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    Re: Bees "bearding" in cold weather?

    As a wild guess, perhaps it was getting too warm in the hive?

    Bees do a lot of odd things. That is half of the fun.

    I have had bees bearding during a steady rain, getting totally drenched and...
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    Re: How many honey supers do I need?

    It depends somewhat on how you are able to react to a full-up hive.

    If you are retired, and have time on your hands, you can remove individual frames as they fill up, and extract them. You could...
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    Re: Credibility of Scientific Papers.

    Hi Greg,

    I looked at your data on propolis, and it agrees with what I said (maybe).

    While the type of tree may differ significantly, the active chemical(s) may be present in all of those tree...
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    Re: Credibility of Scientific Papers.

    Peer reviewed studies suffer from poor reproducibility. Partly this is due to bias on the part of researchers, partly it is due to unidentified confounding variables which differ, and partly it is...
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    Re: Credibility of Scientific Papers.

    Bias is a tricky thing. There is intentional bias, and unintentional bias. I suspect unintentional bias is present in every study, but is most times not strong enough to substantially affect the...
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    Re: Credibility of Scientific Papers.

    The problem with honey as a wound dressing is the possible presence of clostridium botulinum spores. These spores are common in nature, and can be in nectar. The botulinum bacterium is an obligate...
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    Re: Credibility of Scientific Papers.

    Hi Greg,

    While exact reproducibility of bee products is impossible, it is quite possible that the active chemicals which produce some effect are common to all or at least a substantial majority of...
  8. Re: Primitive beekeeping (bee trees, log hives, etc)

    It is probably good to avoid extremes.

    Bee colonies of a variety of sizes appear to survive well enough, and to produce surplus honey.

    There is considerable evidence that confining bees in...
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    Re: Reflectix coating

    Why would you paint it black?

    The aluminized surface should lose a lot less heat than a black surface.

    It will probably pick up less heat from the sun on the sunny side, during the day, when it...
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    Re: RIP little bees...

    Paul, I have had similar things happen to me. It is really disappointing.

    Lots of things can cause this. One thing I noticed before I lost all of my bees was the colonies weren't as strong as I...
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    Re: Global Warming

    Meanwhile Delhi (capital of India) has had the coldest December since 1901. This has resulted in significant difficulty for many people, as homes in the area are typically not heated or insulated to...
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    Re: Propolis Tincture Question

    Propolis is odd stuff. Not very uniform in its consistency.

    I have mixed finely pulverized propolis with 95% grain alcohol (Everclear) and had great difficulty getting it to dissolve.

    Kept at...
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    Re: Why do Beeks stack supers so high?

    Reasons vary.

    Personal preference.

    You need to keep the supers somewhere.

    Manhood issues.

    Not coming back to the yard for 2 weeks, and don't want to miss the flow.
  14. Re: Fed water droplets/ landing board- they went nuts

    The problem with humidity sensors is that they are strongly affected by temperature.

    Air that has 100% relative humidity at 32F (0C) will only have 15% relative humidity at 68F (20C).

    With the...
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    Sticky: Re: bone head split so far, somebody save the day.

    This year, I put my combs in the shed, and left a 15W LED bulb on from August to October. I had no moth problems.

    Earlier, I had left a few combs with some bee bread in them loose on the shelf,...
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    Re: Against Smoking Bees

    I suspect, since Ryan has made exactly 1 post to date, that he didn't stick around to read all of our replies.

    More likely, he took our general disdain for his not very sophisticated research as...
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    Re: Are they nuts or hardy winter bees

    A few years back I had bees out and flying in significant numbers in 25F (-4C) weather from one hive. It was cloudy and snowing. I think it was December 23rd. Most of them perished on the roof of...
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    Re: Moisture Board versus Quilt Block?

    Of course, I recognize that the conventional wisdom is not exactly correct. What is likely going on is that air is being warmed by the cluster, and as a result, there is a continual flow of air from...
  19. Re: Mating Queens in Two Queen Hive under Shared Super

    True enough.

    I forgot to mention I have access to the lower hive bodies from the side (it is a different hive design). It makes it a little too easy to meddle with the brood chambers, perhaps.
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    Re: Moisture Board versus Quilt Block?

    I'm not sure if this was explained clearly, so I'm going to try to do it. Forgive me if I am being redundant.

    A typical inner cover has a rim around the outside, and a board across the middle...
  21. Re: Mating Queens in Two Queen Hive under Shared Super

    I think you might have a better chance with a queen cell if you closed off the queen excluder on one side or the other.

    That would revert you two adjacent hives, as opposed to a two queen setup. ...
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    Re: Against Smoking Bees

    What do you expect in the PRM? (People's Republic of Madison)

    I graduated there in '92. It was bad then.
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    It would seem to me that smoke would not make...

    It would seem to me that smoke would not make honey be non-organic, as long as the trees from which the wood that's used in the smoker or whatever other material you using in the smoker was...
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    I have had times when I had a lot of bees flying...

    I have had times when I had a lot of bees flying around in the winter and noticed that quite a few of them didn't make it back to the hive. Thinking I was doing a good deed I rescued a number that...
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    Re: Cell size survey.

    I have my dad's copy of "The ABC and XYZ of Bee Culture", which is the 1947 edition.

    under the entry CELLS, SIZE OF HONEYCOMB, ER Root provides an interesting bit of the history of the development...
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