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    Re: Who is NOT small cell but successful?

    15 years. I treated the first year because everything I read said I had to. After that first year, lost track of when I was supposed to drop in those strips and feed the fumigal, and never did...
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    Re: Who Re-Queens After the Summer Solstice?

    I had 8 hives coming out of the winter. Lost 3 - I don't treat anything, and only use feral bees. Half in shade, half in sun. The ones in sun tend to do better as a rule. One of my winter losses...
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    Re: How to egress after working a hot hive

    Like the spray bottle. I have walked under a carport and lost half. Usually I do a figure 8 around my trees, and lose about 50% each time. Then I go through my garage and take the suit off int...
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    Re: my first cutout pics

    oh, and you need to fill that old cavity with insulation and screen it/seal it as much as you can to keep them from coming back.
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    Re: my first cutout pics

    great job. That looked like a real bear. Not an easy task. You did well. Preparation is the key.

    I usually just spread the comb out on a tarp, about 40 feet from the hive. They'll clean it...
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    Re: BEE THEFTS STILL OCCURING IN CALI

    No offense, but I hope that changes. Here in VA, we're trying really hard to get more club members to get into queen rearing and making their own nucs. I'll be doing about 15 this year, and several...
  7. Re: Need resource ideas to prepare talk to culinary students Re: HONEY

    I know that there can be some funny things with consistency. My son loves to freeze it, then chew it while frozen. Crystalized honey can be manufactured by taking the temp down - basically put it...
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    Re: BEE THEFTS STILL OCCURING IN CALI

    Well I feel stupid now Jim. Thanks for the link on the analysis. I hadn't found that before. It looks like they focussed on the big 2, and BT shouldn't really apply as it goes after the corn...
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    Re: BEE THEFTS STILL OCCURING IN CALI

    Sorry, didn't notice it was the comercial forum and I was making general statement of potentially a small group. That's unfair. I know this is your livelihood.
    I was just was a little incensed...
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    Re: BEE THEFTS STILL OCCURING IN CALI

    from the link: Some commercial beekeepers actually blame hobbyists for the loss of bees and say that colony collapse disorder is really a case of “piss-poor beekeeping.” Joe Romance, for example,...
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    Re: What could possibly go wrong?

    that one made me laugh. I always wondered about this. Can you imagine being in a wreck, and the paramedics beeing too afraid, or unable to tend to you?
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    Re: No Appologies for Being New: My Perspective

    wow, admin had to delete a lot of threads here. I'm usually only active on beesource during the season, or I search if I have a unique problem. After years of bees, cutouts, trapouts, queen...
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    Re: ANOTHER INVENTION FOR BEEKEEPERS

    Funny: "sounds like someone is just speculating out loud".

    Since the mite is in with the larva, what happens there?
    I've daydreamed all kinds of things myself driving to and from work, in the...
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    Re: bee vac tube clog

    It happens. When cutting the comb, even up near the connection point, you invariably have honey dripping, or bees cross through it and get all covered, then they make the hose sticky. I had a guy...
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    Re: Installed package. Pain ensued! Help

    Funny thread. Beekeepers are just like bees. Some are gentle and docile, and some sting you for no good reason. Some of these guys are just ornry, or don't realize that they sound that way.
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  16. Re: How many nurse bees does it take to make a queen cell?

    Thanks guys. I guess there's not really been any scientific research on it. The 200 nurse bees sounds legitimate. In the end, I'm still of the opinion that raising queens deliberately and...
  17. Re: How many nurse bees does it take to make a queen cell?

    In the example above, I was making the assumption of 20 emergency cells per hive. That number varies quite a bit. It was only for illustration purposes. I also think it a little bit risky to try...
  18. Re: How many nurse bees does it take to make a queen cell?

    I asked because I was trying to determine the optimum way of raising queens. Say someone had only 5 hives. If they used the walk away split method, the bees in 5 of those splits could possibly make...
  19. Re: Heavy dead-out not being robbed, doesn't look CCDish. What gives?

    any larva or developing eggs? Sometimes the queen will start laying early, maybe a good warm day, or because she can't stand it - who knows. Anyway, the bees will try to keep that brood warm, but...
  20. How many nurse bees does it take to make a queen cell?

    I was giving a lecture on queen rearing, (and using a bunch of slides I stole from Michael Bush, but I did give him credit) Anyway, I realized I was covering an important point, but had no data. How...
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    Re: Queens in the grass

    any problems when raising those queens? Did you move them during a sensitive development phase? Were there too many queen cells to raise properly? How about temp changes during development. All...
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    Re: Hot hive solution

    That's a great approach.

    Here's another thay may not impact your honey production, and also prevent 5 bad hives: You can also pen her up (make up a 5 sided screen box, and press it into the wax....
  23. How long can I keep the board in my Cloak Board?

    Made 6 Cloak Boards and did some grafting. Used Nicot for several years, but didn't feel like I was a "real pro" until I had grafted. First time in 15 years of beekeeping. First hive took 4 out...
  24. Thread: First cut out?

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    Re: First cut out?

    Don't worry about it. There's a lot of talk about chilled brood and outside temps. I worried about it myself. I've done dozens of cutouts by now in all kinds of temps. I'd rather do 50-60...
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    Re: Flow Hive- this look interesting

    ha, you got me. Stream of conscious.

    Let's try again: Neat idea, media over hyped, probably not sustainable once we see it in real world situations year over year. (like, what happens if a...
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