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    Re: Bees tearing down queen cells

    The things you list here will generally result in non acceptance. The subsequent tearing down of cells, in my experience, is usually because of disease (including bqcv), poison pollen or pesticide...
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    Re: Smoker Fuel

    Wood pellets, though difficult to light, Give you hours of smoke. Ridiculously cheap as well, a 40 lb bag can often be bought for around $5.
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    Re: American Made Smokers/Tools

    Dadant smokers are American made.
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    Re: Bees tearing down queen cells

    We typically start 60 cells and, on average, expect a yield of around 50 cells per queen right builder. If the builders, finishers or starter/finishers are solid boxes of bees with an abundance of...
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    Re: Incubator temperature

    You don’t mention their maturity but I wouldn’t be overly concerned especially since it was only a few hours. If they were over heated that would be much worse.
  6. Thread: How much wax?

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    Poll: Re: How much wax?

    The difference is the age of the comb. The older the broodcomb the darker the wax you get out. I see yours are only just a few years old. The old combs we have rendered in the past have been 30 to...
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    Re: Bit of a giggle

    "A bit of a giggle" ha ha, yes, haven't thought about him in a while. I guess as long as there are people still willing to listen to a guy whose years of bee experience have, to this point, netted...
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    Re: HELP! Very Lethargic Package

    If the feed can in the package was empty or very full that would be a good clue. 50’s is an ideal temperature range for package installation and if they weren’t weakened from starvation the bees...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Yes, been there done that as well. Leave the cage laying where the escape happened and check back a few times. Had one that returned and was sitting on the cage a short time later.
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    Re: Getting mated queens accepted

    I don’t blame you, that can be a hard hat zone over there.
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    Re: Getting mated queens accepted

    She posts on the commercial FB page from time to time and it appears she is doing quite well.
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    Re: Getting mated queens accepted

    Yes, we all do what our unique situations dictate. Thanks for the informative video, we never stop learning do we? If there is one thing I have learned in my years of beekeeping is that every year...
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    Re: Asking neighbors to not use pesticides

    Totally agree, I remember so many bee losses in the 70's and 80's, whole yards almost wiped out.
    And yes, in the 60's, we used to like to ride behind the fogger as kids in our bikes as well. Crazy...
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    Re: Getting mated queens accepted

    I don’t deal in mated queen intros much anymore but my theory is that queens that have only laid for a few days haven’t developed a strong enough pheromone to suppress e-cells and that can lead to...
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    Re: What killed them?

    Agreed. I have seen virus kills like this a few times that look a bit like this but only in the fall and there is usually still a small residual population. That’s not to be confused with the far...
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    Re: What killed them?

    Dead bees on the bottom board suggests only 3 real possibilities, at least from my personal experience. #1 (most probable) starvation. #2 Mite vectored virus, though I have never experienced it in...
  17. Re: Neighbor is going to add 2nd floor to house :(

    I agree. I’d consider postponing for a year. Hate to have someone on the roof get stung because they happened to be in a direct flight path.
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    Re: the beekeeper’s neighbor

    I wouldn't place a hive this close to my own back door let alone someone else's.
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    Re: Flash Player Fake Update

    I’ve been having both the Flash and now McAfee fake updates on Safari on my Mac as well.
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    Re: A sign of the times

    Even the politically correct CNN was referring to it as the "Wuhan coronavirus" not that long ago but apparently referring to the region where it originated is now considered politically...
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    Re: A sign of the times

    Ha ha. What a great come back. I always answer the “that sure is a lot of sugar” line with a simple yup followed by the inevitable pregnant pause before they finally realize I’m not offering an...
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    Re: Cow urine and EFB

    I really doubt that any antibiotics were in use though in re-reading the study it does seem to be a bit of an oversight not to mention anything about the diet or sex (possible hormone content) or...
  23. Re: Expectations vs reality -- a personal video

    Great job Dan. You do a real nice job of relating to beginners or anybody else for that matter. I can see now why I always enjoy your Beesource input.
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    Re: Cow urine and EFB

    Very odd but the experiment and experiences described sound pretty legit. I was, however, left wondering what a chemical analysis of the urine used as opposed to other urines might reveal. I would...
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    Re: had a cancerous tumor behind left eye

    Ya, the guy talked such a great game that he even had many of the long time commercials like myself scratching their heads for awhile. The kicker was many knew the family name through his father so...
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