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    Re: Honey Bees made the Bumble Bees leave

    We have one location on an island in boston harbor where there are lots of carpenter bees. When I visit the hives, I often see a new perfectly round hole in the side of one of the hives.....with a...
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    Re: Why would workers ball young queen in a nuke?

    The point is that the 3D balling behavior/structure can't happen if the queen is between combs...there is not room for bees to surround her 360 degrees between combs. This balling behavior is more...
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    Re: Why would workers ball young queen in a nuke?

    The part of the process that went awry is the opening of the hives.

    Requeening techniques are well known. A large push in cage is near 100% effective, and is what anyone would use with an...
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    Re: Why would workers ball young queen in a nuke?

    Errrr, if the queen was being balled in a lethal manner when the hive IS NOT being opened by the beekeeper, one would expect to find a dead queen out front or on the bottom board.....certainly not...
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    Re: Why would workers ball young queen in a nuke?

    Reading through this, I can't help but picture a blind man trying to figure out what kind of dog is standing in front of him with his walking stick.

    From his perspective, he is just trying to look...
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    Re: Why would workers ball young queen in a nuke?

    I don't think it was a smarty pants answer....the OP asked if the queen being balled was an indication that they were preparing to swarm....the answer is no, what you observed was most likely a...
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    Re: Africanized Bee Removal

    A few options...

    1. Run them out of the cavity with beego (butyeric acid)
    2. Slowly fill the cavity with sand (hopefully running the bees out in the process)

    ...either of the above will put...
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    Re: YS Organic Honey? Is it a scam?

    If anyone really wants to understand the ins and outs of the USDA and organic honey, this video is your best bet.https://vimeo.com/m/10211570
  9. Re: People actually make a living with honey production??

    ...that was written in April 2013. The question about "next year" has been answered.
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    Re: Foundation or not?

    I think Hutchinson is the most interesting in this regard. In Advanced Bee Culture, he talks about the advantages and disadvantages...and why and where both would be used in the same hive.
    you can...
  11. Re: People actually make a living with honey production??

    There were a lot fewer young beekeepers at meetings in 2008...which is when kirk wrote that.
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    Re: Insects feel pain?

    I'm betting on a Hello Kitty tattoo.
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    Re: Small Cell Benefits

    In fact...quoted from Greenleaf the study you cite Peter...


    It's hard to understand and cite work that you have not read without looking foolish.
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    Re: Small Cell Benefits

    Peter....does the Greenleaf paper you cite above talk about honey production of the larger bees?

    I'm going to take a wild guess and suggest that when that paper is talking about bee sizes they are...
  15. Re: How can you the honey you are buying is not adulterated?

    1. In my state (and I think most others) there is an exception to the laws that require a wholesale food production facility to bottle honey......but this is limited to your own honey from your own...
  16. Re: When your ex topples your hive, can I site animal cruelty?

    It's hard to imagine a divorce where a case of honey is really a significant concern...or ultimately a serious problem when measured against the logistical nightmare that even a friendly divorce...
  17. Re: How can you the honey you are buying is not adulterated?

    Based on what we found (not looking at national brands) was that the worst (15% beet sugar) was from a well meaning local beekeeper who bought buckets from a migratory beekeeper.
    Honey on the store...
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    Re: Tracheal Mites Must Be Extinct......

    When I first started to correspond with Dee, I had very much the same thoughts that Bernhard is expressing...it seemed like every malady under the sun was being blamed on enlarged cells.

    When I...
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    Re: Another bee kill from spraying?

    It is important to have the ag department take the samples. Chain of custody is important if the results are to have any legal standing.
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    Re: Tracheal Mites Must Be Extinct......

    Even a very quick look reveals big problems.
    Instead of quoting root (who reported both 5 cells within an inch and that there was a movement underway to enlarge the bee by enlarging foundation), the...
  21. Thread: Mike Palmer Nuc

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    Re: Mike Palmer Nuc

    I think someone put a (grated) onion in the ointment.
  22. Re: Free Shipping Rant (Beekeeping Equipment Big Box Stores)

    Given the number of threads every year we see about beekeepers being upset by what they see as unreasonable shipping charges, it simply seems more honest and certainly more predictable to include the...
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    Re: Zombees in Pennsylvania

    Are you claiming that bees that are not parasitized by phorid flys won't fly out of a hive towards a light at night?
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    Re: Newbees, Mediums and AFB -- a cautionary tale

    Of we are concerned about neglected bees spreading disease to managed bees, two things that come to my mind .... any and all bee trees should have the bees removed, cavity filled...and if not...
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    Re: Hitler on Beekeeping

    Maybe I missed something...like anything clever or humorous? Merely putting on a Hitler mustache and shouting in German is neither clever nor funny.
    I almost thought it was randy Oliver with a new...
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