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    Re: Ultra Breeze web site shut down?

    I just checked, and ultrabreezesuits.com is coming up fine right now, so it must have been a temporary outage. (I have an Ultra Breeze jacket and I love it)
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    Re: Any studies on multiple controls for Varroa

    I don't know that I would consider powdered sugar dusting a "chemical" treatment as much as a "mechanical" treatment. From what I understand, the fine powder makes the mites lose their footing,...
  3. Re: How long should I have the entrance reducer on the smallest opening

    This is an "it depends" kind of question, but in general, the smallest opening is for very weak hives when the weather is not too hot and there is risk of robbing. If a nectar flow is on and the...
  4. Re: Is it considered standard practice to split a hive each year?

    One of the subtleties worth mentioning here is that MP's advice includes the assumption that you would be adding queens (or at least cells) to the splits. It's obviously a questionable strategy to...
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    Re: Swarm commander: Does It Really Work?

    That's some good looking scout activity at your nuc hive- definitely some interest.
  6. Re: How are you Mann Lake 2014 package queens doing?

    Ollie:

    Per the Mann Lake website, they source their bees from Olivarez
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    Re: OAV Finally registered

    The draft of the required label for oxalic acid as a varroacide is at: http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=EPA-HQ-OPP-2015-0043-0018

    Down at the bottom right of the label is the...
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    Re: OAV Finally registered

    I'm hoping that California plays nice with this. I've been lead to believe that Apivar still requires an applicator's license to be legal for use in California even though it's FIFRA section 3, and...
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    Re: OAV Finally registered

    It's official- it's been approved.

    Here's the "Final Registration Decision" document:
    http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=EPA-HQ-OPP-2015-0043-0119

    (click on the "pdf" icon in the...
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    Re: OA treating of topbar hive

    One of our local guild members just went through this, and the solution was to cut a larger entrance hole so that the vaporizer would fit in. When finished with treatment, block the hole with a cork...
  11. Re: Is this normal for Italian bees in the winter?

    Yes, you can put a medium frame between two deep frames. It's not ideal, but worst case they'll draw comb in the empty space below the bottom bar of the medium frame, but you can remove the extra...
  12. Re: Is this normal for Italian bees in the winter?

    You can borrow a frame of eggs (or even capped brood) with the accompanying nurse bees from your strong hive and swap it into the weak hive to bolster their population. It sounds as though the queen...
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    Re: S. Ca. checkerboard timing

    I'm a few hundred miles north in the SF bay area, but we're seeing similar night temperatures and our day temperatures have been mid 60's pushing lower 70's- I checkerboarded a couple of weeks ago,...
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    Re: Spring OAV treatment in NorCal?

    Bernard- thanks for the reply. I share your interest in keeping the honey as pure as possible, but the engineer in me wants to quantify question of the actual "build up of oxalic residue"- I'll...
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    Re: Spring OAV treatment in NorCal?

    So, no studies or references to show that oxalic acid actually builds up in the hive? The best reason not to use OAV (or trickle) in spring is because it isn't very effective because of all the...
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    Re: Spring OAV treatment in NorCal?

    Bernard, I'd love to see the data behind these assertions- none of the studies I've seen support that position that the oxalic acid lingers in the hive. I have seen a study that measured the rate at...
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    Re: Spring OAV treatment in NorCal?

    According to what I've read and also heard from Randy Oliver, approximately 2/3 of the mites in the hive are under the cappings, so OAV treatment during spring is not as effective as it would be...
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    Re: How young did you get your kids involved?

    Both my 2yr old and my 4yr old like to sit with me next to the hive on a sunny afternoon and watch the activity at the entrance (I have very calm hives), and they get excited when they see different...
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    Re: Frame to top of box distance

    Here's another link to the article: www.three-peaks.net/PDF/BeeSpace.pdf
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    Re: Flickering and wick issues

    If the wax isn't really well filtered, tiny particles of slum clog the wick and make it flicker & sputter. After I started double filtering my wax (one melt to separate most of the slum gum, and...
  21. Thread: medium nuc size

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    Re: medium nuc size

    I don't think you need a smaller box than an 8f medium for making a split. The frame area of an 8f medium is approximately equivalent to a 5f deep, which is the the standard nuc size. I use 10...
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    Re: How much food does a colony need?

    Try: http://hivetool.net/status
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    Re: The bees are out today

    Great picture!
  24. Thread: Mike Palmer Nuc

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    Re: Mike Palmer Nuc

    Boris:

    Your anecodotal comments about another beekeeper with Russian bees doesn't really answer the question about why or if swapping out old brood comb is the secret to successful overwintering,...
  25. Thread: Mike Palmer Nuc

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    Re: Mike Palmer Nuc

    Boris-

    What's the basis for that opinion? Bees love well-used comb. If I put two frames of drawn comb in the brood nest, one freshly drawn and one nice and dark, they nearly always prefer the...
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