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    Re: Dead virgins in JZBZ cages

    I have watched virgins emerge in my observation hive and they are voracious when they first emerge. If you don't have some crystallized honey for them to eat they will quickly die. Or they will...
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    Re: Mid-Missouri Hello

    I always feel so cosmopolitan when driving through Missouri. I can go to Lebanon, Mexico, Herculaneum, Amsterdam, Troy, Sweden, Paris, Cairo, Columbia, Cuba, Cape Girardeau, Carthage, Glascow,...
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    Re: Two untreated hives in my bee yard

    The outline:
    http://www.bushfarms.com/beesfoursimplesteps.htm

    More details:
    http://www.bushfarms.com/beessctheories.htm
    http://www.bushfarms.com/beesnotreatments.htm...
  4. Re: German Black bees in the Southeastern US actually Apis mellifera iberiensis?

    >Even in Genesis I read something about when Adam and Eve were made they were somewhere like Ethiopia or something mentioned about Ethiopia...
    >>Not that I believe this article, but some might beg...
  5. Re: Ulster Hive - Mann Lake or Brushy Mountain?

    >But when I lift up on it, it's lifting perpendicular to the latches, so the top cover comes up about 1/8"

    That was my problem.

    >Two bees wriggled out as I was handling the OH, which cause some...
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    Re: Two untreated hives in my bee yard

    >I contend when you say your bees "do fine with no treatments at all", you should qualify and clarify.

    I think I have many times.

    >Specifically - what is exact status of your bees, what is...
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    Re: Two untreated hives in my bee yard

    When treating doesn't work the people who believe in treating blame those who are not treating. Why not count mites and see how the untreated hives are doing? Mine do fine with no treatments at...
  8. Re: German Black bees in the Southeastern US actually Apis mellifera iberiensis?

    Adam and Eve were in the Garden and that was at the confluence of the Tigres and Euphrates rivers, which would be in modern day Iraq.
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    Re: Wax Dipping Setup

    >How do you transport your vessel on and off the stove and how heavy is it with the solidified wax in it?

    I don't ever remove it. I have a lid which I put on it with some bricks to hold it down....
  10. Re: How much honey could one expect from one hive? Spring

    >Nebraska at 63 and 59 pounds.

    I haven't kept up. If it's up to 63 that's good. :) I'm pretty sure it used to be around 40 when I checked a few years ago.
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    Re: Wax Dipping Setup

    >#1) seems as though everyone is very concerned about fire hazard with the open flame and melted wax (rightfully so)

    You certainly need to be aware of the issue, but I've been doing it on an open...
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    Re: queen excluders

    The plastic ones you need to keep out of the sun. They fall apart if they get too much sun. They also are harder to clean since you can't use a torch if you need it. I really like the wood bound...
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    Re: Help with Comb Honey

    As mentioned, you need a strong flow and a strong hive. You also will have better luck if you crowd them and maximize the foragers by doing a cut down split as close as you can get to two weeks...
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    The Nebraska average is 40 pounds...
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    Re: How do bees ventilate in the winter?

    In very low temperatures they move very slowly and they don't ventilate.
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    Re: New to bees

    There isn't much in any of the "kits" that I would even buy...

    http://www.bushfarms.com/beesoptions.htm
    http://www.bushfarms.com/beesnewbees.htm
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    Re: Well this might change things!

    I've typically heard "up to 40" so "up to 50" isn't that far from that. It's not that hard to test since all the sperm from one drone are identical. Some DNA testing should give a very accurate...
  18. Re: Top Bar Package Install Schedule Feedback Requested

    http://www.bushfarms.com/beespackages.htm

    Day 1 – install bees and direct release the queen. If nothing is blooming, feed.
    Day 10 – quickly check and replace feeders if nothing is blooming and...
  19. Re: How much honey could one expect from one hive? Spring

    >could you expect 80-100 lbs per colony?

    You can expect whatever you like. But keep in mind:

    "Blessed is the man who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed"--Alexander Pope
    ...
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    Re: I need to move my hives. When is best?

    Three days.
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    Re: Chalk brood and thyme

    It takes a lot of concentrated thymol to show serious antimicrobial effects. It's doubtful that sprigs of thyme will produce the kind of concentration necessary to kill the chalkbrood. I would...
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    Re: Dzierzon's Beehives

    And yet books from Nichol Jacobi to Shirach to Moses Quinby have people who are keeping bees in hives without movable combs who are harvesting without killing the bees, doing walk away splits and...
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    Re: Collecting pollen or not

    >...will help stop a possible swarming- to keep the hive from becoming pollen bound

    No. It will not stop swarming. They will simply gather more pollen to make up for what they lose in the trap.
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    Re: Dzierzon's Beehives

    >Abby warre also mentions that as the practice of his and others and the reason his hive and management was a better way.

    Everyone selling a better hive has said that. Certainly SOME people...
  25. Re: Two different bee races in one colony.

    The research would indicate that the more genetic lines in a colony the better they do... mine are all pretty mixed by color anyway...
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