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  1. Re: Kirk Webster - 20 Years of Commercial Beekeeping Without Treatments of Any Kind

    I listened to his presentation at Apimondia. I respect his work and wouldn't say anything against him, personally. But, I do have issues with what he says...rather, what he doesn't say. He makes it...
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    Re: Goldenrod Honey

    Goldenrod pollen yellow? Maybe something else. Goldenrod is orange. Aster is yellow. Not sure about wingstem.
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    Re: nuc abscond question

    Did you add a box of foundation on top of a single story nuc? That often fails. Overhead foundation isn't always seen as expansion space. Next time, move a frame of brood up with the foundation.
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    Weighing Beehives-Winter Weight

    A new video on determine winter weight in my beehives.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRkbSDqafG4
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    Re: nuc abscond question

    I’v had nucs abscond and the have no swarm cell...hence abscond. The have brood in all stages, but not enough bees to cover the brood. Only bees are newly emerged bees and field bees who returned...
  6. Re: Strategy for Havesting Some Goldenrod Honey?

    We try to super in summer so the flow goes in the supers and not the broodnest. This leaves the hive light for winter. They don’t get supered. Always some that are already heavy, and packed with...
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    Re: Re-queen for chalkbrood?

    If most of the brood in the colony is diseased, it might be a good idea to take a frame of emerging brood from a healthy colony. No need to include the cage attendants. Emerging brood and a bit of...
  8. Re: Question for Michael Palmer regarding mating nucs

    # of combs in “each” nuc
  9. Re: Question for Michael Palmer regarding mating nucs

    Not sure what you saw...

    I've wintered the 4-way mating nucs in a number of configurations. As 4-ways, one story, with four combs each. Or by moving the feeders to the sidewall...As two ways, one...
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    Re: Re-queen for chalkbrood?

    I remove the old queen and install the push in immediately.
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    Re: Re-queen for chalkbrood?

    Probably okay. I would use a push in cage
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    Re: Shaker box girls say nope

    Did nectar shake out onto the bees?
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    Re: Deformed Wing Virus question

    Funny...in the 20 years I kept bees before varroa, I never saw a DWV bee.
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    Re: Re-queen for chalkbrood?

    Yep...genetics once again. You do see it all comes back to genetics.
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    Re: Re-queen for chalkbrood?

    Absolutely. Hygienic queens will eliminate any chalkbrood problem, and it won’t return. It’s not really about sunshine and ventilation and cold weather. It is about susceptibility and hygiene....
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    Re: Re-queen for chalkbrood?

    Your bees aren’t hygienic enough
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    Re: Did I kill my Queen? NNOOOOO!

    Occasionally when I mark a queen, she faints. Had one this summer. She flew off the comb when I tried to catch her...flew right into my hand. She immediately fainted. Thought she was dead, but as you...
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    Re: Trapping 2019 - success rate?

    Great trapping year. 5/0 Trapped 5 swarms in my dooryard. Set out no traps. :)
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    Poll: Re: Your opinion

    I think it should be left as is. This thread was my idea. Saw similar thread on the UK forum and thought it would work well here. When I suggested Barry start this, in 2015, I asked him to post it as...
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    Re: Mixing a few (5-12) gallons of syrup

    My mixing method works with any container. A quart, a bucket, a tanker truck. Make a mark on a quart jar, fill to line with sugar, fill to line with hot water. Shake. Top up with hot water. Same 65%.
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    Re: Mixing a few (5-12) gallons of syrup

    2:1
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    Re: Mixing a few (5-12) gallons of syrup

    Not sure. I have drums of waste sugar, so I just fill buckets. A 5 gallon bucket heaped up with granulated sugar until you can’t add anymore, that’s about 42 lbs.
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    Re: Mixing a few (5-12) gallons of syrup

    To make 2:1 without weighing or measuring...

    Make a mark inside the bucket, about 4" from top. Fill with sugar to line. Fill with HOT water to line. Stir until well mixed. Top up to line with HOT...
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    Re: Vine identification

    English Ivy?
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    Re: Requeening Without Attendants

    This year, with attendants in, I had 5 queens rejected out of 350 nucs made.
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