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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015-2019 treatment free experience

    Weird. Sounds virtually identical to an accidental experiment i once did, and reported here on Beesource.
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015-2019 treatment free experience

    Was that the 40 year old article, or a more recent one that you have a reference for?
  3. Thread: TREAT or FEED

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    Re: TREAT or FEED

    OK well MAQS is disruptive to the hive and can interfere with their ability to defend themselves. So wouldn't do both at the same time.

    Re the weak hives, it's best to determine why they are weak....
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    Re: TREAT or FEED

    Good point. To properly answer Plannerwgp's question, we need to know what kind of treatment he is asking about.

    Me, I'll feed with any of the non repellent treatments such as the synthetic...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015-2019 treatment free experience

    Got a link?

    It would be interesting to look at the article and see what kind of distances they are talking about, apiary circumstances, and other variables that they based their findings on.
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015-2019 treatment free experience

    True low robbing bees would also be less likely to contract diseases like EFB, perhaps it's another thing we should be breeding for.
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    Re: Queen cell failures?

    OK well it's not black queen cell virus.

    Maybe they chilled?
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    Re: Another battle for the bees....

    Exactly. And that's why i was surprised that Bien's linked study, which otherwise seemed pretty reasonable, should make that claim.
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    Re: Stuff in the honey; what to do

    To me, that looks like fine air bubbles. They do not rise cos the honey is too thick.

    So warm the honey to around 105 degrees and hold it a while, which thins the honey and the bubbles should come...
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    Re: Queen cell failures?

    Were the dead queen larvae pupated or not pupated?
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    Re: Queen cell failures?

    There is a disease called black queen cell virus. Could be your cell finishers have a heavy infestation of it. Recently dead queen larvae affected with the disease can be largely white.

    But the...
  12. Re: Can laying workers build capped queen cells from drone eggs...

    As per schultz, building these cells with male bees in them is an abnormality that kicks in from instinct, when there is no hope of survival.

    If you see enough LW hives, it can be seen to go in...
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    Re: Another battle for the bees....

    Thanks Biene Maja, that was a much more useful link than the original one.

    It is nice to see some proper scientific method, rather than emotive language and no facts.

    They mention how some...
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    Re: Weak hive problem

    When people say their hive was treated, I wish they would say how. Some treatments work, some pretty much don't.
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    Re: Weak hive problem

    If you can get a decent quality pic or two of the brood and post it here, people may be able to see some clues. Also, did the hive collect much honey, does it have sufficient stores. And, do you have...
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    Re: Weak hive problem

    To solve a problem, you need to know what the problem is.

    Could the hive be weak because it has been hungry? Could it be weak because it has a varroa mite problem?

    Or what else do you think...
  17. Re: Why would a queen less hive swarm with newly hatched queen

    In post 1 you said that after it swarmed, you checked and it had some queen cells. So they presumably hatched and there will be a virgin, not finding her does not mean she is not there.
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    Re: introducing queen to queen less colony

    They may not be accepted with no problem. Mostly it depends on the hive you are introducing the queen to. If they have just been queenless a few days (less than a week at max), you may get away with...
  19. Re: Why would a queen less hive swarm with newly hatched queen

    Agreed. Might also have been prepping to swarm before you took the queen, and decided to go ahead anyway. Which does happen somtimes when splits are taken to prevent swarming, but too many bees are...
  20. Re: Why would a queen less hive swarm with newly hatched queen

    The answer will depend on why the hive was requeening itself. IE, was it requeening because it had just sent out it's laying queen in a swarm, or was it requeening because you had made it queenless?
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    Half Moon Disease

    Half moon disease is a disease that closely mimics EFB, but has only ever been identified in New Zealand. The larvae die and the appearance in the cell is pretty much identical to EFB. However there...
  22. Re: What to do with all the supers full of sugar syrup

    Extracting it and then feeding back later sounds like the whole operation would be a massively time inefficient way of doing things. If you have splits, could these frames of syrup be put in the...
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    Re: Late July swarm cells OR supercedure?

    You missed one bit of useful information ;), does the hive have a queen excluder?

    But other than that i got to be honest i don't know the answer to your question. I have seen similar but it's...
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    Re: Late July swarm cells OR supercedure?

    Agreed, that.

    Only issue could be that when splits are made using partially developed queen cells on the bottom of a frame, sometimes the split does not have as big of a bee cluster to cover the...
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    Re: New one for me... thoughts?

    Excellent, and the bees will probably thank you later. :)
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