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  1. Re: Is now and OK time to requeen in the northeast?

    I'm getting reports of drones being kicked out North of you. Seeing that you've got some time before mating opportunities will happen I think it highly likely that the drone populations will be too...
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    Re: help identifying this

    I think your best plan ahead of winter will be to combine all three colonies into one.

    How you get there will be a matter or knowing what the flows are like in your area and understanding if the...
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    Re: help identifying this

    The laying pattern is not good, but what I'm seeing is worker brood - so laying workers are out as a possibility. I wondered a bit at the color of the larva before deciding I couldn't see well...
  4. Re: Notches and holes... Does it really matter?

    You've created what is generally called an Imirie Shim - designed as such by the late George Imirie. You can buy them from places like Brushy Mountain if you are so inclined. The Brushy web site...
  5. Thread: Herbicide

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    Re: Herbicide

    In spite of my earlier comments, I try not to use anything, Roundup/glyphosphate included. When I can't live with growth, I mow. In a garden I volunteer at, for the walkways we put down cardboard...
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    Re: Overwintering on dark (fall) honey

    I get more fecal streaking over winter than I'd like and when there are several serious beekeepers who I've found know their stuff espouse a common theory - I try to look into it. I think their...
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    Re: Herbicide

    You've been hoodwinked. Naturalnews.com is not a reliable source. They've an agenda and they're sticking to it!
  8. Re: Can you safely feed bees when using Apistan?

    Yes it has been approved by EPA. However, in Maine anyway, our Pesticide Control Board needs to approve stuff before it is used (or sold as a pesticide) in the state. So far as I know (I checked...
  9. Re: Can you safely feed bees when using Apistan?

    I've been thinking about the "more of a natural treatment" part of your post. OA is a naturally occurring substance. So are Thymol and Eucalyptus - the primary active ingredients of Api-Life Var. ...
  10. Re: Can you safely feed bees when using Apistan?

    Oxalic Acid is not yet approved for all states. The dribble method works great when the colony is broodless - which it shouldn't be at this time of year.
  11. Re: Can you safely feed bees when using Apistan?

    MAQS reports to penetrate cell cappings to kill the mites inside - most other products do not do that. Honey supers can also remain on with MAQS where they need to come off with most other products....
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    Re: Overwintering on dark (fall) honey

    From what I've learned, some beekeepers. located primarily in colder areas, are concerned with the high ash content of some fall honeys. This has to do with the bees not being able to digest ash and...
  13. Re: Too late to start new nucs to overwinter in VT?

    It can be done - but - be prepared to manage them closely and like Cam says "feed, feed, feed." Do not expect them to fend for themselves entirely. Mike P's suggestion for making strong nucs to...
  14. Re: Is this just me or something everyone else knows and I am just figuring it out?

    To everything there is a season... There are limits to what you can force or encourage bees to do. It is far better to work with their natural impulses.
  15. Re: Can you safely feed bees when using Apistan?

    Yes. The question you ought to be asking is why on earth are you using Apistan? It is 1) an older chemical known to accumulate in wax, and 2) not effective in many areas due to resistance.
  16. Re: Need help finding article on treating for varroa

    I am not sure of the article you are talking about. I have found scientificbeekeeping.com to be a good reference. Randy's articles appear in ABJ and many of them are available on his site.
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    Re: 2015 EAS conference

    I'm going. M-F.
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    Re: top feeder

    Why the screen? I've never done it that way. Fall feeding is inverted paint cans directly on the top bars. Don't make it overly complicated for you!
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    Re: What is the true cost of foundationless?

    The studies related to beeswax contamination are a bit dated now in terms of the specific chemicals found - but not so much in the big picture the the heaviest contamination came from chemicals the...
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    Re: Starting a hive this time of year

    Unless you are purchasing an established hive/colony, as a beginner I think you would be wasting your time and money starting now. Getting bee education, from helping other people with their bees,...
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    Re: Two hives that refuse to make a queen

    The remaining bees are getting on in age (with the exception of the bees hatched from the donated frames) - I like the shake out method for both. It sounds like you want to give hive #2 one more...
  22. Re: 2 questions, why extra wide honey comb on frames and hive seems agitated

    8-10 minutes. Have a purpose in mind for the inspection and once it is done, get out.
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    Re: 10 gallons of sugar water at 2x1 mix

    They will store the syrup as if it were nectar. The weight figure I gave earlier I use when feeding from friction feeders (inverted gallon paint cans) placed directly on top bars. I don't know how...
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    Re: 10 gallons of sugar water at 2x1 mix

    Each gallon equates roughly to 10 lbs of stores.
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    Re: not much honey stores

    I used a boardman feeder on the other side of the follower board in my TBH. This was to get them started as a new package.

    The boardman feeder is easiest for me though I could have spent money on...
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