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ADMINISTRATION FORUM / Re: Recent Outage / Upgrade
« Last post by eltalia on July 22, 2017, 06:54:19 pm »
Thanks  Robo... the whole deal cost myself some time and now lost saved pages
after two software swapouts to fix "my end". Shoulda Coulda Woulda known better applies, hey :-)

If it helps in retrospect, one of the dialogs I saw pointed to an incorrectly
edited htaccess file... a hosts file in laymans terms. I trust youse are all over this stuff :-)

Cheerio.

Bill
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Follow the Bloom 2017
« Last post by Eric Bosworth on July 22, 2017, 04:32:54 pm »
I'm just starting to see goldenrod bloom. Let the flow begin!

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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Swarm aborted?
« Last post by beehappy1950 on July 22, 2017, 11:08:34 am »
Yesterday I had a swarm that landed in a tree about 40 ft. from the hive. It never did build up much on the linb and then started to dwindle. I noticed lots of activity between tree and hive. I noticed a large pile of live bees in front of hive on ground. Soon all was well again. I am convinced I didnt lose any bees but cant figure what happened. Either they aborted a swarm for some reason or God made it happen because I was praying I could catch this one. We are in the middle of a basswood bloom around here. Just wondering if anybody else had this happen. Harold
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Killing Varroa with heat?
« Last post by beehappy1950 on July 22, 2017, 01:19:44 am »
I stumbled upon some information about using heat to kill varroa mites. Has anyone tried this? I am from Minnesota and I am convinced you cant freeze them to death was just wondering if anybody out here has tried heat. There seems to be a lot of info out there about it. Harold
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Getting Better
« Last post by Eric Bosworth on July 21, 2017, 11:03:34 pm »
http://www.bushfarms.com/images/RackOfQueens2.jpg
http://www.bushfarms.com/images/RackOfQueens.jpg

The secret to a nice picture like this is to fill in the few missing cells from another rack just before you take the picture.  :)  But most of them were drawn...

Lol ya that'd do it!  I'm just happy with the size of the cells and getting most of them to this point. This is only my second time rearing queens. First time I had five queens cells and only three of them were grafts. Out of those I only have two laying queens. I had three but two of my mating Nucs decided to combine on their own. They literally left brood and moved into the box next to them. Found the dead queen at the entrance.
I've never seen them leave brood before... That is a little strange. I am a little torn about queen rearing. I am just starting to see goldenrod bloom. I have not done any queen rearing but pollen from the goldenrod flow would help raise good queens. My problem is I would want them to start nucs for winter and I am not sure if I would have time for them to build up enough. I saw something about making punches for the punch out method from 7.62 brass that looked a lot easier than grafting. I need to talk to my neighbor to see if he has some brass that failed quality control for reloading. My guess is 223 would work just as well.

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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Questions on my new swarm
« Last post by cao on July 21, 2017, 05:29:01 pm »
1. You will need a minimum of a full deep for winter.  I prefer to overwinter in at least a deep and medium.  Forget the queen excluder for now.  The first year is about getting them strong enough to survive the winter.
2. Bad comb leads to more bad comb.  I would remove it if it is just nectar.  I would make sure it is straight if it has brood in it.
3. I would have the cut out comb grouped together to keep the mess in one area.
4. Yes they need fed to build comb and store enough for winter.  Once they have the deep filled then feed may not be necessary.
5. A single hive beetle is not a problem.  Dozens of beetles can be.
6. The orange things are pollen.  It happens with a screen bottom.  The white things are wax flakes that they use to draw comb.

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I am not sure what a German bee is, buutt , I have a wild swarm that are shiny black, and I think they are in a grove of large oaks.  I see them on my open feeders so I put a feeder closer to the direction they flew.  By watching them I am sure they are in those oaks.  I set a swarm trap about 150 yards away and another over a quarter mile away in good formerly successful locations but never have caught a black swarm. In my teens I had a hive of black bees, the local beeks called them "native bees" They were BAD but a good honey producer. 
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Why was the GErman bee more aggressive? Were they not subject to beekeepers trying to raise gentler bees like the rest of the European honey bees? Does anyone still keep them?
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THE COFFEE HOUSE ((( SOCIAL - ROOM ))) / Chess
« Last post by bwallace23350 on July 21, 2017, 03:45:29 pm »
Anyone play and or want to play online?
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Mr. Bush, just out of couriousity I googled the German Black Bee.  The dates you stated are correct, importation was halted in the early 1900's due to aggression.  I don't wish to redirect this thread so in brief, I also read the following: the Nazis were involved with honey bees,,,, Trying to create super duper (my wording)honey bees.  Blessings
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