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    Re: Drones Blind Queens with Semen

    Many are getting sex backwards and mixed up these days, but I digress...:rolleyes:

    The conclusion of the study (or any study) are much more subjective than the base results. So, from the abstract...
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    Re: Drones Blind Queens with Semen

    That was my initial response this morning too. Their credibility was in question because the lead image/video is not a honey bee, then they have a stock photo of two "bumblebees" on comb.

  3. Re: Africanized Beehive ? Someone has tried ?

    African bees I can't speak to, but what we deal with are not pure.

    If beespace were that important to Africanized bees then I would think the natural comb they create would use it. My observation...
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    Re: Bananas and bees

    I think they will take anything sweet in a dearth. Or, it may be an opportunistic source. They will also go for old figs if there is nothing else around.

    However, back to the original question...
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    Re: Honey-b-gone for hive removal

    I have found forced absconds much less than ideal. I`ve tried Honey-be-Gone + smoke and just heavy smoke. The H-b-G seemed to get airborne and coated the bees. If you can smoke one end and drive...
  6. Re: How much honey do we leave for overwintering SE TX?

    It depends on your bees and what "winter" is. Mine generally are fairly dormant in early December. I try to get in an OAV before Christmas because that is the least brood. Often pollen and brood...
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    Re: Package VS. Nuc Challenge

    I think your original goal was stated incorrectly. You implied that any given package is as good as your selected stock (not necessarily "local", but try defining that well). Based on your...
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    Re: Vacuum sealing mason jars of honey?

    I think the OP is concerned with sealing more than preservation. I just torque it every time I handle it. I guess you could dry heat the lids to soften the rubber. They would cool before any...
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    Re: modified taranov split

    GregV, such absolutes - I thought you had been keeping bees for more than a week... :D I agree what the OP describes is not a Taranov.

    When I had a very small yard I used the Taranov process to...
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    Re: Vacuum sealing mason jars of honey?

    The listed food saver device does the same thing as the pressure cooker. It uses the standard lids and forms a small vacuum chamber.

    AMK, where are you getting the jars? I'm needing to restock.
  11. Re: Let's talk about your best Bee Vacuum Designs

    Originally I built the Bush kill with a separated vacuum. I wanted to see the collected bees, so I moved the vac hose to the bottom behind a large slanted screen of 8 mesh and window mesh opposite...
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    Re: Horrible mating numbers

    If you hatch them outside a nuc, I understand the acceptance is much higher if you include the cell when you install. You don't have many days to delay the install.
  13. Re: Cleaning SS extractor and SS storage drum

    If you don't want to mess with it I'll have my son drive over from Appleton and take it all off your hands. :)

    There are some commercial SS cleaners for kitchens available, but JW is spot on.
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    Re: Honey Tank Score!

    The honey gate will work, but you'd probably do better with a stainless steel ball valve. I've been considering a similar solution.
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    Re: OA question for Varo Vap

    Your generator will be fine. You can always try it outside the hive. Use your lawn mower?
  16. Re: temporary and inexpensive solutions for coloring hive bodies?

    I have a set of laminated signal flags I tape onto the nucs. They are designed for people to recognize, but I hope there's enough for the bees to get. I also set them away from my regular hives. ...
  17. Re: need a hand from those who have a maxant bottling tank

    Call Maxant; they may send you one.
  18. Re: Vertical Two queen hive - Top entrance or not?

    I've run 2 queen with a brood nest on the top and bottom allowing for both top and bottom entrances. As LJ said, this was to build up small colonies.

    For any sort of "production", you need to...
  19. Re: Workers Moving Eggs in Queenless Divided Hive?

    Here is a thread of interesting reading:

    The general consensus is that workers don't move eggs. So, ideas: it could be a drone...
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    Re: selling full frames for consumption

    I've had a lot of requests for comb honey, but nobody is willing to pay for it. The last comment was that it should be less because I didn't have to extract it. I don't think I would even try to...
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    Re: Want to make nucs up.

    You could always feed your larger colonies and move full frames to the nucs. Adapt as necessary...
  22. Re: I am trying to speed up my hive inspections.

    I think he is talking about being more efficient, not moving boxes and frames faster. I'm constantly battling the natural desire to watch the bees and their work. If I am intentional and keep track...
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    Re: DIY Bee Vac question

    I like the 1.25; it can get into most places. Too much suction can be a problem and you'll need a controllable relief hole at the vacuum side. I generally use 50% on a 20 foot hose. Corregation on...
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    Re: Super Size?

    I started with deeps in a long hives. Decided I wanted to use vertical and decided to standardise on 8 frame, so I cut them down. When I did a major purchase I got mediums thinking I'd use them as...
  25. Re: what size filter do you use to strain your honey?

    Someone is confused. 1875 micron is much larger gaps than the 650 micron. Run it thru both, let the bucket sit, then pull off the bottom if you can. The top strainer will get the bigger stuff...
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