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    Sticky: Re: a little scientific involvement with TF bees.

    the US commercial gene pool is more deverce then the native populations in Europe, the opsict of what one would expect.
    "We found that managed honey bees actually have higher levels of genetic...
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    Re: Failed OAV treatments?

    The OA lable reads "Use only in late fall or early spring when little or no brood is present. Oxalic Acid Dihydrate might damage bee brood. Oxalic Acid Dihydrate will not control Varroa mites in...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    to bee fair, sam comfort has had a Zombee tat for quite a while
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    The name is used as a tongue and cheek name for survivor stock, a bit of a dig at those who don't believe such things exist
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    Sticky: Re: a little scientific involvement with TF bees.

    are you using a caged virgin as Larry Connor suggests?
    http://www.wicwas.com/sites/default/files/articles/Bee_Culture/BC2003-12.pdf


    then don't split....
    . Lusby 1989...
  5. Re: Still have lots of drone brood so today I grafted.

    its only costly if you use it to finish and bust up , the bees can go back to their hive in 24 hours so you only barrow them for a bit, once started the cells can be finished in a queen right hive ...
  6. Re: I dropped my queen outside my hive in the grass

    had a young one(just started to lay, no larva yet) get loose after I marked her and she took off, stood real still for about 2 min and I could hear here coming back, much releife to see that green...
  7. Re: Bees are omnivores and need the Amino Acids from microbes in bee bead.

    and that's the argument. We have had a lot of fokes say they went TF so they didn't mess with the microbes or some such
    and I have rode some of them hard about proof on what the microbes do (most...
  8. Bees need the Amino Acids from microbes in bee bead.

    "Bees actually require the non-plant proteins of these pollen-borne symbionts to complete their growth and development—which makes them omnivores,"...
  9. Re: Still have lots of drone brood so today I grafted.

    splits can cost you....
    a cup of bees in a foam mini (now on its 3rd round of queens) doesn't really
  10. Re: Still have lots of drone brood so today I grafted.

    Placed grafts last night, got a round caged and one being finished
    Still got plenty of drone brood, all the mating nucs are set up and runing and my cell builder is self sustaining(single box...
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    Re: Mixing a few (5-12) gallons of syrup

    For ease of not haveing to heat water, and my back, I mix like elmer_fud with 25# bags and 2 gal of hot tap water to a 5 gal bucket.. makes 1.59:1 and its thick enuff it doesn't spoil.
    worth...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    general statement on stock selection (that I harp on a lot :rolleyes:), not aimed at you, but this line as a great example
    There are those that would have split them 4 ways comes spring as they were...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    welp... dives home my point that "survived a winter TF" doesn't make it breeding stock..

    if you want honey i say pinch the queen, 8 days later no more open brood, no more drain of resources and...
  14. Re: Bee questions (Deadheading and Lbs of sugar per hive a year)

    deadheading works well when the farmer times cuting the alfalfa right.

    sugar per hive is all about how much they make and how much you take
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    Re: Why Treatment Free.

    in your area I would check out http://yardbirdsfarm.com/beekeeping/
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    Re: Storing unmated queens

    my preference would be to leave them in the cages, in the builder.
    I just checked mine tonight... 4 alive, 3 dead, one still twitching a bit, 4 not emerged yet(broke open a cell and she came out )...
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    Re: Pre winter planing and experiment idea

    I see the 4500 number used in for deep langs as well...

    one sorce puts deep national at 6,360 cells per frame and the deep lang at 6141 cell per frame, another sorce says 6818 per frame for...
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    Re: Pre winter planing and experiment idea

    its a spit ball 5600 to 6k workers
    Smith et al., 2016 5919 +- 1797 for a package, 5592 +-805 for a overwintered hive
    Link to his table here...
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    Re: Getting comb drawn 'on demand'.

    3/7 timing boxes tend not draw drone were as a single often will
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    Re: Band heater vaporizer.

    would love some more pictures
    I have one coming that is made to fit 1.25" FNPT for paint masking might be able to avoid the sanding
  21. Re: clarification: varroa mites -> deformed wing virus -> colony collapse

    disagree on both
    I feel the most significant is the mite to brood ratio when winter bees are raised, next is the nurse bees that will raize the winter bees. winter bees are the last round, maybe 2...
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    Re: splits in the same yard

    shake a frame or 2 of open brood in front of the weak hive, the bulk will be nurce bees who don't know were home is and will just crawl in the closest box
  23. Re: clarification: varroa mites -> deformed wing virus -> colony collapse

    sure it is...
    The point is its a mite to bee ratio... Its so not so much the amount of mite reproduction, its the bee reduction!
    when you drop form 48,000 bees with brood on, most of the mites in...
  24. Re: OAD dosage and unwise to do a dribble during a dearth?

    per the lable (law) its usually done with no flow "Use only in late fall or early spring when little or no brood is present." to TB LLC's point yes if they are hard up on carbs its ruffer on them,...
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    Re: Band heater vaporizer.

    Thanks
    that's what I thought I saw in the 1st picture, but I was 2nd guessing that it may come in on the side of the plug so it could be tapped and mounted to the AL stock
    most of the parts came...
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