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    Re: Unusual queen turnabout

    It is probably a combination of a couple of things. The hive was probably sick last year. I have had hives nearly die and then boom and be among my best producers with the same queen. It is also...
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    Re: First year hives will not swarm?

    Swarms tend not to swarm. I have had packages swarm. Particularly if you are trying to get them to draw comb.
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    Re: hive problem I bought

    For hives that are gummed up here is the procedure I use. If the hive is a double deep then break the two hives apart and set on to the side. Take the hive tool and wedge between side of the hive...
  4. Thread: failing queen

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    Re: failing queen

    I'd let her keep working. That's plenty of brood, just a little spotty which could be because of the weather or resources.
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    Re: failing queen

    Is is also possible that the brood that you are seeing is drone brood laid in worker cells. When a queen becomes sterile the brood will often be spotty but what is capped will be rounded up like a...
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    Re: failing queen

    european foulbrood can show up this time of year. Look for larva that look like they are melting. Also look for chalkbrood.
  7. Thread: Nuc Prices

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    Re: Nuc Prices

    I guess that includes the box, lid and bottom? In that case they would still be $50 too high. Buy a package for $75.
  8. Re: Selectively Zapping Small Hive Beetles for Hive Protection

    Your idea looks promising. Test it and then modify. I considered modifying a hand held electric mosquito zapper for placement inside a hive. If it lights up mosquitoes it would certainly light up...
  9. Re: How much can be extracted in 1 day with a motorized 6 frame extractor?

    If you are good at decapping, are set up right so that you don't have to stop to process cappings or clean filters and have someone loading you could probably do five or six eight frame supers in an...
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    Re: Nicot queen rearing system or graft?

    I tried the nicot system. I know it works for others but I never got a single cell. I don't like taking the queen out of production for two or three days. There is the possibility that the hive...
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    Re: The Scourge of Varroa?

    That's what I'm thinking. Some ticks carry Rocky Mountain spotted fever of lymes, some fleas carry bubonic plague and others do not. Perhaps not all mites are carrying the same viruses. I know for a...
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    Re: Bee keeping harder in the north or south?

    Never lived up north but I'd think that the advantages are Longer summer flow, no (or less) hive beetles and a significant fall flow. The negative is that the winters are long.

    Down south the...
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    Re: The Scourge of Varroa?

    It is easy to blame it on pesticides. If pesticides were the issue then why did 99% of all feral hives, even the ones in wilderness areas died when varroa first appeared? Their destruction...
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    Re: The Scourge of Varroa?

    I'm wondering if some of us have mites that are spreading more lethal viruses among our bees. I'm having problems that I didn't use to have with similar mite loads. Your mites might not carry the...
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    Re: The Scourge of Varroa?

    Don't you think that the millions of dead colonies and the near total eradication of feral populations in the 80s across much of the north american continent is evidence enough of the potency of...
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    Re: Can I treat with Apiguard and feed now?

    The probably won't touch the apivar unless temps get into the upper sixties or low 70s. I have killed weak hives with it trying to use it in the early spring. You can purchase 10 apivar strips at...
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    Re: They Died ..... Now what?

    Look up "Mountain Camp Method" for winter feeding and apply to the two remaining hives immediately. I doubt you'll ever get bees to take syrup any time soon in WI.
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    Re: "Keyboard Beekeepers" ?

    I've been somewhat surprised that it is not worse than it is. There has always been a lot of misinformation about beekeeping and if anything the internet has actually helped although the bee...
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    Producers are probably not scheduling agressively given the problems

    last year. That said, the folks I know felt very good about their bees going into the fall. They had some beetle problems in the late summer and early fall but weren't seeing some of the collapse...
  20. Thread: chalkbrood..!!!!

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    Re: chalkbrood..!!!!

    I had serious problems with chalkbrood for several years and then inexplicably it went away. A couple of years ago when I read that thymol is effective against chalkbrood I realized that the problem...
  21. Thread: sick hive

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    Re: sick hive

    I've had five or six hives in that shape. Generally it is all the booming hives from spring. I killed mites in june and they don't have a high mite load but they're sick. Some have been cleaned up...
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    Re: Mystery in the bee yard

    I had one go nearly two months before she started laying. She was introduced into a nuc as a virgin, I knew she was there and just kept waiting to just to see what would happen. To my surprise she...
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    It is pretty difficult and time consuming to fix a laying worker hive.

    I had one hive that had a virgin fail to return from a mating flight and because of a vacation I missed it and by June 1 they had laying workers. I added a frame of brood weekly until two weeks ago...
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    Cause of bees decapping and removing pupa

    Through the years I've had hives that start decapping brood at the pupa stage. Eyes, head are already formed. This is usually followed by persistent spotty brood patterns and colony collapse making...
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    Re: Hive beetle concerns

    I am surprised the beetles have made it all the way to Canada. A few beetles shouldn't hurt a strong hive. The problem seems to be when the bees are driven out and beard in hot weather or with mite...
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