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    Re: November Presentation

    In those temperatures you could with care, remove a suitable comb with bees to put in an observation hive for a day. You would want to push the remaining combs together so there is not a gap in the...
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    Re: Totally Black Honeybee

    Were they a bit shiny and wet looking?
  3. Sticky: Re: treating vs. not treating for mites: opinion thread

    Did think of that, but it's the comb that's important. When I was running small cell I could dump a package of LC bees into a box of SC comb, long as it was black comb that was too hard for them to...
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    Re: I left my hive sealed up - UGH!

    You were lucky indeed. Very surprised they survived, even with the SBB, as dead bees will often clog it.
  5. Sticky: Re: treating vs. not treating for mites: opinion thread

    Based on the assumption that TF bees really do learn to bite mites by watching other bees.

    Probably the bees should have been homogenised prior to the experiment, which would also have homogenised...
  6. Sticky: Re: treating vs. not treating for mites: opinion thread

    Well not the smoke i use plenty of that, but otherwise your description sounds like me. :D. Why would i not want gentle bees?
  7. Re: Is this robbing in progress? Anything to do?

    What is it between the box and the bottom board?
  8. Re: Giganto Hive: How to get them to condense resources

    Kinda.

    First off, the other posters give excellent advice also, there are many ways to achieve a good result. My suggestion is just one way, of several good ways.

    But if you reduce the hive and...
  9. Re: Giganto Hive: How to get them to condense resources

    In a couple of weeks when they have settled into their new sized hives, you can put an empty super on, then above that put boxes with honey, they should remove the honey and store it downstairs.
  10. Re: Giganto Hive: How to get them to condense resources

    For both hives, remove all boxes except the bottom 2. Just jam the bees down, they will find a way to fit. If the bigger hive has brood in different sized frames you may have to leave a third box of...
  11. Re: Is it feasible to control swarming without performing a spring split?

    What is wrong with it is that over time you will populate your apiary with the swarmiest of bees.
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    Re: What is treatment free?

    OK well i picked up the phone and called my Chinese friend who is a hobby beekeeper and runs a food production company, he thinks the idea has merit we are going to work something out.

    He's got a...
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    Re: What is treatment free?

    Hmm that's interesting.

    Exporting food comes with a lot of hassles but there is a sizeable Asian market here. I'll talk to some Asian friends and see what they want and if we can work something...
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    Re: What is treatment free?

    What kind of money does that larvae juice fetch.

    Price of honey here has tanked, looking at all options.
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    Re: What is treatment free?

    Probably because that's how wasp larvae are eaten in some Asian countries.

    I know a lady who was born in Vietnam, her parents were arrested by the communists and as a young girl she was left to...
  16. Re: mass of dead bees in feeder's shallow "moat"; any ideas re: why?!

    If they get a little syrup on them then hit water they are done.

    How to prevent? Suggest putting your dish of syrup on a tube of some kind with some grease on it to stop the ants.
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    Re: What is treatment free?

    Thanks Greg, very interesting. :)
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    Re: Need a Diagnosis

    Were the dead brood under a mite strip?
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    Re: Need a Diagnosis

    My guess also, some bees will suck the larvae dry when they are starving.

    Not going with mites based on the pics anyway, because would expect to see some more mature dead larvae plus younger dead...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015-2019 treatment free experience

    Mine, bit of a mix to be honest. Some came through weaker than normal, there's also some overly strong ones. Once I would have balanced them out, but now because of the increasing number of pathogens...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015-2019 treatment free experience

    Well, all the best :)
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015-2019 treatment free experience

    This has been tried here as an AFB cleaning attempt, (even though it's illegal here), not successful because it is very difficult to get the liquid into every cell.
    BTW not me doing that but I have...
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    Re: What is treatment free?

    OK, I don't actually read everything on Beesource so was not aware.

    I haved eaten larvae out of curiosity, but to me taste pretty nasty, much like royal jelly. However it is probably pretty...
  24. Thread: tiny swarm

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    Re: tiny swarm

    I haven't used formic for several years, but now I think about it, i did see queens being chased aggressively a few times when the hive was being treated. Lost the odd queen also, maybe they were out...
  25. Re: Is it feasible to control swarming without performing a spring split?

    Sometimes I'll find a super strong hive building queen cells, I do not want to make a split, use a snellboard, or take bees, but I know that even if I kill the queen cells and re arrange the hive,...
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