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    Re: Introducing a laying queen

    You can let the nuc grow up into a hive or you can add frames to them. If you want to make sure no queen was on the frames you can shake bees off of frames and put them back on the hive above an...
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    Re: Introducing a laying queen

    I would never try to introduce a caged (shipped) queen to a queenless colony without doing a slow release. But a queen that is still laying, I can pick up the frame with the queen and her bees and...
  3. Re: Penn State "COMB" project posts Dec 2019 update

    >I don't know if folks are being willfully dense.

    Are you being willfully dense? I didn't see ANYONE claiming, and I certainly am not claiming, that pesticides skewed any results in this study. ...
  4. Re: Penn State "COMB" project posts Dec 2019 update

    >But the point was made by JWC that in relation to the study, the effect of any possible insecticides is factored in. By virtue that all hives are exposed in equal measure.

    I did not say anything...
  5. Re: When in the depths of winter on a "warm" day bees come to the top to feed...

    My point is that they don't need to break cluster. They are already there.
  6. Re: When in the depths of winter on a "warm" day bees come to the top to feed...

    In Nebraska, in my experience and in the experience of any other beekeepers I've talked to, the bees spend the entire winter in the top box. This has been my experience since 1974 with bottom...
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    Re: Against Smoking Bees

    http://www.bushfarms.com/beessmoke.htm
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    Re: Stickies in Packages

    People here sometimes call them "wets". Extracted supers that have not been cleaned up by the bees yet.
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    Re: open feeding in winter zone 5b

    >Or is there a less intrusive way of monitoring how much they have left for stores?

    Bees don't weigh much. Honey does. Heft the hive. A gallon of bees weighs about 3 pounds. A gallon of honey...
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    Re: First Trap-out Questions

    > it appears they actually have set up camp inside an empty speaker housing - not just in the garbage itself.

    That would be a typical honeybee tactic. You could probably find a beekeeper to do a...
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    Re: Typical size of winter cluster??

    It's very related to both race and how built up the colony is. If they had time to build up completely, then it's mostly race. Darker bees have smaller clusters.
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    Re: Spring nucs

    >What signs do you all look for that let you know that it's ok to start breaking hives up to make nucs?

    I would want to see drones flying.
  13. Re: Penn State "COMB" project posts Dec 2019 update

    >... and four were left to dwindle and die using the "Bush" protocol.

    I did not write the protocol nor was it identical to what I'm doing. Yes, it's close. I merely gave my opinion of the...
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    Re: Equipment cleanup

    If you are going to do lye water, I would cut a 55 gallon drum in half. If you are wax dipping, I would probably do a specially made box.
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    >Your business model is "talking story" to guillible newbees that lap up the triumphalist accounts.

    My business model is to go to work everyday and program computers which makes a lot more money...
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    >Why do we permit the TF advocates tell "stories", when the evidence contradicts them on every count.

    Permit?! I've never suggested that anyone should not be permitted to give their experience. ...
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    Re: Against Smoking Bees

    Smoking bees:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_lh77qi1HFM
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    Re: New to bees

    The beekeeping supply world is in such a state of change I don't know what's out there anymore. Dadant used to make all of the small cell wax until Kelley started making it. Dadant had an...
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    >Pesticides cause our bees to bee stressed...

    I would agree that pesticides are the biggest problem. And they keep changing them which means the bees never really build up a resistance. Every...
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    Re: First Trap-out Questions

    They MIGHT be honey bees, but usually when I find bees in refuse they are bumble bees. You will never convince bees to leave their home and move into yours. You MAY get a swarm that was leaving...
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    Re: Equipment cleanup

    Scrape off the wax moth cocoons. Just scrape things down. Some people boil it in lye and that's not a bad idea but takes a lot of equipment and is dangerous. You have to be very careful. You...
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    Re: Against Smoking Bees

    >This is a class assignment that I made discussing why we should ban the use of smoke on bees.

    I think too many people have watched "The Bee Movie". Beekeepers don't asphyxiate the bees with...
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    Re: Basic Queen Rearing

    Starting queen cells:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enUAOPyWrg8&t=9s&pbjreload=10

    Setting up mating nucs:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VeaqMdKjd7E&t=2s&pbjreload=10
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    Re: New to bees

    >Don't worry about small cell. It doesn't work.

    Let's assume for the moment that it doesn't help with Varroa, which is not what i have experienced nor what these studies say:...
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    Re: open feeding in winter zone 5b

    At this point in the season, dry sugar is probably the best insurance if you think they are too light on stores.

    http://www.bushfarms.com/beesfeeding.htm#drysugar
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