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  1. Thread: Global Warming

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    Re: Global Warming

    You're correct! They do survive. Would most of them survive in the northeast during an LIA? Probably not.
  2. Thread: Global Warming

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    Re: Global Warming

    What concerns me more is the past, several LIAs have been recorded not that long ago. During the Sporer and Maunder minimum solar activity may have been the cause. The 1816 Year without a summer a...
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    Re: Is fall treatment for varroa obligatory?

    Its funny how some beekeepers with a few hives think they cant produce a quality queen (not referring to the OP) but yet think they will instantly produce weak bees or treatment resistant mites by...
  4. Re: OA vaporization is probably safe with honey supers - here's my calculations

    Formic goes under the cappings, I wouldn't eat or sell honey that was exposed to formic either. Have you ever smelled formic vapors?
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    Re: BetterComb Experience, Anyone?

    I checkerboarded them and some are full frames of brood now.
  6. Thread: help diagnosing

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    Re: help diagnosing

    I would keep an eye on it but it wouldn't concern me. If your unsure you could always get an EFB test kit.
  7. Thread: help diagnosing

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    Re: help diagnosing

    When grafting I sometimes use frames that have some emerging bees. While some seems to emerge quicker than others they are lethargic and awkward at first sometimes falling off the frame. After...
  8. Re: OA vape 5 days vs. 7 days apart - what do you recommend?

    It was the same concern for formic acid as well. Personally I wouldn't eat or sell honey that was exposed to formic acid.

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    Re: What do i call my queens?

    They're Kaizen Kustom Queens! Be proud of them, you took the time to raise queens from your best overwintered hives. The best queens I have are the ones I raise myself. What are Saskatraz queens...
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    Re: BetterComb Experience, Anyone?

    I don't think most worry about chemicals as much as disease that is in the comb.
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    Re: BetterComb Experience, Anyone?

    I've had them in for 3 weeks. Most of the hives started storing nectar 2 days after install because we are on a strong flow now. As far as whether they use the frame for brood or stores has to do...
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    Re: BetterComb Experience, Anyone?

    Its excellent. Curiosity got the best of me and I had to try a box. Bees take to it with no problem. It takes a little finesse getting the comb into the frames but very easy if you gently use the...
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    Re: Temperament of Russian bees

    My experience with Russians is all great. I purchased queens from a Russian Bee Breeders Assn member and grafted from overwintered hives. Never had a problem. They're not as lethargic as Italians...
  14. Thread: tiny bees

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    Re: tiny bees

    Short abdomens and crinkled wings are usually a sign of DWV caused by mites.
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    Re: What do you use to help see when grafting

    Cut the grafting tool down :D. That's what I ended up doing.
  16. Re: Cutting Out Queen Cells from Plastic Foundation

    I never had any luck trying to cut cells from plastic, but I have seen photos of beekeepers putting little cages over the cells. That might work better, never tried it. If its a hive I really want...
  17. Thread: Permethrin sfr

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    Re: Permethrin sfr

    We use it different here. To reduce the possibility of Lyme disease (carried by ticks that host in mice), we take toilet paper or paper towel tubes, stuff them with cotton or old socks that have been...
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    Re: Treating packages

    No, that's the number of mites on the bottom board 24 hours after a OAV treatment.
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    Re: Treating packages

    OAD is also an option before you have capped brood. I'm finding a 15 to 20 mite drop in 24 hrs. in most packages this year helping beginners. Also look at any of the dead bees on the bottom of the...
  20. Re: 2019 package bee prices very high with major suppliers, why?

    Something I have noticed over the years helping beginners is that both Rossman and Wilbanks packages are heavy on bees and almost no dead ones on the bottom. I know a good shipper also is important...
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    Re: OAV with honey supers

    And from what I have read the other 0.3 or impurities in OA are just iron salts.
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    Re: Why bees build in hexagons

    Take away that artificial foundation attached to a perfectly straight artificial top bar from the honey bees.
    You get this (sample of my own natural comb; circles and hexagons imposed for...
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    Re: Why bees build in hexagons

    If the shape of the cell is the result of the properties of fresh wax then I wonder how it could be that wasps can build the same shape with paper in the horizontal position. I wouldn't think that...
  24. Re: The Cause of Puerto Rican AHB's being resistent to Varroa Mites

    So do you also believe that PR bees can be kept treatment free? This would be great news for New Zealand as well, they are gentle AHB. Maybe they can be sent there too, I also don't see a problem...
  25. Re: The Cause of Puerto Rican AHB's being resistent to Varroa Mites

    What if the PR bees are crossed with Russians, Carns, or US AHBs, and the bees became dangerous. Would the Karma Honey Project be held responsible for damages or worse deaths that could happen?...
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