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  1. Re: Why the heck won't they gain weight (after ALOT of feeding).

    Long story short, I'm feeding hive A, and Hive B. Both are about 10lbs underweight. Using 1/2 gallon feeders, one right after another, without more than a couple of hours between refills. ...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    I think of the bees' thinking as more like rule-followers; and it's my job to figure out the rules. As well as the exceptions.

    So robbing isn't "naughty" or anything value-laden, just a...
  3. Re: Is it feasible to control swarming without performing a spring split?

    go here - you can select the state of interest, years of interest, method of mite treatment of interest...or lack of treatment. Listed as "used any management...
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    Re: Should I pull this super?

    Hmmm... I can say that I don't see good comb construction unless outside temps are lows in the 50s at the lowest. We in OH have moved out of those temps for some days, not for others... so I would...
  5. Re: Is it feasible to control swarming without performing a spring split?

    The Steppler method (run the bees in 1 deep brood chamber until mid spring, add a deep with drawn comb, once the bees hatch out, remove second deep) has a lot in common with the Oh Henry method (see...
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    Re: Beekeeping Technique Question

    If the bees are building up enough population to cover 2 deeps and honey supers, then they are strong and healthy

    My third year, after starting beekeeping with a swarm the June prior, I split, and...
  7. Re: Is it feasible to control swarming without performing a spring split?

    And then there is Ian Steppler's method.

    also his website: ...
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    Re: Saskatraz queens

    Hmmm, some thoughts come to mind - but a few questions.
    What month did you see the 4 become queenless?

    How strong were the hives in June and July? were they at least 2 deeps full of bees, and 2...
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    Re: Queen issues?

    So there is a difference between rearing your own queens, and seeing poor mating success and poor queen survival in the short term... and buying queens, and seeing poor queen survival in the short...
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    Re: Upper deep full. Lower, not so much

    So.... WINTER is coming. If the queen has capped brood in the top box.... what nectar source will replace the capped brood, to become honey? Nothing. Right? that's where the bees will overwinter,...
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    Re: Cant' Reduce Moisture

    I have found that honey in the 19% range will take quite a while to ferment, on the order of months. In a jar on a shelf in my basement. ;) Keep trying to dehydrate - smaller space? It can wait...
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    Re: Africanized Bees

    Curiously, the Africanized bees in Puerto Rico are now reported to be gentle. Apparently people there were effective at finding and destroying all the defensive hives, leaving gentle genetics... and...
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    Re: Queen cells not torn down

    Isn't there concern with using formic pro with a new queen? It stresses queens and damages young brood? I don't use formic pro for that reason...
  14. Re: Fedor Lazutin - where exactly did he live?

    yes, and us northerners won't appreciate you rubbing it in!!! It's a long winter with no bee action up north. :( I still have a few more weeks tho.
  15. Re: Strong colony- add/leave at this point in season

    to give space this time of year, or to help them contract... it is a tough question, because at some point - by the current forecast, that point is soon - the weather will become "fall".

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    Re: Open feeding and found two queens

    I wonder if those were virgin queens. Perhaps they followed a cluster of bees from their home hive rather than going up - and got balled. Talk about timing on your part!
  17. Re: TF experiment swarm fail with 33% mite load. Will OAV 5 rounds in 21 days work?

    Hey! That's great that you are actually using the tools available - the alc wash - to see what is happening with your bees.

    Key question about whether the hive will make it - what is the state of...
  18. Re: Strategy for Havesting Some Goldenrod Honey?

    I was just smelling butterscotch today. I have in other years smelled stinky socks. The goldenrod is just starting, no asters yet. Hmmm... different kinds of goldenrod, different years? Now I...
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    Re: Horrible mating numbers

    great news, that things are not as bad as you first thought! Good luck, hope mother nature cooperates and helps you with a good flow. So far, looks like I have to pretend to be Mother Nature,...
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    Re: Bees Returning to Nuc Boxes

    I have found that bees which are robbing will be in the "robbed" location very early, and very late in the day. If those bees are from your colonies and robbing, at daybreak you should see traffic...
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    Re: Combine colonies in August?

    So... there's theoretical advice, written like "you should or can or must", which may or may not be from that person's experience. Then there are accounts from someone who has done the maneuver. ...
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    Re: Horrible mating numbers

    So many factors for successful queen many details that can be critical!

    Kaizen, thx for posting your not-success... I have started queen rearing (at 13 strong hives now, 10...
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    Re: Robbing of queen castles

    I saw lots of activity in my 3 frame nucs very early the day after I made them - and I knew that was too many bees to be native to the small nuc. It was too early for an orientation flight too. ...
  24. Re: clarification: varroa mites -> deformed wing virus -> colony collapse

    People looking closely (ie scientists) have clearly shown that when the pupae are preyed upon by the mites, they are compromised. In high enough numbers, this will cause the hive to collapse. Not...
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    Re: Hard time requeening

    Normally we should assume there is a queen or virgin or queen cell already in the hive, and that is why a hive is rejecting a purchased queen. I'm recommending to anyone who wants to buy a queen...
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