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  1. Thread: Megabee

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    Megabee

    I was wondering if anyone had used megabee yet and whether the bees ate it better than other products. I had absolutely no luck with them eating feed bee but that may have been my fault. Most of...
  2. Thread: Varroa

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    Varroa

    What is the word used to describe the stage in the Varroa's life when it is on an adult bee?
    Phorentic or something like that.
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    I often would apply parafin by hot air gun or...

    I often would apply parafin by hot air gun or propane torch. Using the torch I would melt the wax letting it drip onto the bottom board. As you heated the wax and wood it would spread out and be...
  4. Thread: Good Stock

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    I have thought that even the best breeders in the...

    I have thought that even the best breeders in the world still have to ship their queens and it is a matter of some luck that they are not overheated, chilled, banged around, overstressed or at the...
  5. Thread: Florida freeze

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    I am near the coast just south of tampa and it...

    I am near the coast just south of tampa and it isn't bad. It was cold and windy this AM but I think it will be warmer tonight without any north wind now. No frost.
  6. Is it possible to identify when a colony is preparing to swarm

    Bee source has an article on a audio filter (apidictor)that would identify an increase in certain frequencies made by nurse bees(225-285kh) and I was wondering if there was any validity to that...
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    I thought that wiring frames was obsolete. If...

    I thought that wiring frames was obsolete. If you are doing more than 30 or 40 frames you certainly would be better off using plasticell or ritecell than wiring. If you must wire you should...
  8. nails

    You can buy a 5lb box of galvanized nails at menards for about 5 bucks. I would never use anything but galvanized. The others will rust right through the paint and look really bad. I have old...
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    old beehives

    When I was an inspector for Illinois Dept. of Ag. I would infrequently discover old apiaries that had been abandoned. Once while looking for a registered beekeeper's apiary I found a what was once a...
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    Something that will help the bees

    As a community service learning project, two 7th grade boys ask me how they could "help the bees" I think they have selected a great goal and have some ideas but would like to hear your ideas on how...
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    screen boards

    My experience is that solid bottom boards are much more of a problem when wintering than screen bottom boards which are actually beneficial. (60 colonies - 40 years) I say beneficial because they...
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    screen boards

    My experience is that solid bottom boards are much more of a problem when wintering than screen bottom boards which are actually beneficial. (60 colonies - 40 years) I say beneficial because they...
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    Many thanks for your work there. I hope you and...

    Many thanks for your work there. I hope you and your family have a safe and happy holiday season and that you are able to return home early.
    Ozzy
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    stupid question-not so stupid

    Reading through all these posts I never saw what I considered a real answer but more of a discussion of species extinction.
    Since 1/3 of our diet is dependent on bees we would still have a large...
  15. Thread: pollen patties

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    When I took a course at OSU, Susan Coby just used...

    When I took a course at OSU, Susan Coby just used pollen and sugar and a little sugar syrup to bind it together. If it works well for queen rearing, which is what she was doing, it will work for...
  16. Thread: Waste of Money

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    Your new queens are probably better than any you...

    Your new queens are probably better than any you can buy anyhow. I think most of the queen breeders really know their stuff but the process a queen goes through from the time she is removed from the...
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    I have both the Maxant and Dadant and wish I had...

    I have both the Maxant and Dadant and wish I had two dadant instead. Dadant has a bigger dia and seems to do a better job. Perhaps they both work at the same speed but with a larger dia the Dadant...
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    I have always thought that by placing more supers...

    I have always thought that by placing more supers on a hive(particularly with drawn comb) could draw some of the bee population from the brood nest and reduce swarming. The more drawn comb and supers...
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    We have a 10'x10' room we move the supers into so...

    We have a 10'x10' room we move the supers into so they can be warmed before moving them into the extracting room.
    The doors are 3' and are required to be self closing. The windows are high on the...
  20. The post said no queen was present so although...

    The post said no queen was present so although your ideas are good in some situations, the situation is no queen and no chance for them to raise a queen during introduction. I would want to keep it...
  21. Thread: Foulbrood??

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    Your right, but in Illinois most commercial...

    Your right, but in Illinois most commercial beekeepers have been using tylosin for several years as a preventative treatment. (Not a good idea but they do it) A one time treatment without supers on...
  22. Riverrat has the right idea. I certainly...

    Riverrat has the right idea. I certainly wouldn't put a frame of eggs or larvae in any hive I was trying to introduce a queen. Remember the bees cannot raise a queen from capped brood but they can...
  23. Thread: Foulbrood??

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    The Vita slide for AFB from Dadants will confirm...

    The Vita slide for AFB from Dadants will confirm your suspicion while you are waiting for Beltsville to confirm your findings. From your description I would say you have AFB so as soon as you know...
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    The only disease that requires burning equipment...

    The only disease that requires burning equipment is AFB. Get AFB in a hive and yes you should burn it. However that doesn't mean you will ever get it, as I said I have never had the problem...
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    Lora, I was an apiary inspector in Illinois for...

    Lora,
    I was an apiary inspector in Illinois for a number of years and from my experience I would advise you BURN ALL THE FRAMES and carefully flame the inside and outside of any box you want to...
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