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    Re: Extractor-less honey by Flow Hive

    I didn't say that there aren't other people who like to bicker. It comes with the territory. For me the question is whether I can overlook the bickering and learn something from those who want more...
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    Re: Extractor-less honey by Flow Hive

    I've been wondering when the new Flow Forum might appear. Ordinary people are starting to use the Flow™ frames.

    There's a fair number of people in Beesource who've been paying attention and won't...
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    Re: OA Vaporizer Heat Gun

    That seems like a lot of heat to be pumping into a hive in the colder months of the year. I guess you don't argue with success. If it works, it works. But...
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    Re: OA Vaporizer Heat Gun

    Does the heat from the gun go into the hive along with the OA vapors, or does the heat vaporize the crystals and then exit out the top or to the sides while the vapors are somehow carried separately...
  5. Re: Is it OK to have Top Bar Hive and Langstroth in Same Bee Yard?

    I have both in the same yard -- no problem. The only thing I can transfer from one system to the other is queen cells, which I did recently. The bees in the TBH had decided to swarm a lot earlier...
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    Re: Extractor-less honey by- "Honey Flow" - Flow Hive

    Yay! That's how I feel, and it does seem vaguely insulting for the hype about Flow™ frames to say otherwise. The newbies who are sold on the hype (and maybe there is a decent product under all that...
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    Re: Carni queen in a package of Italians?

    I don't ask for purebred, if such a thing even exists, and especially from bees that came for free.

    I do wonder (is it an impossible question?) are Mann Lake's Carniolan queens mated somewhere...
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    Re: Carni queen in a package of Italians?

    Thanks. That's what I thought, and it's nice to have the substantive details. Is Mann Lake's basic stock Italian, raised from "Italian" queens coming from the same source as the worker bees and...
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    Carni queen in a package of Italians?

    A couple of weeks ago I helped install ten packages for a Philly Beek Guild project. They were supposedly "Carniolan" but among the bees that came in the packages there were a few that were almost...
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    Re: Sacbrood - what options? ("It's complicated")

    Thanks! That's a perfect summary of options and longer-term conditions that are rattling around in my head after reading a bunch of stuff. I'm thinking I can extract the honey, and as long as I keep...
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    Re: Sacbrood - what options? ("It's complicated")

    The results are back from Beltsville, MD (they took as long as you said), and it's confirmed European Foul Brood. (It's not Sac Brood, in other words.)

    I did move the hive to another location,...
  12. Re: Not a disease - but an issue / night flying, do I have zombees?

    You probably found this site in your Googling, but others here might be interested:

    ZomBee Watch is asking people to monitor for possible infestation. Flying around lights is one indication....
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    Re: Feral Hive/ Black Bees

    I wonder if they are honeybees. Invading your personal space and investigating possible openings might just be the normal behavior of another species of bee, or a sort of fly that pretends to be a...
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    Re: Feral Hive/ Black Bees

    I know what you mean about a dead tree providing a food source for other wildlife, but how long can it stay up? If you have time, and are willing to hazard a few stings, then it sounds like a good...
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    Re: Feral Hive/ Black Bees

    I read somewhere that the old German black bees were more susceptible to Foul Brood diseases, which is one reason why beekeepers set about to replace them with Italian bees (and other strains). This...
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    Re: Feral Hive/ Black Bees

    'Agis Apiaries' (above) thinks the old queen might have been superseded, and her daughter mated with drones that introduced the dark coloration and aggressiveness. But I wonder, because mating is...
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    Re: Feral Hive/ Black Bees

    Hello from Philadelphia!

    Beeks here may not realize that New Hope, Penna, is ~30 miles up the Delaware River from the big city...

    How you would replace the queen (and change the nature of the...
  18. Re: Urban beekeepers, would you be willing to share your experience?

    I think city bees get most of their forage from flowering trees and weedy areas, where there's more than a few of a particular kind of flower. What people plant in their yards is usually very spotty...
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    Re: Sacbrood - what options? ("It's complicated")

    Well, I almost decided to treat. Got to the point of ordering some meds, but it's kind of expensive for my small apiary...

    So back to Plan A (see above). Maybe it's closest to #6 above, the...
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    Re: Mite count in drone brood as a diagnostic?

    I froze a TBH bar of drone brood a couple of days ago, thawed it, and pulled out about 15 drone brood. Got about 3-4 mites on the bodies of the drone pupae as they came out.

    Then I turned the...
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    Re: Sacbrood - what options? ("It's complicated")

    So in my original post, I outlined the set of steps I was considering, to requeen the hive via a capped Queen cell, and put it in a new location. If they die... :(

    When people talk about...
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    Re: Sacbrood - what options? ("It's complicated")

    Here are two pictures. The second one shows the missing 2"x2" section that I'm sending to Beltsville.

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    I went into the hive to sugar roll for varroa mites, and counted zero from...
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    Queening from TBH swarm cells

    I have a TBH that made it through the winter very nicely. :applause: The bees have celebrated by making a bunch of swarm cells. About a week ago I saw a few empty queen cups when I went through. Now...
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    Sacbrood - what options? ("It's complicated")

    I have a colony of Italian mutts that made it through the winter, but now they're struggling. Yesterday I found what I think is sac brood (morator aetatulas). Uncapped pupae in a few places were...
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    Re: Extractor-less honey by- "Honey Flow" - Flow Hive

    Actually I was wondering, when customs and inspections people assess the value of the Flow™ equipment when it crosses the border, what do they look at? Perhaps what people paid? But if it's worth...
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