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

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    4,000 years or so of rows..... must be something there

    Might it help, yes. If I put a band aid on a bullet wound it...
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    Re: A second incubator ?

    Why not run a bank?
    gives you a few weeks instead of a couple days.
    After my incubators overheat debacle, I have rather enjoyed the freedom of the bank... No worries about weather or work.. I go...
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    Re: Subspecies identification by color pattern

    it the US color would be poor indicator or genetics

    too many years of open mated mutts selected for color and traits

    if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck and fills the nitch sure....
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    Re: Horrible mating numbers

    Minnis are for those who would otherwise have a surplus of cells
    love to see the Iliazov # on success

    figure 8.8 pees per gram, a cup used to stock a mini (600) is like 68g of bees, so one...
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    Re: Emergency Queen Cells from Mini Mating Nucs

    I think minis are totally underrated by the hobiest market. The amount of local swarm cells that go to waste for lack of a home is a shame and drives the import market people get hung up on "drawn...
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    Re: a scientific look at 'mite bombs'

    There is an issue with gen pop confusing law, theory, hypotheses, and some youtuber's "good idea" (OAD fogging, FGMO fogging...etc)
    This moves the hypotheses of other studies that mite bombs are...
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    Re: a scientific look at 'mite bombs'

    Yep! which is why its odd Seeley presumed they would not rob at a distance that was much less than they fly to collect nectar.
    my point (made poorly) was that if wild bees didn't rob, we would see...
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    Re: a scientific look at 'mite bombs'

    Hmmm
    " Some have proposed that these mites may be adapted to disperse by selectively infesting foragers, and that they may even increase the rate at which these infested foragers drift by impeding...
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    Re: Emergency Queen Cells from Mini Mating Nucs

    The answer is a bit complex
    You need 400 mixed age nurses or 200 5-10 day old ones (IIRR) with no other jobs per cell to make a good queen + honey and pollen in close prox

    If you start a mini...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    great example, SP did a great job documenting the natural system trying to recorect the overstocking in the area.

    going by Seeley, mean distance between hives was 850m

    ok ok I know you donít...
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    Re: Feeding a queen castle

    toss a 1/2 cup of drivert in the back ?
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    Re: Horrible mating numbers

    Open brood is used!
    This is to anchor the "swarm" and help keep them from absconding, it also prolongs the time the queen can't lay in the comb, triggering them to draw new combs for the queen the...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    I would argue keeping a wild type stock in its native area and in more or less its natural densities is a far cry from most beekeeping experiences, especially here in the US with such a shallow Feral...
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    Sticky: Re: Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    :applause:


    I would argue that letting your stock die and spread pathogens by withholding medical treatment that costs just a few pennies, is abuse. To each there own, likely depends on your view...
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    Re: 2 frame mini nuc split

    Here is sam comforts report from the Tarpy lab on queens reared by one 1/2 deep = of comb and a shake of bees, at 4.5 days any capped cells are culled
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    The keys here would...
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    Re: Tearing down cell builder

    called a flyback split
    Move the queen on whatever frame she is on, open brood is best, if not add a frame of open brood (his helps keep the colony from absconding) to a new box. Move the old box...
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    queen cell losses/failure to re queen

    I set up a cell builder and moved it to the house for ease of use, left a large split behind.
    The split had capped 10 cells on day 5, came back day 10 and the cells were tore down, one left that...
  18. Thread: EFB options

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    Sticky: Re: EFB options

    I got an email forwarded to me that was written by a "someone" writing a pice for ABJ.



    Don't know about the acid, there doesn't seem to be any research published on it
    It did strike me that...
  19. Re: The use of 48hr queen cells to spread resistant genetics

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    This weekend I drove some cells 20 min to a club teaching apiary and put them over an excluder in QR hive to be finished.
    The hope is to use them Sunday as ripe cells for a class and...
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    Re: Unmated queen and attendants

    https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0050150
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    Re: Queen pheromone strips in mating nucs

    ^my experience as well
    Shut them in and toss them in the basement for 3 days, open them up after the flying for the day stops. Time-honored and proven way of doing things.
    tempqueen lets you...
  23. Thread: Team Beekeeping

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    Re: Team Beekeeping

    yep, the internet is full of folks in clean white bee suits
  24. Re: Commiserate: Worst Advice You've Ever Followed, & Subsequent Disastrous Results

    well I came into the year with 15 in that yard, mated out 40 queens to requeen and make increases, saw an issue in a few hives and waited for the flow to start and "clear it up", took a good amount...
  25. Re: Commiserate: Worst Advice You've Ever Followed, & Subsequent Disastrous Results

    "EFB will go away once the flow starts"
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