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  1. Re: no foundation on brood chamber-good idea or not

    @garyk1398
    If you do that then I would expect the bees to ignore the foundation because they generally prefer to draw their own comb from scratch. During construction foundation prevents bees on...
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    Re: What constitutes mean?

    If you have a single hive that you like out of many others in your apiary and you want to propagate its line, by destroying queens and raising new ones from your best hive, then you must first deal...
  3. Re: Is "foundationless" the biggest BeeSource 2010 Hoax?

    @Michael
    It is fascinating to see you swinging for a home run with your citation of the Collison paper. Good luck! I must reserve opinion however because that paper is two decades old and although...
  4. Re: Is "foundationless" the biggest BeeSource 2010 Hoax?

    @Ted
    I just got into this thread for the sake of the truth since nobody seemed to be addressing the original poster's point properly. I sympathize with your point of view. I have no intention of...
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    Re: Is Mann Lake Rite-Cell all its

    I like plastic foundation, the bees draw it fine when managed properly. It can be scraped off if they mess it up, either by building queen cells in the middle of the face or by building comb bridges...
  6. Re: EUREKA, crystilization/reliquification ... way too easy

    εὕρηκα! indeed Archimedes. Although the ancient greeks did have hot tubs, cave men did not. As you have one it is a windfall for you to make incidental use of it like this, a solution good for you....
  7. Re: Is "foundationless" the biggest BeeSource 2010 Hoax?

    @WiredForStereo
    It may be a myth, but if so it would not be the only one that influences beekeepers in their decision to go foundationless. There is even a passage in my copy of Root that claims...
  8. Re: Is "foundationless" the biggest BeeSource 2010 Hoax?

    Foundationless is not shown to be fraud by odfrank's experience in getting all drone comb because its proponents do not claim that foundation has no impact on the drone census. Historically...
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    Re: aggressive bees

    @Summer
    If I'm down Lavaca county way I'll look you up, catfish and shrimp sure are good, but you'll have to keep those cranky AHB critters to yourself. No doubt they are nasty. That only 4 people...
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    Re: Topics for Beesource Reference Section

    Checker boarding is a method of swarm control. Imagine that you have a hive in a single deep and the colony is expanding and getting crowded in that box. You need to do something or they will swarm....
  11. Thread: poor queens

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    Re: poor queens

    @sqkcrk


    I use to think it was copywright protection, i.e. protection against those people who copy things, the copywrights.
  12. Thread: poor queens

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    Re: poor queens

    @Ted
    Inbreeding is a mixed story of benefits and drawbacks. It has good effects and bad. Among humans we do not like to do it because it leads to birth defects and genetic diseases in the children....
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    Re: new hive bodies / boxes rocking

    I had a box that rocked, just took it out on the driveway and pushed it around for a while. Problem solved.
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    Re: Guerrilla planting for bees

    Borage for forage! I cast my vote for planting borage. Of course it gets a bit tall, but it is great for turning neglected wasteland into no-maintenance cropland yielding honey.
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    Re: Aquabac 200G spraying

    Conjecture.
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    Re: Aquabac 200G spraying

    Foraging adults may track a larvicide in and endanger the brood. You might buy some and spray it on a frame of brood to see what happens. The total development time of brood could be increased. Daily...
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    Re: aggressive bees

    http://www.stingshield.com/lebas.htm

    "...in what the author refers to as "The Great, Boulder City, Fourth-of-July, Firecracker, Killer-Bee Caper," the closest resident decided to drop firecrackers...
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    Painting hives

    There are pricy products on the market for painting hives and there are people who buy them. For some hobbyists expense is not a consideration. If you are willing to spend the money on a specialty...
  19. Re: Mann Lake Catalog came in the mail today: 7 5/8in hive body??? Anyone using thi

    Perhaps we should call the 7 5/8" boxes "Middle Sized" or "Mid-Size" saying "Mids" for short: Deep, Mid, Medium, Shallow.
  20. Re: Please Help, looking for a reference in "The Hive and the Honeybee"

    I have an old version (34th) of Root with a passage reminiscent of that. The context furthermore elaborates making it clear that a similar idea is meant. Perhaps it shares the same original source...
  21. Re: Mann Lake Catalog came in the mail today: 7 5/8in hive body??? Anyone using thi

    @Mtn. Bee


    Mann Lake sells their plastic Ritecell foundation in that size. I have bought some and I am satisfied with it. Western Bee sells Duragilt in that size which has a plastic inner core...
  22. Re: Mann Lake Catalog came in the mail today: 7 5/8in hive body??? Anyone using thi

    Call them intermediates. Mann Lake sold me frames to fit mine, and I was impressed with their service. I have some hive boxes that are 7 5/8" high. As I understand it deeps are 9 5/8", mediums are 6...
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    Re: Is this a swarm cell?

    By position it would be a supercedure cell.
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    Re: aggressive bees

    @wes1945


    When I was working on that bee tree at night the fire was about ten feet from the tree. I would say as close as possible without the smoke going towards the hive. I might try five feet....
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    Re: Restarting Dead Hives

    @millbeezhoney


    I tried that; here is what happens.

    First, the wax leaks out the ends if there is a gap so you learn you have to put a daub of glue at each end first just in case, or push a...
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