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    Re: First Frost Thread.

    First frost 10/11/19. I'm about an hour west of Chicago. Tomatoes got nipped and melons done for.
    This date is a little later than average but not out of the norm.
  2. Re: Zantac in global recall over 'unacceptable' levels of potential carcinogen

    Don't buy food or drugs made in communist China.
    The problem is that the selling companies, the one's whose name is on the box, go to great lengths to obscure where their drugs are made. I tried to...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    Sugar and a splash of vinegar. That's all.
    All the bugs here this year are extra-hungry since they are not able to forage much. I put the sugar on so early because the hives are packed with bees who...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    The title of this thread is Treatment-free Bungling. Well, learned another lesson this week. Do not feed sugar cakes this early in the Fall. I put them on and immediately the scavengers came flying....
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    Re: Move bustling nuc to deep for winter?

    That is my plan for my new nucs. This will be the first time I try wintering in nucs. I'll put a second nuc on top with sugar and insulation. Sadly, honey collection has been minimal this year so I...
  6. Thread: Wintering a Nuc

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    Re: Wintering a Nuc

    Even up here in Illinois bees will sometimes swarm in the late Fall. If the nuc is packed now and has lots of brood you could easily get a swarm. At least put another nuc on top to give them some...
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    Re: What are your hobbies?

    I garden, but not in rows. Pretty much everything is left to go to seed and I spread the topsoil around in the Fall. In the spring the main job is pulling out all the extra veggies that are too...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    And today saw a worker dragging a struggling drone away. Poor little guy. Funny though, that hive has a patch of drone comb about 4X4 inches capped. Do workers destroy the drone larvae too in Fall or...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    I confirmed a queen yesterday for the hive that had queen cells on Sept. 11. A little surprised since the weather has been endless rain this last month, but she must have snuck in a flight sometime....
  10. Thread: swarm trap

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    Re: swarm trap

    I've had no trouble with painted wood. They attached combs right on the painted roof.
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Saw a worker dragging a dead drone out and flying away with it. Getting to be about that time. First frost around here is usually late September.
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    Re: Treating to Become Treatment Free

    Can't go treatment free with dead bees. Do whatever to keep them alive and, as you said, introduce more resistant bees if such are available. Rinse and repeat. I'm a little guy and it's blind luck if...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    Slightly cooler here. We hit -20F a few times last winter and January had many days below zero to -10F. May get a frost or two in September but not always. GregV's Dane County Wi is distinctly colder...
  14. Thread: No harvesting?

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    Re: No harvesting?

    What do you think is happening in the winter?

    My winter losses were mainly due, I believe, to excess moisture/poor ventilation. Another was a very small hive that died in -20 degree January and...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    Dane County is about 90 miles due north of me, so the growing season ends about 2 weeks earlier. They have to mature, fly, mate and start brood. We shall see, just hoping for a late first frost but...
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    Re: How smart are skunks?

    Nice. Thanks.
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    Next year will be mostly splitting. If that looks successful I will probably isolate a hive or two and try to get honey off them and skip the July split for those hives. So far these are not...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    It is late, but still lots of drones in the surrounding hives so they have some chance. If they requeen I'll feed the heck out of them. If not, they will get combined.
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    Re: How do I relax w/bees?

    Wear ear muffs. The sound of the bees is what get me jumpy. When I had a somewhat hot hive I'd slip on the muffs and it made a world of difference. Plus, you know they can't sting your ears!
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    ...3. Varroa Management- The brood break afforded a colony following the issuance of a reproductive swarm allows the colony to ‘reset’ their varroa footprint- at least as it relates to the broodnest....
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    Re: Another thing Honey is Good For?

    And...raises male testosterone...?

    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2405844019356890

    Some crazy research going on out there. I foresee some smart marketing campaigns for...
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    Another thing Honey is Good For?

    According to this study, it helps you clear alcohol from your blood.

    Anti-alcoholic effects of honeys from different floral origins and their correlation with honey chemical compositions
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    Re George. Depends on what you want. The big guys want excellent pollinators, gentle, high honey production. Low cost and high output.

    I don't care particularly about any of those, except a bit...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    Regarding point #2 above, I plan on aggressively splitting next Spring to avoid swarming. It is seeming to work well this year to keep mites down, at least so far. Zero mites in the wash. We will see...
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    Re: randy oliver article in january '17 abj

    Back to my question. Do current bees resist or tolerate varroa any better than bees 30 years ago did?

    Is it all in the management? Pretty clearly the big traveling folks don't see any realistic...
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