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  1. Any reason NOT to use outdated Apiguard?

    Does anyone have information about what happens to Apiguard in the little sealed trays over time? Does it leak out slowly through the plastic tray? Does it break down somehow and lost potency? I have...
  2. thoughts about best method for varroa knock down during the early summer (now)

    I've been reviewing mite control methods and it looks like formic (e.g. MAQS) is the only varroa treatment recommended for use with honey supers. It's starting to get hot, but I need a quick mite...
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    Re: Queen balling

    Wow! THanks for that info. I just did some reading on balling and apparently sometimes they'll ball the queen to protect her against robbing. That might also have been an issue given the dearth.
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    Re: Queen balling

    AR Beekeeper, that is amazing that you have been able to observe the things you mention. How do you manage to see that the queen is being balled to keep her from laying? Is this in observation hive?
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    Re: lots of crawlers - no deformed wing

    Good point. Not much to photograph right now. Last year there were literally hundreds of crawlers every few days, not consistently through the whole season but off and on. Now there seem to be a...
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    Re: lots of crawlers - no deformed wing

    I appreciate the feedback. My hive inspection today showed no varroa in drone brood. There's no deformed wing. So I'm still puzzled. Not convinced that this is from varroa infestation, although there...
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    lots of crawlers - no deformed wing

    A repeat of last year: lots of crawling bees in front of hive. No deformed wing. I've already treated with oxalic acid vapor early in the season. I sent in a sample last year to Beltsville and they...
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    lots of crawlers - no deformed wing

    A repeat of last year: lots of crawling bees in front of hive. No deformed wing. I've already treated with oxalic acid vapor early in the season. I sent in a sample last year to Beltsville and they...
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    Re: timing of expanding the hive

    Thanks for the encouragement. I tend to worry a lot about fluctuating temps, etc. this time of year, and really as a result I generally end up behind the curve on giving the bees more space. Ray,...
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    timing of expanding the hive

    I'm uncertain about the timing of adding space for the bees to expand. One hive has been queenless but emergency queen just went on mating flight last week. The population is robust, and the frames...
  11. Re: does brushing queen off a frame hurt her

    Yikes! The queen is extremely delicate. My understanding is that injuring her by rolling her on the frame, or any kind of impact from being bounced or shaken, even if it doesn't kill her, could...
  12. Re: too early to put wet frames above cluster?

    Thanks Ray. My thought was that it would provide some supplemental food just in case they're stuck inside for several days. We're supposed to be getting some torrential rains over next 24-36 hours.
  13. too early to put wet frames above cluster?

    I had a large surplus of capped honey this spring, due to leaving a lot for the bees last fall and then having two hives die over winter. So I decided to extract. I wonder - the two hives that...
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    Re: robbing this early??

    Interesting: what looked like robbing was, I think, bees in the process of adapting to their new box. The strong colony was at the top of the hive, so I added a box, that had 4 frames of honey and 6...
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    robbing this early??

    This is our first warm spell here in SW Ohio - daily highs in the 60s and even 70s. Nothing blooming yet. I've never seen robbing this early, but I put some frames with honey into one of my hives for...
  16. giving honey from winter-killed hive back to surviving hives?

    I have a couple of medium boxes with lots of capped honey and some pollen from a hive that was not strong enough to make it through the winter. They were small going in, so it was iffy. I don't think...
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    question about combining hives

    I want to combine hives - one is queenless and just has a deep and a medium with lots of honey, and the other is a smallish hive that is dwindling from varroa. The queenright hive has two full medium...
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    Re: Please Stop...

    I agree with the initial post. I had been really appreciating this forum as a source of information and advice from experienced beekeepers. However this year I noticed a lot of responses to my posts...
  19. Thread: virus?

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    Re: virus?

    More questions: I did see some pieces of, not whole bodies of, undeveloped brood being removed from the hive that I just treated with Formic acid fumigation (like MAQS but home made equipment.)...
  20. Thread: virus?

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    Re: virus?

    No to boiling - I know about the hazards of caramelizing, and the ones out front were crawling, so I wonder if they might be casualties of a sort, but need more info on that. For example, could they...
  21. Thread: virus?

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    Re: virus?

    I'm not sure about timing: should I stop feeding and treat, and then resume feeding? Or let them finish taking in syrup and then treat? And there are several good treatment options, not sure the best...
  22. Thread: virus?

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    virus?

    The ground outside my hives is alive with crawlers. Only a few of these have deformed wing. Some have K-wing. Most look normal, though some have a small body size. Another beekeeper suggested it...
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    checking for sufficient stores

    I am not sure what's going on with fall flow: goldenrod in my yard has only just started blooming here in SW Ohio, but I thinkit's been blooming around the area for some days now. What are folks'...
  24. Re: ideas/suggestions for hive inspections during the "mean" and lean season?

    estreya, I used formic acid fumigation. You can read about that method on the Univ. of W. Va extension website: http://www.wvu.edu/~agexten/varroa/
  25. Re: ideas/suggestions for hive inspections during the "mean" and lean season?

    JW Chestnut, that's a great list! I do try to "read" what I see from the outside, but since I had two hives that almost died of an overdose of varroa this year, and they're recovering, I've needed to...
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