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    Re: Can a queen be totally useless?

    I have seen this with Russian stock. They will shut down completely during a dearth.

    I spent a whole summer trying to get a bunch of Russian colonies "queenright" and killed a fair share of...
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    September swarm

    This morning I ran across a big swarm in one of my fruit trees at home. For a moment it made me forget it is September. I only have a couple hives here and none of them were that strong. Like many...
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    Re: Heating a five gallon bucket

    Another thing that works good on the stove is a canner or pot big enough to fit diameter of bucket. Fill with water bath up to an inch from the top of canner.

    Use LOW heat. Give is several...
  4. Re: I want to try some different Queens. Who's should I use?

    Velvet Williams up in Heavener, OK is not too far from your locale. Good survivability, reasonable prices and a great guy to deal with. Just Google him.
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    Re: Bad idea or not?

    From a reputable source - http://www.honeybeeworld.com/diary August 2, 2013

    Reasons to place it below.

    1. The current brood chamber in use is the brood nest and is arranged the way the bees...
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    Re: Where did I go wrong?

    Switch the boxes if the bees are actively flying. No need to tear apart and hunt for the queen as it sounds like they (and you) have had enough digging today.

    If you had the queen in the original...
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    Re: Making FOur Way Pallets

    http://www.meyerhoneyfarms.com/clips.html
  8. Thread: Dakotas

    by Bob Nelson
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    Re: Dakotas

    Seeing same thing here with basswood. We do not have large natural stands like MN but there are quite a few in town. They normally bloom second week of June but just opened up a week or 10 days...
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    Re: Salt water swimming pools

    "QUOTE"Originally Posted by KQ6AR
    I can't believe they would travel that distance when there is a river right by the hives."QUOTE"

    "QUOTE"This, too is true....bees being the efficient creatures...
  10. Re: Comb storage and moths/beetles. And, AFB gas chambers and Gamma locaitons

    May 2010 (pp. 505-506) and 2011 (pp. 508-509) both have abstracts of research articles presented at winter meetings regarding this. Nosema was the target pest in these studies.

    The 2010 article...
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    Re: JZBZ plastic cell bar??

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?t=249471

    Discussed in recent thread. Never used the plastic bar but use jzbz's plastic cells with great success. Most anything jzbz produces is a...
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    Re: Trucking Bees from CA to East Coast

    They do. Don't see many colonies run on 6 ways in this area. More common I believe with pollinators to increase timely handling by half. For nuc making and honey production like occurs between...
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    Re: Preservative for Bottom Boards

    Copper napthenate is the best all around for good preservative characteristics and bee toxicity tolerance.

    Dadant has this product called Perm-E8 which is 8% active ingredient. It can be...
  14. Re: What do you put under your pallet clips???

    After cutting to length (18 1/4"?) I rip up pressure treated 2X dimension lumber to 2 1/4" wide. 2X4's don't work so well because only 3 1/2" wide and only get one with rest waste or can be ripped...
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    Re: NE Texas Beekeepers

    If your are talking about migratory from the north there are quite a few. Most are in East Texas in the piney woods more east central to southeast. But farther north in NE Texas and even SW...
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    Re: 2011 packages

    The complexion of wintering bees in the Midwest (and country for that matter) with even the best and most diligent management practices changed remarkably starting about 30 years ago.

    Prior to...
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    Re: 2011 packages

    We are getting off topic some. Jim is correct about restocking with packages being the exception rather than rule.

    Now in Canada and premite (and quarantine since mid 80's) it was standard...
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    Re: 2011 packages

    I don't think you intended for it to sound like that but this little quip could be construed as such. And a valuable service it was at the time they were needed, though for some the jury is still...
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    Re: AFB need help

    If it ropes it's AFB. Get some antibiotics on if so inclined, otherwise destroy.

    Arizona does not have any apiary inspection services according to:
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    Re: Well CRAAAAAP

    A spent 12 gauge shotgun shell works great. Need to make a slice down the plastic side for that part to fit but then the brass seats very nicely.
  21. Thread: not sure

    by Bob Nelson
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    Re: not sure

    Many of the uncapped larvae are in a row or line. Could be a wax worm burrowing underneath killing the pupae.
  22. Re: Need advice from long time beeks - STAT!!!

    Got to hand it to you for hangin' in there. Anyone with a SHB infestation gone amuck knows your pain. You are at the worst and come next spring there is new life. You have the perseverance to...
  23. Re: Need advice from long time beeks - STAT!!!

    Best defense against Small Hive Beetles is a strong colonies and good cultural practices.

    Once there has been an infestation and emergence of a number of adult beetles in an apiary they can over...
  24. Re: Probably a silly question, but I'm new to this!

    Because of the honeybee's hoarding and storing of surplus nectar we often overlook the fact that they have to eat too. Even when not storing in honey supers they are collecting and consuming nectar...
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    Re: Where has all the honey gone?

    When you said 'Italians' you said it all. Great brooders and builders but poor managers of stores.

    Feed feed feed..... and you will have something to work with in spring.

    If there is still...
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