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  1. Thread: house bees?

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    house bees?

    when checking out a hive most all bees are on comb in one form or another how can one tell a nurse from a forager? One hears to "shake nurse bees"
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    Re: Splits -Tips for Finding the Queen

    "Whenever you pull a frame and spot the queen think seriously about what you might want to do before you put her back."


    What are the best options in ones decision on what to do next with the Q...
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    Re: So Far So Good this Winter

    Mid-Tn Last Wednesday temps were low 40's ... bees were flying....chance to check mt camp supply...all were running low and need attention...one of the easier and critical tasks of keeping.
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    Re: Whiten up the comb--how to?

    the Dept of Agi should do a study on what makes the cocoon turn dark....there have been far more numerous, costly and frivolous government studies than this.
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    Re: Whiten up the comb--how to?

    try it and see what happens...it's obvious that no one else knows
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    What lubricant in extractor tub

    Lubricating the nylon ball bearing in the pivot post supporting the rack ....would bees wax work in lieu of a food grade lubricant?
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    Re: Double screen for splitting

    " I put a couple of these together in that deep"

    Please explain.....would this method work with mediums?
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    Re: Anyone had AFB problem in Mid-Tenn

    "sources use terramycin regularly"

    never heard the sources say why....both have been successful keepers for many years...one was a university professor of entomology.
    I just assumed for AFB
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    Re: Anyone had AFB problem in Mid-Tenn

    sources would be other keepers
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    Anyone had AFB problem in Mid-Tenn

    All the discussion on BS has me concerned ...heard several sources use terramycin regularly
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    Re: AFB Identification

    how prevalent is terramycin used as a AFB preventative among keepers?
  12. Thread: oxalic acid

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    Re: oxalic acid

    How often do you treat....spring and fall?
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    Re: How do you Northern beeks do it?

    not to worry ...with the advent of global warming yous guys will be fine
  14. Thread: oxalic acid

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    Re: oxalic acid

    papabear.... get any side benefits from bleaching your hives?
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    Roland: " As for box size, with proper manipulations, a 10 frame deep brood chamber is adequate to support 16 frames with brood. "

    How can a 10 frame box hold 16 frames?
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    "This is funny. Beekeepers arguing about how many frames of brood a colony should have. If if doesn't have what you think it should have what are you going to do kick their ass. "

    Practicing...
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    OK Mark...let me phrase it this way...mid Tn...non commercial ....eight colonies...mid June.. average abt 50#/hive ... never have I seen 5+ med frames completely full of capped brood.
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    just curious...what would be the average number of frames of brood one would find in a good laying period? Not a long time keeper but I've never scene anything near that.
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    " The queen's ability to lay determines the size of the brood nest." Quote from FP

    Yep... you got that right....don't know how you counted the 4500 eggs per one day
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    "The greatest amount of brood that can be produced in a hive is limited by the queen's ability to lay fertilized eggs."


    Dan has it right....the queen, and the variance of her egg laying cycle,...
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    "Double the population gives 4x the honey."

    What's the logic behind this statement?
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    Re: different mite counts for time of year

    good question....just finished using sticky board to determine mite drop...never tried it before this early in the year....only had 1 or 3 mites drop in 24 hrs. Always see many more later on in the...
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    Re: Can someone tell me

    OK ...think I got it...brood comb is comb with brood in it ...otherwise without brood it's just comb...light, dark or light brown. Brood boxes are boxes with brood in them...otherwise they are just...
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    Re: Can someone tell me

    why wouldn't one want to use dark comb to produce honey....would one want to start with a foundation...if one has plenty of dark comb available? I know it needs to be replaced at some time but can't...
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    Re: Can someone tell me

    maybe I don't know any better but....any comb is OK with me as long as the bees deposit nectar in it...it may be old ....but so am I ...and I certainly know the drawbacks....but being old is not too...
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