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  1. Re: bee genes? How much comes from the drone and how much from the queen?

    50/50. Honey bees do not have sex-linked traits, as they do not have an X/Y sexual system. Drones are "flying gametes" of the parent queen. Activation of gene alleles are not sensitive to which...
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    Re: What to do with the honey?

    Hobby income is reported as other income (line 21 on the 1040). Hobby expenses are reported as "miscellaneous deductions) on the Schedule A. The miscellaneous deductions are subject to a 2% of...
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    Re: Feeding/protecting new Nucs.

    1. Make your nucs in the "easy" season -- for my climate this is April, but in Illinois , it is likely late May. You don't plant sweet corn in August, and its a stretch to build nucs off-season. ...
  4. Re: New single deeps in CA: feeding, Apiguard, and fall/wintering?

    My opinion is: keepers need to make their own experiments and adjust to their own observations. On the California coast, hives are pretty resilient if you keep the mites at bay, you have a wide...
  5. Re: New single deeps in CA: feeding, Apiguard, and fall/wintering?

    I live nearby. I supered many hives last week. Field weeds such as tarweed, telegraph weed and coyote brush produce a surprising amount of fall nectar. As someone on BeeSource remarked last week,...
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    Re: Name that plant

    "Echinocystis lobata"
    Wild Cucumber
    https://gobotany.newenglandwild.org/species/echinocystis/lobata/
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    Re: September splits?

    Bees or Honey, you can't optimize for both. On account of my local climate, I optimize for baby bees. The summer dries up by June, and instead of feeding syrup, I have sold the year's production...
  8. Famous European TF Bees show no transferable resistance

    Interesting paper on Environment x Genetic interaction.
    The paper stems from the observation that the "famous" TF lineages in Europe (Avignon and Gotland) when transfered to outland colonies...
  9. Non-"Bond" selection strategy for shifting genetics

    The "Bond" method of genetic selection has seen minimal adoption because of the enormous economic penalty it imposes.
    A Turkish study presents a systematic cullling that allows strict selection...
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    Re: September splits?

    JBL,
    I live in a climate very similar to yours.
    Compare:
    https://www.meteoblue.com/en/weather/forecast/yearclimate/dolianova_italy_2524844...
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    Re: Microchipping Bees

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    Re: Why aren't Drones clones?

    The queen's eggs, if unfertilized, produce drones. The queens eggs are produced by meiosis- the division of the normally doubled chromosome pairs into separate single strands. The queen has, in...
  13. Thread: Moving hives

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    Re: Moving hives

    I move my bees before full dark. The bees are better tempered in the early evening, than when headlamps are being shown at them. Red LED's work better, but still aren't perfect.

    Tie or strap the...
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    Re: I am at a crossroad.....I think?

    Sell some starter hives. There is huge demand in the befuddled hobby keeper world. You should net about $100/hive (if you discount your time investment to zero). That capital can roll into the...
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    Re: Arrangement of hives in an apiary...

    I arrange mine in an arc or circle facing in, by preference. The logic for this: Bees orient using the sun's azimuth and a background horizon. To maximize the separation of hives using azimuth...
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    Re: Nuc's not building up

    Weak hives don't draw reliably (or store winter feed). They are devoting all their calories and all the bees to cover frames to raising brood. Wax production requires festooning bees, and if all...
  17. Re: split a double deep with queen available?

    Reading "BeeStudent" threads is like watching a slow-motion trainwreck. Kudo's to those members who have tried patiently to bring some bit of sense to the headstrong kid, but really isn't it time to...
  18. Re: First and Last year since no one can play nice

    Strong hives are defensive in the late summer. Welcome to beekeeping. You will need to find a yard away from people.
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    Re: Apivar storage

    I store them in an airtight "Ammo Can" with a skull and cross bones stencil.
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    Re: Are all the bees above a QE nurse bees?

    You can build full splits above a QE. I don't run QE, but use them only as temporary device in the 24 hour period of making splits.

    Works best for me if you pull one or two pollen and honey...
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    Re: Bees seem sick

    The OP made the exact same post on Solomon Parker's little forum created when he exiled himself from this site. The responses are at odds with the advice given here. Most recent post indicates the...
  22. OSU Webinar: Royal Jelly and Queen Development - 8/19/15

    From an email blast:

    Join us for our August webinar with Thomas Janini of The Ohio State University:

    Royal Jelly and Queen Development: a Chemical Perspective
    August 19, 2015 -- 9 AM EDT...
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    Re: Adding bees to a nuc

    Reverse the locations of the nucs, or exchange with a larger hive.
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    Re: questions about swarm

    Usually, the mother queen leaves with a prime swarm. The swarm exits just before the daughter emerges. The daughter will need to mate and return to set up housekeeping. This is a fraught period; ...
  25. Re: Need Help Please. No Pollen To Speak Of in Hive

    Ask around locally, and listen carefully to the responses.
    Hives in the expansion mode have virtually no resources, as they are feeding as fast as they are foraging.
    The constant feeding of light...
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