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  1. Re: Can freshly extracted frames get diseases from cleanup bees?

    I've stored extracted frames over winter in weathertight sealed containers from Container Store just fine. Every now and then I would get wax moths larvae in them, but no major damage. I usually...
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    Re: Major losses in Michigan

    Location would be very helpful. Also what's considered late nuc? I make my last batch of nucs last week of July/first week of August. Wintering is on par with full size hives.
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    Re: spotty brood.....

    Had a similar situation last year at my workplace, but in late may/early June. 1 hive had spotty brood on 7-8 frames, but no visible disease or damage to bees or brood. I was suspecting that it was a...
  4. Re: 2019 package bee prices very high with major suppliers, why?

    Yup. Randy Oliver was a speaker at our annual Bee Forum yesterday and his almost 5 hour long presentation boiled down to a few things; do the right thing at the right time and propagate the local...
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    Re: Saskatraz Updates?

    Compared to what? Can you post a picture of saskatraz brood pattern and another queen's pattern from your hives? Interested to see what the difference looks like.
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    Re: Wintering loss Survey

    How did you get 48 beekeepers to respond? I've been sending out winter loss surveys for the past 3 years to Chicago beekeepers and response rate is horrible. Last year's response was 20 beekeepers...
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    Re: Bees Under Screened Bottom Board - Again

    I don't have an answer to your problem, but I've had bees take up residence underneath screen bottom boards in the past a few times. In all cases it involved a virgin queen coming back from mating...
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    Re: Honey to attract bees to a water source

    I've done this in the past. I'd put a spoonful of honey into a bird bath type feeder. I don't know if it helped or not, but bees used it.
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    Re: frame exchange with nucs.

    msl,
    can you provide links to those statistics?

    No frame exchange for me when I sell nucs, the price of the nuc includes my costs of new frames.
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    Re: Winter Beekeeping Manifesto

    Solid list. Although I prefer to overwinter in 3 boxes whenever possible.
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    Re: Roller type uncapping punches - any good?

    Everything crofter said plus the first time I used the roller I was mislead by it's results. The roller punctures the cappings and I was looking for open cells ( based on experience of uncapping with...
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    Re: Cell size survey.

    Not from the core of the brood nest. Yes, there's time when it's really a pita to remove the frames because they have been glued together by bees. More often than not I'll space out frames in supers.
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    Re: Cell size survey.

    Good question. I like that 1.25" frames make the brood nest more compacted and tighter, and that seems to be helpful in winter and spring brood up. I also like the fact that I can fit an extra frame...
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    Re: Cell size survey.

    Yes, I'd say ~2/3 of my frames are 1-1/4". But that didn't seem to influence the overall cell size the bees would build.
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    Re: Cell size survey.

    Back when I used to measure cell size, my small cell bees ( acquired from Wolf Creek ) would built 5.1-5.2 cells when placed on foundationless frames. I tried shaking them down again on...
  16. Re: Video-based report of the queen mating flights.

    Greg,
    is there an actual video of this experiment?
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    Re: 2019 Lusby conference cancelled, no signups.

    True. #1 rule in beekeeping is that ALL beekeeping is local.
    And, for the record, I wasn't saying that Dee's methods are the only way. I like Sam Comfort's approach of "treatment free but not...
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    Re: 2019 Lusby conference cancelled, no signups.

    Your point is well taken and valid. But it is possible to keep bees treatment free and not have them die. For me that entails splitting the hives, monitoring for mites ( and requeening colonies that...
  19. Re: National Honey Show AFB/EFB Typing and Chronic Bee Paralysis Virus by Kirsty Stai

    very good video. I've watched it 3 times already and pick up something new each time. I've enjoyed Michael Smith video uploads too.
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    Re: It isn't even March yet!

    So how is that when compared to other years? At what point would you normally see your hives in this state?
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    Re: Verifying Hygienic Queens

    My understanding is that liquid nitrogen test is used to determine if the queen/bees can detect brood diseases, but not necessarily used to determine their varroa sensitive hygienic behavior.
    If I...
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    Re: I want a split but I want honey too!

    First I would figure out how to manage mite loads. Then I'd try to keep it from swarming and split after the main honey flow. Cut down split would be my 2nd choice. ...
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    Re: news article about the adees losing bees again

    Good point. IMO vsh, mite maulers, russians, grooming, and any other mite resistant trait - none of these are silver bullets that allows the beekeeper to ignore mites. But they are a useful tool that...
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    Re: Evaluating New Queens...

    Any updates on the project?

    Btw, lots of good info shared in the thread.
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    Re: Did my bees take out the queen?

    I saw something similar last year, even managed to take pictures of it ( talk about being in the right place at the right time ). It happened in May in an overwintered colony and upon inspection...
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