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    Re: Viability of swarms?

    My bees are all from swarms that took up residence in one of my barns in May-June 2013. Three separate swarms arrived in the space of three weeks. They all survived their first winter with me last...
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    Re: Scarifying goldenrod and aster seed.

    Do you mean stratify the seeds, i.e. provide them with a period of cold, moist pre-germination treatment? (I can't recall off the top of my head iif either of these two require this extra step to...
  3. Re: Still learning - question about bottom board

    Sometimes you can get "syrup" on the bottom board when you have sugar up on the top bars due vapor condensation that liquifies the sugar.

    I use sugar bricks and I always have some sugar granules...
  4. Re: State apiarist says oxalic is about to be approved.

    But at the moment using OA in either of the forms is not covered by any pesticide registration. It seems to me that if one method is approved and the other isn't, then the situation changes.

    For...
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    Re: Mite Control Questions

    Equally important, IMO, to what to treat with is starting out with a varroa mite monitoring plan.

    For new beekeepers using mite drop counts: screen bottom board with a plastic sticky board to...
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    Re: Acetic acid vs OAV

    I reiterate my observation that just because something is classified as an "organic acid" (as formic, oxalic, acetic, citric and others are) in the chemical sense, it does NOT mean that using it...
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    Re: Christmas lights for hives?

    I have no idea if it's bad for the bees to have lights on them at night, though I tend to think it may not be good based on my experience of often working around my hives using flashlights and an...
  8. Thread: framing comb

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    Re: framing comb

    Sounds interesting - I wish the link worked for me!

    Could you put a pic here in this thread? I am confused about the "VW band". Have no idea what that means!

    Think I understand that you set a...
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    Re: Lets talk about Long Lang Hives

    @LoneWolf:

    You have one of the most ship-shape apiaries I have ever seen. I especially admire your fence.

    What sort of winter configuration does your LL hive have now? Does it have any supers...
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    Re: To Super or Not To Super?

    Congratulations! Your quote says a lot:



    It means (to me, at least) that you have a very good chance of being successful with your bees since a large part of the success with bees seems to...
  11. Re: Feeding Bees - Could they give up foraging?

    Do you add any flavor or scent enhancements like vinegar, EO or HBH to your syrup? Perhaps that makes them prefer the syrup. After the first batch you could stop the extra enticements for them to...
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    Re: To Super or Not To Super?

    I've seen a few references here on BS recently to the notion that foundationless hives have no, or fewer, problems with varroa mites. Where is this idea coming from?

    Does it derive from the...
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    Re: Feeding & Brood Questions

    Lucky you to still be able to mess with your bees!

    But it sounds to me as though you may want to plan on feeding some form of sugar over the winter, at least in Hive #3. Loose sugar as in the...
  14. Re: Over-Wintering hive/honey weight for Denver/Front Range area?

    When weighing with a hanging digital scale, make sure you are holding the scale plumb. I don't (yet) have some kind of levering apparatus so I hook the scale underneath the hive stack and lift by...
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    Re: Moving around frames in the brood box?

    That is a very intensive frame manipulation plan! But it raises some novel theories that I don't recall reading before.

    The most I have tried (with some success) is steadily adding undrawn (or...
  16. Re: Growing linden trees from seeds for the first time. Any tips would be appreciate

    Mark is correct it takes a long time for basswood to bloom, but that shouldn't stop you.

    The cold period treatment is called stratification and you can do it by putting the seeds in a Ziplock bag...
  17. Re: are my mouse guard an issue I should address?

    I regularly clean out the dead bees, but you should know that sometimes those "dead" bees may actually just be cold-stunned bees which will come alive if you, as I did last winter, bring them indoors...
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    Re: Apiary Location/Stand Question

    I have all my hives on the same stand right now. This is fine for winter but adds unnecessary problems during the active working season.

    There's more drift, more potential for robbing...
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    Re: Varroa Explosion

    Actually I think a 24 hour or 36 hour board won't give you a very accurate picture. Go for the full three days. I have spent a lot of time pulling boards on each hive every day for months at a time...
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    Re: Quilt question

    I fill my quilt boxes (old-fashioned comb-honey depth boxes, so a bit shallower than typical shallow boxes) right to the top of the box with wood shavings.

    Above that I have a 1.5" shim with one...
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    Re: Varroa Explosion

    My sense is that neither the wintergreen patty nor HBH will do anything for mites. If they actually worked we'd all be usng them in that way, as who really wants to put any chemical in one's hive? ...
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    Re: School me on doing a split.

    @Michael Palmer,

    Your explanation of how you do a split is succinct and clear, but it raised a follow-up question for me.

    The OP was asking about splitting a big colony to avoid a swarm, and if...
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    Re: Need some measurements

    I use Betterbee shims as feeding rims because I have no woodworking skills and these come pre-cut and pre-drilled, which exactly matches my level of expertise.

    They are 1.5" high and while they...
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    Re: Upset/Disappointed/Confused/etc.

    I've seen ants carrying off varroa from my sticky boards, too. It's not common, but I've seen it happen. More common in really warm weather, not at this time of year.

    Enj.
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    Re: 2nd OAV treatment

    Jay,

    May I ask what dose you used on the triple deeps? I have big, tall, hives, too, and am trying to get a fix on the proper dosing for them. TIA!

    Enj.
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