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    Re: Chalk brood and thyme

    It takes a lot of concentrated thymol to show serious antimicrobial effects. It's doubtful that sprigs of thyme will produce the kind of concentration necessary to kill the chalkbrood. I would...
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    Re: Dzierzon's Beehives

    And yet books from Nichol Jacobi to Shirach to Moses Quinby have people who are keeping bees in hives without movable combs who are harvesting without killing the bees, doing walk away splits and...
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    Re: Collecting pollen or not

    >...will help stop a possible swarming- to keep the hive from becoming pollen bound

    No. It will not stop swarming. They will simply gather more pollen to make up for what they lose in the trap.
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    Re: Dzierzon's Beehives

    >Abby warre also mentions that as the practice of his and others and the reason his hive and management was a better way.

    Everyone selling a better hive has said that. Certainly SOME people...
  5. Re: Two different bee races in one colony.

    The research would indicate that the more genetic lines in a colony the better they do... mine are all pretty mixed by color anyway...
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    Re: Collecting pollen or not

    The Sundance pollen trap is probably the best on the market. I like the Sundance II because the pollen will be cleaner and it's a top entrance trap and I run to entrances. You will get some less...
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    Re: Dzierzon's Beehives

    >...in an attempt to improve upon the requirement to destroy colonies of bees in order to extract their honey

    In 1568 Nicol Jacobi, in "Die Rechte Bienen Kunst" basically says that only really...
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    Re: I need to move my hives. When is best?

    The main thing is that it's not so cold that falling bees can't climb back up and it isn't going to quickly get so cold that they don't have time to find the new location if they get confused. So on...
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    Re: The right number of hives to keep it fun

    When I was doing it just for fun I ran between 1 and 7. Some years it might have strayed a bit over 7 with nucs, but I tried not to have more than 7 actual full size hives. If you do the math on...
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    Re: Lowest observed foraging temperature

    >Anyone here remember the details?

    Russel Apiaries was advertising them. The idea was originally a spoof posted by Jim Fischer talking about crossing a lightning bug with a honey bee so they...
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    Re: Taste of Goldenrod Honey

    >My grandson thought it tasted spoiled.

    Goldenrod can smell really bad at first and that can make it taste bad but the smell doesn't last and the flavor is pretty good after that.
  12. Re: Double queen colonies for honey production

    http://www.bushfarms.com/beestwoqueenhive.htm
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    Re: Prolific Propolisers W/Photo

    Before we bred it out of them, bees all used to do this. That's where the name comes from: Propolis is Greek for "in front of the city".
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    Re: Lowest observed foraging temperature

    Once (only once) I drove by one of my outyards when it was 27 F and the bees had a steady stream of bees going to and from the nearby woods by the creek. I've often wondered what they were working...
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    Re: Tracking bees

    When I've tried it the complicated part is private property. It's likely that the bees are flying across other people's land. If you get something that attracts bees (something that is rich in...
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    Re: Cover Foil

    I have never heard of covering a hive in foil. Is this on the outside?
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    Re: Taste of Goldenrod Honey

    A lot of different nectar sources can be strong. Smartweed is a strong fall honey around here that is somewhat dark. But back to Goldenrod, it does change flavor over time. Usually improving as...
  18. Re: Interested in beekeeping outside of Germany

    The British seem to be a mixture of British Standard and Langstroth. Most of France, seems to be on the Dadant-Blatt though there are many variations. Slovenia has their own style. I would guess...
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    Re: Top Bar Thickness?

    All of life is a tradeoff. Thicker bars are better insulation and more stable (less likely to bend or sag) but they also make a bigger space for bees to get squished when putting bars back together....
  20. Re: Hands off Beekeeping.....for the most part.

    >One of Seeley's papers on bee genetics says that low levels of African genetics are now in the feral bee populations he studies.

    People brought African queens and most every other kind of honey...
  21. Re: new beehive designed to stop bees from dying over winter, and to have 24/7 monito

    > making conclusions about hive enclosure designs based on visual observations or anecdotal evidence will create a lot of false answers. Honey bees demonstrate the ability to sense their environment...
  22. Re: new beehive designed to stop bees from dying over winter, and to have 24/7 monito

    >Most all foam hives assume mostly open (and screened) bottom.

    That would certainly change things. But then it seems like it would undo the advantages of more insulation. When we get 60 mph...
  23. Re: German Black bees in the Southeastern US actually Apis mellifera iberiensis?

    >To make a statement that they are high percentage Iberiensis would require a great deal of genetic verification that has not to my knowledge been done.

    There was an article in one of the bee...
  24. Re: Looking for reading material suggestions

    Some of this depends on your interests. If you are interested in money and finance, I would recommend "The Wealth of Nations" by Adam Smith and "The Ascent of Money" by Niall Ferguson. I love the...
  25. Re: German Black bees in the Southeastern US actually Apis mellifera iberiensis?

    >Does anyone have any thoughts on the actual bees introduced here in the Southeastern United States being Spanish Black bees

    I suspect they are, but it is a question that could be answered by DNA...
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