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    Re: Weak hive and wax moths

    Love your signature Odfrank :D
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    Re: Weak hive and wax moths

    That is similar winter temperatures to my winter. Simple to get hives through and I even take 3 frame nucs through. What are your minimum night time temperatures? Here we never go below about 35. If...
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    Re: Weak hive and wax moths

    Absolutely. Give it your best shot. :thumbsup:
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    Re: Dead virgins in JZBZ cages

    To find out, do it again but take JWPalmers suggestion and put in some fondant. If the queens live, you know it was likely food related. If they still die, it was something else, maybe as you...
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    Re: Weak hive and wax moths

    First, about the oxalic treatments, the 3 treatments will have killed a lot of mites, but not got them all. Recommend doing some more treatments. Once you are finding few to none mites on the drop...
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    Re: TF in a world that treats

    Some great common sense advice, much would apply in the non TF world also.
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    Re: Dead virgins in JZBZ cages

    Very possibly, I'm with Michael Bush on this.

    There may be other issues because people do successfully hatch virgins into cages.

    But the reason I have never done it is because of exactly what...
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    Re: Dead virgins in JZBZ cages

    I'm not familiar with those cages either so can't comment on that. Plus I have never banked virgins, only mated queens.
    But something noticeable is the cages are on the bottom bar, were there heaps...
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    Re: Cell size survey.

    You still following me around? :eek:

    Wondered where you been. :D

    Thanks for sharing all my TF bees were lost but it's hardly a secret it is all documented here on Beesource Mischief. Great to...
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    Re: Cell size survey.

    My experience exactly FP. I was told that bees build larger than 4.9 because we have raised them in artificially large foundation, and only when they have been "regressed" for enough generations will...
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    Re: Two untreated hives in my bee yard

    Did you check to see if the treatment worked?

    Cos if it worked, the catastrophic losses would not have been caused by mites.

    A hive that was treated but the treatment didn't kill the mites, is...
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    Re: Cell size survey.

    Here in New Zealand the only 4.9 sized cell you will find in a wild removal will be an odd one where there is a fault or join in a comb. Other than that they don't exist naturally.

    Yet in Lusby's...
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    Re: Cell size survey.

    This would be at variance with D Lusby, who is adamant the combs must be 4.9 throughout.
    To her, a hive with any larger than 4.9 comb in the brood nest, other than her 10% drone comb, is not a small...
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    Re: Two untreated hives in my bee yard

    LOL. Kirk Webster has said that mites are our friends and we should actually build a shrine to them.

    Sounds like the best outcome Miller. It is near certain that your friend will lose his hives,...
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    Re: Two untreated hives in my bee yard

    If it's hard being forced to say no to a friend, show him this thread to help him see reason.
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    Re: Two untreated hives in my bee yard

    Millar has said he is mentoring the guy. Which would indicate the other guy is a new inexperienced beekeeper. Probably read some of that TF stuff on the internet and is now enthused to try it out.
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    Re: Two untreated hives in my bee yard

    As an aside, i have several times been approached by "friends", who have a hive or two they cannot find a home for, ask me if they can put them in one of my bee yards.

    Although very uncomfortable...
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    Re: Two untreated hives in my bee yard

    I would worry, yes.

    If his hives get loaded up with mites, they will very definately spread into your hives.

    It is completely unreasonable for him to carry out his TF experiment, in your...
  19. Sticky: Re: treating vs. not treating for mites: opinion thread

    LOL. If they use non resistant bees, the results are a forgone conclusion, why even run the trial.

    I didn't know Juhani, that someone in Hawaii had bred 100% VSH bees. How heritable is that down...
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    Re: Florida bee keepers. what kind of bee?

    It's a bog standard honeybee. Size can vary.
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    Re: Bee's Gone

    No the reverse is the case. As bees sicken and die from mite related pathogens, the dying bees get as far away from the hive as they can, and one of the tell tale signs when a hive has died of mites...
  22. Thread: Bee's Gone

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    Re: Bee's Gone

    That's pretty good advice Grey Goose.

    I do something similar but a bit less formalised, I'll allow a bad season at a site, 2 bad seasons at a site and i pull the bees.
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    Re: Bee's Gone

    OK well saying the number of mites was not a lot, could be an issue. One mans not a lot, may not be the bees not a lot.

    Wether to re use the combs depends what the hive died of. If it was just...
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    Re: iPhone Microwaves Causes Absconding

    Thank you Cloverdale, we have our answer.
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    Re: iPhone Microwaves Causes Absconding

    Thing is, the OP made no mention of transmitting or anything else. The claim was very simple. You put an iphone on the hive lid, and the bees immediately start to abscond.

    Well there we have it,...
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