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    Re: Two untreated hives in my bee yard

    Whole heartedly agree with Oldtimer - except that I'd use the term 'Horlicks' instead of 'custard'.

    https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Horlicks :)

    LJ
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    Re: Bee-shed idea ...

    FWIW, this certainly can be done - assuming there's a good-enough reason for doing it. My own motivation for doing just this was that my all-time favourite queen was over-wintering in one half of a...
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    Re: The right number of hives to keep it fun

    I agree - a really good thread - one of the best threads in ages, as work-load is not a subject often discussed. I particularly liked MP's post - for "having fun" is not something normally associated...
  4. Re: Video - long Ukrainan hives - English audio

    Here are a few quotes from 'Wedmore' - he's not an author I've ever studied, but at first sight the following quotes from his book do appear germane to this thread:





    That's something that I...
  5. Re: Compact vertial hives - wintering in Siberia

    Hi Greg - I had a ferret around the guys playlist and found several videos of how he cleverly makes nuc boxes from rigid foam sheet. Russian guys are so inventive ...
    There's also a video there...
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    Good link, Greg. While watchinbg the video I had planned asking you to explain why he was pulling bottom boxes from the stacks during mid-winter - but that became self-evident right at the end - the...
  7. Re: Video - long Ukrainan hives - English audio

    I just love those micro mating-nucs as an example of what can be done (but perhaps not necessarily what ought to be done). :)

    I've just watched a couple of episodes of the 'Sam Comfort Show' - not...
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    Re: Mites zapped by laser frame

    As I see it, the problem lies not with killing mites already in the hive - that can be achieved well enough with chemicals - it's re-infestation which causes the Varroa problem to persist ...

    So -...
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    Re: Well this might change things!

    That's my story too. I used to raise natural queen cells on foundationless comb (still do) - the newer the comb the better - and on a couple of occasions I tried 'notching' a few cells (just for the...
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    Re: Well this might change things!

    Forgot to mention ...

    In that paper: https://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0199124 evidence is presented that workers select specific larvae (assuming that they have a choice in the matter,...
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    Re: Well this might change things!

    In this study, one colony registered evidence of 77: https://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0199124

    Maybe the lady in question was wearing too much Chanel No.5 ... LOL

    But many queens showed...
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    Re: Dead virgins in JZBZ cages

    Bummer. Two possible lines of enquiry : what were the virgins given to eat ? And - with the rig you made - were other bees able to gain access to the virgins between emergence and death ?
    LJ
  13. Sticky: Re: Hive designs and their advantages and disadvantages

    A misunderstanding then. Mitchell and I have crossed swords in the past about the premises upon which his theories are based. For a moment there I thought that he'd actually generated some hard...
  14. Sticky: Re: Hive designs and their advantages and disadvantages

    To save me reading that - what is the basis of that 'research' ? DM has only been beekeeping for a couple of years and afaik has very few colonies. His wife is an experienced beekeeper of course ......
  15. Sticky: Re: Hive designs and their advantages and disadvantages

    If you investigate near-Earth atmospheric electricity (a wikipedia-level investigation ...), you may begin to get some clues there. During flight a honeybee develops anywhere from 20 or 30 - up to a...
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    "Trained physicist" - yes, 'trained' is an appropriate term to use - I couldn't improve on that.

    So - you're a physicist intent upon analysing the dynamic conditions within a beehive.
    Question:...
  17. Re: Maximum Crop & Earthquake Proof Hive Stand

    If anyone's interested - this is a link to a BBC article: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-47103392 That dragon (the emblem of Wales) was carved from a felled oak using a chainsaw - the amount of...
  18. Re: Maximum Crop & Earthquake Proof Hive Stand

    ... or even a dragon ?

    https://images2.imgbox.com/ee/46/KPnkYuN7_o.jpg

    :) LJ
  19. Re: Video - long Ukrainan hives - English audio

    Me too. (Well done, Greg)
    At the moment I'm downloading a couple which I think are about making DIY embossed foundation and. although foundation isn't 'my thing', I love to see new methods of...
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    Re: A-Z Hives - ventilation ?

    Johno - Thanks - LJ
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    A-Z Hives - ventilation ?

    Yet another day of continuous rain, and so my thoughts have turned to the small-footprint tall-stack hives I'll be installing into a converted caravan (camper) next year ...

    These hives will...
  22. Sticky: Re: Hive designs and their advantages and disadvantages

    I think one needs to be very careful here when making comparisons. Honey-bees are not humans - they have different respiratory systems and, unlike humans, are individually poikilothermic - although...
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    Re: Dzierzon's Beehives

    There's also John Keys' 'The Practical Bee-Master', 1780, the frontispiece of which reads:


    So - is this recurring reference to destroying bees simply a sales-pitch, or was it indeed common...
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    Re: Dzierzon's Beehives

    Michael - I didn't say 'kill the bees' - I said 'destroy the colonies'. If you check the IWF 'Heather Skep Apiary' videos: "No.6 - Autumn Work in the Heather Skep Apiary", colonies can be observed...
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    Dzierzon's Beehives

    In the period just prior to that beehive development which put Langstroth's name into such prominence, experiments were being conducted by beekeepers around the world in an attempt to improve upon...
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