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  1. Re: low honey production in northern Illinois.

    What are the chances that your hive(s) swarmed?
    A single swarming event will dramatically reduce your production.
    A secondary swarm will eliminate the likelihood of any surplus plus you may need...
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    Re: dearth - take 'em down?

    For twenty bucks you can buy a new copy of the book. You might even learn something.
    If you plan to use other 'sources' for public claims, you ought to make sure that those sources are trustworthy.
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    Re: dearth - take 'em down?

    I was referring to someone else's comment.

    Seeley's Honey Bee Democracy is an amazing piece of work….in my opinion. It is a compilation of the work of three generations of beekeeping researchers....
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    Re: dearth - take 'em down?

    And the quotes referencing Appledore Island are totally out of context. How could you have gotten this so screwed up????? ALL of the Appledore Island research was conducted MUCH later in Seeley's...
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    Re: dearth - take 'em down?

    Seeley’s early work…in the seventies…that I was referring to was done in forests and the swarms he was catching were the product of pre varroa feral colonies.
    You might find it enlightening to...
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    Re: dearth - take 'em down?

    Agreed! My concern is that newbies planning to build swarm traps will be discouraged from doing so by such absolute comments.
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    Re: dearth - take 'em down?

    And just a reminder that this isn’t everyone’s experience.
    I’ve lent out my copy of The Honey Bee Democracy so I will have to write this from memory.
    In the mid seventies Tom Seeley, as a grad...
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    Re: dearth - take 'em down?

    Mine are coming down later this week.
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    Re: Temperament of Russian bees

    Nearly twenty years ago I worked Russians as part of a research project. The bees were in yards belonging to one of the original members of the Russian Bee Breeders Assn. He always said that they...
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    Re: 1: 1 sugar syrup recipe?

    Oh God! You've opened this can of worms again. I bet there are a dozen more threads on this topic and they eventually all end up in a brawl. ;)
  11. Thread: No Beetles

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    Re: No Beetles

    I'm near Danielsville. This year has been the first that I have found very few hive beetles in any of my hives. I have no idea what is different.....
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    Re: Towel Treatment

    If you are convinced that OAV should be the treatment of choice for commercial beekeepers….I have no intention of debating that with you.
    The op asked about storage issues with a specific request...
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    Re: Towel Treatment

    My point is to the original question of this thread.
    The Randy Oliver oxalic acid/shop towel mite treatments are directed to larger scale beekeepers who are trying to remain profitable.
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    Re: Towel Treatment

    I'm not trying to start an argument but I want to be sure what you are saying here. There is an OAV treatment protocol that involves a once per 7 day cycle results in 0 mites per sample?
    I'm only a...
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    Re: Towel Treatment

    This time of year, how many treatments, how many days apart do you figure for it to be effective?
    Imagine you have a thousand hives scattered in a dozen yards ranging from a few miles away to 100. I...
  16. Re: Beek attire - Wish I knew before yesterday...

    I use strips of cotton fabric cut from retired t-shirts for homemade sweat bands. I put on sunscreen and the mix of that and perspiration in my eyes….I’d be blinded within a few minutes on a hot...
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    Re: Adding bees to weak hives..

    You guys know that this is a 13 year old thread......right?
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    Re: Help saving hive

    How did you determine this?
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    Re: Slatted Rack Difference

    Lol.
    Somebody has to stir the pot occasionally. :)
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    Re: Slatted Rack Difference

    I've always considered them an invention in search of a purpose. Like so many other similar things....screened bottom boards come to mind.....they gained a following all the same.
    Just my opinion....
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    Re: Bees living in peace with ants.

    I have had all sorts of ants nesting inside feeders, under t covers and had fire ants build their underground nests against the stand that hives rested on. Never been a problem.
    Others appear to...
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    Re: Slatted Rack Difference

    My recollection of this particular study was that the slatted rack influenced the location of the brood but not the quantity...which would also imply no improvement in honey yield..

    Effects of...
  23. Re: any correlation between bearding and swarm-possibility?

    Bearding is a normal behavior. It may or may not indicate overcrowding. If your nectar flow has slowed or ended, I suspect that there is little likelihood of swarming.
    Once the nectar flow has...
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    Re: Apivar - Dosage Questions

    Most are double deeps.
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    Re: Stop Swarming during flow?

    They often prefer a queen of their own making even instead of a fully mated introduced queen.
    You can remove the old queen and then cut out the swarm cells. Then go back in a week and cut out any...
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