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    Re: Florida bee keepers. what kind of bee?

    It's a bog standard honeybee. Size can vary.
  2. Thread: Bee's Gone

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    Re: Bee's Gone

    No the reverse is the case. As bees sicken and die from mite related pathogens, the dying bees get as far away from the hive as they can, and one of the tell tale signs when a hive has died of mites...
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    Re: Bee's Gone

    That's pretty good advice Grey Goose.

    I do something similar but a bit less formalised, I'll allow a bad season at a site, 2 bad seasons at a site and i pull the bees.
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    Re: Bee's Gone

    OK well saying the number of mites was not a lot, could be an issue. One mans not a lot, may not be the bees not a lot.

    Wether to re use the combs depends what the hive died of. If it was just...
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    Re: iPhone Microwaves Causes Absconding

    Thank you Cloverdale, we have our answer.
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    Re: iPhone Microwaves Causes Absconding

    Thing is, the OP made no mention of transmitting or anything else. The claim was very simple. You put an iphone on the hive lid, and the bees immediately start to abscond.

    Well there we have it,...
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    Re: iPhone Microwaves Causes Absconding

    Kinda wishing it would actually work, would certainly make collecting package bees a lot easier LOL
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    Re: iPhone Microwaves Causes Absconding

    Can also relate a personal experience about this. There used to be a rather oddball guy in my area who ran a hive rental business. He would douse the persons property to find the best spot to put the...
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    Re: iPhone Microwaves Causes Absconding

    Same here. I thought dousing was a load of hogwash until i visited a friend who had just had a well driller in who doused to find where to drill. As we walked around we found his dousing wire and i...
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    Re: iPhone Microwaves Causes Absconding

    LOL you tested gravity with your iphone? Yup sounds dangerous. :D

    This one is a myth. It was thought up by the self improvement industry, the figure commonly quoted is we only use 10% of our...
  11. Re: Oil of artemisia - effective mite treatment.

    Unfortunately the video did not show him doing it and I could not understand the guy.

    Could you explain the method Greg?

    Checked out local supply of Artemisia Oil and it runs about US$10 per...
  12. Thread: Bee's Gone

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    Re: Bee's Gone

    Betcha 2 things. 1 your mite counts were done by a less than reliable method, and 2 you didn't treat for mites.
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    Re: I had an Old school beekeeper check my hives

    Agree with that, to me, he was rough.

    Although in his defence, he was forced to work the hives from the back because you have them hard up to each other. I really dislike working hives from the...
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    Sticky: Re: Anatomy of a mite crash.

    Wrong link?
  15. Thread: Varroa 12%

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    Re: Varroa 12%

    How new?

    If you have been around long enough to know you have bees that can deal with varroa, you could choose to eliminate this hive to just keep the varroa resistant genetics.

    But if you are...
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    Re: Johno's Easy Vap - Vaporizer

    Excellent, will be great to see you again Johno. :)
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    Re: Johno's Easy Vap - Vaporizer

    Congrats on producing such a popular product Johno!! :thumbsup:
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    Re: Hands off Beekeeping.....for the most part.

    Sure, but that 99% of them died despite having natural comb and not being fed sugar, demonstrates there is more to it than that.

    My own reading indicates that a large part of it is genetics. Not...
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    Re: Hands off Beekeeping.....for the most part.

    Oh i forgot to add that to the list. Some people think the secret is not feeding sugar.

    But they forgot all those wild hives that died of mites didn't get fed sugar LOL
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    Re: Hands off Beekeeping.....for the most part.

    Just to fully explain TehachapiGal, in some areas people are keeping bees without treating for mites, in other areas they must be treated or as you say, they will die.

    Nobody quite knows why,...
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    Sticky: Re: Extractor-less honey by- "Honey Flow"

    Queens will lay in about anything, if they have a mind. Here, I left the back cover off my jenter unit, and guess what the queen did. This, when she had the whole rest of the hive to lay in!!

    The...
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    Re: Hands off Beekeeping.....for the most part.

    Good point Greg, time vs assetts is the critical ratio, something all commercial beekeepers think about and factor in, in order to get the maximum returns against investment, of both time, and...
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    Re: Hands off Beekeeping.....for the most part.

    A rule that tends to be true in most human endeavors is <minimal effort ='s minimal results>.

    This rule also applies to beekeeping except under a certain circumstance. That circumstance, is that...
  24. Re: new beehive designed to stop bees from dying over winter, and to have 24/7 monito

    Just what things would tell you this?
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    Re: November Presentation

    In those temperatures you could with care, remove a suitable comb with bees to put in an observation hive for a day. You would want to push the remaining combs together so there is not a gap in the...
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