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UK / EUROPEAN BEEKEEPING / Re: Caucasian Queens
« Last post by eltalia on Today at 12:36:21 am »
The rules are for the website, not the location of the member.  We don't want the forum cluttered with ads.

Welllll...that just kills off my "Bridge 4 Sale" project for 2018  :wink:

Apparently they did swarm once already.

I'm not sure but I was told by a local professional apiarist that the forage does influence the potency of stings. I was working with him on Canola fields and their stingers hurt and he told me that the Canola creates painful potent stings.

This (topic) is another I was urged to keep my yap shut on, however reading your use of
tautology ("professional apiarist") in reinforcement of spurious (?) claim of canola
byproducts moves me to tap out;
...an "apiarist" is usually a journeyman of sorts - tho' today many accept someone who
runs more than a few colonies, beginning less than a few years previous, to fit the bill.
...around bees, per se, a "professional" would be someone with tertiary qualifications
 _and_  considerable experience around the science of entomology, with specialist
knowledge in at least one discipline of the science.

You might ask your 'professional' was that claim for GI canola or any canola, yeh?

On topic... managing Apis is tied to accepting their defence systems. In short, be around
stinging bees you are going to get stung. When and how you get stung is down to your
management, stuff you can fix or ignore.
Too many today choose to ignore and so the bee-suit industry roars in excitation.
Your post(s) don't telegraph an understanding of the organism you are handling.
I trust in time that too changes... lucks with it all.

GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Aggressive bees with potent stingers
« Last post by omnimirage on January 17, 2018, 10:56:12 pm »
Thanks for the heads up.
NEOBA will hold the Big Bee Buzz in Tulsa, Oklahoma on February 23-24, 2018. The Buzz is an annual event, and one of the largest beekeeping conferences in Oklahoma and the region. PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS YEAR THE BUZZ HAS MOVED TO LATE FEBRUARY INSTEAD OF LATE MARCH AS IN RECENT YEARS.

This year?s speakers include Dr. Keith Delaplane, Dr. Clarence Collison, Adrian Quiney, Grant Gillard, Nancy Gillard, and Ed Levi. This is an outstanding set of speakers.

Registration for the event is $40 in advance or $50 at the door on the day of the event. Online registration is available at NEOBA.org. Go the NEOBA.org website and click on Big Bee Buzz under the events listing on the right side of the home page.

We will, once again, have two lectures going at the same time most of the time, with one lecture geared towards beginners and one lecture that is more advanced. There will be plenty of information for people of all levels of experience, whether you have kept bees for 30 years or are just thinking about giving it a try.

Dr. Delaplane has been a beekeeper for most of his life, is a leading researcher who oversees the bee lab at the University of Georgia, and is known to be an excellent speaker. He also writes a monthly column for American Bee Journal.

Dr. Collison was a bee researcher at Mississippi State University and writes a monthly column for Bee Culture. He is returning to the Buzz. He was an excellent speaker when he visited several years ago.

Ed Levi is an old friend of NEOBA. He has kept bees since the 1970s, has been a bee inspector for Arkansas, regularly travels overseas to do beekeeping extension work, and he continues to run a sideline beekeeping operation since retiring from working for Arkansas.

Adrian Quiney is a very experience sideline beekeeper who lives in Wisconsin. He has taught beekeeping, speaks at conferences, and comes highly recommended.

Grant Gillard is a sideline beekeeper from Missouri. He has been a speaker at the Buzz before. Also, his wife, Nancy Gillard, will give a presentation about selling honey and hive products at farmers markets.

A schedule will be on the NEOBA.org page soon, if it is not already there. We will have a wide variety of talks covering honey bee biology, swarm prevention, queen rearing, treatment-free strategies (with practical advice from beekeepers who are actually employing successful strategies), marketing, hive inspections, and dealing with pests.

This is going to be an event that you can't miss. So please go to NEOBA.org and get registered.
Mirage, I am concerned about the PAINFUL beestings.  I believe you.  There are factors that can cause a feeling of increase in pain.

1.  Taking pain medication reduces, lowers one?s pain threshold, thus pain is well, more painful.  I doubt if this is applicable in your case.
2.  Pressure on nerves caused by damage or aging can create HYPERreflex.  I have this condition.
3.  Certain medications can cause increase in pain receptors firing or in crease with sensation.
4.  Neurological conditions can cause increase in pain.
5.  Anxiety, alcohol, heat stress can increase pain.
6.  Bee variety could have increased venom load or venom toxicity.  Bee venom is mostly mellitin, however there is a cocktail of venoms, not just a single source.
7.  Increase in histamine due to immune stimulation by known or unknown infection.  Note how painful a wound gets, ESPECIALLY an infected wound, this is due to immune response.
8. Cessation of steroids, again, I doubt this is applicable in your case.

What I am hoping is in the future the pain is less noticeable as you experienced a temporary condition.  If the sting pain actually worsens, see your doctor to be on safe side.
GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Split queen cells question
« Last post by eltalia on January 17, 2018, 09:58:20 pm »
 Bill used the word ?transitioned? yes ok to move but gently and keep the frame upright.
  Just remember I do not like to touch the first 3 days of a capped queen cell.  Just prior
 to hatching is when the pupae is stable.

Just a note, the larva to pupae only takes 24 hours, however it is delicate for at least 3 days.

yep..."word" hey Van :-)))
I read @220 as selecting individual cells to move over so hence the use of that word.
Setting up QC moves is not so simple a task as all queen cells are delicate.. killed off
enough myself to know yer carnt treat 'em as rough as some nipples...heh heh :-)))

GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Best way to process beeswax
« Last post by eltalia on January 17, 2018, 09:44:54 pm »

I'm wondering if people have any experience or ideas on how to go about building a melter cheaply and effectively. I'm not so good at construction so with that plan, the hinges, the glass panel and the metal pan I'm rather unsure about. I have some glass panels from old car windows that I could use, if only I could find some metal for it to then sit on top of and work out a way of sealing it.

....here ya go.

A similar build was used back in the day up in the NT for melting down
shark to oil ... not by me but I got to see it working, very efficiently.

GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Aggressive bees with potent stingers
« Last post by Dallasbeek on January 17, 2018, 09:29:43 pm »
 Could be, but I find all stingers painful.  The ones that sting my face make the biggest impression, though.
 The French did nothing to prepare their colonies for independence and fought wars to keep them as subjugates entities, while the English (I can't say about the Dutch or any others) trained people in the colonies to administer things.  Well, okay, the English did some pretty awful things trying to retain control over their colonies, but they never had a Dien Bien Phu or anything like it that I know of.

And then after Dien Bien Phu who stepped into the void?  What a mess.
THE COFFEE HOUSE ((( SOCIAL - ROOM ))) / Re: Dow closes above 26K
« Last post by Dallasbeek on January 17, 2018, 08:58:52 pm »
If SHTF, it doesn't much matter where your money is, you're going to be SOL, so you may as well just find the best vehicle for growth that you can and stay with it.  At a certain level, Vanguard provides individual advice sessions on the phone of about an hour each timr to help their investors with allocation of assets.

When we first started, my wife wasn't even sure of Treasury bills and bonds and I finally convinced her that if they failed, the dollar wasn't worth having anyway.  At that time, T-bills were a good investment, with other things kind of questionable.
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