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  1. Re: Why are my bees dragging out pupa out of the hive?

    Sometimes if it gets cold the brood around the edges die from not having enough bees to keep them warm. This could also be the case, or it could be a dearth, and they are dragging out the brood they...
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    Re: 2 Year and treatment free

    In total agreement about local genetics. I think the importation of strange bees into areas they are not from is a prime part of the problem - possibly because the bees can never adapt due to...
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    Re: 2 Year and treatment free

    2 years eh? I am at year 5 and no issues so far.
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    Re: Human Made Feral Hives

    I believe hives similar to this have been done before as "Seed" hives.
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    Re: Corrugated Metal Roof?

    I got my tin tops from old roofs. all free. Can't beat it except that now I have them lying all over the place.
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    Re: Corrugated Metal Roof?

    I use corrugated tin on all my tops and lids for sun protection. I screw it on top of the wooden top. To date, I get an occasional spider, but no ill effects. It definitely helps drop the temp. If...
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    Re: Incredibly aggressive bees

    Well, normally I just stuck a box with foundation on top of the hot box with an excluder in between - then smoked or stuck a piece of cardboard with stinky-stuff on it in the hive entrance. I suppose...
  8. Re: Feral bees no different from managed bees

    Yes, pretty darn hardy. My bees are NM bees too. All based from either feral recoveries bred for workability, or NM Zia queens open mated for my area. No matter how you slice it they are all...
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    Re: Incredibly aggressive bees

    I have split up really aggressive hives into sections with an excluder and smoke or bee-go'ed them up through an excluder to find queens before. It's a little hit or miss and kind of like using a...
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    Re: Incredibly aggressive bees

    Yes - my bees will chase your hands all over the place and head butt, but actual stings are few and far between. Those bees in the video would get very tiresome. I have only ever seen a few wild...
  11. Re: Feral bees no different from managed bees

    Yep - better every year, and they do have mites - they seem to just live with them. My only losses to mites have been to bees I bought. I am holding at 28 hives at this point beacuse I don't want to...
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    Re: Incredibly aggressive bees

    Agressive bees make your gloves look like pincusions.
  13. Re: Feral bees no different from managed bees

    My bees are just fine, thank you - 5th season and going strong. Haters gonna' hate.
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    Re: Incredibly aggressive bees

    Not sure I agree with the part about aggressiveness being spread by drones. That has not been my experience.
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    Re: Incredibly aggressive bees

    Don't worry Peter Loring - they won't survive up there in NY, at least not in a form you would recognize.

    Normally the temperament comes from the queen. It is common down here to calm them down...
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    Re: Incredibly aggressive bees

    Did you use adequate smoke?

    We have a lot of African in my area and I have never had bees "pincushion" my gloves. That's not good. :eek:

    The signs to watch for for AHB or African genetics are...
  17. Re: Why the tall stacks of supers, why not take some and process??

    I end up with a lot of comb honey as I primarily deal with mesquite. it is thick - sometimes very thick and almost unextractable. you have to get it off almost as soon as the flow is over or it...
  18. Re: Why the tall stacks of supers, why not take some and process??

    I pull them off and process. I suspect most are left tall because of the economy of less trips to the bee yard.
  19. Re: Is it worth testing to determine if they are Africanized Honey Bees?

    I have always heard Carnies are the best queens to cross with Africans. That is what I started with. I do not have aggression problems when they are open mated with the locals, which usually have...
  20. Re: Get any lab test results back yet? ...been a

    Michael Bush speaks the truth.

    Now about testing, most of the testing I have done had about a 3 month turn-around. Hardly worth it. Just requeen if hot. If not hot and manageable, don't worry...
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    Re: Bee paralysis virus

    Not sure there is anything that can be done for this. I have seen it a few times - never the Type 1 though. Seems like most hives have a few bees that match the Type 2 description at some point or...
  22. Honey and comb smells like sweet pickles.

    I have several hives on an alfalfa field with some salt cedar and creosote bush nearby. Just pulled off two supers that have very clear amber honey with a slight smell reminiscent of "sweet pickles"....
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    Re: My Beeweaver queens.

    I have several BeeWeavers. They seem to be pretty good. I have gotten quite a bit of honey from them and they are not cranky bees - at least mine are not.
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    Re: Bear Straps

    Those straps did help a bit. Last time a bear hit me it was nothing but splinters and piles of homeless bees left.
  25. Re: Is it worth testing to determine if they are Africanized Honey Bees?

    I think his speculation the "all government employees are bums" is a statement on the way the organization is managed and funded by the state. Less government is better you know.
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