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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    My boss likes the smell. Plus she has recently become reliant on beeswax skin products. Once they're hooked on beeswax and local honey, you get a bit more latitude.
  2. Thread: Virginia

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    Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Last Friday, 3/20 a swarm trap about 5 miles N of downtown Richmond was getting hit heavily. About 30 bees visible on the outside and just inside the entrance. There were roughly another 50 bees...
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    Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    JW,

    Great! I hope it is an easy catch.
  4. Re: Transparent PVC boards instead of Wood for Bee Hive

    You make a transparent inner cover yourself, or buy one. Betterbee makes one:

    https://www.betterbee.com/wooden-hive-equipment-8frame/icc8-clear-inner-cover-8-frame.asp

    I would love to see bees...
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    Sticky: Re: clong 2018-2019 Treatment Free Experience

    B3,

    I am really sorry. I was born in Michigan, so I understand a bit. My Mom used to call it "darkest Michigan".

    However, I envy the almost continual flow you guys enjoy from bee spring to...
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    Russ,

    Yes. Trap #1 had 4-10 scout bees all over it yesterday. It was 70F and sunny. Trap #2 had 1-2.

    At another location, I was cleaning out and refreshing the trap, and a scout started...
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    Russ,

    No, it fizzled. I only gave it one full frame of bees, plus another shake of nurse bees into a 5-frame insulated nuc. It wasn't enough. If I had more hives to work with, I would have...
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    Sticky: Re: clong 2018-2019 Treatment Free Experience

    Got it. Thanks.
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    Sticky: Re: clong 2018-2019 Treatment Free Experience

    JW,

    How do you determine whether the nectar is moved, versus incoming? Do you check to see if the nectar drips out easily?

    In this case cited above, the nectar was very light-colored. It...
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    Sticky: Re: clong 2018-2019 Treatment Free Experience

    GG,

    Thanks for that insight. The brood box still had 30% capped honey, so the bees moving stores makes perfect sense.
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    Sticky: Re: clong 2018-2019 Treatment Free Experience

    Another hive is gone. Two of my losses this year were due to dwindling populations. One looked like mite stress, the other I don't know. The latest one was starvation. There were plenty of bees,...
  12. Thread: Virginia

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    Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Okiwen,

    Swarms might be earlier this year.

    Where you are located?
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    Sticky: Re: clong 2018-2019 Treatment Free Experience

    JW,

    Thanks for the advice. I'll take it. I just don't want to jeopardize the honey-making this spring. I'll try to get a few bees from the other hives. The thing I'm reluctant to do is to...
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    Russ,

    He, he. The second quiet box is so that I'll have a bit of redundant redundancy, and I'll be able to neatly transport 10 frames of bees at a time. Besides, the one in the picture got...
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    Sticky: Re: clong 2018-2019 Treatment Free Experience

    Russ, if you like, I'll post pictures of the quiet box. I think I'm going to build a second one, so I can take a few pictures as its going together. On this second one, I plan to include a...
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    Sticky: Re: clong 2018-2019 Treatment Free Experience

    Please don't lie. :-) Yes, I built it. I have extra pieces to build another one, one of these days...



    Thanks for pulling for Piper.

    I'm not really conflicted about the heat "treatment". ...
  17. Re: Derek Mitchell article discussing effect of higher humidity on varroa

    Robert,

    So it is all removed via air exchange? I still can't wrap my mind around it, but I'll chew on it for a while.

    Thanks a lot for taking the time to answer my question.
  18. Re: Derek Mitchell article discussing effect of higher humidity on varroa

    Robert,

    I didn't notice anything negative. I never noticed any moisture on the inner cover. I flipped it to the notched side in late May or early June, thinking it would help the bees to remove...
  19. Re: Derek Mitchell article discussing effect of higher humidity on varroa

    3/8" x 4" to 3/8" to 8" entrance reducer.
    Last year: 1" rigid foam on sides with 2" under telescoping lid. Also, one Beemax Poly hive.
    This year: Some hives will get 2" on sides, with 2" under...
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    Sticky: Re: clong 2018-2019 Treatment Free Experience

    Russ,

    Sorry to be so slow getting back to your question. It is hard for me to compare Westley vs. Elisha. Westley has traffic on warm days, but not as much as Elisha. Elisha was looking so...
  21. Re: Bees bringing in lots of pollen (?); what plant(s) could it be?

    My guess is we are two weeks early. I'll have to check my records later. I haven't seen any of the obvious signs like maples yet.
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    Sticky: Re: clong 2018-2019 Treatment Free Experience

    Feb 3rd, 2020:

    The once and mighty Piper is on the way out. Probably about 500 bees. There were a couple of circles of abandoned brood, but no fresh eggs or larvae. The queen is still there. ...
  23. Thread: Virginia

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    In Goochland County, 20 miles west of Richmond, my bees started ignoring the pollen feeder. No more yellow ghost bees. They are bringing in pale and brighter yellow pollen from somewhere. ...
  24. Re: Bees bringing in lots of pollen (?); what plant(s) could it be?

    In Goochland County, 20 miles west of Richmond, my bees started ignoring the pollen feeder. No more yellow ghost bees. They are bringing in pale and bright yellow stuff from somewhere.
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    GG,

    I hope you will keep on going. I'm at about 2/3 survival rate in my own yard the last couple of years. That is about the same rate as yours.

    The bright spot is finding one line of bees...
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