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  1. My numbers were for US only. Not global.

    My numbers were for US only. Not global.
  2. Hmmm. Pinch the poor queen. Newspaper combine the...

    Hmmm. Pinch the poor queen. Newspaper combine the entire nuc. Split a new nuc off later from this one. So it is as fast as you can get the work done. Should be no issue as the queen is laying and...
  3. Covid 19 has 98.54% survival rate. For most of...

    Covid 19 has 98.54% survival rate. For most of us "IF" we get sick it will be just like a week with the flu. (MAYBE) . The flu kills 10xs the amount that the corny virus will. Don't get me wrong ...
  4. I'm guessing the honey supers contain foundation....

    I'm guessing the honey supers contain foundation. They will probably swarm before going up. I'd pull the excludes and put them over the the inner cover for now to just store them. Then pull 2...
  5. Use a smoker if you want less protection. Wear a...

    Use a smoker if you want less protection. Wear a veil at least is a good idea. Use your common sense if its grey and drizzly or overcast suit up. If full sun use less. Keep an eye out for skunk or...
  6. Nights in the 30's seems too early to me. Chilled...

    Nights in the 30's seems too early to me. Chilled brood is bad. Weight till brood will not be at risk.
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    Epoxy lined paint cans @ $3.50 each. Gotta shop...

    Epoxy lined paint cans @ $3.50 each. Gotta shop around. Cheap easy to clean and effective at hitting target weight for winter. Up to 5 can be placed on a colony to feed quickly and effectively. Each...
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    Re: Split Timing

    Or equalize all your colonies so they are all the same strength. Possibly the better plan.
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    Re: Split Timing

    I wouldn't split it personally. I'd probably reverse the brood boxes. Add another brood box and bait up up. And add supers.
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    Re: Requeen every July?

    I think that northern beekeepers that raise there own queens use this method cause that's when we have excellent queens. The absolute best method to requeen colonies is via nucleus colony. A laying...
  11. Re: Queen Not Laying Coming Out of Winter

    Without brood all the bees you are looking at are soon to die as they are old bees, thus the dwindling. Whats going to be left in 21 days even if a queen started laying today? Enough bees to care...
  12. I'll still check tomorrow but I should have...

    I'll still check tomorrow but I should have pollen in a week here. I'm up in the mountain-y area. Getting excited now. But I don't trust spring to really be here till April 20.
  13. Re: Upstate New York pollen coming in??????

    I'll check again tomorrow. But nothing here yet.
  14. Hey MP did that paper ever get published? Figured...

    Hey MP did that paper ever get published? Figured I'd check back after a bit of time. How did your bees winter so far?
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    Re: VIRUSES: SILENT KILLER

    I was at the Kentucky state beekeepers meeting about a month ago. I took a short class on viruses. Viruses are vectored by varroa as you say. But are also transmitted from feces and saliva from the...
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    VIRUSES: SILENT KILLER

    Over the years varroa threshold keeps getting lower and lower. Viruses are getting bigger and meaner. Much more lethal. As beekeepers work ing our apiaries how do we handle this? What practices...
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    Did sc for 16 yrs. Now I don't do Lusby's sc....

    Did sc for 16 yrs. Now I don't do Lusby's sc. Queen excludes have always worked regardless of cell size. Except the few rare skinny queens.
  18. Honey Run apiaries.

    Honey Run apiaries.
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    Re: Simplest Way to Build Frames

    That's what I would do. If you are into making cut comb honey maybe keep the shallow boxes for that.
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    Re: Making sugar syrup

    5 gallon pail, mark it off in gallon increments. I never add more than 4 gallons in a bucket because of splash factor. Fill pail to desired amount with sugar up to one of the lines you marked off. ...
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    Re: simple tests for viruses?

    The recommendations I received from the university of KY is to make sure your bees have proper nutrition to maintain health to fight viruses.
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    Re: Worm wood

    Won't look into it till spring. Which is mid april for me. Working on some house projects to keep the wife happy.
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    Re: Found 2 queens on one comb

    Leave them alone mother/ daughter situation very normal most likely. One will disappear in time.
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    Re: Catching and Marking Queens

    I do things differently these days. "EVERY" queen gets caught by my hive tool "EVERY" year. I keep only young queens since there free. So why mark them. My method is here:...
  25. Now that much of my equipment is reaching 20+...

    Now that much of my equipment is reaching 20+ years. I'm finding that betterbee equipment is lasting the longest. Especially there frames.
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