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  1. Re: Primitive beekeeping (bee trees, log hives, etc)

    That is helpful!
  2. Re: Primitive beekeeping (bee trees, log hives, etc)

    Bernard, you’ve got me curious. Do you treat for Varroa in those fixed comb primitive hives? Do you normally requeen them? Do you crush and strain and harvest both the wax and honey?
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    Mutable and interrelated.
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    Location. Genetics. Management technique.
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    Good photos. Great bees.
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    Re: A VERY hot hive - what next?

    Queen excluders between the boxes, wait a week to ten days, look for the box with uncapped brood, isolate that box, leave the queen excluders on, put that box over an empty box and smoke the bees...
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    :)
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    This thing I do is do all I can to avoid unnecessary stress to the bees that live in my hives. Most manipulations kill at least a few bees. They also interrupt their daily comings, goings, and...
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    Thank you!
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    Merry Christmas!
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    Gray, that is a fascinating thought, particularly if there were uninterrupted, multigenerational artificially inseminated queens. I would think that queens from local feral bees would have a genetic...
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    I really haven’t in several years since I stopped opening hives and rolling queens. Of course, if I’m not in it, I’m not seeing them when they’re queenless; I’m just seeing a deadout. But any...
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    So talk of introducing laying queens got me thinking. I introduce laying queens by the most gradual method I know which is to stay out of the hive as much as reasonably practical and allow the bees...
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    Same to you. I generally expect the worst, and I have continued to be pleasantly surprised come March. There is a lot of honey in the hives by my standards (particularly relative to the small...
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    Re: Introducing a laying queen

    :)
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    Re: Introducing a laying queen

    Cockamamie monkey motions.
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    Nollaig Chridheil, mi amigo.
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    I didn’t go very deep into the hives when I was removing the excluders, but the temperature was warm, and the bees’ activity levels were nevertheless low. That reminded me how small (and frugal) the...
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    Yesterday, I removed the last of the queen excluders from my hives. The temperature was 78 degrees.
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    Re: Win a free Dadant Smoker

    36.
  21. Re: So, what did you scrounge today? Braggin encouraged

    :)
  22. Re: Penn State "COMB" project posts Dec 2019 update

    That’s helpful and interesting. Do you ever hear of feral bees or colonies that need to be removed in the Hot Springs area?
  23. Re: Penn State "COMB" project posts Dec 2019 update

    Alex, thank you for the information. I wonder if the late February weight gain and wax could be from redbud or maple trees. I see a lot of nectar producing flowering vines and shrubs in the forests...
  24. Re: Penn State "COMB" project posts Dec 2019 update

    Are you north of Hot Springs and near the forest? I wonder what the feral bee population is in the Ouachita National Forest.
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    Re: Best bee strain for KY?

    Local feral or local managed treatment free bees. If I was starting to keep bees in your area, I would call folks who do bee removals to ask if they are treatment free and do they sell nucleus...
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