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

    I have been thinking about this. A big problem further north is not just the cold but the length of the no-brood period. In the warm south, the time for winter bees is short; there are always at...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    I've been at this 4 years and every year is different. The first year the bees were storing honey right into early November and still had plenty left the next Spring.

    Last year they made almost no...
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    Re: Brood Rearing Below Zero Help!

    Maybe drop the shop temp to 35 degrees? That might stop the brooding after one round.
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    Re: Alternatives to Wooden Beehives?

    I have painted standard cardboard boxes to use as traps. They hold up pretty well. With a top of some sort to keep the rain off. Good for a couple of years but probably no longer.
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    Re: So, what did you scrounge today? Braggin encouraged

    Hope so, but this was crappy plywood the day it was made. Poorly laminated with minimal glue, then nailed, stapled, busted apart, chipped, gouged. With the work put in re-gluing the lamination edges,...
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    Re: So, what did you scrounge today? Braggin encouraged

    No scrounging today, but I have made 10 5-frame nucs from cheap, thin plywood scrounged from Farm and Fleet's free wood pile. Tonight I am starting in on top covers for these nucs, which will be...
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    Re: Primitive beekeeping (bee trees, log hives, etc)

    5-frame nucs.

    My only prior experience with this is a 6-frame trap that froze out in -20 degree temps. That was a poor example though because those poor bees were very badly infected with mites,...
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    Re: Bt kills Varroa Mites

    Some people use Bt already to spray comb to prevent wax moths. Just idly speculating whether this might kill a few mites.
    Apparently not a miracle treatment, since a quick google search finds that...
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    Bt kills Varroa Mites

    Reading papers on corn pollen I came across papers showing that Bt, Bacillus thuringiensis, kills varroa but is harmless to bees.
    GMO corn with Bt genes, created to kill pests that eat corn, has Bt...
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    Re: Primitive beekeeping (bee trees, log hives, etc)

    I am trying to overwinter two small colonies in 5 frame deeps. We will see how it goes. So far seems Okay but it has been a very mild winter so far. They came out of Fall with almost no stored honey...
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    Sticky: Re: clong 2018-2019 Treatment Free Experience

    According to the internet, the adult SHBs lay eggs which hatch out in just 2-3 days, so it takes hardly any time for patty to get infected. You could almost use it as a bait, if you didn't have many...
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    Sticky: Re: clong 2018-2019 Treatment Free Experience

    Can you feed it from outside the hive? Maybe silly question, but I have no experience with feeding patty.
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    Sticky: Re: clong 2018-2019 Treatment Free Experience

    You are farther south than me. Is it time to be encouraging brood? I can't imagine pushing brooding here until at least the end of February here (west of Chicago).

    What's your thinking on winter...
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    Re: Any New Swarm Trapping Tricks?

    Crazy! Got a link?
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Makes me wonder how many of us don't have TV. 2005 was my cut-off.
  16. Re: A new Year. What are your goals for the bees in 2020?

    Pretty close to exactly my hopes. 20 not 40. 40 would be too big a jump for my experience level and time constraints. I hope to overwinter 2-4 of my current 4 hives and split them early into 5-frame...
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    Re: Science experiment ideas

    Test the effect on the bees of two different mite treatments. Count the number of dead bees on the floor every day for one week prior to treatments. Then treat, and count the number of dead bees...
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    Sticky: Re: bone head split so far, somebody save the day.

    I stack them all in the garage. I hate the thought of my home-made boxes getting rot, so pretty much everything gets a coat of paint every year. I value the wood itself, since most of it came out of...
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    Sticky: Re: bone head split so far, somebody save the day.

    No, that one is still with us. Low population compared to the others but appears Okay. I'm not planning to dig into and disturb any of them until the snow is gone in the Spring. Pointless since I...
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    Sticky: Re: bone head split so far, somebody save the day.

    Hate wax moths.
    More than 50 degrees the last few days here, and the bees are flying. One of five hives is dead. I gave one to my niece and it didn't get fed, so that's probably why. No honey at...
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    Re: Against Smoking Bees

    I sometimes use tobacco leaves in the smoker, without any evident trouble. I have read that the nicotine can harm bees, but in the small dose of a smoker it doesn't appear to.
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    Re: So, what did you scrounge today? Braggin encouraged

    Nice. My local Farm & Fleet store has a 'free wood' dump at the corner of their parking lot. I stop by every week or so and scrounge plywood. This last time I got some good posts, thin plywood and a...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment Free in Finland

    How low do winter temps get where you are in Finland?
    Here, near Chicago, we see -23C a few days in January and very occasionally down to -28C (-10F and -20F). We may get weeks at -17C (Zero F).
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015-2019 treatment free experience

    All those abandoned apiaries? Just call it an extended BOND experiment. Unlikely, but maybe something useful will show up that survives.
    I seem to recall some NZ beek here (OT?) saying NZ bees...
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    Re: Question about Varroa and EFB

    It certainly seems possible, but varroa and virus load also confuses bees' navigational ability leading to more drifting, besides robbing of weak hives, and generally weakened hives being more...
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