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    Re: Bees ignoring introduced queen

    This sounds perfectly normal to me. What did you expect the bees to do? Hire a band? I just love the answers you got from people who are instant experts after having had bees a few months! Bloody...
  2. Re: Antioxidant and cytotoxic activity of propolis of Plebeia droryana and Apis melli

    Some free radicals are quite marvelous at messing up biological functions. It would be pretty unusual for one to be a carcinogen.
  3. Re: Anyone using Creosote Bush Smoke for Varroa Mite? Other Organic Treatments?

    No idea if 12 molecules can kill you but it sounds low. For comparison it takes about 10 million molecules of neonics for each neuron in a bees brain to kill a bee. For the record neonics are...
  4. Re: Antioxidant and cytotoxic activity of propolis of Plebeia droryana and Apis melli

    Just remember that a number of excellent antioxidants are also marvelous carcinogens as well as having other ways of wrecking biological functioning.
  5. Re: Anyone using Creosote Bush Smoke for Varroa Mite? Other Organic Treatments?

    The word organic has meant, for over 200 years, it contains at least one carbon atom and that carbon is not in the form of carbon dioxide or carbon monoxide. Any other use of the word organic should...
  6. Re: Anyone using Creosote Bush Smoke for Varroa Mite? Other Organic Treatments?

    The whole "organic" movement is a con game for the uneducated. Amatraz is organic as can be. Anyone who say it is not organic is simply ignorant. People do not want to use something made in a...
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    Re: 40% Protein Patties for Fall Feeding

    There is a lot more than simply % protein that goes into making a good pollen sub. In fact % protein really is not particularly important compared to other variables. A big factor is what % of the...
  8. Re: My very strange situation - Bees won't eat...anyhthing. Starving their own queen

    Oxalic acid vapor is a fine treatment, but you need to buy the vaporizer also. I would suggest you try an oxalic acid dribble. You can find directions at scientificbeekeeping.com. You can only do...
  9. Re: Someone finally selling narrow foundationless frames

    You are exactly correct, natural size bees are those raised in natural size cells. It has been proven over and over and over for more then the last 175 years that bees naturally make cells that are...
  10. Re: Someone finally selling narrow foundationless frames

    Natural size bees are those raised in 5.1 mm cells. Anything else is unnatural.
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    Re: Melting Wax

    Just imagine the fire you could get following an insane suggestion like this.
  12. Re: Randy Oliver's September article on alcohol washes

    Seeing a few is normal. With eight production hives and twenty nucs I can always see a half dozen. When I saw a half dozen thirty or forty feet thru grass from one hive that is way too many. Just...
  13. Re: Randy Oliver's September article on alcohol washes

    I think I would add to that mantra. My version would read "Go ahead and try TF: proceed with extreme caution and if you do not do regular mite counts two or three times over the summer on at least a...
  14. Re: Randy Oliver's September article on alcohol washes

    I pretty much agree with everything SP said in his post. No question there are bees surviving and producing a crop without known mite treatments. The last sentence hits Randy's objective dead on...
  15. Re: Randy Oliver's September article on alcohol washes

    Well so far the errors Randy is supposed to be making illustrate the authors who claim these are errors do not understand his program. I will admit Buzzkill makes a valid point about heritability or...
  16. Re: Randy Oliver's September article on alcohol washes

    Why would he want VSH? No one has ever shown it was of any value in commercial honey bees. Seems like something to select against.

    I see no weakness in his method.

    As an aside I recently...
  17. Re: How much weight is added with 5:3 sugar water?

    I just finished feeding three gallons I made up in Oct last year. Stored it at room temp in my shop 11 months. No preservative in it and it was not boiled to sterilize it.
  18. Re: How much weight is added with 5:3 sugar water?

    It takes energy to evaporate, convert to monosaccarides and make capping wax. Plus they eat some along the way. I generally figure a pound of sugar will give a bit less than a pound of stores if I...
  19. Re: Queen lost and brood cells filling with pollen/honey

    As long as you have empty comb or foundation above the brood chamber you should just leave them alone. When they have a queen they will move that honey up just fine.

    An old, old trick that comb...
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    Re: How long can queens be banked?

    Here is an article about doing II on drone laying virgins:

    https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/dee5/d38ff1ccfa7968dc41f3b5f9e6cd9078bb05.pdf
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    Re: Apivar strip count

    Preserve the packing material and contact Mann Lake. It should not smell. I have never noticed an odor on apivar strips of any significance. Your nose might be different than mine? You could easy...
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    Re: protein Patty for the winter

    You live in CT. I would think golden rod and aster pollens would be readily available for your bees for over another month. If this is right about all you might do by feeding sub now would be feed...
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    Re: Can't find a single mite

    Yes it works fine. I use washer fluid rated for neg 30 deg F. The antifreeze in washer fluid is methyl alcohol. There is more than enough alcohol in the washer fluid to knock down any insect real...
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    Re: Apivar strip count

    This is a myth about resistance that I suppose will never go away. As a general rule the ideal kill rate to minimize resistance development ranges from as low as 60% to as high as in the 90s. The...
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    Re: My oxalic fogging test

    No such studies exist. No, the practice is not widespread. Everyone who has presented any numbers at all for the various versions of fogging show numbers that say it is most likely this practice is...
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