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    Re: Feeding Sub Response

    good points jsl. the other thing i gleaned from randy's trial was that once field pollen became available there were no build up differences seen between the groups including the negative control...
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    swarm control methods

    an excellent post from astrobee on another thread:



    controlling swarming is directly proportional to honey production, and it's a good time for us to be thinking about our strategies for the...
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    Re: Melissa's questions

    you'll be fine. it's good that you are doing your homework.

    i have equipment for 21, but currently have bees in 18 all in single deep 10 frame langs with a super or two each.

    i also have 18...
  4. Re: Marin Bee Survey: Hobby keepers - a net population sink

    perfect. many thanks astrobee. (also sorry for straying off topic jwc)
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    Re: beekeeping insurance

    a 'business pursuits' rider is available with farmers that covers that kind of stuff, and it's not terribly expensive.
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    Re: Melissa's questions

    you are welcome, good luck with your bees.

    you may have noticed that there is a little tension on the forum between those who treat and those who do not (or are attempting to not). it's been...
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    Re: Melissa's questions

    point well taken jrg. i'm not sure i would even attempt it, or even keep bees at all, under those conditions. like you i am of the opinion that tf may not be possible everywhere.

    something tells...
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    Re: Melissa's questions

    very good to hear that all four are still alive!

    it may be hard to figure out exactly why 1c died, but here are some clues that it may have been mites:

    1. look at the picture linked below, the...
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    Re: Melissa's questions

    :thumbsup:
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    Re: Viability of swarms?

    i've only a few years of experience but i don't think i've noticed any difference in the viability of my caught swarms as compared to splits given grafted queen cells. i've had winners and losers...
  11. Re: north alabama bees still bringing in pollen?

    not many flying days here for the past couple of weeks, but virtually no pollen coming in and seeing only cleansing flights when weather permits. we typically see the first tree pollens begin to...
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    Re: Bees have vanished

    what type of bees did you have al? some colonies can eek it out for the first year or two before succumbing to mites. makes me think that they came heavily loaded and/or have very little natural...
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    Re: to split or not to split

    it really is the $60,000 question in beekeeping is it not?

    (jerry, i apologize if my answer came off as flippant, some great advice given by the others)
  14. Re: Marin Bee Survey: Hobby keepers - a net population sink

    agreed. i've yet to see increased yields but i'm not doing the cut down exactly as presribed whereby all of the open brood is removed. i've felt that leaving only capped brood would leave them...
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    Re: to split or not to split

    quite a bit more, unless they swarm, and then you may not get any.
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    Re: Is this what robbing looks like

    i'll have to let someone with more experience feeding answer this for you ramdino. i rarely use feed, but i think it is more common to have dry sugar on for feed at this time of year. as far as...
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    Re: Bees have vanished

    sorry to hear about your bees al. your new colonies next spring will have a huge head start with all that comb if you can protect it. sick brood will sometimes have shriveled up wings, stunted...
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    Re: Is this what robbing looks like

    the biting is more likely grooming behavior. when fighting they ball up and wrestle and try to use their stingers. no robbing seen there. occasionally a stray bee will fly in and they will...
  19. Re: Marin Bee Survey: Hobby keepers - a net population sink

    thanks again ot. we'll keep ya posted! ;)
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    many thanks oldtimer! all points very well taken and i appreciate you taking the time.

    your approach is similar to where i think i am heading with what i want to try next year.

    my goal is to...
  21. Re: Marin Bee Survey: Hobby keepers - a net population sink

    the parent colonies have been making 2 - 3 supers of harvestable honey after splitting if given drawn supers to fill. (there was less harvest this year compared to the previous ones due to whacky...
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    Re: Bees have vanished

    take a tweezers and pull out the capped brood, look for signs of disease.

    look for guanine deposits in the empty cells of the dark brood comb.

    look for dead mites on the bottom boards.

    put...
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    makes sense, thanks.
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    you'll have fun shinbone. a donor colony making it's own queen is checked a month after splitting for eggs. nucs receiving ripe queen cells are checked three weeks after the cell is placed. be...
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    jwc, nice photo!

    will this be their first brood cycle?
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