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  1. Re: How to keep honeybees alive and thriving.

    I enjoyed your splitting video from last June.
    I, too, believe that the only way to make a split it to make it strong. Regardless of time of season, they must be able to defend against robbers,...
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    Re: Treat mites all the time?

    Regardless of where your bees come from….except Australia or Pitcairn Island….they will have mites. The only treatment that might eliminate all the mites from your hive would also likely kill all of...
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    Re: first dead-out

    I understand the potential for confusion. On the other hand, there are any numbers of homebrew delivery methods for Amitraz. And thymol, in addition to homebrew, can be delivered by Apilife Var as...
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    Re: first dead-out

    Just curious. How did you deliver the Amitraz?
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    Re: 2019 Winter solstice

    I did some quick inspections during a warm afternoon last week. I saw a number of frames of capped brood with new workers emerging. Evidently some of mine started brood rearing in earnest before the...
  6. Thread: Dead bees

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    Re: Dead bees

    What kind of mite treatment?
    When you say 'lots of honey'...do you mean going into winter or now?
    My best guess is mites or starvation or some combination.
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    Re: Abandoned .. mouse ?

    I find mice in some of my hives every spring. They tend to damage some comb but otherwise don’t do any harm. They don’t bother the bees. I’ve had them move into hives that had failed already but...
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    Re: Credibility of Scientific Papers.

    Totally awesome, isn’t it?! Who needs peer review? Formal materials and methods? Controls?
    One has to wonder how ‘science’ ever progressed without the internet and youtube.
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    Re: Credibility of Scientific Papers.

    I thought this had all been resolved with the advent of youtube. There’s no longer any need for conventional science when one can find a youtube source that will ‘prove’ anything you choose to...
  10. Thread: Dead outs

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    Re: Dead outs

    Much of the time....but...maybe not so much in December. ;)
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    Re: Dead outs

    I don’t have any confidence in mite washes on dead bees.
    Do you figure that when the bee dies….the mite continues to hang on? I’ve never done an alcohol wash on a deadout. I can’t imagine it would...
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    Re: Winter mite treatment results puzzling

    What were the drops like following the initial treatment?
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    Re: SARE FNE16-840 Conrad/Seeley TF study

    In the 1960s, before varroa, shb and such, Tom Seeley followed a number of feral swarms in the Arnot Forest. He found that by the following spring less than 25% survived.
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    Re: Dead outs

    Mites, starvation or some combination of the two would be my guess.
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    Re: Dead outs

    I find a couple each spring that apparently went queenless during the winter. In most cases they have a decent population when I find them in spring. I can usually give them a new queen and they...
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    Re: Dead outs

    Any photos of dead cluster? How many bees? Low mite counts? What sort of mite management?
  17. Re: Penn State "COMB" project posts Dec 2019 update

    Actually, I did, without mentioning them by name when I stated ‘In my limited experience any of the actual mite suppressing traits are recessive and only exist in highly inbred bees.’





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

    The one thing I can say with confidence is that the vsh trait doesn’t confer ‘treatment free’ ability. There is a place for vsh but it doesn’t alone suppress mite reproduction sufficiently to keep...
  19. Re: Penn State "COMB" project posts Dec 2019 update

    I trust that this part of your post is also just your opinion. Or do you have some sort of citation to support it?
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    Re: What are the bees doing all over my house?

    This! I am embarrassed to admit that I overlooked the last sentence in the initial post. Bees respond to any sort of 'free lunch' pretty much in the same manner. They begin a search of the entire...
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    Re: What are the bees doing all over my house?

    Are any of the hives getting robbed?
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    Re: Cell size survey.

    Back in the day the small cell gurus claimed that you had to regress them using an interim size foundation (5.1mm), which I did in one yard. They built out the 5.1 without a hitch. Introducing 4.9...
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    Re: Cell size survey.

    Some years ago, at the height of the small cell frenzy, the UGA beelab collected brood comb samples from about 150 removals in the state. They measured across 10 cells in the center of each. I don’t...
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    Re: 18% ABV Sweet mead

    The basics are pretty straightforward. Begin by making mead. I would mix honey and water to a specific gravity that resulted in an alcohol content lower than that rated for the yeast I was using. I...
  25. Re: Where they getting it from? East of Atlanta.

    I've seen pollen coming in during winter at all of my yards....spaced miles apart, so I'm thinking it isn't likely that there are nearby beekeepers to all of those yards feeding pollen.
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