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  1. Re: Inner Cover based on Walt Wright's "Attic" Ventilation Article

    Wally,
    You can't 'think too much' when it comes to beeking. They have some complex instincts, and even more complex 'work-arounds' or plan B's or C's, when Mother Nature throws them a curve. They...
  2. Re: Inner Cover based on Walt Wright's "Attic" Ventilation Article

    "3/4 shim" Correct. We added a 3/4 strip all the way around, top and bottom to give standing room for the nectar driers that collect up there.

    Walt
  3. Re: Inner Cover based on Walt Wright's "Attic" Ventilation Article

    Went back and read that article to see what it contained. One thing was obvious - it was written before beetles penetrated this area. Wouldn't do it the same today. Still believe in better air flow,...
  4. Re: Can thinned-down old queen ready to swarm fit through queen excluder slots?

    The queen excluder spacing is based on typical queen thorax size. The thorax is fairly rigid and the size of the abdomen is not supposed to be a factor.
    W
  5. Re: Question? Found dead white bees outside hive

    If they are white because it's just an empty shell (cuticle/exoskeleton), and it's a drone - that's and early indication that a colony considers themselves short on honey stores. They pull drone pupa...
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    Re: How many boxes do you winter your bees in ?

    Got back to this thread before it died.
    My wintering config supports both checkerboarding (CB) in the spring and better wintering.
    I go into the winter with a shallow of empty comb at the bottom....
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    Re: Queenless, or ids it me?

    Sounds to me like you bought a fabricated "nuc." The queens were not the Momma of the bees. As sometimes happens with packages, the colonies let her lay a few eggs to start a replacement and...
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    Re: How many boxes do you winter your bees in ?

    This is a subject dear to my heart. I think we too often neglect the the effects of of the bees natural instincts in our management of colonies in the fall. Some observations are presented here for...
  9. Re: Should I try a fourth Week of New Brood for the Laying Worker Hive

    You guys who don't think it's worth the effort must value your time at a fairly high rate. What is an established hive worth? $2oo.? Ten minutes X 3 is a half hour.
    Walt
  10. Re: Bees and Wasps cooperating on a hive attack

    Interesting. They may have been separately motivated and not collaborating, but it is interesting that it looked that way. I find it interesting that much of our new info comes from observant...
  11. Re: Strange Hexagonal Aliens in our beehive cells. What could they be?

    Nobody said anything about American foulbrood. EUROPEAN foulbrood is a different disease. If you checked the link provided by Wayne, it said that a strong colony with a light infection can kick EFB...
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    Re: Swarm, rain, swarm, rain, on and on

    Excessive rain is a factor. The bees adjust their spring schedule to whats coming in from the field. It's not necessarily whats out there. If they can't get to it, rain or cold, it's pretty much like...
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    Re: Swarm, rain, swarm, rain, on and on

    Not to be flip, but the short answer is: Because they CAN. Reproduction is a strong urge. And some colonies will push the limits of propriety to reproduce. Typically,the overwintered nuc shifts down...
  14. Thread: Soybean flow?

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    Re: Soybean flow?

    25 years ago, purple blooming attracted foragers and white blooming were ignored. In the meantime, others have reported exactly the opposite. There are so many different strains available now, that I...
  15. Re: Small Hive Beetles have major advantages over the bees in the assault of the hive

    DElete - double post
  16. Re: Small Hive Beetles have major advantages over the bees in the assault of the hive

    Good work, Tim!
    Will have to admit, with only one sample to work with, had not noticed that effect.
    W
  17. Re: Small Hive Beetles have major advantages over the bees in the assault of the hive

    Pleased to hear that somebody is working on the surprise factor. Gave my copy of ABJ to another member here, and missed that article.
    Walt
  18. Small Hive Beetles have major advantages over the bees in the assault of the hive

    Even when they are outnumbered by a wide margin. Some of those advantages are their physical adaptations to penetration of the hive and some are the offensive strategies applied. We should note that...
  19. Re: Strange Hexagonal Aliens in our beehive cells. What could they be?

    Don't mean to alarm you, but our first indication of European Foul Brood (EFB) was the grayish color of the larvae in the upper left corner. A week later, The dead larvae were a black puddle in the...
  20. Re: Doesn't look violent enough to be robbing, but

    AstroBee had some good general comments.
    The level of beetles you describe would not generally decimate a colony of normal strength. That leaves the starting point of a weakening colony. We will not...
  21. Re: Doesn't look violent enough to be robbing, but

    My guess is that you had a natural progression through 3 separate problems. 1. some general attrition problem - perhaps mites. 2. Hive beetles. 3. Robbing. That's not news. You have reported the last...
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    Re: Successful fix of laying worker hive

    Don't think it was coincidence. Have never seen fighting either. Outside my experience base. I did my shake outs on a selective basis. In any given outyard, knew which colonies were short on...
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    Re: Successful fix of laying worker hive

    Do not usually haggle over different opinions. Every body has one. Have never had another colony go queenless with a shake out. Have you??
    Walt
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    Re: Successful fix of laying worker hive

    I don't see the advantage over a simple shakeout. You still lost a functional colony, that could have been rehabilitated by other techniques.
    W
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    Re: Winter prep for new keeper.

    Ace.
    This may be a fluke, but for once, you are absolutely correct. There's nothing in it for me. I only keep at for the benefit of others. Most beeks are into beekeeping for the honey. The...
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