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    Re: How much is too much drone brood?

    If every hatching drone had a mite, unless there's something I don't know, your bees are in serious trouble.

    As far as seeing the mites elsewhere, it is very difficult to see them until they have...
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    Re: creepy bug in a weak hive -- any ideas?

    DO BE CONCERNED about SHB in a weak hive. They are the worst. Things like wax moths or earwigs are nothing when compared to these beetles.
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    Re: Shipping queens - room for improvement

    [QUOTE=Gray Goose;1789183]Bernhard good post, helps with the why. I have also read, not sure where, that there is a time when the queen is ramping up to full laying when If she is shut down IE for...
  4. Thread: Moving hives

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    Re: Moving hives

    True about not putting screen on the hives; however, they probably throw a net over the load. Loading can be done in evening before it gets dark. It may be a good idea to leave a catcher hive to...
  5. Re: Bad honey? Honey separated, the crystalized part is fluffy and light, not very sw

    Fermented honey smells more like wine, or maybe sour is another word that fits. I certainly have smelled it and I never thought of yeast.

    I have a lot of honey this past year that has a little...
  6. Re: Bad honey? Honey separated, the crystalized part is fluffy and light, not very sw

    Fermented honey smells more like wine, or maybe sour is another word that fits. I certainly have smelled it and I never thought of yeast.?

    I have a lot of honey this past year that has a little...
  7. Re: Need to move hives; how bad is that? advice?

    [QUOTE=cfalls;1787153]Question

    .They'll be moved maybe 50 feet across and 20 feet down.


    And you say they are aggressive? Don't do this move. They need to move at least 1/2 mile, and more...
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    Re: Single brood box colonies

    1....to get your $360 Canadian I'm guessing that you spend a lot of time at the Farmers' Market? I've heard this stuff about comercial beekeepers in Canada getting $1.50 a pound when they sell ...
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    Re: Small Hive Beetle in winter?

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    Corralling but not killing. I see the bees chase and try to grab the SHB, but I do not believe that they are capable of killing the beetles. Beetles will hang out just outside the cluster...
  10. Re: Splitting the hive up completely into new nucleus colonies

    I'm curious as to what your intentions are once you get the number of hives you desire. Why are you doing this?

    It seems that you are doing very well; however, it's not my way. I have always...
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    Re: forced brood break

    My bees fly year round also. My opinion is that it is would be damned hard to find all the queens to cage.

    Easier would be to have a drone comb at the edge of the brood box which could be...
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    Re: Cracking Hives The Easy Way

    I agree completely. I have always maintained that 'the Langstroth hive is a very good design'. That has long been my response to those who want to do something different.

    The longer the hive...
  13. Thread: Painting Supers

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    Re: Painting Supers

    What works in one climate may not work as well in others. i paint my boxes, and my bees are quite healthy when they aren't being overrun by mites.

    Oil based paint? i had to look that up. It...
  14. Thread: Sierra Nevada

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    Re: Sierra Nevada

    [QUOTE=SnH;1782197]Hello,

    Like could I attempt to just setup a bait hive this spring for almost no cost or time effort and see what happens? Is there any probability I would get something? Sorry,...
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    Re: Tight Smoker Lid

    I do the same with my extremely gentle, nonagressive bees. For them a few puffs of smoke is all that it
    takes for me to work them without the vail. If some start buzzing around my face, I will...
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    Sticky: Re: Anatomy of a mite crash.

    [QUOTE=grozzie2;1651545]Bees dont abscond due to a mite load, they die.

    Very informative write up: however, in my climate the bees will abscond when the problems arise. The difference may be...
  17. Re: Is it feasible to control swarming without performing a spring split?

    I have read about the Arnot bees, and what is apparent is that is a very small population with not many hives per square mile. Most of us keep bees with far more bees in the area than is the case of...
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    Re: Turning a Neglected Pasture into a Bee Yard?

    Grazing animals, mowing, or herbicide are your 3 choices. For the kind of grass of which you speak, lots of herbicide with repeated applications.

    I'd go with the animals; however, that would...
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    Re: randy oliver article in january '17 abj

    I suggest that you replace the spark plugs. I expect you will appreciate the difference. Shouldn't be more than $35, if you shop around.
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    Re: What are they doing???

    You dangled that 'They.' I know yellow jackets can have huge nests. Is that also true of the BF hornets?
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    Re: Formic acid and SHB/wax moth

    My experience is that short term the SHB will leave. When the fumes dissipate they will return.
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    Re: I think I may have CBPV

    There is said to be no treatment for CBPV other than requeening. I'll admit to not watching the whole video, but if they really have
    the virus, expect to see dead and dying bees in front of the...
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    Re: I think I may have CBPV

    [QUOTE=dddillon;1751131]Here are a couple more videos that better show what I'm seeing with my bees.

    I'm not seeing it. Show us the video of the pile of dead and dying bees in front of the hive...
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    Re: Foundationless source?

    that's an interesting idea; however, there is no need to have such the 'guide' so deep. IMO, a much shallower cut than shown with the dado and washer would be easier and do the job as well.
  25. Sticky: Re: treating vs. not treating for mites: opinion thread

    [QUOTE=John_M;1750383]I listened to Robyn speak and she has a good project going.

    My personal take on the original intent of the thread is this;
    Heritible traits, VSH and Biting can give a colony...
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