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    Re: Set It and Forget It?

    Just because someone can claim that examples exist, where some thing has worked out in some special circumstance, does not make it feasible, advisable, likely, responsible, or many other possible...
  2. Re: When should I be concerned with Queen Inbreeding:

    "shotgun brood" consisting of empty or relaid cells amongst normal capped worker brood is a different situation than when the normal capped worker brood is dotted with bullet nosed drone brood. First...
  3. Thread: Queenless hive

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    Re: Queenless hive

    A test frame with brood would be a good idea to make sure there is not a virgin queen in there. You dont give a precise time frame to know it that is likely. If the hive is a single medium you could...
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    Re: EFB? Waiting on my test kit

    From the pictures I think your diagnosis is unfortunately correct. It would be nice to run one of the test kits to confirm.

    One method of euthanizing is closing the hive up tight and pouring in a...
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    Re: How to know if you have been rejected

    How many frames, drawn or not and size of swarm.
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    Re: How Much honey?

    "This is for research and I would really appreciate not having to filter through Advice, logistics or antidotal information."

    "This is Why I have been a member here for 4 1/2 years and never post....
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    Re: How to know if you have been rejected

    I am thinking it could be quite cool yet at night and the population a bit low; I think they might be using bodies to actually reduce the opening to curb ventilation.
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    Re: This article mentions beesource

    I think he would be well equipped to handle a debate but I dont think he is looking for a fight. His approach is very similar to advice I received from our retired bee inspector who until recently...
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    Re: This article mentions beesource

    Some interesting reading on the whole site. He is not a big promoter of wishful thinking or "flash in the pan" enthusiasm based on the theme of "Save the Bees".
  10. Thread: OAV question

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    Re: OAV question

    I have a can of rancid old cooking oil, much easier than the vaseline I used to use. I only put screened bottoms on a few hives. Since they all get the same treatment, that, along with checking mites...
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    Re: Holy Laying Worker, Batman!!

    I agree about it not being practical but maybe could be entertaining. I have fed in frames of brood temporarily to a colony that lost a queen in order to keep it from going laying worker until a...
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    Re: Honey for Refractometer measurement

    I think you are good. If their was high humidity in the room there could be some moisture pick up at the surface. That would float though and if anything should give a higher moisture reading.

    If...
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    Re: Holy Laying Worker, Batman!!

    You might have to cull some drone brood. Capped can be scratched and open cells can be laid flat and dusted with flour or salt. Cleaning up may give the workers something to do besides lay more eggs!
  14. Your experience with Chilean nucs and queens?

    A lot of packages, nucs and queens from Chile have been imported into Canada. Nunez is one of the producers and it may be a co operative of a few companies. I needed a few nucs and queens but had...
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    Re: foundationless options

    You can drill your own holes in sidebars and string the frames with either wire or heavy monofiliament. You can also use the zig zag pattern of reinforcing that puts holes in top and bottom bars...
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    Re: Supers top or bottom?

    Here is a quote about Caucasian bee honey storage habits. How consistent and measurable these differences are is a total guess.

    "Another trait of the Caucasian bee is that is stores honey near...
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    Re: Time before E Cell construction?

    A week later I find that the first two cells capped have been torn down. Three other cells with well developed peanuts are being thinned down on the ends. The first cells started may have made a...
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    Re: Supers top or bottom?

    It sounds like you are using deeps for supers; that isnt going to happen here at cornercroft farm!
    I have never tried deliberately moving supers to the bottom to get them capped. Will have to see...
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    Re: Supercedure or Swarm After Bear Attack

    Bad weather can cause the queen to shut down especially Carni (Russian?) Queens. The workers think she has gone bad and even when she starts relaying they may start supercedure cells with the first...
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    Re: Supers top or bottom?

    I dont have a link to it, but remember reading that there is a difference between strains of bees in there preference or tolerance of space between top of brood and bottom of a honey ceiling. The way...
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    Re: Set It and Forget It?

    I think post #s 19 and 20 are pointing to a very possible scenario. I was to an information meeting about the new protocols for legally obtaining and using antibiotics. It was mentioned that due to...
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    Re: Very wet cool spring split hive issue

    The queens wont lay eggs for more brood than there are bees to cover and keep the brood warm. It takes three weeks for a brood cycle and the first batches are small so it takes a while before you see...
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    Re: Laying worker question

    If there are enough other colonies in the area where the laying worker hive was removed then returning laying workers will probably disperse enough to not overwhelm and possibly kill existing queens....
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    Re: Making a Queen Catcher

    Somewhere I have seen a very similar frame setup but the screen is a form of elasticized thread that would be a bit more forgiving to press the queen against. The plastic bars of many cheap plunger...
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    Re: New wax foundation issue?

    I see there is nectar in many surrounding cells as well. All the makings of bee bread! Nothing to do with the reinforcing wire.
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