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  1. Re: Mating Queens in Two Queen Hive under Shared Super

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    This is a setup that I have run in the past. The bottom two boxes were originally mating nucs, where cells were inserted simultaneously, with small entrances facing in opposite directions...
  2. Re: When in the depths of winter on a "warm" day bees come to the top to feed...

    I am reading the question differently. I understood the OP to be asking whether all individual bees are breaking cluster to come feed on the patties on milder winter days, not where they cluster in...
  3. Re: When in the depths of winter on a "warm" day bees come to the top to feed...

    No. The whole cluster does not break to individually come up to the patties. This is the power of trophallaxis. Several nurse bees will venture out to the patties and return to the cluster with...
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    Re: Stickies in Packages

    Thanks MB. I can't think of any reason why you would not use them with your new packages.
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    Re: Stickies in Packages

    Perhaps this is an Australian term "stickie?" In 6 years of doing this, I have never heard of a "stickie." I am sure I am likely familiar with what you are talking about, but it must be called by...
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    Re: Against Smoking Bees

    From the link:

    "Next time you go to the store and purchase honey, please make sure it is organic because that ensures that the bees have never been smoked and the honey has been collected in the...
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    Re: Observation hives at school and liability

    I take an Ulster hive to schools a few times a year. Normally elementary. I live in a agricultural area where the 4H Club and Future Farmers of America are still popular programs. We don't get too...
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    Re: Buckets or Jars?

    I think that probably works best until you get to an unmanageable number of jars. 3 tons is much more easily stored in buckets or barrels than 500g jars.
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    Re: Buckets or Jars?

    Here is the link to some plans to a honey cabinet I built with a dimmer switch. Like smokepole, I put an Inkbird thermostat on it to dial in the exact temp, although that really is not necessary. ...
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    Re: Whats your definition of feral bees?

    There are many "bee trees" in my area. While it is relatively easy to establish that bees have lived in these "bee trees" for years, it is virtually a guess at whether the SAME bees, or their direct...
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    Re: Whats your definition of feral bees?

    I think MB gives the most realistic definition of feral bees. Now the question is, how do you tell if bees are feral?

    Many folks claim to have trapped "feral" bees. I always have my doubts about...
  12. Thread: Varroa and EFB

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    Varroa and EFB

    I was reading an ABJ article last night from several months back where the writer stated that varroa had spread EFB to some hives he/she was inspecting.

    Most literature I have read speaks of...
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    Question about Varroa and EFB

    I was reading an ABJ article last night from several months back where the writer stated that varroa had spread EFB to some hives he/she was inspecting.

    Most literature I have read speaks of...
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    Laying Workers in Late Fall?

    I have had a hive that I know has been queenless since mid-October. It had a huge population that has now dwindled to a single medium hive body. Combining it had been on my To-Do list for a long...
  15. Thread: Fumigilin-B

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    Re: Fumigilin-B

    I don’t know Larry. I asked this question a couple of months ago and nobody seemed to have a clear answer. My understanding is that fumagillin proved to be very effective on Nosema apis, but is not...
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    Re: Definition of "Artificial Swarm" ??

    So what component constitutes the difference between an Artificial Swarm and a split? If it is simply putting a queen in one box and some eggs in another and moving some bees around, I am not seeing...
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    Re: Definition of "Artificial Swarm" ??

    This is my practice and I have always thought it was an "Artificial Swarm." It is essentially what Lauri calls a "Fly Back Split."

    But the question I have is, did I ACTUALLY simulate a swarm?
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    Re: Definition of "Artificial Swarm" ??

    Thank you Frank. I was hoping you would chime in.

    Is it accurate to say that in order to perform an artificial swarm, you must either:

    1. Separate the queen from the nurse bees; or
    2. ...
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    Definition of "Artificial Swarm" ??

    "Artificial Swarm" is a beekeeping term that gets bandied about a great deal, but I have come to believe that those using the term are frequently speaking about different occurrences.

    I am not...
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    Re: Mites zapped by laser frame

    $1000 to kill one mite every other day? $5.50 per mite per year. For $1000, I can treat 80 hives with Apivar.

    I am not criticizing the idea, but that price point eliminates my participation. ...
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    Re: Mites zapped by laser frame

    As I understand the application, the frame will need to always be located within (and periodically relocated to) the brood nest. It is designed to kill newly emerged mites on nurse bees.

    We know...
  22. Thread: Old bee keeper

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    Re: Old bee keeper

    Look at Broodminder. Their products seem to check some boxes for you.

    https://broodminder.com/
  23. Thread: Old bee keeper

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    Re: Old bee keeper

    Might be the best "How I got into bees" story that I have every heard!!!!!!
  24. Re: Where they getting it from? East of Atlanta.

    Yep. I saw a lot of yellow jackets working the Camillias yesterday too.
  25. Re: Where they getting it from? East of Atlanta.

    Some Camellia varieties are budding and blooming now. I was out today watching them work some.
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