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    Re: Horrible mating numbers

    Certainly.
    For sure, after reading some about the "dragonfly swarms" - it certainly may impact things (not just mating but overall bee pop impact).
    Thinking - if a static, feeding dragonfly swarm...
  2. Thread: Dragonfly swarms

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    Dragonfly swarms

    Apparently, dragonflies can swarm.
    I found this rather accidentally while looking how much impact the dragonflies can inflict onto the bees (disrupting mating and such)

    Well, a swarm of...
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    Re: Brood Pattern: Spotty vs. Hygienic

    You should post a typical picture of your brood along with your questions.

    Brood is virtually never 100% solid.
    It is a degree and character of the misses that need examined.
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    Re: Horrible mating numbers

    Move the mating yard.


    https://agdev.anr.udel.edu/maarec/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/Pests_of_Honey_Bees_PM.pdf

    PS: posted about "dragonfly swarms" in the Pest department.
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    Re: Horrible mating numbers

    I am well aware we are talking of mating in progress right now (July).

    OK, immediately I can say - all my mating units (just like all hives, really) are sitting in bushes/tall weeds and...
  6. Thread: the "eco floor"

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    Re: the "eco floor"

    If I get to this project (seems doubtful - got bigger fish to fry), I may just do some rough wood shavings and bark chunks and so it will be a pass-through filter of sort.
    Bees will be able to get...
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    Re: Horrible mating numbers

    We can not see many things in this life.
    Sometimes obvious things.
    Just how it is....
    Unsure - you are talking of an individual colony size OR yard size? OR both?


    The nuc size maybe matters...
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    Re: Horrible mating numbers

    So, yes, I hope OP is doing better now..
    But 3/15 (20%) per a batch is really amounts to wasted time while the summer time is limited.
    Also, I am targeting the ideal mating to occur while my own...
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    Re: Horrible mating numbers

    I don't disagree.
    Myself I only do queen-less splits around the QCs - these are not even mating nucs, technically.
    Simple that way - I can do immediate re-splits/re-combines of these nucs on the...
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    Re: Horrible mating numbers

    As of yesterday's checking - I am 5/5 so far.
    9 more nucs are pending.
    Next weekend will go and check (though maybe too early).

    One comment - I have documentation (Iliazov, 2015, pp 88-93) where...
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    Re: Intro as well as being treatment free

    Hey HH,
    How high away from the ground is the entrance?
    Thanks.
  12. Re: I just put 5x5 nuc into double 10-frame deeps: observations; the right thing to d

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  13. Re: Beeproof top bar hive screened bottom, not so much

    Bees will chew through plastic, given the time and if they want to.
    In shallow hives (as in TB) they do want to expand down and will try to chew down.
    In a deep hive with enough vertical span,...
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    Re: moldable or chewable entrance reducers

    Soft paper plugs work great - toilet paper/paper towels.

    Clean.
    No work/material needs.
    Wet the paper and shape it into anything.
    Bee chew through it easily OR propolize as needed.
    All it is...
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    Re: Trapping 2019 - success rate?

    At least some action is happening elsewhere.
    Quiet here.
    July flow is going too - pretty normal to be quiet for now - but the season is not over.

    The swarm #2 here (pretty darn sure now - based...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    Good deal.
    I almost bought a 4 acre plot of land 30 miles away - for any similar projects.
    Well, did not...
    Instead, I have to exist as an under-ground guerilla bee-runner (tossing seed balls...
  17. Re: I just put 5x5 nuc into double 10-frame deeps: observations; the right thing to d

    Well - a new start created in April will go into winter as a full-blown hive (because it should if nothing wrong with it) - this is NOT a nuc anymore - so you winter a full-blown hive accordingly.
    ...
  18. Re: I just put 5x5 nuc into double 10-frame deeps: observations; the right thing to d

    Why not?
    Try it and you will see.
    It is either now or never.
    For sure, they are trying to grow - a good problem to have.

    One good thing with the two-tier - you may observe that they will build...
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    I say this is near perfect to my taste.
    This setup allows for very good nuc growth/wintering/easy incremental mods to it.
    I see only benefits and no drawbacks.
    Having separate follower...
  20. Re: I just put 5x5 nuc into double 10-frame deeps: observations; the right thing to d

    While I agree - I would do the follower boards one box high only (for the beekeeper convenience) - otherwise I like this setup.
    Nothing wrong with it and this is what I do and have been ranting...
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    Re: Horrible mating numbers

    Wow.
    Is it a dearth situation?

    At this time of the year in my location - I don't care.
    Does not matter.
    Bees are too busy with the normal flows.

    It will matter in August here.
    By then I...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    Sure.

    This one I would include the sweet cloves - (Field 2)- Pollinator Habitat.
    Not native, but most bugs and bees will appreciate.

    (Field 1)- Conservation Cover - probably must be 100%...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    +100!
    A dream shed.
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    List of Siberian nectar producing plants

    I have this great PDF in Russian (a lecture authored by Kashkovsky - "Forage base for beekeeping"; gotten from a free online library).
    Hanging up here for a general use.
    This is a list of plants...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    Donno, BBB.

    All I can say - I will hate turning a darn-heavy hive in fall so the winter winds don't blow in.
    Might as well set it once and forget it the same way.
    With that I just point them...
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