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    Re: UPS Lost my bees

    The pandemic is throwing a whole new wrench into distribution of bees this year. More to come on this.....
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    Re: Queen Not Laying Coming Out of Winter

    I had a look at some of the content in that link of Saltybee https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK200983/

    What a humbling piece of work. Many different pheremones, different conditions and...
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    Re: Queen Not Laying Coming Out of Winter

    I thought I had seen discussion that it was the laying state of the queen that prevented LW development but I have often seen it attributed to the lack of the distinctive pheremones of young brood ...
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    Re: Queen Not Laying Coming Out of Winter

    Dan, I see your logic; my understanding is that it is the absence of the substance given off by a laying queen that prevents the development of laying workers. (As an aside I wonder if a drone laying...
  5. Re: Any alternatives to Kelley F style foundationless frames?

    I rip thin strips of wood to dab with glue and drop into the groove of frames designed for plastic foundation.
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    Re: Queen Not Laying Coming Out of Winter

    Dan can you explain what convinces you LW would typically be young bees? I have posted quite a few times about a laying worker colony being worthless because they would be, typically, aged bees. It...
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    Re: Is it time to take insulation off of my hives

    I just came in from opening up one of my colonies that has had very little activity at entrances. Bees on 5 frames and eggs. They appear to be working down into the lower box also. At least 4 frames...
  8. Re: 4/4/4 overwintering nucs...?best way to overwinter bees

    I think GG is correct that the narrow but tall arrangement is key to the bees not being inclined to ever get far from their food source and locked on brood. If you are feeding up to weight in the...
  9. Thread: Ferdhart

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    Re: Ferdhart

    Probably some mold. As things warm up and the bees get things organized they will wash, wax and polish the floors! Not a problem.
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    Re: Double screen board requeening method

    A sheet of 3/8 ply wood with a hole or two, 4 inches square or so, screened both sides to exchange hive smells and heat but prevent exchange of queen scent material. That will create conditions for...
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    Re: Double screen board requeening method

    Did you edit from your original post? Perhaps I misread.
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    Re: Double screen board requeening method

    Do you have pictures of those you made?
  13. Re: backyard beek trying to raise splits/swarm cells?

    Is your comb wax foundation or plastic? Cells are difficult and sometimes impossible to cut off plastic foundation without irreparable damage. Getting them accepted is accepted is where the cell...
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    Re: Double screen board requeening method

    Snelgrove explains it very well. That would be his method 2. Why pinch the old queen? That suggestion is not necessary until you wish to recombine and can be avoided entirely by just removing the...
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    Re: Shelter in place...unintended consequences

    We have a short retention time. Humans are programmed to strongly discount the future. Eat, drink, and be merry has been good survival tactics for the species so far; just look at our numbers!...
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    Re: Is it time to take insulation off of my hives

    I think we all use analogies to help explain our hypotheses about what we observe. Sometimes they are quite accurate parallels and sometimes not. They can be cherry picked to suggest proof of concept...
  17. Re: High certainty swarm prevention in dense suburb

    You could give it a try; some people feel that two supers plus an excluder works reliably. I have had them fail to start cells with that setup but dont remember what other conditions might have...
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    I have used some screen from an old satellite dish. I just glue it on with panel adhesive.
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    One screen on each side of the board creates enough distance between them to keep the bees on one side from feeding or sharing queen pheremones. Through a single screen they can swap chewing gum with...
  20. Re: Single brood Box honey production manipulation

    I believe you will still have to check for started cells on the brood frames you pull up above the excluder. I believe Roland has mentioned doing so. He claims to be able to overhaul and inspect a...
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    Re: Is it time to take insulation off of my hives

    I believe the reason for them being in the cell is to heat the comb. The comb is the conducting surface though the bees are the heat source. I dont think the assumption has been that they crawled in...
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    Beebeard; Good clear explanation.
  23. Thread: Student Survey

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    Re: Student Survey

    I had a bit of a reaction that the student should be doing a bit more research on his/her own. That was behind my search suggestion rather than have us do the leg work.
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    If it doesnt have a name, I think it deserves one!
  25. Re: Single brood Box honey production manipulation

    European Foulbrood one season and lost colonies to possibly nosema the next.
    The organisms are supposedly infective on comb for year and a half to two years so I will let it sit while I meditate on...
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