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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Order from Mann Lake
« Last post by biggraham610 on Today at 03:22:01 PM »
ML will fix it dont worry. I havent ordered near as much as Im sure some other posters have, but you cant beat having it in 2 or 3 days, and shipped for free. I give ML a thumbs up. G
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GREETINGS/TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF / Re: Newbee in central VA
« Last post by biggraham610 on Today at 03:10:05 PM »
I just looked up the brochure. Im not trying to scare you or anything, but from what little I read, and what little I know, that approach will take a long time with lots of losses to achieve. There are lots of Beekeepers who are treatment free, Michael Bush comes to mind, but, that being said, I think he would tell you it was a long road. My goal is to one day be treatment free. Doesnt happen overnight if you want bees in the spring is my guess. Maybe that conference will have local queen producers that will up the odds. I would be interested to know. Good Luck and enjoy. G
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DISEASE & PEST CONTROL / Nematodes and SHB
« Last post by jvalentour on Today at 02:59:14 PM »
Does anyone have knowledge of nematode use to control SHB?
I just read about it and am curious.
Is it practical for the small to mid-size keeper?
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Order from Mann Lake
« Last post by Redbug on Today at 02:57:06 PM »
I signed up for the Bee Bucks. I think you have to buy $800 to use them.

I have been wondering how that works. I have requested my bee bucks be applied and they never are. So, it's gotta be an $800 order. Now I know.
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Go for it.  You can find a lot of swarm catching info on Youtube or The Ohio State University Beekeeper Site.
Swarms usually begin at the peak of apple blossoms in spring and last a few weeks.

Equipment is easy to make.
I read it's like fishing, if one spot doesn't work find another.
Enjoy your bees.
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THE COFFEE HOUSE ((( SOCIAL - ROOM ))) / The Muslim Problem
« Last post by jvalentour on Today at 01:40:36 PM »
This is an interesting read.  A combination of two separate articles. 

It gives thought to why both sides of the government seem to be in favor of, or at least allowing, an open border.  Although a controlled openness (border) of an educated class would be more helpful in my opinion.

It explains why Russia is paying it's citizens to have children. 

It doesn't explain why the birth rate in industrialized countries is down.  Maybe because the working class is so overburdened with taxation (to pay for social benefits) that they can afford to reproduce.

It may be too controversial for this site, I hope the moderator allows.

http://www.maggiesnotebook.com/2011/07/the-muslim-problem-1400-years-of-inbreeding-what-it-means-to-the-west/

Enjoy your Sunday.
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Winter Bee House
« Last post by zimzam65 on Today at 01:30:39 PM »
I can verify that bees are smart enough to be able to get out and back into the hive even in a shed or greenhouse. I had to move and placed the hive inside a trailer at night. I put a small 1/4 in. hole in a vent screen and closed the door. During the day the bees would fly around the trailer but would return inside the hive at night. I had very few losses on my trip even though I was driving. I think the problem with the single bee in a window or greenhouse  :rolleyes:is just that the bee gets frustrated because it cannot find an opening to go back to the hive.
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Winter Bee House
« Last post by DMLinton on Today at 12:41:37 PM »
I am with you, Bush_84.  I am still a first year beek but I am convinced that honey bees need better Winter protection than we typically give them.  I read a piece recently where the writer pointed out that 40 lbs of honey was considered necessary for over-wintering back when bees where wintered in cellars but 100 lbs is now the typical recommendation.  Bees also freeze in seconds at 32 F, which means that when the point at which the outer shell bees chill too quickly to take their place and then rotate back into the cluster to warm themselves, bees start dieing much more quickly. 

I think we need to contemplate just why it is a that the current recommendation for northern regions (northern USA and Canada) is that one must have two deeps boiling with bees and 100 lbs of honey going into Winter to expect survival.  As a first year beekeeper, I got that advice ad nauseum.

I was also advised that indoor Wintering was a bad idea (I am located halfway along a line drawn from Toronto to Ottawa).  Partly for health reasons and partly because of the cautions against indoor wintering, I put only about half of my hives in an unheated, south facing, second floor back room.  Light is not blocked.  If the bees take a notion to fly on a day that it is above freezing outdoors, I take the window out.  More importantly, even though outdoor temperatures have dropped below -18 F, the bee room never drops below 14 F.  At this moment it is 5 F outdoors and 22 F in the bee room.  Starting next Fall, all of my bees will go into an insulated and climate controlled shelter.  There will be heater set to a mininum of about 25 - 28 F because my bees will fly out AND return at just above 32 F (contrary to a lot of advice I received) and a humidistat controlled exhaust fan.

i will be able to at least take a quick peek into my hives even if it is thirty below with 30 mph winds outdoors simply by turning the thermostat up to about 31-32F.  I will be able to add fondant where necessary at any time.  I will have the option of starting Spring build up regardless of what the climate does (2014 local nucs and queens became available six weeks late if at all).  I have hefty hives taking fondant down to ambient temperatures of about 27-28 F.  A few guards will come out to see who is scratching the hive at temperatures above 30F.

IIRC, it has been reported that a good Winter cluster of bees produces energy approximately eqivalent to a 7 W night light.  Try putting such a light and a thermometer in a winterized hive with normal stores but no bees and see what the thermometer has to say.  Use one of those digital jobs with remote display.

I do not believe that we can winter our bees in a snowbank and then report with clear conscience that our bees starved and that ample stores remained.
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THE COFFEE HOUSE ((( SOCIAL - ROOM ))) / He is fixen to shove it to you
« Last post by jayj200 on Today at 11:26:33 AM »
with the help of those two unions o is going to take control of all the oil production in America.
which will necessarily drive prices for all energy through the roof. I pray it is not so!
yet he has full control of unions despite what the card holders want/ YOU WATCH IT WILL HAPPEN
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Order from Mann Lake
« Last post by Bush_84 on Today at 10:46:22 AM »
I have found mann lake to have great customer service. They probably just need to wait for some office person to do the computer work. 
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