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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    The first brood capped after a broodless period is always going to have high mites. I think GWW is right.

    You may be pleasantly surprised with the queens.
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    I have no mental enthusiasm for my classes, even those which are superficially interesting. It's for a BSN, nursing, which I agreed to get when I was hired. And that is the basic qualification in...
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    Re: You don't know til you look

    Checked the 2 hives at my dad's place. Pulled a few frames, lots of brood in various stages and lots of new comb, so looks good. Cut off a chunk of drone comb maybe 3" X 3" to check for mites. Found...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    I have heard that Langstroth hives are based on a peach crate he had handy.

    This summer is busy. Work, and I am in school all summer. Lots of annoying homework and no vacation time from work. I am...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    The bought mother is mixed Russian/something, correct? Be interesting to see what the next generation looks like.
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    Are those home-made mini frames? Your design or something you found?

    What the heck do you plan to do with all those queens? :-) A good problem to have.
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    Re: Need Advice with a Double Stack 5 Fram Nuc

    I'm also curious why you don't want to split now. Dearth? Don't want more colonies?

    As Mr. Palmer says, check that lower box. It may be empty or may have a bunch of swarm cells.

    You can do a...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    GregV sounds like you are having fun. Hope the Russian proves out. Winter is the test.

    I am thinking of making up some smaller nucs this winter to try next year. Last winter I made all 5-frame...
  9. Re: How long a brood break is sufficient to break mite cycle

    Sadly true. If the bees are not doing it themselves, all these manipulations and treatments are just scratching the edges of the problem. I am simply trying to keep some hives alive through next...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0960982219306736
    A Maternal Effect on Queen Production in Honeybees

    Eggs laid in queen cells are larger than eggs laid in worker cells, and...
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    Re: You don't know til you look

    Have all but one out of nucs and into 10-deep hives. Down to 6 in my back yard and two at the farm.

    Had a lot of fun at my niece's house. 4 kids, 7 on down. The littlest gave my leg a hug. Cute...
  12. Thread: back in it again

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    Re: back in it again

    Best of luck!
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    Re: You don't know til you look

    A small disappointment. I went looking for a strong nuc to take to my niece. First checked the nuc that was laying worker, had got a queen and had normal brood. Now it is back to laying worker. I...
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    Re: You don't know til you look

    Nice day, with a short, hard thunderstorm. It's been a good July so far and the flow is still going strong.

    I scraped a frame of honey today and had corn bread with comb honey and butter, with...
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    Re: No luck in swarm traps

    I wonder if too much lemon grass scent? I bait every few months. I have also had zero luck this year, but I know some of the neighbors who had bees before do not this year, so maybe not many swarms...
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    Re: Richinbama 2018-2020 beekeeping quest

    Hope the back is holding up!
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    Great article. Thanks. I thought section this interesting:

    Viruses, Varroa Thresholds, and Virulence Management
    If virulence is not punished, it will proliferate. Keeping weak colonies alive...
  18. Re: How long a brood break is sufficient to break mite cycle

    Thanks to Litsinger for posting this study (open access):
    https://www.cell.com/trends/parasitology/fulltext/S1471-4922(20)30101-X#%20

    I am thinking particularly about the following paragraph:
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    How many years?
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    That is certainly an additional factor tending in the same direction.
  21. Thread: Our bees

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    Re: Our bees

    Welcome!
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    Re: You don't know til you look

    Not one single SHB this year! What's up with that?
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    Re: You don't know til you look

    Foragers drift a lot into nearby hives. If one has a nice homey queen smell and the other doesn't, I suspect the drift will trend towards the hive with the queen. The two hives were one hive until a...
  24. Re: How long a brood break is sufficient to break mite cycle

    You hit the nail! Without disease control any population will crash occasionally, whatever species, wild or domestic. With an apiary packed with multiple hives it is similar to feedlot cattle. If you...
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    Re: You don't know til you look

    Impulse grabbed me by the throat yesterday. I was looking into my 'biggest' hive and considering adding another medium super between the top super, which has brood, and the bottom deep. I was all set...
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