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    Re: Odd? Swarm behaviour

    The queen is rather small; especially her abdomen. I've since released her - the bees drew a bit of comb over her cage, but otherwise didn't do anything. I move the startings of a new comb over form...
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    Re: Odd? Swarm behaviour

    As of last night they were still not doing anything; just huddling around the caged queen in the swarm box I set them up in. It looks like half the bees are either out gathering resources or have...
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    Odd? Swarm behaviour

    I have a question about what I think is odd behaviour for a swarm.

    A few weeks ago I did some quick splits, trying to get the splits in (to limit swarming) before 2 weeks of work travel. Long...
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    Re: May 24 Science Friday broadcast on bees

    Most studies I've seen of varroa resistant bees have found lower infestation rates (e.g. mites/colony), which suggests at least part of the resistance is due to better mite control. But even if we...
  5. Thread: Pigs & Bees

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    Re: Pigs & Bees

    Thanks everyone!
  6. Re: new study on hive density and yard configuration

    Its an interesting study, but with so many variables that its hard to nail down which ones were the beneficial ones.

    The "high density" colonies had 8 hives, all:

    the same colour
    the same...
  7. Thread: Pigs & Bees

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    Pigs & Bees

    I have a question for those here on farms. We're looking at pasturing some pigs next summer, which means the pigs will share space with my hives. Right not we have goats, ducks, turkeys & chickens in...
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    Re: May 24 Science Friday broadcast on bees

    Not much to explain; Puerto Rico bees received resistance by crossing with Africinized bees (which have an intrinsic degree of resistance). This resistance isn't great (infestation is not prevented,...
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    Re: May 24 Science Friday broadcast on bees

    I do some research on evolution as part of my day job, teach about antimicrobial resistance as part of that job (e.g. I understand evolution quite well), and I have to say that I was deeply...
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    Re: Queen Excluder Timing

    It can vary greatly. I've had some bees move up before I could even get the lid on, while the same colony the next year ignored it for over a week.
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    Re: Single brood chambers

    I'm still new at this and am in "growth mode", so I've yet to have a year at full production (even this year I'm planning on splitting all my hives mid-spring, which will limit my harvest). Most of...
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    Re: Single brood chambers

    I'm in 10-frame kit, and some winters they run out (and thus need supplemental feed). Depending on how long your winters are, and how active your bees are, this approach may not work for you,...
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    Re: Single brood chambers

    In the summer its a single deep broodnest with queen excluder and honey boxes above. But you overwinter as a single deep with no additional boxes. Essentially, in fall you remove the honey boxes and...
  14. Re: Did I screw up/ critique my first batch. I wanted a carbonated sweet mead

    It is not easy to make a sweet & sparkling mead without kegging equipment.

    Sweet meads are made by adding more honey to the must than the yeast can convert to alcohol - e.g. the resulting alcohol...
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    Re: Single brood chambers

    Given that single deeps are the norm here in Canada, I'd have to say this is untrue.
  16. Sticky: Re: CCD/Neonicotinoid Data (Studies, Articles, Links)

    I never said that, but ****** science is ****** science. Grist for the propaganda machine, I guess, but no evidentiary value.
  17. Sticky: Re: CCD/Neonicotinoid Data (Studies, Articles, Links)

    There's a hugely flawed study if I ever saw one! The concentrations of all of those is around the tank concentration used in the field. So even if the bees drank right from the sprayer on the...
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    Re: Pre-newbie questions - backyard setups

    This may not be an issue in your backyard setup, but I cannot agree with Michael more on this. When I started I put my hives in an out-of-the way corner of our farm, mostly out of a misplaced fear...
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    Re: Is Honey a Safe(r) Sweetener?

    I'm a cardiovascular disease research by day, which means I think about (and research, as in both reading scientific studies and in doing work in my lab) aspects of this issue.

    To be blunt, this...
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    Re: 3D Prints for Beekeeping?

    I've printed a couple of bee escapes from thingiverse, but not yet tested them.
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    Re: OAV versus OAD?

    I've used OAD due to cost considerations (I'm small scale) as well as location issues (I'd have to lug a car battery a long ways by hand to reach my hives). It works well, and I've had good mite...
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    Re: MAQS in spring

    I read about someone doing it here on BS. I doubt it is as accurate as using live bees from the brood nest, but you'd think it would be at least as accurate as a wash done on a dead-out. These are...
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    Re: Honey Differences Between Hives?

    Thanks - assuming a reasonable harvest this year I'm going to try to keep the honey from different hives separate, to see what difference it makes in a mead!
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    MAQS in spring

    I am exiting my first winter as a beekeep (so far both hives are alive...but there's a month of winter left to go). I'm planning my spring regimen in terms of feeding, treating for varroa, and...
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    Honey Differences Between Hives?

    I was planning my upcoming bee keeping season (and therefore, mead making season), and I was wondering if anyone here has ever sampled honey from their hives located in the same location, and found...
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