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    Re: Creamed honey question

    You say 90 degrees and cooling, so i don't know what the actual temperature was. But if it was a genuine 90 degrees, that is way too hot and very likely melted the little seed crystals in your seed...
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    Re: Painting active hive

    I did try this one time on a single decker hive waiting for a purchaser to collect it. I was also painting boxes that day so had paint of the right color on the paint brush, decided a dash of paint...
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    Re: How to know if you have been rejected

    She said 25 C daytime and 19 C at night, that's pretty warm, my guess is they could use some more room.
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    Re: White milky substance

    Does the white milky substance look a little bit like this?

    https://i.postimg.cc/Pxz5NKGV/larvae.jpg
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    Re: why did they swarm?

    Bees swarm because it is their instinct to do so, and the only way they could reproduce, until humans started messing with them.

    Warre boxes are tiny, around 1/2 the cubic area of a langstroth. So...
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    Re: White milky substance

    Is this white milky substance in cells around a larva?
  7. Thread: Honey Fakery

    by Oldtimer
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    Re: Honey Fakery

    Grozzie do you know what these NMR tests cost?
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    Re: Rotating Treatments Question

    Thanks Kuro, that is good (but scary), to know.

    With the way Amitraz has been used and abused in beehives, it is almost as though varroa cannot develop resistance, or you would think, they would...
  9. Re: 2 Months Later, Nuc hasn't touched non-Nuc frames

    Wouldn't swap or combine with another hive, just incase the problem is an infection such as varroa mites, or N. cerana, or such.

    How strong is the nuc bee wise? Is it a full four frames well...
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    Re: Rotating Treatments Question

    For mites to develop resistance to either formic acid or oxalic acid would require massive changes to the actual mite, not just a few changes in DNA. So it is far off, if ever, that we need worry...
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    Re: Reverse queen splits

    Just to explain that a bit more, consider this hypothetical example of a beekeeper who likes golden italian bees, but purchases an isolated apiary of pure black carniolans.

    So he kills all the...
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    Re: Reverse queen splits

    And the drones from those virgins once they are laying, will not be carrying those genetics.

    Gotta think about that one. ;)

    Just got to keep feeding in a reasonable number of desireable...
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    Re: Reverse queen splits

    Johno i tried something last spring that was a bit different, but worked quite well. Hives with swarm cells and a queen i didn't really want, I found and killed the queen, plus killed all but one of...
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    Re: Reverse queen splits

    Very good points.

    Here's my take. Bees have always come from swarms, so in theory, continuing to take bees from swarms shouldn't change much.

    BUT, there is the human factor. Before humans...
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    Re: Ceracel Hive Top Feeder: My review.

    How to avoid drowning in top feeders? This is how.

    Trap for new players is they put a few sticks in and think the bees will stand on them. But bees push and shove, a good mess of straw (not hay)...
  16. Re: Please Help, bees swarmed, captured them added to new hive, swarmed again.

    Well looks like the sun was not an issue, but with that entrance restrictor plus the lemongrass oil it may have been abit overpowering for them in there.
  17. Re: Please Help, bees swarmed, captured them added to new hive, swarmed again.

    With no information about the hive you put them in, other than you put Lemon Grass Oil? in it, hard to make any informed comment why they might have left.

    However the lemon grass oil may have been...
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    Re: Reverse queen splits

    I'm in a different country to you Alram. The bees i sell do not have swarm made queens they have queens raised from selected breeders.

    Hives i have that have a swarm raised queen get treated the...
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    Re: Reverse queen splits

    That's the problem, it's called hive creep. You keep getting more and more hives LOL.

    But for me not an issue, I sell bees, that's my job.
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    Re: Deformed Wing Virus question

    In early fall, 1% mite infestation (which you have), is my treatment threshold. Because in fall with declining bee population, 3 mites a sample can quickly become 15 mites per sample.

    In spring,...
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    Re: Reverse queen splits

    Yes, more bees with her would have been better. Moving her with a few bees, means she has laying potential, but can't use it due to lack of bees, whereas the other hive has plenty of adult bee...
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    Re: Reverse queen splits

    You did the right thing, trick with this maneuvre is to move most of the bees with the queen in that split so that she is able to continue laying strongly and be a productive colony, but won't swarm...
  23. Re: Found My 1st Deformed Wings - What Steps Do I Take Now?

    You are more generous than I, but fair enough, there is a time to walk away.

    Sounds like Bush Pilot has matters in hand and is doing the right things, so all the best, keep us informed how things...
  24. Thread: Honey Fakery

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    Re: Honey Fakery

    Excellent post KB Garrison.

    It is astonishing that a beekeepers organisation would be supporting the legalising of fake honey. Only motivation i could imagine would be if they had their own...
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    Re: Slatted Rack Difference

    Very interesting Michael. Especially about the temperature, I never knew that.

    And your post too Little John. :)
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