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    Re: How many queens

    I'm not sure what you're asking. Can you restate your question?
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    Re: Nosema spore counts this fall

    Ian,

    Thanks for posting this experience. My question is why have I have seen numerous times that fumagillin treatment is not very effective against ceranae? It would appear that your results...
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    Re: my hive inspection apprehensions

    In post #6, I gave my perspective on how he can move forward, other comments I made were more cautionary for new beekeepers that are interested in starting out. Often you hear one side of the...
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    Re: my hive inspection apprehensions

    Very few things in beekeeping can't be undone. My point is that I hear this all the time and my suggestion is to simply start from an easier point, i.e., foundation. Gosh, even a few frames of...
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    Re: my hive inspection apprehensions

    Tread lightly. Presuming what Ace means is pretty risky business.
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    Re: my hive inspection apprehensions

    Care to elaborate?
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    Re: First Graft Date

    Since I'm not making a living selling queens, and my objective is to get the best mated queens possible, I wait until I have good populations of drones running the combs and some flying before I...
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    Re: Russian Package, Richmond Area

    You should research them here and elsewhere. I suspect that you've already done some, but be sure to get the whole picture. Some suggest that management of them is different than other strains, like...
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    Re: Russian Package, Richmond Area

    There was a very similar thread recently - can't seem to recall where I saw it....

    My advice is to just get "some" bees your first year or two. If you want to go specifically with Russians, then...
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    Re: my hive inspection apprehensions

    This may require a major overhaul next spring. I believe that it is essential that you get nicely drawn comb that can easily be removed without the fear of damaging bees. This is a basic requirement...
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    Re: Late season Queen Marking attempt

    Its not the paint that concerns me, its the lack of experience. Also, accidents happen. Just spoke to a local beekeeper who has successfully marked over 100 queens and he was all depressed over...
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    Re: Sugar as bee feed and organic methods

    Agreed. Leave it at that. I try to do the same, however, I never use the word "organic" in anything related to my honey bee products. It disturbs me when I hear people referring to their honey as...
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    Re: Late season Queen Marking attempt

    Definitely wait. Do it next spring once you have drones flying.
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    Re: Witness to Regicide

    I think the intensity of the inspection that you performed was too soon after the introduction. On a smaller colony your chances of getting away with that much disruption is better, but bigger...
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    Re: “Single-hive” honey?

    Sounds like they are talking about single-frame honey. Wow, that's a lot of work. I feel good if I can separate my different yards.
  16. Re: today's mite count on a five year tf survivor.

    That's got to be comforting. Congrats.
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    Re: A good package is hard to find...

    Why in the world would you assume you have to kill her? Place an ad on craigslist for a free queen and your phone ring off the hook. Shoot, there a place here where you can give stuff away. Lots of...
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    Re: A good package is hard to find...

    Why not? Please explain.
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    Re: Unusual Scene in BeeYard

    +1
  20. Re: Will the vibrations of the lawn mower disturb the bees?

    I've found that it varies significantly throughout the season. Also, if your lawnmower has the grass discharge and exhaust on opposite sides you are going to disturb them more than one that has these...
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    Re: Why or why not Carniolans?

    Very nice bees for sure. Get good NWC stock and give them a try. I've kept them before and found that the did well in the southeast. Nice gentle bees. Pretty good on production too. I've only used...
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    Re: Long term pollination for remote areas

    "The use of the equation is limited to a situation where there are steady state conditions, and factor interactions are tightly controlled."

    This suggests that this applies in steady state, and...
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    Re: Advice on first setup...

    Skunkape71,

    So here's a taste of what to expect on your journey through beekeeping. We can't even agree whether a warped top is a good or bad.

    I believe that you (the beekeeper) should have...
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    Now that's funny!
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    Re: Advice on first setup...

    Plastic that I'm referencing is not a problem in high temps. Over 100 is not uncommon for southeast VA, and zero isses. The wax foundation that you scoped out is MUCH more susceptible to heat than...
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