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    Re: swarm control methods

    I know that's how its supposed to work, but wondering how many years you've seen it play out that way?

    Personally, I've been doing cut-downs for 10 years and find that occasionally you'll get a...
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    Re: swarm control methods

    Sorry, I wasn't clear. I wasn't referring only to the weather on the day of the split. "as early as weather permits" was meant to imply that the conditions throughout early spring have resulted in a...
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    Re: swarm control methods

    squarepeg,

    Thanks for starting this thread.

    My upper entrance consists of a shim above a queen excluder (gasp, yes I use QE's on every production hive). The 3/4" shim has a 3 x 1/2 inch slot...
  4. Re: Marin Bee Survey: Hobby keepers - a net population sink

    Kind of two distinct threads going on here... Sorry JWC

    My swarm control consists several distinct actions depending upon population relative to the point in the season.

    1. Throttling back...
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    Re: My DIY OA Vaporizer!

    Correct.

    Yeah, when I saw N95 suggestion above that concerned me, as the N95 seems to be only a particle mask. Perhaps some have a layer of charcoal, but I suspect that its not sufficient for full...
  6. Re: Marin Bee Survey: Hobby keepers - a net population sink

    Excellent advice OT. I really don't like to pull queens during build-up as it can really impact yields. Even a cut-down performed just prior to the peak flow may have a negative impact. I know its...
  7. Re: Marin Bee Survey: Hobby keepers - a net population sink

    Sorry, a bit off topic, but do the original colonies still make a good crop using this technique? I'll do cut-down splits, but not that early. Just doing the math, 12 days to a new virgin, 7-10 days...
  8. Re: Marin Bee Survey: Hobby keepers - a net population sink

    Cool tree. Almost looks like a type of holly tree with acorns.
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    Re: My DIY OA Vaporizer!

    You should rig some type of extension with a remote switch so you can get your face out of the fumes.
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    Re: Mystery Collapse

    Yes. However, there is still lots of undisturbed brood. This is a bit of a guess, as I've never really counted, but I'd say somewhere around 1% - 2% uncapping on a typical VSH colony.
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    Re: Mystery Collapse

    Classic uncapping behavior. Sometimes brood is actually being pulled out and others its just uncapped (mostly purple eyed stage). I honestly don't know if they are recapping it. Perhaps this season...
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    Re: Mystery Collapse

    That's consistent with my usage of mite counts.



    I've seen that discussed before and not sure if there is really any truth to it. I find that my VSH colonies always maintain low mite counts,...
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    Re: Mystery Collapse

    Mike,

    I have no issues with using natural comb. I've tried it and really have not seen a big difference. 90+ % of my colonies are on large cell foundation. From my perspective, natural comb...
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    Re: Mystery Collapse

    Hi Brandy,

    No, I haven't done the infertility sampling yet. Seems like something very valuable for selection, but it also seems time consuming. At this point I've only read about it.
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    Re: Mystery Collapse

    I do not avoid feeding sugar when needed. I consider myself a serious sideline beekeeper and I'm doing my best to maximize profits. Therefore, I harvest as much as my experience suggests and still...
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    Re: Mystery Collapse

    My basic answer is that my number is still evolving as I consider each colony based upon its unique conditions. Some of my colonies are 7 years with zero treatments. History has proven that these...
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    Re: Mystery Collapse

    Thanks. Curious as to why you believe that the data is meaningless? There has been a lot of effort placed into coming up with reasonable economic mite thresholds. Given that, I not a firm believer in...
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    Re: 10 frame double deep or single?

    He's not telling :lookout:
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    Re: Honeybee Genetics and Breeding Bees

    Queen excluders prior to insemination, plus clipped wings during the insemination pretty much rules out any chance of natural mating.
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    Re: Mystery Collapse

    Sk,

    Thanks for posting your story. I certainly appreciate a firsthand accounting of how things played out for you!

    A couple of questions:

    Did you ever make any mites assessments, e.g.,...
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    Re: Late supersedure: what solutions?

    I just got a phone call from a fellow beekeeper who I gave an F1 queen derived from Harbo's II VSH stock. He told me that the queen was found dead at the entrance. He opened the colony and found a...
  22. Re: Dadant full plastic deep frames, close up pics anyone, or 5/8 if you have them

    Sorry, no experience with Dadant plastic frames. The weakest point on the PF series are the tabs on the top bar. These WILL fail. The older they get, the more failures you'll see. If you must use all...
  23. Re: Swarm control - Demaree preferred over Checkerboarding?

    I don't recall reading that the presence of cells was a requirement. I believe that Demaree is beneficial even without cells, in fact, probably more likely to provide good results.
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    Re: The last explanation for swarming?

    Good information.






    These two statements seem to contradict each other. The second would suggest that you're only adding open brood and not taking capped brood. Can you share more details?
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    Re: switching breeds?

    I completely agree with these comments. Some of my most gentle queens are Italian. Very quiet on the combs and huge brood factories, of course mites follow along with the brood.

    I gotta believe...
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