: Do you put weight on your top covers?

    1. Nylon line with a trucker's hitch on the hives where 12-year old boys are around to act out the universal 12-year old boy rite-of-passage -- Beating on a hive with a stick to see what happens.
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    Re: Do you put weight on your top covers?

    1. Nylon line with a trucker's hitch on the hives where 12-year old boys are around to act out the universal 12-year old boy rite-of-passage -- Beating on a hive with a stick to see what happens.
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  10. Re: Just added a frame of eggs/brood, to a queenless hive, now what?

    This is the huge issue with "Walk-Away Splits". The first cohort of new workers will not appear until Day 50 and only in tiny numbers then. The hive won't be back to full productive growth for...
  11. Re: Do wild bees rebuild their hives repeatedly?

    No. Bees reoccupy cavities where older hives have died out. The old hives are lost to wax moths, and rodents. Many of the anecdotal accounts of long-lived survivor hives are simply reoccupied...
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    Re: Microbial Activity and Pollen Myth

    PsFred makes the assertion that the study is "bunk science from undergraduates". DeKnow cites Martha Gilliam's work.

    Read the author information -- These are all researchers from the same lab...
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    Re: How much wax in a 10 frame deep.

    Short answer: you would not recover much wax from a brood box.

    Brood comb that has been used for any period is primarily cocoon fiber, it soaks up wax and doesn't release it.

    A honey super...
  14. Re: Beekeeping Internship in Jamaica! Please Help!

    Yerba Buena Farms (host of the internship) is a center for USAID's Farmer to Farmer beekeeper program. Tomas Herbert (moderator on BS) gave initial guidance in 2012 to the Top Bar experiments. (his...
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    Re: Melissa's questions

    If the splits are too small and too weak, they will not raise a queen, but just whither away. Too much larvae is worse than too little, as the reduced set of bees cannot nourish all the hungry...
  16. Re: Saving a really weak hive / Ordered a New Queen

    "How small is too small to waste money on?"
    Bee grow in a logistic curve -- they need a critical mass before they begin to expand quickly. I believe the critical mass is about 7,500 bees or about...
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    Re: Megabee For Spring Buildup

    My build up begins in late January. I put a home-made Ultrabee or Megabee patty on at X-mas. By Mid-February, I have sheet after sheet of solid brood. You must have a flow on, or the hive can...
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    Re: mini nuc to reg. nuc transfer?

    This is painful to read. Fundamental rule: hive growth is logistic. A small hive grows very slowly. A hive that is at "critical mass" can boom and double. If you over-split the resource you end up...
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    Re: Feeding Hole Cap Plugs

    A mason jar lid makes a perfectly adequate cover. The bees propolize it into place. You can even use the ones with holes poked in the lid, as the bees will plug those too.
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    Re: Why so wide? Building some beehives...

    I build 8 frame at 14 1/4 outside and 12 3/4 inside. 9 frames fit tight when new, and 8 frames fit beautifully when drawn. I add scabs on the long side (bevels cut from scrap 2x) that allow me to...
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    Re: Foraging on oak sapwood?

    They are (likely) harvesting sugars from the phloem. The clue is "the outer half inch".

    Resin, the source of propolis, (in softwoods) is produced in the cambium-inner bark interface and flows...
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    Re: 9 Frame Natural Comb

    It will work better to draw the comb with all 10 (or 11) frames tight in the box. Once drawn, you can space them wider; to do otherwise invites cross, burr, doubled and drone comb.
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    http://www.macs.hw.ac.uk/~awhite/Miller2006_Evolution.pdf

    This is a fundamental, often cited paper, on the dynamics of parasite-host tolerance. Has some interesting (modeled, not empirical)...
  24. Re: Treatment Free Study in Northeast Pennsylvania

    The TF stock in my experimental apiary dies. I had 2 of 11 make through the August-February cull in the 2014-5. I split off the two, but I am not impressed that they will make past mid-summer.
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    Re: When is dead dead?

    http://i3.mirror.co.uk/incoming/article3854121.ece/alternates/s615/Monty-Python-dead-parrot.jpg
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