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    Re: Late October Swarm?

    I caught a swarm in my home yard on the 9th of October. When I checked 5 days later they were storing syrup, but there was no laying activity. By the 19th the queen had started to lay a silver...
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    Re: Do you use terramycin on your bees?

    Like you, when I started beekeeping I was taught to use terramycin spring and fall, but now that is not how beekeeping is taught. I know no hobby beekeepers that use antibiotics as a preventative...
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    Re: Foundation or not?

    I have not had a chance to read the book, but in an article written in the ABJ in 1891, Hutchinson said he hived swarms on foundationless frames and had comb or foundations in the honey super. He...
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    Re: Foundation or not?

    Moses Quinby was not using foundation in 1900, he died in 1875.

    If anyone wants to read about foundation versus foundationless they should read the older issues of the ABJ or Bee Culture. The...
  5. Re: Mouse guard - 1/2 square opening or 1/4 square?

    I have always used a 3/8 inch high entrance and I have seen mice in colonies 3 times in 37 years, always in dead-outs in out-yards. I don't know if they entered before or after the colonies died. ...
  6. Re: Mouse guard - 1/2 square opening or 1/4 square?

    Yes, 1/2 inch is a little large, the 1/4 mesh would do better.
  7. Re: Substituting Vinegar for Water in Sugar Bricks More Likely To Cause Robbing?

    In a 1975 printing of the ABCs & XYZ of Bee Culture there is a statement that in 1966 Leslie Bailey found that cream of tartar and vinegar in syrup caused dysentery. This shortened the life of the...
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    Re: Candy Board

    FlowerPlanter; Can you show me the way to a few of those studies, I would like to improve my knowledge of vitamins in bee nutrition.
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    Re: Natural Annual Brood Cycle

    I remember reading that the Korean type of the Varroa mite, the type we have here in the U.S., also infests and breed in the worker cells of apis ceranae. The type of varroa that originally infested...
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    Re: What is the problem? AFB?

    If there was not enough adult bees left in the hive to cover and warm the brood, it could be the brood chilled and died.
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    Re: How Cold Before SHB Die?

    I don't think the adults lay eggs if the temps are below 70 degrees. They must have ground temps above 50 for the larvae to pupate. I can't remember where I read this, I think it was on a USDA...
  12. Re: Not feeding, why??? Low on stores, and not feeding.

    Are you sure the hive not taking the syrup has empty cells in which to put the syrup? If there is no storage room the bees will not take the syrup.
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    Re: Increasing cell size

    The new queen may be reluctant to lay in the small cells, if she is reluctant, give her a frame with drone sized cells. She will start laying drones, and after a frame or two, she will start laying...
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    Re: Drone congregation Area

    A colony will have drones in all of the DCAs within flying distance of the colony. Each DCA will have in it the same percentage of drones from each colony within flying distance. A queen will fly...
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    Re: terramycin

    This past week-end at our state association meeting the Arkansas Apiary Section's report on disease found during inspections was that after inspecting over 11,400 hives no AFB was found. There were...
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    Re: terramycin

    If AFB spores are introduced into the hive when the terramycin strength is below what it takes to suppress the disease, yes it is possible for the disease to occur if the bees are not resistant to...
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    Re: terramycin

    Feeding terramycin in powdered sugar 3 times at 5 day intervals was recommended because the drug was more stable than when fed in syrup. It was to be fed no closer to the nectar flow than 4 weeks.
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  18. Re: Difference in mites varroa vs Tracheal

    Mr. Clemens; My information is from the fourth edition of the "Beekeepers Handbook" by Diana Sammataro and Alphonse Avitabile. I have also been told the same information in several talks on honey...
  19. Re: Difference in mites varroa vs Tracheal

    Disjointed wings can be caused by viruses, both Acute and Chronic Paralysis cause wings to become disjointed, as also does Nosema.
  20. Re: Frustrated with VSH and looking for suggestions

    The test for VSH was the uncapping of pupa that had mites reproducing in the cell. The researchers gave the bees infested brood, when the bees uncapped the cells the researchers inspected the brood...
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    Re: Slatted Racks?

    In my climate conditions the slatted racks do not help bearding as much as screened bottom boards. Keith Delaplane did a study as to whether the racks helped with honey production and swarming (?)...
  22. Re: Why would workers ball young queen in a nuke?

    I have seen the bees ball a laying queen to stop her from laying eggs when they were in a starvation situation. When they were fed they released the queen and allowed her to start laying again. I...
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    Re: Have you tried Hopguard?

    I have treated a colony that had only sealed brood and dropped less than a dozen mites in a 24 hour period. 10 days later I placed 2 strips in the brood nest and dropped several hundred mites. ...
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    Re: Foundation or not?

    I like wooden frames with plastic foundations. Much easier than doing all wax and having to wire the frames to keep the foundation straight while it is being drawn out.

    Kiddkop, A question you...
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    Re: Mating yard questions.

    A study in 2007 by Koeniger in Germany (?) showed that queens fly only as long as it takes them to be sufficiently mated. Mating flights lasted from 10 to 30 minutes, with the shorter flights...
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