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  1. Re: How long a brood break is sufficient to break mite cycle

    Youtube is Google and Google lets you see only what they want you to see. AT least they have not started censoring bee keeping videos, as far as I know anyway.
  2. Re: How long a brood break is sufficient to break mite cycle

    Your first two slides show what I was referring to when I said it was a mite pause more than a break. The upward curve is delayed a few weeks. In the second slide I am assuming the numbers across the...
  3. Re: How long a brood break is sufficient to break mite cycle

    To get really good results you would need to wait 25 days after queen removal, or you will have constantly hatching mites coming out of drone brood. Every treatment will help, some. The question is...
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    Re: Flow in Northern Illinois, Chicago suburbs

    Some years get a lot of honey off soybeans.
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    Re: Flow in Northern Illinois, Chicago suburbs

    So far it has been ideal weather, sun and rain alternating. Plenty of flow left.
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    Re: Wanting to get started on getting experience.

    Undoubtedly bee clubs nearby. Easy enough to join for a year or two then pass the hive to a member. Undoubtedly someone will want it, and probably pay good money for it. I say do it. Bees are fun.
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    Re: You don't know til you look

    Today I opened a hive that had swarmed and failed to requeen. It got a frame of young brood a while back but has still not requeened. On that frame today I found a patch of drone brood and cut it out...
  8. How long a brood break is sufficient to break mite cycle

    The factor to consider is the drone cycle. From egg to emergence of a drone is 24-25 days. Most mites are in drone brood.

    Suppose you do a simple split. One half has a queen and all goes on as...
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    Re: When is it safe to move new nucs

    I stuff a little steel wool in the entrance, grab the colony, put it in my trunk and take it immediately to the new location. Less than 1/2 hour closed and so far no bad results. The steel wool...
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    Re: Keep queen from laying for mini brood break?

    Several ways to do this. One frame of open brood will help keep the bees from absconding. You then remove that frame after it has been capped to help remove most of the mites, which will all be...
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    Re: Captured swarm in a dark box

    Cut-outs are seriously messy. I'd do as GG suggested and just leave them with that box on top until they have a solid brood box below.

    Surprising how nice the comb looks.
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    Re: Swarm Catch Question- NOOB

    It's fun, isn't it!
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    Re: Beekeeping with young kids?

    I got bees because my daughter wanted bees, and then showed little interest. She has no fear and even helped my with some swarms this spring.

    My niece had bees and her little kids loved them, but...
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    Sticky: Re: bone head split so far, somebody save the day.

    I have 50 years experience gardening, in 3 different countries with 3 different climates and soils. I know how to garden. Bees...still a newb.
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    Sticky: Re: bone head split so far, somebody save the day.

    Agree, I have in the past added space too soon and I think it slows down the bees. Maybe too much space slows brooding? Temp or humidity? At any rate it doesn't seem to help.

    This seems to be the...
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    Sticky: Re: bone head split so far, somebody save the day.

    Sometimes my garden is too successful. This year I did my typical lettuce seeding, shaking last years seed heads over the soil. There is so much lettuce it is choking out everything else, even the...
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    Re: When is it safe to move new nucs

    I wonder what difference it would make. Are you concerned about shocking the new brood?

    I have pretty much stopped worrying about moving colonies, unless they are weak. If I move one 50 feet...
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    Re: Permanently fixing bottom to nucs?

    I do occasionally. Can quickly add space if a colony needs it without disturbing it otherwise. Quick way to make nucs too...put a box on top, wait a while then split again.
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    Re: hows it going im from uk

    What part of UK? You might want to put your location in your profile so other UK beekeepers can comment with locally appropriate advice.

    Welcome!
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    Re: You don't know til you look

    Visited the bees at my dad's farm. A small swarm from a nuc this spring. Now up to 5 frames of bees and looks good. As all my bees this year, lots of crazy comb. Don't know what the girls are...
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    Re: You don't know til you look

    I have a horseradish plant in my garden...but sounds nasty to use, so I'll skip that one.

    I use tobacco leaves. It makes a very pleasant-smelling smoke and doesn't seem to hurt the bees. A small...
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    Re: You don't know til you look

    No apologies necessary!

    Agree with your points.

    These days, advocating freedom is getting dangerous! Can't have people thinking for themselves or they might disagree with me...
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    Re: You don't know til you look

    Got into two hives and added a frame of brood and bees to each, since there didn't appear to be queens present.

    No signs of DWV in 4 hives I looked in today, but did spot a mite each in the two...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    4 years experience and one total collapse with 100% loss, so I know at least one way to kill bees. Not proven that I know how to keep them alive yet!

    I don't use drone frames. I just put a medium...
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    Re: Queen not allowed into her own hive

    Thanks Dexter for finishing the thread with a nice conclusion. Learned something I didn't know before.
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