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  1. Thread: What is this?

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    Re: What is this?

    Could it possibly be some animal marking its territory. That is usually black and sticky
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    Has anyone seen Braula these days

    I have been wondering if Braula has returned to those beekeepers who are treatment free. Prior to Varroa it was a common sight in hives without any ill effects. In my hives they were seen on almost...
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    Re: Fertilizing eggs in drone cells

    There was a post on here ,possible 6 or 7 years ago I believe it was from a beekeeper in Wyoming who described this process, apparently it was first done by a German beekeeper many years previously,...
  4. Re: "The frame with the queen on it" you know the one.

    If your bees are in a quiet area it is possible to locate the queen by the sound of the bees. As you lift the frames out of the hive,the tone will change as you raise the frame with the queen on,...
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    Re: Customer Dissatisfaction

    Sometime in all of our lives we have been the "kid" who knows nothing, most of us get through it.

    All of us come into this world knowing nothing, with the possible exception of the OP.
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    Re: aluminum foil in the hive

    Static electricity possibly?
  7. Re: So if you feed Apis mellifera with royal jelly from Apis ceranae, will you get mu

    This is all way above my head, but does this mean that workers in a starter hive could influence the genetic makeup of queens, ie docility of the queen etc.
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    Re: My Oxalic Acid Vaporizer

    Glow plugs are pretty robust, I have made 2 vaporizers and have used them on about 40 hives per year for 6 years now, and I have the tip protruding into the crystals with no problems.

    The down...
  9. Thread: Formic acid

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    Re: Formic acid

    Sorry I thought formic acid was used for 1 day and taken out the next, surely the rate of evaporation would mean that it was unnecessary to leave it any longer, at what % formula would last for 3...
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    Re: Handling queen cells: 5th and 11th day

    I have been led to believe that once the queen has turned round, facing down and no longer consuming jelly, then it is safe to handle.
  11. Thread: Formic acid

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    Re: Formic acid

    <The only way formic acid is effective is it lasts for more than one breeding cycle.>

    Acebird I am beginning to worry about you.

    The whole point about using Formic is the brief time it needs to...
  12. Thread: Formic acid

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    Re: Formic acid

    The formic acid works on varroa in capped cells if all the information is correct, it was your suggestion to remove all brood from the hive, that was what I was responding to.
  13. Thread: Formic acid

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    Re: Formic acid

    My take on this is that the 20% that are on the bees were already impregnated while they were in the cells. As the males do not wander round inside the hive there is no way that it could be otherwise
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    Re: Conversation on Varroa

    Was there any mention of mesh floors and varroa, I have used them but becoming more and more sceptical as to their value.
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    Re: Queen cells available

    I too am pretty sure that beezly's calculation is right.
  16. Re: Taking bees up into the alpine, issues including ethics?

    It sounds to me that the helicopter will be going anyway, so why not, the cost will not come into it.
    It is a bit like us taking bees to the heather just more extreme, what I cannot understand is...
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    Re: Community Apiary Question

    I think the concept is different, there is not many so called community beekeeping clubs to my knowledge, certainly not in the part I live. There are grants available for community projects and...
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    Re: Community Apiary Question

    <I think the Brits are big on these...not positive.>

    Are we?
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    Re: Looking for a few hive tools

    I see you joined the forum 2008 and over 800 posts you must have managed up to now without these items.
  20. Re: new caged queen: dead, or just taking her time to lay eggs?

    I am possible wrong but I have never considered that taking a frame of eggs from a hive is going to weaken it, a frame of brood now that is different.
  21. Thread: banked virgins

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    Re: banked virgins

    I am interested to know for what purpose you are banking virgin queens for a week, if it is for open mating surely it would be better to have them mated as soon as possibly and if II then I thought...
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    Re: Plant ID and bees in Ireland?

    It is possible that the bees were Apis mellifera mellifera depending on which area of Ireland you were in, parts of Ireland are devoted entirely to AMM. The GALTEE strain of AMM are totally black, at...
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    Re: Anyone know what this "bee cage" is?

    It looks like a swarm trap, like we use to capture the queen as she leaves with a swarm.
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    Re: I wanna make a catdog...

    My first responce would be to check the hive the frame came from, because that queen was not raised in the hive you found her in, the queen must have been transfered in or as fully developed queen...
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    Re: Has Anyone Ever Seen Pink Honey???!!!!!!!!!!

    Hi

    It looks like the pink pollen is being sealed with honey and not pink honey. However I could be wrong as I have never seen pink honey
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