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  1. Re: 6 cups grafted. Killed over 20 in the process.

    Practice. By the time you have grafted 1000 you will kill few. Go out each day and pull a frame and graft a dozen and throw them away then think about what worked and what did not work afterwards. ...
  2. Re: Graft on Pollen frames--2 year results are in

    Just a few thoughts on queen size:

    1. We all agree a well fed larva is needed to make a good queen. But a larva can only eat so much food. You could easy enough graft larva into cells that...
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    Re: Queen intro situation for newbie

    There are methods of queen introduction that have been worked out by many people doing many experiments. You ignore all this history and get your queen killed as expected and wonder why. The only...
  4. Re: Can I extract honey from frames treated with oxalic acid?

    The range of oxalic acid in honey from untreated colonies was found to be 5–65mg/kg of honey in this publication:
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    Re: Assaulted by the opinion lady...

    Quite likely just another PETA terrorist. Those people think my dog would be better off dead than living with me. Based on how my dog behaves I do not think my dog shares that idea. Perhaps my dog...
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    Re: Yearly Hive Loss

    The high mortality rate in feral bees leads to a situation where colonies are far enough apart diseases are often not transmitted. In Seeley's studies I think he was talking about one colony per...
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    Re: Yearly Hive Loss

    If I count your way I have sky high death rates. I pinched a dozen queens I raised I did not like and recombined the mating nuc with some other nuc so 12 dead hives. I had a bunch of mating nucs...
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    Re: Yearly Hive Loss

    When I did not control mites and ran mutt queens I lost 40% or so. The last two years I have treated in very early spring with apivar and am running Minnesota Hygienic queens I raise myself and...
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    Re: Downward Spiral

    Pretty much meaningless data which is why you should not do a sugar shake. Did you sample from the brood area? If not your results are totally meaningless. How many bees did you get those three...
  10. Re: What would happen if a colony were simply dumped in the wild?

    That gorging before swarming stuff is way overblown. A bee can carry no more than 30% of its body weight. A huge swarm might be six of seven pounds of bees. That swarm would carry less than two...
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    Re: Downward Spiral

    Probably sky high varroa counts, perhaps plus EFB. Do an alcohol wash and get a varroa count. If it is over 3% you need to treat for varroa or the hive will die. On a hive this weak I would not...
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    Re: CO2 for Wax Moth Fumigation

    Wrong
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    Re: CO2 for Wax Moth Fumigation

    ROFLMAO. Twenty five years or so ago a company was pre-bagging tropical fish so stores could just hang the bags on a display board. As I remember those fish were warranted for over a month of shelf...
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    Re: CO2 for Wax Moth Fumigation

    Both carbon dioxide and oxygen diffuse rapidly thru polyethylene films. That is why you can bag tropical fish in such bags and leave them in there a month.
  15. Re: Great queens from packages, why should I re-queen?

    Perhaps it is worth noting that the healthiest, most vigorous mice that have ever lived are the result of brother X sister matings for 40 or 50 consecutive generations. In fact this is a problem in...
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    Re: Cell Punch queen rearing

    Sometimes cell starter/builders simply do not want to cooperate. My experience has been you can take a frame with eggs on it as well as brood and start a one or two frame nuc with all kinds of old...
  17. Re: Dead bees with tongues out.. robbing or food poisoning ?

    Right now I am feeding 25 pounds of sugar a day. You know what I add to it? Well water. That is all you want or need. So what if the feeder grows some black spots on the walls? They hurt nothing...
  18. Re: Hive designs and their advantages and disadvantages

    As far back as we have records a disease epidemic has swept the country every 25 or so years resulting in losses of about half the hives give or take. These epidemics generally hit in summer or...
  19. Re: Hive designs and their advantages and disadvantages

    Anyone who goes into Sept with 100 hives and only has 50 in March or April is simply incompetent and should get out of bee keeping unless that was his intent. There are commercial models where such...
  20. Re: room temperature while making queen reaaring frame?

    It does not hurt larva nor sealed brood to drop to 70 deg F for quite some time. A few hours old larva are fine for over 24 hours at 70 deg F. As others have pointed out it is really important to...
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    Re: Slow Progress

    They need a pound of sugar a day to draw comb. More as they get stronger. Feed 1.5:1 sugar to water. You have lots of time if you feed right now. Wait until August 1 and they are going to be in...
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    Re: Unsure whether to feed

    Are the frames in that new deep drawn comb or foundation? If drawn comb as long as they are adding honey you still have a flow. If foundation as long as they are drawing comb you have a flow. How...
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    Re: Transporting a Hot Smoker

    One gallon all metal paint can. One 1/16 inch hole in the lid. Put the lighted smoker fuel in the can and put the lid on. Fire is out in a minute and charred wood real easy to relight. Put covered...
  24. Re: Requeening without knowing if hive is queenright for sure ?

    With a bad infection of DWV and a bunch of mites transmitting it expect to see lingering DFW for a couple of months after you pull the apivar strips. It normally takes quite a while for a sick hive...
  25. Re: Mating flight radius of drones and virgin queens

    I have read an average time on a mating flight is 20 minutes. A queen flies say 12mph. She has to fly to the DCA and back to the hive and she has to spend some time getting mated with ten drones...
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