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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: mini nuc to reg. nuc transfer?
« Last post by sc-bee on March 29, 2015, 10:11:49 PM »
Then it wasn't me. I have met you, and you're "almost" as ugly as me.   :angry:   :wink:   :grin:   :grin:

Yea I was going to say if it was you... "I Know where you live"  :wink:
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GREETINGS/TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF / Re: new member
« Last post by sawdstmakr on March 29, 2015, 10:06:26 PM »
Welcome to Beemaster .
Jim
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: mini nuc to reg. nuc transfer?
« Last post by iddee on March 29, 2015, 09:53:11 PM »
Then it wasn't me. I have met you, and you're "almost" as ugly as me.   :angry:   :wink:   :grin:   :grin:
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: mini nuc to reg. nuc transfer?
« Last post by sc-bee on March 29, 2015, 09:39:33 PM »
WHOA, sc. I ain't jumpin' nobody.

Naw I did not mean you were id :) Maybe I was not clear...I was just referring to I got jumped on facebook, the conversation thereon fb was a little arrogant and nasty IMHO.....amazing the qualities a keyboard and a little reading brings out in folks miles away you have never met :angry:
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: mini nuc to reg. nuc transfer?
« Last post by iddee on March 29, 2015, 09:36:00 PM »
WHOA, sc. I ain't jumpin' nobody.

I'm just curious if there is some real research on this or if it's just more hand-me-down like you mentioned, or
could it be grafted queens are inferior, or
could it be the banking of queens, or
could it be the mating by drones from the same lines as their mother, grandmothers, and on and on for generations in the same apiary, or
etc. etc. etc.
I just want to read as much about it as I can, since I know nothing about it up to now.
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DISEASE & PEST CONTROL / Re: Weird looking brood - sick?
« Last post by AR Beekeeper on March 29, 2015, 09:06:26 PM »
At best, trying to diagnose without the comb in hand is just a guess.  The mother mite lays her first egg after the larva has pupated, I have not seen any pupa, only prepupa.  It appears to me that the brood has all died before they reached that stage.  The bees display hygienic behavior, but is it VSH hygiene?  I think a varroa problem may be the cause, but I would think that dead pupa and chewed pupa would be seen.  I would like to see the walls of the cells and see how much varroa scat is there. 
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DISEASE & PEST CONTROL / Re: VSH Queens, hygenic bees and varroa
« Last post by OldMech on March 29, 2015, 08:40:33 PM »
Are you satisfied with the resistance of vsh queens against varroa ?
Do you see less mite in vsh hives comparing nonvsh hives ?


    Am I satisfied?   No!
   
    Do I see less mites in the VSH hives?   Yes.   

  Will those VSH hives survive without treatment?  For a while, but not over the long run.   I put them in an Outyard that I know is at least nine miles from any other hives, excluding feral hives..  and let them go...  When I open drone cells and find an average of three or more mites PER cell I usually give up.. move them to a treated yard and treat them..   
   I have had several hives that have remained in that yard for up to five years, but inevitably, they get pulled and treated..   If I keep adding resistance, One year.. I wont have to pull any of those hives when they supersede..
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DISEASE & PEST CONTROL / Re: VSH Queens, hygenic bees and varroa
« Last post by ScituateMA on March 29, 2015, 08:29:38 PM »
Are you satisfied with the resistance of vsh queens against varroa ?
Do you see less mite in vsh hives comparing nonvsh hives ?
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Does anyone here keep a TBH with Straight sides Tanzanian style.?

Do you find the comb is heavier and more prone to failure and detaching.
What about comb attachments on the inside

In his 1984 paper 'Beehive Designs for the Tropics', with regard to the KENYA TOP BAR HIVE, Townsend comments:
"The major drawback, which restricts its use to stationary-type beekeeping, is that the combs will break away from the top bar quite readily."

He then goes on to describe a method of supporting the comb with thin vertical sticks of bamboo or similar:
"When the comb is drawn out over these sticks, the comb will be strong enough to withstand transportation."

He then describes THE MODIFIED AFRICAN LONG HIVE, saying:
"The modified African long hive with movable frames is a very useful transitional hive for use with the tropical African bee. If the frames are made with sidebars and a median cross bar or a thin cross strip of wood or bamboo, the colony can be moved and the combs handled without breakage. This hive also has all the advantages of the Kenya top bar hive, at very little extra cost."


For myself, I have made every straight-sided Long Hive with rebates in the upper walls so that either Top Bars or Frames (or a mixture of the two) may be installed. This involves very little extra work for a huge improvement in flexibility. My only KTBH has now been dismantled and re-built with straight sides in exactly the same way. And - despite what some people are saying, LESS wood (pro rata), is required when building boxes of a larger volume, not more.

Thus far, I've been using standard Hoffman frames in these Long Hives, but I'm now moving over to the use of a 'framed Top-Bar'. The difference between these and the Hoffman frames lies in the form of the Top Bar, which will be solid and about an inch thick - so forming the top of the hive cavity - and as such, are only suitable for single-story Long Hive use.
These Top Bars will have a frame beneath them - which might seem a strange development of the Top Bar concept - but noting that Townsend recommends adding support to the combs, then why not have this support at the sides of the combs, and gain the additional advantage of dissuading the bees from making attachments to the hive walls ? 

Which seems like common sense to me.  :smile:

LJ
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THE COFFEE HOUSE ((( SOCIAL - ROOM ))) / Re: Real American Sniper
« Last post by sc-bee on March 29, 2015, 08:15:24 PM »
Finally saw the movie a couple of  nights ago - hmmmmm - that's  2 hours of my life I'll never get back.

Can't say I was greatly impressed.

This one is a documentary on History Channel not the movie....
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