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    Re: Australia’s fires

    We had similar issues in 1910:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Fire_of_1910
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    Re: New Smoker

    > So now have 2 new smokers.

    I even don't know how many smokers I have...
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    Re: Sting kills H Bees?

    It's the elasticity of the skin that causes it to catch and pull out. When they sting other insects it usually doesn't get caught but as ffrtsaxk said, sometimes they do. But mammals all have that...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    "We're trying to ensure the failure of modern beekeeping by focusing too much on single traits; by ignoring the elements of Wildness; and by constantly treating the bees. The biggest mistake of all...
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    Re: Feeding honey in winter

    Heating honey creates HMF (Hydroxymethyl furfural) which is poisonous to bees. Giving bees capped combs of honey is great, but if I've already harvested it, feeding it is more problematic because it...
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    Re: Hive entrance size.

    Originally the 3/8" side of the reversible bottom was for summer. The 3/4" side was to make room for dead bees in the winter. That was the design criteria. I only have one entrance at the top...
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    Re: Bees moving to neighbors hive?

    >So my question is has anyone seen bees migrate from one hive to a hive 3 feet away during the colder part of the fall going into winter?

    Occasionally. Usually there is a queen issue.
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    Re: Are they nuts or hardy winter bees

    It's hard to say since taking a cleansing flight could be a good thing, but Brother Adam's rule is that bees that are dormant in winter are bees that winter well.
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    Re: Introducing a laying queen

    You can let the nuc grow up into a hive or you can add frames to them. If you want to make sure no queen was on the frames you can shake bees off of frames and put them back on the hive above an...
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    Re: Introducing a laying queen

    I would never try to introduce a caged (shipped) queen to a queenless colony without doing a slow release. But a queen that is still laying, I can pick up the frame with the queen and her bees and...
  11. Re: Penn State "COMB" project posts Dec 2019 update

    >I don't know if folks are being willfully dense.

    Are you being willfully dense? I didn't see ANYONE claiming, and I certainly am not claiming, that pesticides skewed any results in this study. ...
  12. Re: Penn State "COMB" project posts Dec 2019 update

    >But the point was made by JWC that in relation to the study, the effect of any possible insecticides is factored in. By virtue that all hives are exposed in equal measure.

    I did not say anything...
  13. Re: When in the depths of winter on a "warm" day bees come to the top to feed...

    My point is that they don't need to break cluster. They are already there.
  14. Re: When in the depths of winter on a "warm" day bees come to the top to feed...

    In Nebraska, in my experience and in the experience of any other beekeepers I've talked to, the bees spend the entire winter in the top box. This has been my experience since 1974 with bottom...
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    Re: Against Smoking Bees

    http://www.bushfarms.com/beessmoke.htm
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    Re: Stickies in Packages

    People here sometimes call them "wets". Extracted supers that have not been cleaned up by the bees yet.
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    Re: open feeding in winter zone 5b

    >Or is there a less intrusive way of monitoring how much they have left for stores?

    Bees don't weigh much. Honey does. Heft the hive. A gallon of bees weighs about 3 pounds. A gallon of honey...
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    Re: First Trap-out Questions

    > it appears they actually have set up camp inside an empty speaker housing - not just in the garbage itself.

    That would be a typical honeybee tactic. You could probably find a beekeeper to do a...
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    Re: Typical size of winter cluster??

    It's very related to both race and how built up the colony is. If they had time to build up completely, then it's mostly race. Darker bees have smaller clusters.
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    Re: Spring nucs

    >What signs do you all look for that let you know that it's ok to start breaking hives up to make nucs?

    I would want to see drones flying.
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    >... and four were left to dwindle and die using the "Bush" protocol.

    I did not write the protocol nor was it identical to what I'm doing. Yes, it's close. I merely gave my opinion of the...
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    Re: Equipment cleanup

    If you are going to do lye water, I would cut a 55 gallon drum in half. If you are wax dipping, I would probably do a specially made box.
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    >Your business model is "talking story" to guillible newbees that lap up the triumphalist accounts.

    My business model is to go to work everyday and program computers which makes a lot more money...
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    >Why do we permit the TF advocates tell "stories", when the evidence contradicts them on every count.

    Permit?! I've never suggested that anyone should not be permitted to give their experience. ...
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    Re: Against Smoking Bees

    Smoking bees:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_lh77qi1HFM
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