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    Re: Intro as well as being treatment free

    If I was Dr. Sharashkin, I'd just run a line of give away little nucs and give them as complement to the visitors.
    If you think of it - setting up a line of little nucs over summer costs near...
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    Re: Intro as well as being treatment free

    On a paper map, you guys look just a short drive away apart!
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    Re: Intro as well as being treatment free

    In the case of HH, it maybe someone be actually be interested to visit him .
    I certainly would IF not for the distance.

    Pretty much, I am ready to share some of my experience/resources/time in...
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    Re: Queen replacement strategy advice needed

    You kind of created a problem for yourself - your new queens are arriving today - and yet you have no queen-less units waiting for the queens and don't really have a plan for these new queens.

    The...
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    Re: Subspecies identification by color pattern

    That....
    OR - let few units die off over the winter.
    Seriously.
    Time to start weeding out the package genetics as an ongoing management (else you don't know which of your bees are still worth...
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    Re: Expanding Top-Bar Hive

    Just shift your bars backwards and "checker-board" in a couple of empty bars into the brood area.
    May build some more.

    But do no more than 1-2 empty bars at this point.
    Since you are in VA (see...
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    Re: Intro as well as being treatment free

    I can certainly understand - he is trying to make a living best he can (as an independent entity).
    On the other hand, you just may have bee available to you just as good as Dr. Sharashkin's (as...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    I have.
    When in a pinch, I will do that too - because I can (will fit 8 units into 4 long hives).
    I simply dislike tight quarters and try to avoid if I can help it (that empty hive end is very...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    Been finger-counting here....
    Well, shoot, if every July start-up pans out as set - I will have 20 units to try to winter.
    Now, I got no equipment to do that (yet).
    Why I am doing this to myself? ...
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    Re: Trapping 2019 - success rate?

    This reminds me my first trapping season - all new boxes - zero swarms.
    Any time you have a chance to "prime" some of these new boxes - do it - even as a quick, temporary nuc/split if that comes...
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    Re: Trapping 2019 - success rate?

    Yet - very much possible.
    Last year I had a trap being scouted for a month non-stop - before some swarm moved in (no idea if the original scouts finally moved in or someone else moved in).
    This...
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    Re: Intro as well as being treatment free

    I would also beg for a queen or two of his - being this close.
    Surely, he always has some spare queens and such.
    :)
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    Re: Subspecies identification by color pattern

    I would not worry of any "viruses".
    :)

    This is indeed the coloration you get when lots of imported package bees get dumped into your area - those Italian/Iberian drones are in the air diluting...
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    Re: Horrible mating numbers

    Sure thing, I just learned myself about the "dragonfly swarms" - a new thing to be aware of.

    Anyways, these two splits both (to the left of the mother hive) freshly mated in July.
    The mother hive...
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    Sticky: Re: SW Michigan Horizontal Hives - Sans Treatments

    All agreed - single-use types of equipment are often more liability than assets (talking a small-scale beek).
    Multi-use, flex equipment (e.g. single Lang deep/6-frame Layens mobile hive/similar...
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    Sticky: Re: SW Michigan Horizontal Hives - Sans Treatments

    Congrats, Man!

    Like I said, the traps require no gas or electricity - leave em hanging - be ready for surprises.
    The latest swarm I dragged down was on August 25th some years back now - they...
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    Re: How to not care for bees:

    What really shocked me - all that money spent on whatever.
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    Well, you certainly ran up lots of population by all that feeding. Hahaha!
    Chances are pretty darn high for now - your bees will be alive and well without all your sugar syrup.

    I would take the...
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    Re: Horrible mating numbers

    Certainly.
    For sure, after reading some about the "dragonfly swarms" - it certainly may impact things (not just mating but overall bee pop impact).
    Thinking - if a static, feeding dragonfly swarm...
  20. Thread: Dragonfly swarms

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    Dragonfly swarms

    Apparently, dragonflies can swarm.
    I found this rather accidentally while looking how much impact the dragonflies can inflict onto the bees (disrupting mating and such)

    Well, a swarm of...
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    Re: Brood Pattern: Spotty vs. Hygienic

    You should post a typical picture of your brood along with your questions.

    Brood is virtually never 100% solid.
    It is a degree and character of the misses that need examined.
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    Re: Horrible mating numbers

    Move the mating yard.


    https://agdev.anr.udel.edu/maarec/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/Pests_of_Honey_Bees_PM.pdf

    PS: posted about "dragonfly swarms" in the Pest department.
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    Re: Horrible mating numbers

    I am well aware we are talking of mating in progress right now (July).

    OK, immediately I can say - all my mating units (just like all hives, really) are sitting in bushes/tall weeds and...
  24. Thread: the "eco floor"

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    Re: the "eco floor"

    If I get to this project (seems doubtful - got bigger fish to fry), I may just do some rough wood shavings and bark chunks and so it will be a pass-through filter of sort.
    Bees will be able to get...
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    Re: Horrible mating numbers

    We can not see many things in this life.
    Sometimes obvious things.
    Just how it is....
    Unsure - you are talking of an individual colony size OR yard size? OR both?


    The nuc size maybe matters...
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