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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    Slightly cooler here. We hit -20F a few times last winter and January had many days below zero to -10F. May get a frost or two in September but not always. GregV's Dane County Wi is distinctly colder...
  2. Thread: No harvesting?

    by AR1
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    Re: No harvesting?

    What do you think is happening in the winter?

    My winter losses were mainly due, I believe, to excess moisture/poor ventilation. Another was a very small hive that died in -20 degree January and...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    Dane County is about 90 miles due north of me, so the growing season ends about 2 weeks earlier. They have to mature, fly, mate and start brood. We shall see, just hoping for a late first frost but...
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    Re: How smart are skunks?

    Nice. Thanks.
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    Next year will be mostly splitting. If that looks successful I will probably isolate a hive or two and try to get honey off them and skip the July split for those hives. So far these are not...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    It is late, but still lots of drones in the surrounding hives so they have some chance. If they requeen I'll feed the heck out of them. If not, they will get combined.
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    Re: How do I relax w/bees?

    Wear ear muffs. The sound of the bees is what get me jumpy. When I had a somewhat hot hive I'd slip on the muffs and it made a world of difference. Plus, you know they can't sting your ears!
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    ...3. Varroa Management- The brood break afforded a colony following the issuance of a reproductive swarm allows the colony to ‘reset’ their varroa footprint- at least as it relates to the broodnest....
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    Re: Another thing Honey is Good For?

    And...raises male testosterone...?

    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2405844019356890

    Some crazy research going on out there. I foresee some smart marketing campaigns for...
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    Another thing Honey is Good For?

    According to this study, it helps you clear alcohol from your blood.

    Anti-alcoholic effects of honeys from different floral origins and their correlation with honey chemical compositions
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    Re George. Depends on what you want. The big guys want excellent pollinators, gentle, high honey production. Low cost and high output.

    I don't care particularly about any of those, except a bit...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    Regarding point #2 above, I plan on aggressively splitting next Spring to avoid swarming. It is seeming to work well this year to keep mites down, at least so far. Zero mites in the wash. We will see...
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    Re: randy oliver article in january '17 abj

    Back to my question. Do current bees resist or tolerate varroa any better than bees 30 years ago did?

    Is it all in the management? Pretty clearly the big traveling folks don't see any realistic...
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    Re: randy oliver article in january '17 abj

    Some questions. There has been severe pressure on bees for what, 30 years now? A heck of a lot of bee lineages are dead. Shouldn't there have been a considerable shift towards bees that can tolerate...
  15. Thread: What to do?

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    Re: What to do?

    Guess they changed their minds. I am in the middle of something similar. If it doesn't work out, no big deal, just recombine.

    I have one colony I have been 'playing' with mercilessly this month....
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    Re: Applying mites treatment to double nuc box

    Yes. Watching a hive get overrun and treating too late is horrible. If you've proved your bees can resist varroa, that's one thing. If your bees have proved they cannot resist, that's something...
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    Re: So, what did you scrounge today? Braggin encouraged

    Won't decide until winter, when I start doing indoors stuff. I just collect wood randomly if it looks decent. Never enough and I hate buying it. The mini pallets will be hive stands this winter.
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    Re: Applying mites treatment to double nuc box

    I guess I don't understand why you would not treat both. Mites build up fast and this season I wouldn't mess around. That said, I'm a newbie and I lost a bunch of hives in the last two years waiting...
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    Re: So, what did you scrounge today? Braggin encouraged

    5 mini pallets. From Farm & Fleet's free wood junk pile. They throw away a lot of display racks, pallets and occasionally decent wood. Last week got a half-dozen pieces of 8 by 2 board.
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    Re: Deformed Wing Virus question

    Random swarm catch bees have NO mites 3 months later? A zero on the alcohol doesn't mean zero in the hive, but I was expecting at least a few.
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    Re: Hurricanes and bee hives...

    Keep them up above any possible standing water. I remember reading last year various people's disasters with flooded out bees.
    Do you have a study garage? Maybe just close them up with mesh and feed...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    Far from the only one...
    Never really bothered leveling a hive. But I use foundation.
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    Re: Deformed Wing Virus question

    Ah. That may be it. Hope so. Thanks! That is indeed what they look like. But I did see two with wrinkled wings and some puny drones.

    I did an alcohol wash on that hive and another. Not one mite! I...
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    Re: Hello from Northwest Chicago!

    There are quite a few of us members in N Illinois and S Wisconsin. Welcome!
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    Re: Trying a new beetle trap

    Didn't seem to be any problem, but point taken!
    At any rate there were no piles of dead bees in front of the hive and no more than the usual few on the floor. These bees are all half-sisters, maybe...
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