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    Re: Swarm imminent, other problem?

    Actually there is something you could do at the other hive. Take a look at the brood that is being thrown out. If it is drone brood, this can be normal. If it is worker brood, there is a problem....
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    Re: Swarm imminent, other problem?

    Pretty much, yes. There is also what used to be known as starvation swarms, which was absconding caused by starvation, and in a last ditch attempt at survival, the bees leave en mass to try their...
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    Re: Treating to Become Treatment Free

    When i went TF, it was cold turkey, no treatment at all, no matter what. Followed the advice being given at the time, that supposedly 10% of hives will survive, and they are the basis of your...
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    Re: Swarm imminent, other problem?

    Agreed, some hives will throw out drone brood this time of year.

    However the hive that you describe as having swarmed and left the hive barren, do you mean all the bees swarmed and left no bees...
  5. Re: Kirk Webster - 20 Years of Commercial Beekeeping Without Treatments of Any Kind

    It was a very quiet video, don't worry Juhani i couldn't hear it properly either i gave up about 5 minutes in.

    Flicked through some of the powerpoint pics, looked pretty interesting though!
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    Re: Do I really need to medicate?

    Tim to sum the post up in 3 words it would read beekeeping is local. I believe that true, and do not see stating it, as a bad example.
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    Re: healty hives that refuse to store food

    Try switching the mason jar from a hive that is taking it quickly, plus ensure the bees have good access to the holes. And also see what happens to the hive that gets the slow jar.

    In my view, no...
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    Re: healty hives that refuse to store food

    Bees with heavy mite infestation will sometimes ignore feed.

    But more likely there is something wrong with the way you are feeding them, could you post a pic of the hive and the feeder?
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    Re: Lazy bees, too late to re-queen?

    In the pic, hard to see through all the bees, but it looks like the entrance is blocked down part way so there is not enough ventilation. It is too hot in the hive, a lot of them are forced to hang...
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    Re: What causes bee paralysis?

    This is bee paralasis virus, one variant of. The behaviour of the dying bees is quite different to bees dying of DWV, bees with paralasis virus are a lot more agitated.
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  11. Re: Germany to ban glyphosate to save insects, finally!

    How i took it, was that to Earthboy, Pesticides ='s bad. He has Googled that some pesticides are systemic. Therefore systemic ='s bad. Glyphosate is systemic, therefore glyphosate ='s bad.
  12. Re: Germany to ban glyphosate to save insects, finally!

    Earthboy that little cut and paste from Google did not answer my question at all.

    Google the difference between pesticides and herbicides.
  13. Re: Germany to ban glyphosate to save insects, finally!

    Earthboy, please explain what pesticide treated seeds have to do with glyphosate? I'm confused. ;)

    Or perhaps, you are confused. Too much Google has confused things for you?
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    Both. Breeders such as Brother Adam and others produced tracheal mite resistant bees, these were passed around, and the disease just seemed to vanish from the rest of the population. Bees such as...
  15. Re: Germany to ban glyphosate to save insects, finally!

    I can vouch that glyphosate does not even harm bees.

    Because I use it to control weeds around the hives, they are sprayed usually around 3 times a year and in the process it gets on any flying...
  16. Re: Germany to ban glyphosate to save insects, finally!

    Maybe since they banned glyphosate LOL, they will find getting good per acre crops a bit more of a challenge. ;)
  17. Re: Germany to ban glyphosate to save insects, finally!

    Long as the politicians don't mess with glyphostae over where i live, Europeans can do what they want.

    Gotta wonder if they have thought through how they will control the weeds now though.
  18. Re: Is it tougher and tougher to control mites with OAV?

    No i rotate several treatment methods including synthetic strips, formic acid, and thymol. One treatment spring and one treatment fall. Right now the hives have cardboard strips soaked in oxalic acid...
  19. Re: Is it tougher and tougher to control mites with OAV?

    No issues where i am. However for me anyway, i found from the gitgo, that treatments 5 or 7 days apart were ineffective, to get a good result I had to do 7 treatments 3 days apart.
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    Re: In a Bind

    If you are hoping to eat the honey, leaving the boxes of mostly uncapped honey, stacked in your garage untill November, would be a very bad plan indeed.
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    Re: Formic Pro or Hopguard II

    If you search hopguard on Beesource you will find the majority of customers not happy with it at all, and for the same reasons as stated by Enjambres. I'm rather surprised they still actually sell it.
  22. Re: TF experiment swarm fail with 33% mite load. Will OAV 5 rounds in 21 days work?

    The brood you show in video 2 after round 3 of OAV looks very good, very encouraging. Keep doing what you are doing and looks like the hive will be fine. :)

    The other interesting thing to me...
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    Re: Todays Honey Prices!

    Is that bulk, wholesale, retail, weekend market, or what?

    Cos if it's wholesale, I'll be sending some over. :D
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    Re: Top Bar Comb Spacing

    Possibly because there is no one answer.

    If your bees prefentially build small cell (4.9 mm), the ideal spacing is 31 mm wide bars.

    However most bees do not build small cell they build larger,...
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    Re: Formic Pro deadouts

    Bees will certainly rob a hive being treated with formic, if things are not set up right.
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