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    Re: Left Behind Bees

    The mistake was putting a box there for them. best to leave nothing at all they could cluster on, they then fly in wide circles and eventually find their hive if the move has only been 50 feet.
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    Re: healty hives that refuse to store food

    . :D
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    Re: Do I really need to medicate?

    Oh, he was truly TF, extreme version of, dedicated Dee Lusby follower.

    In fact his belief and committment was so fierce, that when his hives all died he just could not reconcile his beliefs with...
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    Re: healty hives that refuse to store food

    I have never open fed, have seen it done though.

    My reason for feeding hives into their own individual feeders is simply that hives that don't need a feed don't have any wasted on them, hives that...
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    Re: One more post about keeping a smoker lit

    In a nutshell, that.

    The other thing i see people do wrong is pack the smoker too loose. IE, put a bit of sack or a few sticks in, and wonder why it goes out. The established smouldering bit can't...
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    Re: Do I really need to medicate?

    Hopefully you'll be able to help them out Greg.
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    Re: Do I really need to medicate?

    . :D
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    Re: Do I really need to medicate?

    That's interesting Greg because there is a lot of discussion around wether TF bees or queens can be moved and still succeed. Solomons operation kinda fell apart when he moved although could have been...
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    Re: Do I really need to medicate?

    Interesting experiment A Novice, I hadn't heard about that one.

    LOL Greg, got to say, you have a lot more stamina than I. :D
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    Good pics Api YYC, although i had hoped a pic of an uncapped one would be shown.

    But in anycase, it looks pretty much like normal worker brood, just a patchy pattern. Unfortunately no eggs are...
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    Re: Do I really need to medicate?

    LOL, wish I'd saved every post from way back where I've been told by superior people that I just need to stop treating.

    And then after I gave it a try (small cell, TF wax foundation, and all the...
  12. Re: how often honey can be extracted from a hive?

    Does it have to be fresh out of the hive? Even if honey is only harvested one time a year, it can be stored for use as needed.
  13. Re: Hive is Creating and Destroying Queen Cells--But Why?

    Got a pic?
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    Re: Formic Pro Issues?

    You are to be congratulated for doing a before and after mite count. So many people do not do that, do a treatment that didn't work, but assume they treated so all is well, and end up with a dead...
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    Re: Do I really need to medicate?

    And since we are all so willing to share, what is your total honey harvest. (honey that was packed into jars and sold) ?
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    Re: What causes bee paralysis?

    The symptoms can be similar but you can tell the difference. Most poisoning events are over in days, CPV continues normally for months at the least. The hive in the video i posted above had it for 2...
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    Re: Treating to Become Treatment Free

    I'd take a slight issue with that. Predicting the demise of a colony can be done, and for commercial beekeepers it's a major part of what we do.

    Colonies likely to perish are identified, and then...
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    Re: Extracting without an extractor

    It's a weak hive. The bees have done their sums, ie, figured out what winter stores they have, and how much of that they want to invest in raising brood at this time. Because to them, if they raise a...
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    Re: Do I really need to medicate?

    Nobody wants to bother with this. Trust me.
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    Re: Do I really need to medicate?

    But you do use them quite a bit, even last monday



    No it isn't.

    Please do there will be no discrepency.

    Then after that get off my back and stop following me around. Cos Mischief, nobody...
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    Re: Do I really need to medicate?

    Little-John did not "apparently miss" that, his post was some advice, to you Mischief.

    Not according to me. I have bees alive on small cell now.

    No it wasn't that.

    No not that either.
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    Re: Swarm imminent, other problem?

    Actually there is something you could do at the other hive. Take a look at the brood that is being thrown out. If it is drone brood, this can be normal. If it is worker brood, there is a problem....
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    Re: Swarm imminent, other problem?

    Pretty much, yes. There is also what used to be known as starvation swarms, which was absconding caused by starvation, and in a last ditch attempt at survival, the bees leave en mass to try their...
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    Re: Treating to Become Treatment Free

    When i went TF, it was cold turkey, no treatment at all, no matter what. Followed the advice being given at the time, that supposedly 10% of hives will survive, and they are the basis of your...
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    Re: Swarm imminent, other problem?

    Agreed, some hives will throw out drone brood this time of year.

    However the hive that you describe as having swarmed and left the hive barren, do you mean all the bees swarmed and left no bees...
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