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  • ---In Beekeeping@^$1, wrote : Well first of all, I know I don't know anything. Here's the thing. My wife has a serious illness that we are going to be having to treat starting in October. I need something other than what I do for a living to kind of give me something to study on and learn about. I honestly do not know if I will be able to attend bee school next winter due to taking...
    mdudley@... Sep 15, 2015
  • You will need to find out if he was treatment free or not. That is very important. If you take treatment free bees and treat them for mites, not only will that be unnecessary, but the bees will have been bred to handle the mites, not the drugs. They will be weakened by the drugs, and will likely perish. If he has been treating, then the bees will have been bred to handle the...
    mdudley@... Sep 15, 2015
  • ---In Beekeeping@^$1, wrote : He is going to call me if the other guy doesn't show up. I offered him full price because I do see value in what he told me he had. I told him I would give the extra 75 if he closed up the hive the evening before and helps me load it so I don't have to bring help. ---------- Be sure to take a ratchet tie down to put around the hive to keep it together...
    mdudley@... Sep 5, 2015
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  • No, thankfully. Around here it is a mix of suburban, woods, fields, and ranch land. About the only farming is people's personal gardens. Marshall ---In Beekeeping@^$1, wrote : Just curious, are there any soybean fields in your area Marshall? I am hearing that some think that is a big factor. Our fields around here aren't huge like out west, but we have several. I am planning to...
    mdudley@... Sep 5, 2015
  • ---In Beekeeping@^$1, wrote : There is a company in Virginia and another in Texas that advertises that their bees are naturally resistant to mites and diseases- Is this just a sales pitch or does such a bee exist that isn't too aggressive? Reply: All my hives are resistant, and all are extremely gentle, I usually check them without even lighting the smoker. They do exist. In fact I...
    mdudley@... Sep 4, 2015
  • I eliminated the shake in mine by using a hot water heater stand, and bolting the stand to the wall using lag screws. It is however a 2 frame manual extractor. Marshall ---In Beekeeping@^$1, wrote : I just bought a three frame extractor, it is a bit of a pain because of the wobble due to uneven frames and I think it would wobble even if it was motorized. I have to get my talented...
    mdudley@... Sep 3, 2015
  • It is hardly folklore. It is fact. Look at where the bees came from, Europe and Africa. The most southern bees are the Africans, which are a yellow bee. As you move north you get to Italy, which is also a yellow bee. Then you get to areas like Slovenia ( carniolan ), Mountains of Russia ( Caucasian ), and Germany ( The German Black Bee ), which are all darker. The bees in the...
    mdudley@... Aug 30, 2015
  • Forget what race bee she is. You want bees that are mite resistant and acclimated to your area. I would take a local feral survivor queen over an imported commercial one any time. In fact if I end up with a hive headed by a queen that was purchased from out of the area, or from a breeder that treats for varroa, I would remove her and let them raise another queen who will mate with...
    mdudley@... Aug 30, 2015
  • That is correct. It is more difficult than one might think, especially working in woods. You can find feral hives by beelining, and as often non feral hives. But to find out if an area has feral hives, and how far they are, would take a week of beelining. And telling if a hive is about to swarm is easy, for a movable frame hive. But determining if a feral hive is about to swarm...
    mdudley@... Aug 30, 2015
  • Well, it can work. The lemon grass oil is like a for sale sign in the yard, and the comb is like there being a newly remodeled kitchen. Getting them in to look at the place is essential, but whether they accept it or not depends on the furnishings compared with what else is available. Marshall ---In Beekeeping@^$1, wrote : Interesting! Your post seems to go along with Karens as she...
    mdudley@... Aug 28, 2015