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BjornBee
Jul 5th 2009, 06:15 PM
Everyone is into natural these days. Well, here is a hive with 60 pounds of honey still inside from a winter killed hive. Was it robbed out? No! Was it damaged by wax moths? NO! Was it ignored by the effects of CCD? Get a grip on reality! That's just plain crazy. :roll:

Here at Bjorn Apiaries, we use natural management stategies and procedures. :o We employ ants. And big black nasty one's at that. They have protected this hive with no damage. Today, was the day I wanted to place the comb on some other hives. So I shook out the ants, said thank you, and admired the job they did in protecting the comb, cleaning out the organic matter, and kept the honey safe, and no damaged.

This picture was taken 7-5-09

http://i186.photobucket.com/albums/x236/BjornBee/swarmcellls007.jpg

ski
Jul 6th 2009, 05:13 AM
BjornBee
You can't get much more organic then that, I am surprised the hive was not robbed out by by other hives. They must be some mean ants.
So what is the cost of shipping ants to NC lol.
Ski

Iddee
Jul 6th 2009, 07:54 AM
I would think there may be a small problem with installing in the desired hive. What type queen cage do you use for them, and can a queen alone start a colony? I know the bumblebee queen can, the honeybee can't. Just not sure about the ant queen.