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    Sticky: Re: clong 2018-2019 Treatment Free Experience

    I just got a chance to look at this thread. I haven't gotten to read the paper yet.

    https://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?356341-a-scientific-look-at-mite-bombs&p=1742229#post1742229
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    JW, its reassuring to hear you and others are seeing the same. I don't worry over my hives as much as I used to, but it is still tempting to dive in and "do something." My wife says "do nothing." ...
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    Russ,

    Thanks for the good wishes.

    Westley was mean for about 6 weeks running. As soon as I would lift the tele-cover the bees would come boiling out and start pinging me. I've detected faint...
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    7/6/19 Hive Report

    Went out to the beeyard with the intent to locate the queen in Piper. The plan was to mark her and move some eggs into an 8-frame nuc to make some queen cells. There was a...
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    Russ,

    Not only do bee scout for future homes before leaving the current one, they may even clean them in advance of the swarm departing!

    In the latest Beekeeper's Corner podcasts 156 & 157,...
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    I don't post too much in the way of research, but my wife sent me an interesting link this morning concerning the role of RNA in honey bee colonies. I think it might have implications regarding...
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    Re: What am I seeing?

    Like this?

    https://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?339137-Crystalline-Honey&p=1563719#post1563719

    See second photo.
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    Russ,

    My orchard is covered with wood chips too. Did you get that idea from Paul Gautschi? He did a documentary called "Back to Eden".
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    Russ,

    Many, many times over the years, including recently. Some will take off and fly with coaxing. I've found others that won't. I've found frazzled oldsters, younger bees, and drones. I...
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    Russ,

    Fantastic! Thanks for the link.
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    How do you identify a "crawler"? Do they look like they are hobbled? Are they bees wandering around on the ground?
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    I resemble that remark! I learned to ride a unicycle in my young, conquer-the-world days. Let me tell you it took my shins a long time to return to normal.
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    Russ,

    My wife bought me one for Father's Day. It is a good-looking poster. Now that harvest is over, I'm going to enjoy watching the bees and trying to determine what they are packing. I'm not...
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    Russ,

    Very nice links. You can couple the one above with this chart:

    https://www.eversweetapiaries.com/product/spring-pollen-poster/
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    Russ,

    I hope your season finishes out well too. Thankfully, my girls put up with me. And I don't mean the bees.
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    Re: Trapping 2019 - success rate?

    Greg,

    I saw this behavior 3 times this season at two different traps. You get your hopes up, then pffffft! Another reminder that we are not in control. :-)
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    6/14/19 Hive Report

    Three hives were opened. Piper (1803) was harvested taking advantage of an usually cool morning of 54 degrees to utilize an escape board. The escape was on for only 18 hours....
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    Re: Need extra bees for small nucs

    JW,

    Thanks for the idea. I have a dishpan, but I never thought to use it like that. Next time, I will.
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    Re: Need extra bees for small nucs

    rwlaw,

    Thanks for the warning.

    It ended up that I tried the beard-scraping technique. I couldn't resist.

    I learned a few things:

    1. The bearding bees consisted of roughly 1/2 foragers...
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    Re: Need extra bees for small nucs

    Mr. Bush,

    I might try one honey frame to observe what happens. Then I'll use brood frames to ensure good results.

    Thank you.
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    Re: Need extra bees for small nucs

    A second question comes into mind: what sort of bees hang out when bees are bearding? Are they foragers, house bees are both? Anyone know?
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    Re: Need extra bees for small nucs

    rwlaw,

    Nice solution. I've read something like that before, but forgot about it.

    I suppose I could shake from honey frames and learn through experience.
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    Need extra bees for small nucs

    I have three nucs just started with queen cells which need a few more bees.
    I also have a large hive with 4 full honey supers which are almost ready for removal. This hive is bearding 2-3 pounds of...
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    Russ,

    1. 2x stock does help vs 1x, without a doubt. I have a few 2x 8-frame mediums. As I get older, I am loathe to heave around all the heavy lumber. I've had some acute episodes with my back...
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    Russ,

    1" poly rigid foam on all all four sides of each box, non foil-faced. The foam on the outside of the boxes is painted.

    2" rigid foam tightly wedged inside a custom-built telescoping...
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