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    Re: Penn State "COMB" project posts Dec 2019 update

    And what do you know?
    That is exactly what I did from those units that did live.
    The current proportions in my holdings are (from the best to the worst/unknown) are:
    7 - 3 - 2 - 1 - 1

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

    OK, I will not argue who said what (Kefuss, etc).
    I am not capable or willing go into the "breeding" business anyway.

    However, the proper hive ergonomy for the bees (which improves viability of...
  3. Re: Primitive beekeeping (bee trees, log hives, etc)

    The audio is in Russian - works for me.

    I quickly scanned, mainly checking the English sub-titles - they are good enough.
    Did not watch yet the entire tape.

    The auto-translate technology is...
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    Re: Against Smoking Bees

    Unfortunately, we are looking at a more general issue here.
    This is just one indication of the same.
    Backyard beekeeping is peanuts (smoke or no smoke).
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    Re: Against Smoking Bees

    My kid in the class of middle-school Geography (!!!!!) is studying Israeli-Palestinian politics (what on Earth???) INSTEAD of the most fundamental, basic concepts of global climate and ecology (oh,...
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    Re: Against Smoking Bees

    Misdirection based on misinformation.

    Too many mis-educated educators.
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    Re: Penn State "COMB" project posts Dec 2019 update

    How exactly do you select the 80% of the survivors to be pinched (which ones are the "better ones")?

    Mite counts?
    Well, John Kefuss indicated that the mite counts are not a sole, reliable...
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    Re: open feeding in winter zone 5b

    :)

    It is winter out there, folks, and the bees supposed to be "asleep" OR dead - in most Zone 5 places and colder.
    No need to save the dead or about dead.
    Those bees trying to "forage" now are...
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    Re: Small winter cluster

    When I used a push-in cage to temporarily park a spare queen in a queen-right hive - they killed her anyway.
    So the cage did not matter - the bees just tunneled through the comb and under the cage....
  10. Re: Primitive beekeeping (bee trees, log hives, etc)

    LOL!
    Indeed, drop your things and watch now!
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    MSL mentioned this movie someplace - "The Land of Honey", if I recall the title.

    Well, the entire video is now on youtube:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4uwxoYne8k
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    Re: open feeding in winter zone 5b

    This time a year bees are not naturally foraging (maybe getting water if it is really warm; that is - maybe).

    There is nothing natural out there to forage for (not in Jefferson Co., KS; I lived...
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    Re: Thermal with VOA ?

    Few videos to watch, LJ.
    Plug this into youtube:
    "термическая обработка пчел"

    This is how Orthodox monks are doing it.
    Some work.
    :)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmeXVf27aLA&t=496s
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    Re: open feeding in winter zone 5b

    What problem are trying to solve?

    If it ain't broken - don't fix it.

    If you have specific problems, then solve them specifically and in most effective manner.
    If you are bored - feeding the...
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    Re: Top Bar Mite Treatment Options

    No need for this, odfrank.

    As far as I am concerned, the shallow topbars are disadvantageous for a variety of very general issues in my area.
    Natural cell, TF/non-TF, and all that "yadda yadda"...
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    Re: TIN FOIL HAT or REALITY?

    This is why one should leverage the current technology status and consume the alternative media - plenty are available.
    No one is forcing no one to be consuming the approved mainstream media (unlike...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment Free in Finland

    The Southern Finland is similar to Chicago due to the "lake effect" - see Baltic Sea (very compatible to the Lake Michigan).
    What is NOT compatible - the jet stream direction - which makes the "lake...
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    Re: Ants emptied one box

    Remember, CoffeeCup keeps the Ceranas.

    Totally different beekeeping and we are not really in a position to suggest the Mellifera methods as if working for the Ceranas.
    May work; may not work;...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    Hunker down and don't worry too much.
    For sure, they will not drag the entire dome away.
  20. Re: 6-framer - larger-scale, commercial grade, mobile operator

    On average he is running one set of 6 Dadant frames (the excluded brood nest) and 7 honey supers.
    Here is a brood nest inspection in July.
    6 brood frames (fully utilized) is sufficient....
  21. Re: 6-framer - larger-scale, commercial grade, mobile operator

    It is not a reason, it is a feature.

    He did try running 10-frame poli-hives on his trailer.
    Was terrible, reportedly.
    Imagine working with full-size deep boxes on the trailer - it is a no-go.
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    Few short points about the guy - "пчеловод дальнобойщик".

    He is based in a very mild region of Russia, Krasnodar region - about USDA Zone 7.
    (which allows for very light hive construction and...
  23. Re: 6-framer - larger-scale, commercial grade, mobile operator

    The guy is a serious road warrior.
    His self-customized rig takes on 100 6-frame units (50 on each side).
    Each unit can go up to 12 boxes (before hitting the roof).
    It takes a heavy diesel truck to...
  24. Re: 6-framer - larger-scale, commercial grade, mobile operator

    People can argue until blue (especially IF already invested heavily in something AND especially IF no hard evidence is really available, just anecdotes).
    BUT - seeing is believing.
    :)

    This guy...
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    Checked - auto-translate is satisfactory, when in a pinch.

    I'll try it out when watching some Spanish videos.

    Just get used to the word "uterus".
    Computer is not smart enough to realize that...
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