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  1. Re: Eggs, eggs, eggs, for 3 weeks, but no capped brood?

    Just one treatment? If it was a vapour then should be ok but was it a vapour or a drizzle?
  2. Sticky: Re: treating vs. not treating for mites: opinion thread

    Up your dosing schedule drastically. Try that! ;)
  3. Re: Eggs, eggs, eggs, for 3 weeks, but no capped brood?

    There could be another cause also, an overdose of oxalic acid that has got into the food supply. Larvae just emerged from an egg are highly susceptable to even tiny amounts of OA in their food, and...
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    Re: New one for me... thoughts?

    :D
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    Re: Why did my bees die - summer edition

    Here is one of your pics, with arrows drawn to indicate larvae that appear to be infected with EFB, there are more that i didn't arrow. Although having said that, the hive has been dead a while so...
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    Re: New one for me... thoughts?

    Only one way to find out.....
  7. Sticky: Re: treating vs. not treating for mites: opinion thread

    Trish i suspect some of those high mite levels may be caused by other than robbing.

    An OAV treatment once every 2 - 4 weeks just isn't going to have more than a small effect. It is considered that...
  8. Re: temporary and inexpensive solutions for coloring hive bodies?

    Sounds like you were on the money. :)

    Looking at your setup, you say the hives entrances are alternated, that will work quite well because there will be a middle and an edge nuc pointing each...
  9. Re: Help! Queenless hive and likely dead virgin queen

    Excellent!! Always like those good outcomes. :)

    And as a useful experience, would pay to diary those dates and how long it all took, for future reference. Even for advising others you see on...
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    Re: Intro as well as being treatment free

    Good choice not to build one.

    Langstroth hives have been tested in the field for 150 years and survived virtually unchanged from what the Reverent Langstroth originally built. They have performed...
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    Re: Another battle for the bees....

    Another one of those Huffpost articles.

    Because these guys have a history of deceptivity and spouting alarmist garbage, i have no idea wether to take them seriously in this instance.

    They claim...
  12. Re: Can DWV Spread Without Direct Contact with Varroa?

    DWV can be passed without mites. For example it can be in eggs layed by an infected queen, and it can be passed to larvae in the food fed them by infected nurse bees. It should be noted though that...
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    Re: Intro as well as being treatment free

    Your rep is fine.
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    Re: Intro as well as being treatment free

    Nobody would have taken you that way Litsinger. :)
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    Re: Laying worker help

    You most definately need to wait until the queen is accepted. In such cases for me anyway, i wait until she has been laying long enough to have some of her own brood capped.

    Yes, the wait is...
  16. Re: Subspecies identification by color pattern

    The borg. Good one ha ha. :D
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    Re: Intro as well as being treatment free

    Little surprised at the $450, but it may be the true cost.

    When i was keeping bees commercially a lot of learner beeks made contact wanting to hang with me. I never said no, and usually i enjoyed...
  18. Re: Subspecies identification by color pattern

    For my interest, could i see a pic or two of some more of these black bees with no bands?

    Thanks :)
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    Re: How to not care for bees:

    Yes. That is PMS in the brood caused by varroa and it is a severe infection, probably get a better view of the whole thing on a computer screen. You can also see sick looking adult bees with deformed...
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    Re: Balled after Painted

    Old trick from the days beekeepers used matches rather than cigarette lighters, a beekeeper always had a matchbox that could be used in an emergency.

    A queen that needed to be introduced, or re...
  21. Re: Subspecies identification by color pattern

    So some of your bees are more yellow than before? If so, it would not be CPV, which if anything causes a blackening of affected bees.
  22. Re: Subspecies identification by color pattern

    I think your hive might have CPV and that is causing certain coloration, not enough detail from the one pic to know for sure though.
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    Re: How to not care for bees:

    Amazing the abuse a hive can take, but if he does not do something about what he sees at 13.12, he will not have bees much longer.
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    Re: Balled after Painted

    There is only one reason for this, her smell.

    It's either the paint, or some other smell you put onto her in the process.

    If you cannot figure the issue and solve it, you could always do a cage...
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    Re: Brood Pattern: Spotty vs. Hygienic

    Although i have seen better brood patterns, i would not class those pics as below the norm, considering the apparent bee numbers and what you are asking them to do.

    I suspect that when the hives...
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