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    Sticky: Re: Treatment Free in Finland

    How low do winter temps get where you are in Finland?
    Here, near Chicago, we see -23C a few days in January and very occasionally down to -28C (-10F and -20F). We may get weeks at -17C (Zero F).
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015-2019 treatment free experience

    All those abandoned apiaries? Just call it an extended BOND experiment. Unlikely, but maybe something useful will show up that survives.
    I seem to recall some NZ beek here (OT?) saying NZ bees...
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    Re: Question about Varroa and EFB

    It certainly seems possible, but varroa and virus load also confuses bees' navigational ability leading to more drifting, besides robbing of weak hives, and generally weakened hives being more...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    I rarely spend money on much of anything! Convincing myself to buy hand tools is hard enough. I am about $500 into this hobby so far and doubt I will spend much more, unless I get to the point I can...
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    Re: Small winter cluster

    Put them in a nuc. I made the mistake of trying to overwinter a weak hive in a ten-frame. Even with loads of honey it was hard on them. Too much space for them to maintain, I believe.
    Insulate the...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    Glad you had a good year. I was unable to harvest more than a taste. It was simply too wet this Fall and the bees hardly were able to fly at all after mid-August. I peeked into my 4 hives today and...
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    Re: Getting my first batch

    I am hoping that you will keep us updated and some photos. I have some interest in Apis cerana, and may get the chance to work with them in the future if I move back to Japan.
  8. Thread: Old bee keeper

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    Re: Old bee keeper

    Welcome! Looking forward to to learning from your experience.
    What part of the country are you in?
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    Re: Natural Selection Rambling

    5 or 10, I don't know enough to know. My thought is that 5 frames is very tight and would encourage swarming a lot more. Also, 5 frames is small and tight and easy for the bees to control warmth. On...
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    Re: Natural Selection Rambling

    Well, my plan for next spring is to keep a few queens in 5-frame nucs and feed the heck out of them, pushing them to make as many swarm cells as they can. I then pull those swarm cells into as many...
  11. Re: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times- wisdom and folly from 2019

    Caught a swarm on my front porch, came into a bait hive by the front door. Exciting.
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    Yep, it's nearly January weather! Not below zero here yet but in the single digits once or twice. I got sugar on my hives and put insulation in the top box. See if this works better. Can't work worse...
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    Re: The right number of hives to keep it fun

    First, I'm not a particularly successful beekeeper. Last year was a disaster. One survived winter very weak, and the swarms I caught both quickly developed wrinkled wings and heavy mite loads. Mite...
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    Re: a honeycomb i left for now

    The main worry is did the queen survive all the events. If she did and she got into the box with the other bees you might be fine. If not, the question is did young eggs or larvae survive so the...
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    Re: Interested in beekeeping outside of Germany

    Hi and welcome. Beekeepers from around the world here. Lot of people use designs other than Langstroth.
  16. Thread: Is my Yard OK?

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    Re: Is my Yard OK?

    I also live in an Illinois subdivision, with lots of corn and soybeans nearby. It's fine. It helps if there is some variety, woods and creeks, pastures. Corn is worthless for bees, but soybeans can...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    That's the plan. More worried about poor pollen stocks for the winter bee production over the last two months. Without Fall pollen they will be weak bees. I made sure they got sugar, but did not give...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    I have two nucs I am seeing if will make it in 5-frame deeps. They both seem healthy, no signs of mites or disease, but it's been very poor foraging weather so I wonder how well-fed their winter bees...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    A news report on GregV's (and my) area's current weather. Early, record early snow amounts. This has been an odd year.
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    Re: Hands off Beekeeping.....for the most part.

    One of Seeley's papers on bee genetics says that low levels of African genetics are now in the feral bee populations he studies.
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    Re: Hands off Beekeeping.....for the most part.

    I have been reading a lot of papers recently where studies were done with bees that had survived without treatment for years. They transported some of these hives to other regions and found they died...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    One might almost suspect that rules for beekeeping are local. I'll take a quick peek on a calm January day. No more.
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    Sticky: Re: staple gun for supers

    Butt joints and screws, Titebond 2. Only on year 4, but no signs at all of weakening, no flex or wobble. I seal the end grain with glue too, then paint. It's working so far.
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    Re: Potato cultivating....

    I use a lot of oak leaves and also fireplace ash. Potatoes seem to do fine.
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    55-60 degrees? In January? Where did this guy live? Lucky here to get a single day above freezing around here. Maybe in March, or a rare late February.
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