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  1. Re: Bee recovery after bear attack (November 21)

    I wintered a small bunch of bees in a spot that stayed at 45 degrees sugar bricks on top it can be done. hope you saved the queen in that bunch of bees. PS that spot was in my closet. I had no...
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    Re: Best Queen rearing books

    Look at Michael Palmer post above, can't make a large cell builder like he does? just us one colony set up like that and just do a dozen grafts. A good colony can make a dozen when they swarm so it...
  3. Re: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times- wisdom and folly from 2019

    worst
    A slip and fall in the bee yard that gave me a trip to the hospital
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    meeting new people. https://youtu.be/tOq54olkkag
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    Re: Still too many mites

    You do realize that your "winter" would be considered a summer day by me. The joke around here is we had summer on a Monday this year.
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    Re: Still too many mites

    I don't get your point. this is just what I've come up with that makes the best use of the treatments to get the results I want Not every hive gets all of these treatments this is just what I use as...
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    Re: Still too many mites

    I had a friend buy 2 nucs one from me the other from a neighbor i went over and did sugar rolls on them this fall the one i sold him had 3 mites the other one had 36. The neighbor is "organic" their...
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    Re: Still too many mites

    the sale of a couple of nucs can pay for it. soon those sales will pay for a vsh breeder queen.
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    Re: Still too many mites

    A couple of years ago I saw a half hour video where Randy Oliver said start with a low mite count in the spring and don't let it get above the 3%. Once the count gets over that it gets harder to get...
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    Re: Well this might change things!

    That's how it works you have some above the average some below. Not everyone has the tools to make that test most places only give you average I've only seen one place where they talked about mating...
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    Re: Well this might change things!

    Well it might be news to some but it's old news it's basic information that has been known for years.
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    It's been a while since I posted. Did a lot of helping other beekeepers this summer. Made a few queens to many for myself gave away a bunch of them to friends that needed them. had a bear reach over...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    I always have a few that want to swarm in august so I make a few new queens with the cells. Only need one to requeen a hive so I'm swimming in queens right now. Just might have to bust up that hive...
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    Re: Anyone Else Get A Whiff Yet?

    In hives today it's just starting.
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    Re: Pre-Swarming Question

    All want to reproduce every animal on the planet. once they decide they want to swarm the only thing i found effective was making a shook swarm. lack of room if they want to swarm that doesn't...
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    Re: How to not care for bees:

    Hope he eats all of his "honey" before it ferments.

    No I hope it all spoiled on him.
  16. Re: one-two punch using Apivar and OA dribble?

    last year I treated early in the spring with apivar when the brood nest was small only 1 hive needed 3 strips the rest had 1 that gave me great knock down of the mites for the year never found a mite...
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    Re: Horrible mating numbers

    I let a friend of mine use one of my queen castles he has a lot of dragonflies he had 1 out of 4
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    Re: Horrible mating numbers

    I have my mating nucs at least a 1/4 mile away from any big hives and I don't have robbing issues. In the same yard it was death to the nucs. Only had 12 to mate had 9 return.
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    Re: Clumping under SBB

    sometimes you just have to get in there and fix up your mess ups we all been there. don't worry about the queen the bees will know what to do
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    Re: Clumping under SBB

    Pretty simple take the bottom off give it a rap to drop the bees on top of the frames replace the insert reassemble the hive. Done
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    Re: Clumping under SBB

    The point of having the screened BB is so you can take a look at what falls out of the hive. If you take out the inspection tray and let the stuff fall on the ground how can you inspect Screened...
  22. Re: will the returning field bees find a home in another hive

    When I have to move hives I leave the weakest one behind for a boost.
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    Re: Not much pollen in hives

    sound like you are in your dearth now It might be time to feed. check with your local beekeepers
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    Re: Bee Attack

    wish they wouldn't use a pic of someone shaking off a bee beard
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    When I graft I can hardly see the larva so it's not even close to being a 2 day old larva it's more like 12 hours old . I go by the if you can see it it's to old.
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