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    Re: requeen or combine?

    Combine. If the supplemented hive begins to grow quickly, one can always split off it.
    A little colony will struggle -- it is far more at risk than a vibrant one at population critical mass.
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    Re: how to mark a queen???

    First the immediate question: To mark a queen practice on drones, then workers until you know what you are doing. You must know how to capture, hold and manipulate an individual bee. That is a...
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    Re: What Happened?

    The old queen leaves with a prime swarm when the queen cell is capped are ready to hatch. She flys on faith the remaining bees will hatch and tend her daughter. Supersedure has a relatively high...
  4. Thread: NUCs value

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    Re: NUCs value

    The hardware -- frames + box -- is easily worth $35 per nuc in replacement value.
    This implies you are valuing the bees at $50. Nucs impose a measurable drag on the parent donor hives.

    Hobby...
  5. Re: Help with Expenisve Breeder queen introduction problem

    II breeders produce F1 hybrids from known crosses: a common one is VSH x Italian -- this preserves the VSH trait while contributing the vigor and productivity of highly selected Italians. Pure...
  6. Re: Help with Expenisve Breeder queen introduction problem

    I have a good acquaintance who raises multi-hundred lots of queens, and taught university-level beekeeping courses. He has just purchased two VP-supplied instrumentally inseminated breeder queens;...
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    Re: One week old swarm and no brood?

    Virgin swarms (after-swarms) can be notoriously slow off the mark. The new queen must mate -- and a strong swarm bursting with foragers fills lots of cells with nectar, often pushing the incipient...
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    Re: Robbing my mating nucs

    I have a friend who screens all his mating nuc entrances, and then takes a pencil and sticks it into one square, ovalizing the mesh on that one square just enough for the bees to enter. He raises...
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    Re: Bees on the ground

    Crawlers are absolutely symptomatic of excess mites. They can be caused by anything and everything of course, but if you are expressing DWV you are virtually guaranteed to have mites in excess.
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    Re: When to separate?

    I with TenBears on this.
    I don't understand what you are doing. You've described this as a May package with 7 drawn frames. That't 15,000 bees or so -- you are splitting off a barely established...
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    Re: Galvanizes wire in honey frames?

    Don't think it has the tensile strength to tighten adequately unless the gauge is overly thick. The heavy gauge will disrupt drawing comb.

    The coating on galvinizing is zinc. Zinc is susceptible...
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    Re: Vinegar and Feeding

    http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00218839.1966.11100146

    The Effect of Acid-Hydrolysed Sucrose on Honeybees

    DOI:
    10.1080/00218839.1966.11100146

    L. Bailey
    Abstract
    Sucrose, or...
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    Re: Vinegar and Feeding

    Easy to learn and locate scent. The scouts tell the hive, "Fly this azimuth, for this distance" and detect this odor wafting towards you. It paints a big bullseye on the source of the odor.
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    Re: Vinegar and Feeding

    If you "need" to make the syrup more attractive, you don't need to feed in the first place.

    And yes, vinegar in syrup will have robber bees invade the nest and strip it clean (after killing all...
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    Re: Vinegar and Feeding

    Don't. Will bring robber bees from all over.
    The whole "shift the pH of syrup" advice is pure folklore.
  16. Re: Deep nucs into mediums, please vet my plan...

    Good reason for this. 8 frames of mediums == square inches of 5 deeps (the standard nuc). You need a nuc with the equivalent of bees to cover 5 deeps (ie 8 mediums), and brood in at least 3 (ie 5...
  17. Re: Mixing Deeps and Mediums for Brood Nest?

    I run a *lot* of young hives in a one-and-a-half configuration. I like this as it gives me lots of options, and full sets of medium comb gets drawn quickly very quickly off a deep starter in my...
  18. Re: Deep nucs into mediums, please vet my plan...

    Sounds complicated and likely to generate burr comb under the misfit frames. Why not buy 5 deep frames and put them on the bottom to complete the deep sized shimmed box. In October the bees will...
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    Re: My Queen Wants to Live in a Penthouse

    Brood production over the year follows a normal curve. After the solstice, the brood area will shrink, and bees will backfill honey in the abandoned brood comb. So the answer is patience.
  20. Re: fixing a colony's microflora/ecosystem (practical experiences/studies)

    Typhoid Mary --
    Read:
    Effect of oral infection with Kashmir bee virus and Israeli acute paralysis virus on bumblebee (Bombus terrestris) reproductive success
    Ivan Meeus...
  21. Re: OK -- the robber bees made a visit today !

    Prepare a robber screen tonight. Put it on at first light tomorrow.

    Move the hive. -- Once the AHB robbers have targeted the hive location they are **not** going to leave it alone.

    The ...
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    Re: City TF Drones

    This scheme, briefly enriching unselected drones, sounds utopian.

    The proponent would be well served to read the Page and Laidlaw 1982 papers on Closed Population models of Honeybee breeding, or...
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    Re: Beginners treatment question.

    Commercial Thymol wafers have 12.5 to 15 grams of thymol per treatment dose. (1)

    Solvent extraction of raw thyme with ethanol at a heated 60 C yields 0.007 grams of thymol per gram of leaf...
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    Re: Replacing a Wonky, crazy frame

    Brushing bees is hard. The bees get rolled and damaged, the brush gets honey on the bristles. I prefer to knock them off. Hold the frame by one ear and swat it hard against a board, tool or box...
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    Re: Bees using IPM methods naturally??

    Your core question is: Do bees build drone comb to trap and destroy mites?
    No evidence this is true.
    Bees build drone comb to raise drones. Foundation-less frames are especially likely to be...
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