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  1. Re: Saving, discarding frames of bee bread?

    What a waste.
    LJ
  2. Re: Still have lots of drone brood so today I grafted.

    With the above thoughts in mind I've been considering a new (for me) approach, as although the weather forecast for the first week in September is looking fairly good, I'm none too confident of...
  3. Re: Brazil: 500 million bees die in 3 months.

    With the greatest respect - you guys are missing a key point. The story is NOT about the 500 million - that's just a journalist's way of creating an attention-catching headline. The story is based...
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    Re: Mixing a few (5-12) gallons of syrup

    For that sort of quantity a tea-urn/ coffee-urn - the sort roadside vendors use. Here's a link to one: 35 litres - that's 9 gallons in your money. Ebay (UK) #302814057811 There must be similar urns...
  5. Re: Brazil: 500 million bees die in 3 months.

    I can't make up my mind what to make of your replies. Rather than commiserate with Brazil's misfortunes, you instead quote your own country's losses for comparison - but rather than perceiving those...
  6. Re: Crowdfunded Smart hive for helping bees, beekeepers, and bee researchers

    That's the difference between an amateur like yourself and a former pro like myself. A professional works towards meeting a defined specification - or how else would you know when the project had...
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    Re: Combine colonies in August?

    I think it's about time you got some bees and found out the answers to such basic questions yourself - rather than implying that beekeepers are obsessed with the size of their colonies. (Even though...
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    Re: Getting comb drawn 'on demand'.

    It's always a good idea to read the whole thread :) . See post #9
    LJ
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    Re: Combine colonies in August?

    The original post is confusing - but - the header does read: "Combine colonies in August?" Colonies means bees, not combs/frames - and most likely both colonies are complete with their Queens as...
  10. Brazil: 500 million bees die in 3 months.

    Sorry to be the bearer of such bad news:
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/newsbeat-49406369
    LJ
  11. Re: Still have lots of drone brood so today I grafted.

    I have few Q/C's currently in the pipeline which should be on mating flights the first week in September - if the weather holds. I'm not banking on these, but a few extras would be handy right now as...
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    Re: Storing unmated queens

    That paper's an example of a missed opportunity.

    It was intended as a comparison study of different types of storage cage etc. - but the BIG difference in survival was due to attendants, not cage...
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    Re: Getting comb drawn 'on demand' - MAJOR UPDATE.

    Re: the 3-box, 15-frame stack.
    The day before yesterday I moved the queen into the top box, leaving the brood combs (with eggs/larvae etc) in the bottom box, with two QX's between the three boxes -...
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    Re: Getting comb drawn 'on demand'.

    Just sticking my uninvited oar in ....

    There are ways of excluding the queen without creating such a need to squeeze through a tight gap. The Bienenkiste Hive uses a simple flat plate, and I've...
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    Re: Getting comb drawn 'on demand'.

    As I've already answered that question in the negative - what exactly was the point of your post ?
    LJ
  16. Re: Crowdfunded Smart hive for helping bees, beekeepers, and bee researchers

    He says: "... there will be a dozen or so sensors inside the hive monitoring about 28 different variables ...". I find this level of vagueness when it's being claimed that there is a working...
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    Re: Getting comb drawn 'on demand'.

    Standard British hives have a square footprint, and so brood boxes can be rotated relative to the wide slot entrance which the bottom board provides. When this wide slot coincides with the 'face' of...
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    Re: Pre winter planing and experiment idea

    You're welcome. And a quick 'notare bene' (NB) for anyone planning to try anything similar to this ...

    If you care to look back at the photographs I posted - you may notice that those combs have...
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    Re: different size deep horizontal hives

    Hi Greg - I love some of these videos you dig up, where guys are just 'tearing-up the rule-book' ... :)

    I don't see any particular problem in using standing frames in a single-story hive - but...
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    Re: Robbing of queen castles

    I operate from a single yard, and sometimes make-up nucs in a dearth - which is not the best time, for sure.

    Mesh anti-robbing screens are the answer - I find they pose no problem for returning...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Mine are always blue - same reason.
    LJ
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    Re: Colony expense at queen rearing

    There IS a cost - to the colony. Firstly, queen cells are usually produced several at a time, very rarely singly. In some cases a dozen or more - even though only one may 'go the full distance' -...
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    Re: Pre winter planing and experiment idea

    Re: the 6k worker threshold - I've checked on the 'worker cells per frame' figure for British National deeps and this is given as 4,500. On the Dave Cushman site there are some useful brood pattern...
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    Re: Pre winter planing and experiment idea

    Thanks for the links - I'll be following these up.

    But what I meant by "... how bees decide ... " was "what mechanism do they use ?"

    The obvious candidate is the level of worker brood...
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    Re: Getting comb drawn 'on demand'.

    That's my guess too. I've had zero luck in finding out exactly how bees decide to draw drone comb - most sources say "when there is enough worker comb" - but they don't say how this 'enough' is...
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