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  1. 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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  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  9. 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.
  10. Re: Where they getting it from? East of Atlanta.

    Mine bring in pollen throughout the winter....weather permitting. I have absolutely no idea where it comes from.
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    Re: 18% ABV Sweet mead

    Everyone’s palates are different. I’ve never tasted a mead I liked. I tried blue ribbon award winning meads. I’ve made meads of all sorts. Sparkling meads, sweet meads, dry meads, blueberry,...
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    Re: best way to 2:1 feed in-hive?

    I’ve used baggie feeders with good luck. I currently use hive top feeders that also work.
    You are pretty late in your winter prep, I’m thinking.
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    Re: Manuka honey ‘copyright’

    Actually, I think it’s a ‘trademark’.
    There’s a specific onion type that is used to produce Vidalia onions. The particular onion variety can only be labeled as a Vidalia if it is grown in a defined...
  14. Thread: Varroa 12%

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    Re: Varroa 12%

    This was the reason I was testing Apivar in the first place. I needed something that I could apply when removing my honey supers in June and July….when the daytime temps were running well into the...
  15. Thread: Varroa 12%

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    Re: Varroa 12%

    When I first decided to try Apivar a few years ago I had heard some anecdotal reports of resistance. So the first few applications I did were in hives with screened bottoms….I only have a few of...
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    Re: Varroa 12%

    This seems to be a common opinion yet it doesn’t fit my experience. I’ve had hives drop over a thousand mites during the first week with Apivar. And by the end of three weeks the drops slowed to a...
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    Re: Late season issues...

    You may want to go into your profile and add your location. It will make the advice you get and give more meaningful.
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    Re: Late season issues...

    Yes


    Absolutely not.
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    Re: goldenrod smell

    It is done here.
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    Re: goldenrod smell

    Goldenrod in mine smells like butterscotch too.
    To the op, I smelled a bit of it about a month ago. It is a rarity here.
    If mine smelled anything like dirty gym socks….I’d be opening them up to see...
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    Re: Late season issues...

    What is your varroa management strategy?
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    Re: Hands off Beekeeping.....for the most part.

    I suppose if you are located in a very isolated place, no big deal. If you live somewhere that there are neighbors, schools, businesses and such….then neglecting any sort of swarm management is...
  23. Re: U of Montana Apprentice Level Beekeeping Class

    Ha!
  24. Re: U of Montana Apprentice Level Beekeeping Class

    Twenty years ago I was a student at the University of Georgia. One elective I took was Entomology 4300, Bee Biology and Management, taught by Keith Delaplane. It wasn’t an online class and it had a...
  25. Re: Darwinian black box selection for resistance Varroa destructor

    There isn’t anything in Randy Oliver’s methods that hasn’t been done in countless other professional bee breeding programs over the past few decades. Those programs have teased out every genetic...
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