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    Re: Cracking Hives The Easy Way

    Yes, good ideas keep getting invented again and again. I came up with an idea for swarm control several years ago. Turned out it had been written about and debated thoroughly in the late 1800's.
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    Re: Cracking Hives The Easy Way

    Genetics plays a part in construction of bridge and brace comb. Hive management plays a part as a crowded hive late in the flow will burr everything up. Langstroth dimensions are also at fault with...
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    Re: Building vs. Buying

    I can source rough cut cypress from Moze Zook for less than $1 per board foot. I plane it smooth and build special pieces of bee equipment such as Killion bottom boards. I can also purchase...
  4. Sticky: Re: Beekeeping using Square Dadant hives, treatment free since 2005

    It has begun. Spring that is. I drove to Birmingham yesterday and saw numerous pear and plum trees either partially or fully in bloom.

    I finally got my 1993 S10 pickup truck running and now have...
  5. Re: Bees bringing in lots of pollen (?); what plant(s) could it be?

    30 years ago, I expected first pollen about February 15th. Over the last 10 years, that has moved back to January 25th. Any way you slice it, we are about 3 weeks earlier with the season. Funny...
  6. Re: Bees bringing in lots of pollen (?); what plant(s) could it be?

    American Willow often blooms this early.
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    Re: Wintertime bee removal

    If you have a box of honey to give them, the odds of survival is near 100%. I did a January cutout a few years ago for a colony that was broodless and moved them into a shallow super full of honey. ...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015-2019 treatment free experience

    So true.
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    Re: Lowest observed foraging temperature

    As others noted, bees will forage down to about 35F and I have seen them doing so a few times. It is always in bright sunshine with little or no wind.

    This behavior is well documented with some...
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    Re: Should I go with Saskatraz packages

    Sue Cobey.
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    Re: A VERY hot hive - what next?

    BeeWeaver's queens are hard to replace. The bees tend to reject any queen that smell's too different. I recommend using precautions if you have to replace one. This includes using a push in cage...
  12. Re: Primitive beekeeping (bee trees, log hives, etc)

    I too enjoyed reading about the apiary found in northern Israel.

    There are advantages and disadvantages to having a huge brood chamber like the square Dadant. IMO, it simplifies management...
  13. Re: Contradiction: 12 fluid oz per pound or about 12 lbs per gallon?

    Density of honey determines weight per unit volume. I've had honey that was a few ounces over 12 pounds to a gallon in a very dry year with @15% moiisture. Most honey marketed today has 17% to 19%...
  14. Re: Penn State "COMB" project posts Dec 2019 update

    Which highlights that mating process is both boon and bane of breeding honeybees. The advantages of multiple mating with a diverse group of drones is easily shown. The disadvantage is that...
  15. Re: German Black bees in the Southeastern US actually Apis mellifera iberiensis?

    This is the Dutch Brown bee, a branch of Mellifera. Stating that A.m. mellifera are exceptionally predisposed to brood diseases is an understatement. They have a number of beneficial adaptions...
  16. Re: Penn State "COMB" project posts Dec 2019 update

    Mites mimic the odor of the hive to camouflage their presence. Mite resistant bees seem able to overcome this. I don't have any proof other than that the bees somehow detect the mites and control...
  17. Re: Penn State "COMB" project posts Dec 2019 update

    Legs bitten off look quite a bit different from feet burned by oxalic acid.

    I speculated a couple of years ago that enhanced sense of smell is a mite tolerance trait expressed by bees that detect...
  18. Re: Penn State "COMB" project posts Dec 2019 update

    There is a study on pesticides in beeswax that is worth reading. It is hard to argue with chemicals proven by gas chromatography. The focus in this thread seems to be on miticides in beeswax, not...
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    Re: Typical size of winter cluster??

    This varies depending on genetics with average winter cluster size of a colony of Italian bees covering between 5 and 9 Langstroth deep frames. Carniolans will cover about 5 frames. Pure Mellifera...
  20. Re: Penn State "COMB" project posts Dec 2019 update

    It is almost funny to read threads like this one and see the interplay between different philosophies. JWC started the thread as a way to pooh-pooh treatment free methods. Posts then accumulate...
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    Did you ever feel like you were running a race with a ball and chain tied to your leg? That is effectively what bees are doing so long as we continue to prop up susceptible genetics. Extreme...
  22. Re: German Black bees in the Southeastern US actually Apis mellifera iberiensis?

    I would like to post the exact mixture of genetics in Buckfast bees, but that would be an impossible task. Suffice to say that at least 20% of their heritage is from Mellifera and another large...
  23. Re: Penn State "COMB" project posts Dec 2019 update

    MSL, Shh, he has a drum to beat.

    I won't quote more of the article, but will note that chalkbrood and Capensis takeover were highly rated reasons for colony loss. The problems with hive...
  24. Re: Penn State "COMB" project posts Dec 2019 update

    That is an incorrect reading of a question that was actually addressed to JWChestnut. South African beekeepers had very little choice. Instead of continually propping up their bees with mite...
  25. Re: Penn State "COMB" project posts Dec 2019 update

    beemandan is one of the very few I would use that method of arguing with.

    Did you read the Arista page?


    How then do you explain what happened in South Africa?
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