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  1. Re: Are TF BeeKeepers Stimulating Colonies to Apply Propolis Envelopes in Hives?

    Mail order queens and migratory beekeeping stirs the pot. But my little descendants of feral mutts definitely look different and behave differently than bees from a top line national queen breeder....
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    Re: New to bees

    +1
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    1. Put 'em in a hive. 2. Don't feed or treat. 3. Wait three years. 4. Look inside inside the box.
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    I do make allowances for bad years, mostly by trying to leave more honey than they should need. But our summer dearth is as bad or worse than our typical winter, at least for my frugal bees, because...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    I don’t have experience with Warre hives. I’d be cautious about interfering with their arrangement of the contents of the hive. It’s a bit of a risk depending on the cluster size and amount of...
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    Re: queen excluders

    I use metal. I don’t clean them.
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    Re: Taste of Goldenrod Honey

    Tallow.
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    If you are getting ready to go do a cutout, what is something that is helpful that you are likely to forget? One for me is paper towels.
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    Re: I need to move my hives. When is best?

    In this particular situation, given the location, weather forecast, and distance of the move, I would likely move the bees sometime between late morning and early-afternoon because of the effect of...
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    Re: I need to move my hives. When is best?

    Not mid-winter. Based on the weather forecast, before November 12. I would not use branches or obstructions, and I would not leave a catch box, empty stand, or anything else at the original location.
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    I want frugal bees that winter well with small clusters. I don’t want to feed them in the fall to artificially cause them to produce more brood going in to winter. In order for Varroa to reproduce,...
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    Ideally, the next morning we wear double pants. (Bees like it when you are in their hive two days in a row and take boxes full of their preciously gathered honey.) We grab commercial aluminum...
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    Fundamentally, pulling honey is identifying the supers that have cured honey, getting bees out of those supers, moving those supers to the extracting area, and decapping, extracting, and bottling the...
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    Where I am, with high capacity and high quality honey harvesting and bottling equipment and supplies, keeping twenty hives is easier, takes less time, and is more lucrative than keeping four hives...
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    Just a box on a tree. This is what my swarm traps look like.
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  17. Re: German Black bees in the Southeastern US actually Apis mellifera iberiensis?

    Like Pineywoods Cattle.
  18. Re: Is this robbing in progress? Anything to do?

    Check down the entrance, swap places with a strong colony, and reorient. People get student loans to pay for less valuable education.
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    When I walk from the truck to the hives, two of the things I carry are a cast aluminum frame grabber like this:...
  20. Re: Adding Second Brood Box - Keeping Moisture Out of Hives

    All things considered, I think that I would nadir the hives with a box with drawn comb if you have it, but others who are more familiar with your location and who keep bees in a manner more similar...
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    For me, a beehive consists of a bottom board, eight-frame medium hive boxes, twenty-four foundationless frames (placed in the bottom three hive boxes), frames with plastic foundation with standard...
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    The goldenrod bloom this year seems late to me, and the amount north of the Louisiana line is like nothing I've seen in recent years.
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    I noticed this weekend that there is a remarkable amount of goldenrod blooming in central and southwest Arkansas right now.

    This afternoon, having more or less recovered from my fractured hip, I...
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    Having some treated commercial hives in the area is fine as long as they don’t crowd out feral bees by over foraging. Typically, because of commercial practices, there are relatively few drones in a...
  25. Re: Darwinian black box selection for resistance Varroa destructor

    Treatment free/black box/hard Bond beekeeping has been sustainable, fun, low effort, and productive for me. I do seem to do quite a few things differently than other folks, and maybe I’ve just...
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