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  1. Re: Is it tougher and tougher to control mites with OAV?

    Interesting, thanks for this. Oh, and love your tag line. Good ole Sol. Almost forgot about him.
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    Re: Extra White Honey This Year

    If Chinese Tallow honey is light, what is dark,???? LOL
    Fwiw, southern and tropical honeys tend to be darker than northern honeys although there are obviously some exceptions particularly from...
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    Re: And now this.... GM bees.

    Heres a 6 year old thread with lots of hand wringing and predictions about the prospect of patented GMO bees. Of course nothing has come of it.......
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    Trachael was (is) kind of stealthy. Not easy to diagnose and not much in the way of treating options. . We never did anything and before we knew it varroa showed up and rightly or wrongly people...
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    Interesting perspective. I wish I could share this optimism but the fact that bee matings are polyamorous make me less optimistic. To duplicate the traits that happen rarely and by chance seems to...
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    Sorry to hear about your misfortune and hoping you have a full recovery. Sounds like its been an interesting summer down there David. I'm starting to look forward to a little dose of Air-la-tex...
  7. Re: Will bees accept wax moth damages frames and clean them up?

    They will do most of the cleanup themselves but I like to pull the majority of the webbing off first and not put badly damaged combs side by side. Also, bees will not clean out the cocoons that form...
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    Re: Closing them in for a day

    I learned the hard way myself with some boxes of brood and bees. A sudden "restlessness" (for lack of a better term) can come over the bees and they will quickly plug up the screen denying airflow...
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    Re: Closing them in for a day

    No offense intended but DON'T do this, especially if there is no ongoing flow! Once you have encouraged robbing behavior, roving bees will quickly smell out anything else worth robbing on and start...
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    Re: Closing them in for a day

    Depends on the temps and the sunlight exposure. Without knowing the hive configuration and population I wouldn't try it at anything over 70 degrees.
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    Re: Experience with using HopGuard2?

    I've hopguard to be reasonably effective to treat a spring nuc in conjunction with a brood break but overmatched against a large late summer hive population.
  12. Re: Costco 100% Raw unfiltered honey for $2.98 lb

    I know it's frustrating to see prices like this but don't feel like you need to directly compete with them. If you do a good job of marketing your honey and charge what you feel is appropriate I'm...
  13. Re: Costco 100% Raw unfiltered honey for $2.98 lb

    A simple question with a complicated answer. Everyone has their own unique costs and while production on a given year is obviously a big variable in the equation, there are lots of ways to derive...
  14. Re: Costco 100% Raw unfiltered honey for $2.98 lb

    Bulk honey prices for darker honey such as this are in the $1.50-1.70 range so I suppose it pencils out....barely. https://www.ams.usda.gov/mnreports/fvmhoney.pdf
  15. Re: USDA Honeybee Count Suspended. Was it Useful?

    The program is a joke and a real pita. I quit answering their calls because the timing and the time frame was horrible and they were relentless in their pursuit of numbers however far fetched they...
  16. Sticky: Re: Which brood disease is shown in my photographs?

    Hard to tell but if its chalk brood, the bottom board will be littered with "mummies". It's a problem that seems to show up in damp conditions in hives with too little ventilation.
  17. Thread: EFB options

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    Sticky: Re: EFB options

    Commercial beekeeping has certainly evolved since the almond rush began. The demand for hives has started somewhat of a separate California pollination niche of hives that are raised solely for...
  18. Thread: EFB options

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    Sticky: Re: EFB options

    Hmmm. Well, you asked the question.
    A few seasons ago I had this very thing happen to an entire load of about 400 double hives that came back from the almonds in dire straits from some sort of...
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    Re: Do Robbers Kill Queen First?

    Interesting theory Nancy. Yes, usurpation might well be the case here given the location. I've actually had some experience with this and seen nice calm hives transformed into quite aggressive ones...
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    Sticky: Re: EFB options

    My guess is the hive still showing symptoms simply dwindled to the point where it didn't have the "firepower" to feed the new larvae and to clean out the dead and dying larvae. I've had success...
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    Re: Do Robbers Kill Queen First?

    No, they are there to get honey but many workers may die in the process of trying to defend the hive. Though the queen might be collateral damage in a robbing event I have seen lots of robbed out...
  22. Thread: Honey Fakery

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    Re: Honey Fakery

    Yes, for bottling grade honey I agree. I think where much of the adulterated honey ends up is in commercial bakeries as an ingredient so they can feature "HONEY" on the label.
    Where this report is...
  23. Re: Commiserate: Worst Advice You've Ever Followed, & Subsequent Disastrous Results

    What an awful day that must have been! Was the net on to prevent escaping if there was a wreck?[/QUOTE]

    Yes, it was. In a nutshell it was a load of almost 300 double nucs (2, 4 combers per box)...
  24. Re: Commiserate: Worst Advice You've Ever Followed, & Subsequent Disastrous Results

    And my bad advice was "a netted truck load of hives will never smother". They can and I got in an unfortunate situation where I lost almost 500 hives under a net. I've also had a couple close calls...
  25. Thread: Bush ID

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    Re: Bush ID

    What is the quality of the honey? I've never raised anything close to pure honeysuckle.
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