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  1. Re: Efficient Method of Queen rearing for Splits?

    Nathaniel, for the same resources you can get more and better queens by removing the existing queen from the hive, along with a frame or two of bees, and allow the larger colony to build and finish...
  2. Re: What to do with laying workers in January?

    Stop feeding them and let the hive die. There is nothing worth salvaging and shaking them out now poses a potential risk to your other hives. Use the woodenware and resources to start a new hive in...
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    Re: Global Warming

    Ami, I am afraid you may have gone to a terrible school. We do not live in a democracy. We live in a democratic republic. There is a huge difference. We do vote, and our votes count, but states vote...
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    Re: 2019 Winter solstice

    The space on top does not have to be large. I simply turn my inner covers over so the 3/8" inch space is to the inside. Lets me stick a piece of pollen patty in there too.
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    Sticky: Re: clong 2018-2019 Treatment Free Experience

    Chris, I would expect swarms here early too. Last year was also a bit early as several of my hives swarmed right around April 15th, typically the beginning of our normal swarm season. I think it...
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    Re: Alternatives to Wooden Beehives?

    I can't seem to get the idea of a beewall out of my mind ever since gregv posted some links. Has anyone ever played with terra cotta chimney flue liners like this as a hive? Looks like it would hold...
  7. Re: The use of 48hr queen cells to spread resistant genetics

    I wholeheartedly agree with the premise that beekeepers should engage in community wide efforts to propagate stock that demonstrates resistant behaviors, whether VSH or chewing, or whatever keeps the...
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    Re: Warm weather in NC effects?

    I am resisting the urge to do any in hive manipulations. As noted, we still have "winter" to get through. Cold nights and cool days projected now for the next few weeks at least. Not sure how that is...
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    Re: Bee removal in january-help!

    Holy moley! That is a lot of comb. Not so many bees though. You should have been able to put them in a single 10 frame box with comb cut from the upper sections of the hive, and harvested all the...
  10. Re: The use of 48hr queen cells to spread resistant genetics

    Russ, the video is easy enough to find if you look for it, but I agree that it should not have been posted without her express permission.
    I was unable to get past the first few minutes of the...
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    Re: Global Warming

    I came into beekeeping recently enough that ccd was no longer a "thing ". I do believe it was a catch all phrase invented by the media for any hive death that could not be easily explained and that...
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    Re: Global Warming

    Ami, I agree with the others, great post. The inability of many of our youth to engage in rational thought is what leads them to be easily manipulated. It is something that most will outgrow as real...
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    Sticky: Re: clong 2018-2019 Treatment Free Experience

    Ha, I do the same thing. So cool to let the bees land on you with absolutely no fear of getting stung.
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    Re: 2019 Winter solstice

    Deb, I can't say for certain whether upper entrances are good or bad and there are a lot of opinions for and against here on Beesource. I can say that when I put the feeding shims with upper...
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    Re: Warm weather in NC effects?

    Astro, I do not know if it is a response to a bee deficit or not. Some of my hives had very large numbers, 10+ frames, of bees and these hives also had the most frames of brood. They also had a full...
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    Re: Should I go with Saskatraz packages

    +1 Goes real well with my motto of "never take beekeeping advice from someone who buys bees every year".
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    Re: Bee removal in january-help!

    Ed, obviously this is a terrible time to be attempting a cutout, but if the alternative is that the hive will be destroyed, then you have no choice but to do the best you can. Mr. Ed, aka Jeff...
  18. Re: So, what did you scrounge today? Braggin encouraged

    Not much you can do with an old hull. I think the idea of removing the top deck and turning it into a pond(with koi?) is actually pretty good. Certainly unique.
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    Re: Global Warming

    I agree that many will become us as they get older. I can finally talk to my 30 year-old son as an adult now, well, for the most part.
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    Re: Warm weather in NC effects?

    Kcnc1, I am attempting to discuss these issues in the Winter Beekeeping- Southeast sub forum. I am feeding pollen sub, both patties and dry feed, and monitoring capped stores levels as weather...
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    Re: Like sending bees to war

    An Insect Growth Regulator appplied to almonds could certainly cause a colony returning from almonds to fail to thrive later in the season. I would hope all growers recognize the dangers of using...
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    Re: 2019 Winter solstice

    In this video, Richard Noel, recently returned from Holiday in Hawaii, talks about the problems beekeepers face when winters are milder than normal. As you might expect, feed becomes a major concern...
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    Re: Global Warming

    I have reached the point in my life where a great number of individuals are younger than I am. What passes now for knowlege and rational thought never ceases to amaze me. While the young brain is...
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    Re: Getting back in, in Northern California.

    Let us all know when your boxes will become available and at what price.
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    Re: Getting back in, in Northern California.

    Welcome to Beesource Randy. I hope you enjoy getting back in and are familiar with the challanges beekeepers nowadays are facing. A little more work than "before", but still a lot of fun.

    Nice box.
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