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  1. Thread: Clipping Wings

    by Tim B
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    Re: Clipping Wings

    The bees will leave with virgin queens quite often. (I have picked as many as seven virgins out of a single swarm. I discovered along the way that swarms that abscond often do so because they have...
  2. Thread: Clipping Wings

    by Tim B
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    Re: Clipping Wings

    Whether to clip or not is pretty simple. You can clip your queen and guarantee that she will not fly away with half your bees or you can clip her and at least have a bit of control. Yes, you'll...
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    Re: 9 frame spacer plans

    save yourself the trouble and just eyeball them. Once everything is covered with propolis the spacers won't work well anyway.
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    Re: Booming to dead in 5 weeks

    The bees needed honey or syrup. These patties may have sugar in them but the bees cannot survive on them.
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    Re: New fresh cut lumber

    It is pretty dicey using fully green lumber for your boxes. Green lumber works okay for bottoms and lids. Lumber shrinks very little over its length so shrinking leading to a smaller box isn't a...
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    Re: Booming to dead in 5 weeks

    You mentioned pollen patties....was there syrup or honey? Otherwise, I'd suspect nosema.
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    Re: Strange queen loss

    I had two cases where hives that were next to each other both lost queens. I'm wondering if bees from one hive whose queen had failed got discouraged and went to the next hive over in search of a...
  8. Re: Making nucs with Pseudo strips until having a queen

    See page 11 of Wisdom of the hive:

    "the queen's pheromones are neither necessary nor sufficient for inhibiting worker's ovaries. Instead, they strongly inhibit the workers from rearing additional...
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    Re: How long do you wait for mating to occur?

    A couple of years ago I had a queen that was placed in a nuc as a virgin in mid june. A couple of weeks went by and she hadn't layed but I decided to leave her just to see what would happen. She...
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    Re: new packages and shb control

    Beetles are more a problem from July on. They are more of a problem in rainy years, less a problem in dry years. I am not sure I have had a hive that is in full sun have problems but I have had...
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    Re: How many beekeepers come out even or better.

    [QUOTE=gww;1222210]jrg
    I don't even intend on trying to recoup the cost, I am trying to figure how many hives it would take to have a chance of enough living through the winter so I never have to...
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    Re: How many beekeepers come out even or better.

    Most hobbyists I know stay in the red because they let their hives die or swarm. I started with one my dad gave me and wound up with three that first year and made five gallons of honey. I sold...
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    Re: SHB & bee escape use

    It takes a couple of days for the beetle eggs to hatch I believe. If there were more than a few beetles I wouldn't use the escapes. If I did use them I'd process almost immediately.
  14. Re: More Beekeepers Sour on Profession as Winter Die-Offs Continue- WSJ Article

    I guess beltsville only tests for what they believe can be treated. Not sure there is a solution to viruses. I am pretty analytical by nature and would like to identify the culprit. I can't...
  15. Re: More Beekeepers Sour on Profession as Winter Die-Offs Continue- WSJ Article

    I used to think it was as simple as poor mite control. I no longer do. After several years with above my historical average of losses I was more vigilant than ever in nutrition and mite control. I...
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    Re: Irish Beekeeper & SHB impact in US

    The Beetles may not be a problem in a much cooler climate than my bees are in. Unlike some earlier posts, I find the beetles to be a severe problem at times.

    They find and slime stored wet...
  17. Re: Anyone ever had an allergic reaction to a sting that they did not have before.

    Swelling is not to big of an issue. If you get itchy all over, rashes, etc then you are heading toward trouble. One year I had that type of reaction after a sting but not since. It was on the back...
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    Re: 9 weeks later: Varroa update

    Use a jar feeder over the hole in the top cover and go to 50/50 on the syrup. Sometimes I'll move the frames where they are clustering under the hole and they'll take the syrup even if it is cool. ...
  19. Re: I've got a disease puzzle for you guys to think about...

    You may be on to something re woodland fungus. There may be something in the pine woods that affects them. I had ten or so hives in this location in the spring and five or six developed...
  20. Re: Results from Beltsville are in...

    Over the years I've seen these kinds of fall dwindling but not typically so late. I've usually attributed it something I could treat. It appears in this case there was nothing that I could do except...
  21. Re: Results from Beltsville are in...

    I just realized the error. It was trachael mites.
  22. Results from Beltsville are in...

    The sample I sent was from a hive that had crashed from five or six frames of bees and brood in late september to around 100 bees with queen. They tested for nosema, varroa mites and nosema. They...
  23. Re: Answers to a few of your questions

    samples have been sent and will report when I get results.
  24. Thread: SBH in Europe

    by Tim B
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    You can't get rid of beetles by destroying hives...

    The beetles can live and propagate in any sort of over ripe and or rotting fruit. That is the reason that hive near gardens with melons or orchards have such a terrible time with them. They can...
  25. Re: Answers to a few of your questions

    All of the queens are this year's queens mostly hatched and mated in may and produced good brood patterns as evidenced by their ability to fill their hives in the fall flow.
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