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  1. #21
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    Default Re: Introducing package bees near "wild" bees..

    Just goes to show anybody can write a web page.
    44 years, been commercial, outfits up to 4000 hives, now 120 hives and 200 nucs as a hobby, selling bees. T (mostly).

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    Default Re: Introducing package bees near "wild" bees..

    Quote Originally Posted by Benjaminkeith View Post
    Not to say that this is the "bee" all end all of experts but here is one opinion on how things happen.

    http://www.npr.org/2010/12/24/132311...-To-Beekeeping
    You can be confident that Thomas Seeley is an expert on the subject.

    http://www.nbb.cornell.edu/seeley.shtml
    BeeCurious
    Trying to think inside the box...

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    Default Re: Introducing package bees near "wild" bees..

    You can be confident that Thomas Seeley is an expert on the subject.
    There are no shortages of experts when it comes to beekeeping. It is funny they don't all agree. When you get all the experts to agree is the time when theory gets closer to the truth. Until such time you have theories with supporting arguments.
    Brian Cardinal
    Zone 5a, Practicing non-intervention beekeeping

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    Default Re: Introducing package bees near "wild" bees..

    There are no shortages of experts when it comes to beekeeping.
    When it comes to knowledge of bee behavior, who are you comparing to Seeley?

    I suggest that you hear him speak if you ever have the opportunity. You might like to buy his books as well. "Wisdom of the Hive" is pricey but I felt it was worth it.

    I doubt if the person whose website you're quoting claims to be an equal to Seeley...
    BeeCurious
    Trying to think inside the box...

  5. #25
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    Default Re: Introducing package bees near "wild" bees..

    Quote Originally Posted by Acebird View Post
    I don't know where I read it but what I read was that scouts may be looking for possible nesting places at the point when queen cells are first started in the hive. At the time of the swarm the scouts take a consensus on what is the best choice and lead the swarm to that choice. Is this true, I don't know. Can someone prove it isn't true, I doubt it.
    There is a whole book written on this subject. It is also an excellent read: Honeybee Democracy by Thomas Seely.
    It's worth the $20 price tag.

  6. #26
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    Default Re: Introducing package bees near "wild" bees..

    Acebird,

    Disclaimer from your very own informative website..and I quote: "While the information contained within the site is periodically updated, no guarantee is given that the information provided in this website is correct, complete, and/or up-to-date". Looks like case closed to me..even they don't believe it..

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