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  1. Re: 4 lb package of honeybees arrives and 90% dead!

    UPS will ship live bees only out of certain locations. When I tried to ship through them it was a resounding NO and they even produced a policy, when I asked to see one, that clearly stated no live...
  2. Re: Can you split a new package with an extra queen?

    I wonder were the breaking point is though... If stronger is better why not 6 or 10 lb packs? At which point does a new colony have too many bees in it? I am sure you remember when all Packs were 2...
  3. Re: Can you split a new package with an extra queen?

    The short answer is yes. I sell packages every year to people who also order a queen and split a single package... I imagine that the outcome is like anything else... works under optimal conditions...
  4. Re: 4 lb package of honeybees arrives and 90% dead!

    They will only reimburse if it can be shown that the death is directly due to their handling of the bees. They have very specific guidelines for how the package has to be shipped, if not met, it...
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    Re: My (alternative) theory of the Bush Miracle

    His success is largely in the feral source of bees. Also 20% winter loss is pretty high and self reported, and may be reported optimistically. If a drunk tells you they drink one a week, they likely...
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    Re: Package Question

    It would be pretty hard to mist a cardboard tube which is what "packages" from NZ usually are.
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    Re: Buy a hive or a package?

    Shaking bees out of an infected hive and into new equipment is one of the tried and true methods for saving the bees. http://www.ibra.org.uk/articles/20091209_4 The package producers I work with get...
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    Re: Stumped on a package bee abscondment

    Sometimes they abscond from new equipment if a screen bottom board is left open on install. If the queen was left behind in a cage I agree that there was a loose queen in the package. That does...
  9. Researchers find key to treating deadly Cancer in the Varroa Mite

    Scared ya, didn't I :lpf:
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    Re: What are nucs for?

    What are nucs for?

    Keeping bees in.
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    Re: Buy a hive or a package?

    As a new beekeeper you are going to make mistakes. Mistakes are cheaper with packaged bees. A package also offers you the learning opportunity to observe the bees from the absolute start of a hive....
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    Re: deeps vs mediums

    What you describe sounds like a variation on a Dartington hive: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_ISn4piHiA

    In all reality how often do any of us hobby beekeepers move boxes? If I set up a hive in...
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    Re: deeps vs mediums

    Sorry moot; I missed that it was an OB hive. Going from frame to frame is fine, but does she stop laying on one and immediately start laying on the other? That is what I am referring to.

    The OP...
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    Re: deeps vs mediums

    That is with the hive open and her running for cover... When she is searching for a new place to lay it takes her time to find a suitable place and settle into laying again. Sometimes hrs.
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    Re: deeps vs mediums

    A Dadant depth frame has approx 1700 more cells per frame then a lang Deep. For the average queen that can be a day longer per frame if she lays a good pattern. Have you ever watch the queen in an OB...
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    Re: Screen Type For Package Bee Cages?

    Why build them? They are super cheap to buy. You can get them from Rossman's.

    Typically they run a 2x through a resaw to get the 3/8th thick boards.
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    Re: deeps vs mediums

    Repetitive motion is harder on your joints then weight is. That is why runners blow their knees out and need joint replacements at a higher frequency then the general population. Why throw on 5 boxes...
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    Re: deeps vs mediums

    I will check back in in 15 years when I am in my 50s and let you know how it is going... Isn't Odfrank in his 50s? He runs Jumbos.

    If the industry standard was 8 frame mediums for brood and...
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    Re: deeps vs mediums

    I subscribe to the Deeper and Wider is better philosophy. I have been switching to 11 and 5/8th depth and 12 frames wide. Cost wise per box is about the same as deeps or mediums, but equipment wise I...
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    Re: was offered free bee equipment....

    The gloves are actually to prevent us from spreading stuff to other patients. The risks to self come with the job; it is just an accepted part of it, just like getting shot is an accepted risk of...
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    Re: was offered free bee equipment....

    It kills the microbes; we use a sanitation grade soap. The recommendation is to hand gel if there is no visible contaminant, and full wash if there is. Basically if I don gloves and go into a room to...
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    Re: was offered free bee equipment....

    In healthcare we do use a lot of Alcohol based hand sanitizes between patient contact. But only in situations where you walk into the room and walk out again... If any bodily contact is involved we...
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    Re: was offered free bee equipment....

    Do drunk bees make honey or do they hang around singing and stumbling into each other? Is it a crime for nurse bees to give alcohol residue to brood?
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    Re: was offered free bee equipment....

    But then you have to ask what a high concentration of alcohol is? And can it be achieved consistently with a vapor? Isopropyl Alcohol is 70% mixed in water, but what concentration is it evaporated...
  25. Re: A break for the bees-Geniticly altered flowers for nectar

    Yes turning "on and off" genes is genetic modification. It is done through Transcription which is modifying the organism on a genetic level, the RNA gets unzipped splitting the helix and rendering...
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