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  1. Re: can i combine two weak hive and make a two queen hive?

    The way I understand this practice is you need a double screen divider. The queens will fight and likely kill one or both through a queen excluder.
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    Re: Hive Weights

    What squarepeg said with a question. How did you weigh your hives?
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    Re: Queen introduction

    If you did not put in frames of open brood during the queen lees period you likely have some laying workers. That would account for the capped drone brood. Wait another week and look and see what...
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    Re: Hive turned mean

    It is normal for a hive to be feisty this time of the year. The population is peaking for the year, and a larger percentage of the bees are old field bees. These are the defensive ones any way. ...
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    Re: EFB Can they be saved?

    I have treated it and not had it re-occur most of the time. I did have one hive that it showed back up in almost as soon as the antibiotic was done. We burned that hive.
    Dave
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    Re: Apiguard problem or Robbing or Both

    We normally feed right along with the Apiguard, and have not had any more robbing than normal. We run Carniolan bees which are supposed to be less prone to robbing. We have not had good results...
  7. Re: Have skunks- can't use imidacloprid a neonicotinoid

    I have never body shot a skunk that did not spray. If they have there tail down the jets are not exposed. I have shot them in the head or the spine forward of the shoulders, and not had them spray,...
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    Re: Entice bees to fill bottom box?

    It is late enough in the year you should remove the supers, and harvest the honey. Then start feeding to back fill the top brood box. Is there drawn comb in the bottom box?
    Dave
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    Re: US to ban GMO s and Neonicotinoids

    Farmers do not have too plant GMOs. They plant them because they want to. If they wanted the old varieties they would be available. Do not tell me this is not so, I was involved directly in the...
  10. Re: Have skunks- can't use imidacloprid a neonicotinoid

    Grubs are insects, bees are insects, anything that kills grubs will kill bees if they come in contact. Some insecticides are less deadly to bees than others. You need a soil active insecticide to...
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    Re: Strange honey

    My spin on it is: the glucose fraction has crystalized and settled out. The liquid portion is fructose and water. This will likely ferment.
    Dave
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    Re: Planting suggestions?

    My first thought was Sainfoin, but it does not like wet feet. My second suggestion would be Bird's Foot Trefoil. We have both and the bees like them real good.
    Dave
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    Re: sweet clover

    Our Yellow Sweet Clover has had an extended bloom this year. As a matter of fact it is still blooming, and has been since mid June. It has been irrigated twice.
    Dave
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    Re: Something went very wrong, very fast ...

    estreya what you are describing is classic poisoning. I do not think the sugar dusting had anything to do with it. Do you live in an urban area with neighbors? This would not be the first time I...
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    Re: clover planting

    Sweet clover is sometimes cut for hay late in the summer of its first year. Mowing in now will not hurt it. If you mow in the spring you need to leave at least a four inch stuble for it to re-grow....
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    Re: Queen right hive and laying workers.

    okay I stand corrected, but I still think it is a real stretch to say all or even most hives have laying workers. The sample size would have to be much larger.
    Dave
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    Re: Queen right hive and laying workers.

    How was it determined that there are laying workers in a queen right hive. They do not look any different than no-laying workers. Some body would have to dissect every worker in a hive to determine...
  18. Re: spraying laying worker hive for requeening

    >Being a laying queen probably helped with the laying workers<

    I agree completely, and in my own mind I think the syrup may not have been all that significant. This is why I made a point that I...
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    Re: Effectiveness of Vita EFB Test Kit?

    I used the kit once and got a negative result for symptoms that fit EFB really well. I also sent a piece of frame with diseased comb and dead larvae to the bee lab. Both results were negative for...
  20. Re: spraying laying worker hive for requeening

    The above recipe is what I used except I did not have tea tree oil in my mix.
    I had intended to apply the syrup with a spray bottle, but the syrup was too heavy for the spray mechanism. We used the...
  21. Re: spraying laying worker hive for requeening

    Salty we took the queens out of one hive, rolled them around in the syrup until well coated and released them between the frames of the new hive. I have not tried this with purchased caged queens.
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  22. Re: spraying laying worker hive for requeening

    Riskybizz I do not believe that, and have never seen any evidence to support that. There may indeed be an occasional laying worker, but not many and not all queen right hives.
    Dave
  23. Re: spraying laying worker hive for requeening

    It looked like the queens never missed a beat on laying eggs. There are eggs to 3-4 day old larvae in all 4 hives. The queens pretty much had most of the available space layed up. When I had this...
  24. Re: spraying laying worker hive for requeening

    Update: We succeeded 100%. We re-queened 4 out of 4.
    Dave
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    Re: Supercedure

    Where did this idea come from? It would be impossible to verify one way or the other. With drones moving freely between hives, how would they maintain hive integrity? Even the idea that the queens...
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