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    Re: Russians - first impressions

    I wonder why he is noticing such a behavioral difference in the packages then?

    Is it possible that Russian bees were shaken into packages from Russian colonies, in a Russian yard? Just curious.
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    Re: Advice desperately needed

    In the short term you could combine the 4 swarms into 2. Keep 2 of the queens that seem to be the best, pinch the other 2, and after 24 hours do a newspaper combine. Doesn't solve the problem...
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    Re: is he still around

    kid,
    Try a google seach on Xen-Tari. I checked a while back and found a couple places you could order it online.
  4. Re: Can you really smell the hive just one week in?

    You're not imagining it. Nothing quite like the sweet aroma of nectar being cured during a flow.
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    Re: Piping Queen

    I remember one of my first exposures to the queen piping, she was on a frame I had pulled out and was inspecting. She started piping, and instantly every bee on the entire side of the frame froze in...
  6. Re: Moving hives 100 feet - any preferred sequence?

    Then you might have hot bees in all three hives. :eek: It depends on if it's due to genetics, or being queenless.

    If you leave one hive back for a while to pick up the stragglers, you could move...
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    Re: Leveling the Hive

    Picture a plumb line hanging from the center of your top bar. That will be the exact direction they draw the comb down. They will build the comb from the center of the top bar "straight" down, at a...
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    Re: Hated to do it....

    It's a very frustrating position to be in, been there myself. I understand the logic behind it ... someone is going to terminate the colony anyway, why not get paid for the effort.

    I've partnered...
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    Re: How often to inspect?

    You'll eventually get to the point where you've satisfied your curiosity, then your inspections will be more purpose driven.

    Until then, enjoy !!
  10. Re: My (alternative) theory of the Bush Miracle

    That sums it up for me too. I have not been able to replicate TF beekeeping, but I have adopted many of his methods and have experienced great success in doing so.
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    Re: How often to inspect?

    I hope you have a great start this year. :thumbsup:

    Work up your own inspection frequency, whatever you're comfortable with. My first couple of years I was in the hives almost every week. It...
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    Re: SundAnce top pollen trap ?

    It looked like you were using the thread as an outlet to sell your SBB's. My misunderstanding.
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    Re: Brood Honey

    As Stella mentioned, Make sure you have a few undrawn frames in there somewhere. Your packages will probably have a lot of young bees that are ready to go with wax. If they don't have frames to draw...
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    Re: checking bees in rain

    Hey, everybody tries it once. ;)
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    Re: First Inspection

    What a great start! Congrats.
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    Re: SundAnce top pollen trap ?

    Very tacky marketing strategy. I'm disappointed. JMHO.
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    Re: checking bees in rain

    Also, be prepared to receive a very unfriendly welcome. All of the guard bees and older foragers are trapped in the hive when it's raining, and they will make their presence know when you remove...
  18. Re: Will queen naturally move down into empty bottom deep?

    Feral bees, left to their own devices, are programmed to swarm in the Spring. What would most likely happen if you leave them alone and wait for them to move down would probably mirror what you would...
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    Re: Leveling the Hive

    The critical leveling is side to side. Sounds like you have it covered.

    Be sure to monitor the comb as they build it, and straighten if necessary. Sometimes you can get wacky comb even if the...
  20. Re: My (alternative) theory of the Bush Miracle

    How many years have you been able to sustain this? How many hives?

    If all your bees die, what stock will you restart with?
  21. Re: Beekeeping for idiots. . . starring . . . .Splorndle!

    Splorndle,
    You made my day! Very funny. I can definitely relate. :thumbsup:
  22. Re: My (alternative) theory of the Bush Miracle

    If that's the case, then most of the thousands of backyard beekeepers with 3, 5, 10 hives are out of luck. The only point they could realistically achieve is #5 clean wax.

    What advice could be...
  23. Re: My (alternative) theory of the Bush Miracle

    What evidence do you have that resistance does work? From what I can tell resistance is not working for the very people that are attempting to breed for it. Without more evidence than I currently...
  24. Re: My (alternative) theory of the Bush Miracle

    When you have success, with whatever method you're using, you plant the flag and defend your ground. I've seen it go the other way too. Those who treat are made out to be evil vilains who are...
  25. Re: My (alternative) theory of the Bush Miracle

    Until it's proven otherwise, I'm still convinced that the key to successful TF beekeeping is superior resistant stock, in a region that is more or less saturated with those genetics. Small cell comb...
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