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THE 2ND AMENDMENT / Re: executive order ammo ban
« Last post by Michael Bush on Today at 02:36:30 PM »
> Nobody want to really put the brakes on this man.

I guarantee the NRA wants to....
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Drones will be fed at first, but eventually they start eating right out of the cells.  I think they die because they stress themselves out.  Try putting a piece of old comb in with them.  Trying to give them food always seems to make a mess... sticky dying drones...  maybe some candy?  I like to clip their wings and hand them out to the kids who want them... and it's not long before they all want them...
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: inspection ?
« Last post by Michael Bush on Today at 02:33:12 PM »
Ideal temperature of a hive in winter is probably 40 F (4 C).  Any warmer and they are too active.  So it's probably a better goal to try for 32 F (0 C) or less but more than  0 F (-18 C).  I'd say 32 F is a good target as a little warmer and a little colder are not going to hurt but you are still a lot warmer than the bitter cold of a cold climate sometimes is.
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HONEYBEE REMOVAL / Re: Easy Swarm
« Last post by texanbelchers on Today at 02:25:47 PM »
I was slated to remove bees from a friends house last Friday.  He has been fighting them for 5-6 years.  I checked them a week before to get the lowdown and saw no problems.  I show up Friday and there isn't a bee to be seen.  I used a borescope in the wall and floor and couldn't even find dead bees or comb.  Instead of drilling holes in drywall he opted to wait for a problem to develop or more bees to arrive.  Apparently bees are like computer problems; I arrive and suddenly they don't exist any more.

I'll take more of these instead.  $150 package for an hours work; almost as good as my consulting rate.   :wink:
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: inspection ?
« Last post by Colobee on Today at 02:21:46 PM »
Conventional wisdom used to be that providing artificial warmth caused bees to consume more stores. I'm curious if this is no longer the case. I realize that some insulation might make the difference between life & death in a colony - preventing them from freezing. Is it a double edged sword that also causes them to go through stores more rapidly and risk starvation instead?
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Jim, Michael can correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think a drone can feed himself. I think the house bees pass it on to him. That would mean you would have to have attendants with him, same as a queen.
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Michael,
Several times I have tried take a drone and put it in a jar the day before a bee presentation but they never survive the night. Smoe times they are dead before night fall. This is with a screen top jar. Is it a food problem or is it something else. I have tried leaving a little honey in the jar and then added a wet sponge but it does not help. Kept the jar in a warm house.
Any ideas on what it takes to keep them alive for more than a few hours?
I have a couple of presentations coming up next month.
Jim
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after reading a couple of recent threads about nosema spores in frames I'm thinking it might be a good idea to either phase out comb from infested hives or treat the comb. according to what I've read on the scientic beekeeping site the heat required to kill spores is borderline being hot enough to melt the wax & sounds risky. acetic acid sounds like a possible health hazard. it is also expensive & has a short shelf life. rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, & bleach are considered effective treatments. also acetic acid is in vinegar. I'm wondering whether making a mixture of some or all of the above mentioned treatments above sprayed directly into the comb followed by freezing would be effective in killing nosema c. spores in comb. this would probably need to be done when it is warm enough to air dry the frames so that they do not mold.
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THE 2ND AMENDMENT / Re: executive order ammo ban
« Last post by sterling on Today at 01:01:23 PM »
I think the NRA is finally going to do a little fussing about the proposed Executive Order. For what good that will do. Nobody want to really put the brakes on this man.
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Could this be Nosema?
« Last post by rober on Today at 12:54:58 PM »
last year I sent bees from 2 deadouts to the usda bee lab in md. they had a 3-4 million spore count per bee. the only answer I've gotten from anyone about what was too high of a count was from jerry hayes saying anything over 1 million was a problem. the usda contact told me that they are finding that often times when nosema c. is treated with fumigiilin that the spore count drops but 3-4 weeks later there is a rebound effect & the count soars. I'm checking hives this year & if I find a high enough count I might try nosevit & see what happens.
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