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    Re: Lots of dead bees

    Yep, it's varroa

    :(
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    Re: Lots of dead bees

    I'll check again, but it didn't appear to be a gross brood disease: the majority of the dead were adult bees. Just some of the newly-hatched looked like they were unable to make it out of their...
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    Lots of dead bees

    Checked one of my hives today- this has been my best-producing, most-active hive. There was a large pile of dead bees in front of the entrance: probably 100 or more. We had also noticed some dead...
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    Re: Does anyone collect bee venom?

    I recall something from New Zealand- there is a company making cosmetics with bee venom. The venom is supposed to cause a slight reaction that tightens up skin, reducing wrinkles...or something like...
  5. Re: How do some guys go without any kind of protective gear what so ever?

    I usually wear my full suit, but mainly because I tend to wear dark clothes, and my bees do NOT like dark colors. It's just faster to throw on the suit than it is to change.

    I have Beeweavers...
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    Re: Keeping bees cool

    I use a screened inner cover with a migratory outer cover with a small shim between them. You get plenty of ventilation without risk of robbing.
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    Re: Cut out from a spinkler junction box

    I was able to rubber band about 5 deep frames of brood and 2 medium, and got about a half a gallon of honey out of it. I made up a nuc from the deep frames and put the mediums in my other hives to...
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    Cut out from a spinkler junction box

    Just cut out a beehive that was in a sprinkler system junction box. The top layer of comb in the pic is just half of it- the rest is attached to the PVC pipe in the lower half of the box. This is...
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    Re: Trap-out and agreements

    I find that people are far more likely to abuse you if you offer to do something for free, than if you demand payment.
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    Re: Can't find my queen

    If you have carefully gone through every frame, checked the inside walls of the box, it's not a huge hive, and you still can't find the queen...it just might be because...there is no queen.

    I...
  11. Re: New Beekeeper here.....when to add second hive body?

    I vote for putting the second box on. Reason being: You might start to see some heavy flow while you are gone, and they might completely draw out your single deep, then start feeling swarmy. That's...
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    Re: What defines mean bees?

    Pay attention to what you are wearing. If I am in the yard in navy blue shirt/pants, I notice the bees are much more aggressive than if I am wearing light colored clothes.
  13. Thread: Queen die off

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    Re: Queen die off

    No, there seems to be enough pollen and nectar (although not a lot of the latter...drought has been rough).
  14. Thread: Queen die off

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    Queen die off

    I hived 2 packages (Beeweavers) on the 30th of March. They did great, filling 2 frames of drawn comb with brood, until about 10 days ago, when the hives became queenless (not sure about one, but...
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    Re: Is it too late for a Missouri City Girl?!

    Check with local beekeepers. You can usually find someone who will sell you a nuc to get started. But they dont advertise...its all word of mouth. Beekeeping clubs and forums are the way to go.
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    Re: Bee plants for India

    Find out what crops your local farmers raise, then look them up to figure out which are good nectar producers.
  17. Re: Hive postmortem photos and question on newspaper combine

    Did you see a queen? It's a bit hard for me to tell from the pics since I cant zoom in, but the brood looks a bit like drone brood.
  18. Re: Received conflicting advice on going treatment free

    I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that things like mite resistance and longevity of the queen stock are more important factors to consider, than whether or not to treat. Even the strongest,...
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    Re: soon to be beek needs advice

    The idea behind the 9/10 or 10/10 frames is that brood comb (which is what your deep will start out with) tends to be thinner than honeycomb. You can see this when a hive is more mature- the brood...
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    Re: Weather - How's everybody else doing?

    Like Barry. 20mph+ winds every day, dry as a bone and not likely to change. Going to be another tough season for the bees, I think, because this drought. Was in Tucson the other day, and the...
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    Re: What kind of cells are these?

    Here is the queen. She does not seem to be laying, so I am a bit concerned. Maybe she's just slow off the starting line? She seems bigger than when i saw her freshly hatched, so I am assuming she...
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    Re: queen bee breeding

    I have to agree with ralph that this is a bit difficult to work out for a beginning bee keeper. I have not reared queens, and am also trying to figure the "system" out, so I'll give my understanding...
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    Re: Nosema ~ Safe to reuse equipment?

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?237575-How-to-Heat-a-Nosema-Infected-Hive
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    Re: What kind of cells are these?

    There were no other queen-like cells in the hive.

    Also, noticed that the wikipedia page for queen bee has a picture of emergency cells that is very similar....
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    Re: What kind of cells are these?

    So, it turns out these were queen cells. I found a virgin queen today, probably hatched within the last 24 hours. She was quite small, hardly any bigger than a worker, but definitely a queen. By...
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