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  1. Sticky: Re: Beekeeping using Square Dadant hives, treatment free since 2005

    I can tell 4 of the splits now have virgin queens by the dramatically increased washboarding at the entrance. I plan to check one that is not looking right this afternoon. A little detail that...
  2. Re: Hive designs and their advantages and disadvantages

    Bernhard may not see this but I can give the differences.

    The original Dadant hives were a bit over an inch longer and carried longer frames as a result. They were rectangular and over they years...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015-2019 treatment free experience

    This gets down to needing relative isolation so mating is limited to resistant genetics and starting with queens with some level of resistance. So long as there are survivors, there is something to...
  4. Sticky: Re: Beekeeping using Square Dadant hives, treatment free since 2005

    I moved 3 queen cells with two going into the splits from the hot hive and 1 into one of the other splits after removing the laying queen. At this time, I expect to have 5 queens emerge in a few...
  5. Sticky: Re: Beekeeping using Square Dadant hives, treatment free since 2005

    I split the hot hive this afternoon putting 3 frames of brood into a Langstroth box. These are the last 3 Langstroth size frames I have in my bees. The queen was on the 3rd frame. I put the hive...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015-2019 treatment free experience

    Seeley's work is much more recent, within the last 20 years. I have his book Honeybee Democracy. That is probably where I read about drifting at the kilometer distance.

    The Gleanings article was...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015-2019 treatment free experience

    The article was in Bee Culture about 40 years ago so I'm sure it is not available online. You summarized it very well that drifting within an apiary is a problem. Seeley did some work to determine...
  8. Sticky: Re: Beekeeping using Square Dadant hives, treatment free since 2005

    A quick check showed cells in the process of being sealed. I am going to split the "hot" hive tomorrow and move cells into it Tuesday. I will also remove the breeder queen that supplied the eggs...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015-2019 treatment free experience

    Disinclination to rob does not equate with disinclination to drift. I read an article a few years ago that drifting bees may be more important for disease spread than robbing bees.

    While SP...
  10. Sticky: Re: Beekeeping using Square Dadant hives, treatment free since 2005

    I'm glad to give as much perspective as possible. You would think that I would have learned a bit more about what works and what doesn't over the years. Then the bees surprise me with something...
  11. Sticky: Re: Beekeeping using Square Dadant hives, treatment free since 2005

    I went through the splits from last Sunday today and verified queens present in the hives that were left with old queens and queen cells being built in the queenless portion. I placed the queenless...
  12. Re: Distinguishing between Carniolan and Caucasian honey bees

    The mixed genetics here in the U.S. make it impossible to determine much about the race of a given colony. Only where some effort has been put into breeding and maintaining pure lines is it possible...
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    Re: My experience with Minnesota Hygienic bees

    http://fergusonapiaries.on.ca/queens-buckfast-stock/shipping-and-pricing

    The veterinary import license cost $100 so they are relatively expensive.
  14. Sticky: Re: Beekeeping using Square Dadant hives, treatment free since 2005

    Today was the first summer honey harvest. I waited until we had several weeks of relatively dry weather before pulling honey so it is low enough moisture to store for up to a year. The climate here...
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    Re: My experience with Minnesota Hygienic bees

    I purchased a few Buckfast queens from Ferguson's in Canada 3 years ago. They have been heavily selected for hygienic behavior using freeze killed brood and/or pin killed brood methods. One of the...
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    Re: Legal documents for beeyards.

    I'm not aware of an agreement that covers damages but there are quite a few "rental" agreements that have been published over the years. The usual items covered are rent in the form of honey and...
  17. Re: Free shipping on 5 gallon buckets - maybe more items!

    Krispy Kreme doughnut shops throw away about 20 or 30 buckets per week. They have to be cleaned, but with a paint scraper and some soap and water, they are very usable. Most come with lids.
  18. Re: Tree ratios on acreage versus # number of hives supportable?

    Would you want to eat a daily diet of bread and water? That is what happens to bees in a monofloral environment. With only one or just a few species to forage on, the bees are unlikely to meet...
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    Re: Beginner Question (Emergency...maybe?)

    He is in a dearth that will continue until about the 2nd week of August.

    It is almost 100% guaranteed they raised a queen that had emerged by the 14th day. Bees with a virgin queen will often do...
  20. Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015-2019 treatment free experience

    Change occurs incrementally with honeybees. It is not in a single season, but in less than 30 generations. Your statements ignore that honeybees are under extremely strong selective pressure from...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015-2019 treatment free experience

    The black bees common in the southeast 50 years ago were distinctly susceptible to EFB and AFB. Italians as a general rule were resistant to EFB but susceptible to AFB. The oft given advice for EFB...
  22. Re: Bringing in Apis cerana to the US (Solve varroa problem)

    as an aside, there is some documentation showing about 50 geographic races of Apis Cerana. I'm not looking it up, but if you choose to do some delving you can find it.
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    Re: An interesting story about wasps

    I looked up the species. It is a variant of a red paper wasp. Body color is more of a yellowish to yellowish orange with dark wings. They are supposedly good predators of caterpillars. I could...
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    An interesting story about wasps

    I was cleaning up some equipment that had been sitting for a year when I saw a bunch of yellow wasps flying from a shallow super. Funny thing was that even though they flew all around me and a few...
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    Re: a scientific look at 'mite bombs'

    5% infestation levels are almost always fatal unless treated immediately.
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