Search:

Type: Posts; User: knute

Page 1 of 5 1 2 3 4

Search: Search took 0.01 seconds.

  1. Replies
    55
    Views
    2,426

    Re: Passing of Walter W. Wright

    Walt's nectar management practices and writeups were (and are) a great contribution to the world of beekeeping- he will be missed. I hope his family continues to publish his notes, or work out...
  2. Replies
    4
    Views
    1,316

    Re: shelf life of waxed rite cell?

    It does smell more "fragrant" when it's fresh, but if you get a really good price (like a black friday sale), no problem stocking up. You can easily put a fresh coat of wax on older or scraped down...
  3. Replies
    6
    Views
    2,729

    Re: N.Y. Queen is still laying!

    Glad to hear you've got a healthy queen, but I'm not sure I understand your comment "This is good to keep the mites under control..." If there is brood, this gives the mites a chance to multiply,...
  4. Replies
    23
    Views
    1,726

    Re: Woodenware HOT-dipped in WAX and ROSIN?

    I have several years of experience with dipped hive bodies from Country Rubes, and I love them. They use Shastina woodwork, and then assemble & hot dip in paraffin & rosin. Beautiful, long-lasting...
  5. Replies
    8
    Views
    2,298

    Re: A few Queen cell development questions

    Thanks, all for the input & comments!

    Everything I can find on the topic of timing seems to consistently indicate 16 days +/- 24 hours from egg to emergence, and not to say it doesn't happen, I...
  6. Replies
    3
    Views
    323

    Re: refractometer calibration oil?

    Here's a thread from last year that will help:

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?301741-Best-Refractometer

    Basically, extra virgin olive oil works pretty well for calibration,...
  7. Replies
    8
    Views
    2,298

    Re: A few Queen cell development questions

    Beautiful pictures, Burns375- thanks for sharing!

    Beepro- 20 days for a queen doesn't sound right to me; too long. If the hive is properly populated, the brood nest should remain pretty stable...
  8. Replies
    8
    Views
    2,298

    A few Queen cell development questions

    I just finished my last round of grafting for the season (late, yes- but there are still drones around here!), and they drew nice cells in 23 out of 30 grafts, and 19 made it to today (day 14) when I...
  9. Replies
    27
    Views
    2,107

    Re: Recommendations for extractor?

    I have a Maxant 3100P (motor, 6 frame radial), and I love it. If you want to save some money, get the 3100H2 (about $300), which is the hand crank version with a 2 frame radial basket- you can later...
  10. Re: This Thread Is To Annoy Charlie B Who Is Annoyed By My Bragging

    Those poor bees. They're working hard to fill each new super so that you'll put another one on, hoping to eventually get one that isn't battleship gray or army green, but no...

    Seriously, though-...
  11. Re: I think my hive swarmed - when can I open it up to check?

    Inspection after a swarm does pose a risk to developing queen cells, but you have to weigh that against the risk of afterswarms. The old queen leaves with the first swarm about the time the queen...
  12. Replies
    8
    Views
    956

    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)
  13. Replies
    20
    Views
    3,903

    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,...
  14. 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...
  15. 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...
  16. Replies
    269
    Views
    42,993

    Re: Swarm commander: Does It Really Work?

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

    Ollie:

    Per the Mann Lake website, they source their bees from Olivarez
  18. Replies
    89
    Views
    8,093

    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...
  19. Replies
    89
    Views
    8,093

    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...
  20. Replies
    89
    Views
    8,093

    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...
  21. Replies
    5
    Views
    588

    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...
  22. Replies
    7
    Views
    1,295

    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...
  23. Replies
    7
    Views
    1,295

    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...
  24. Replies
    1
    Views
    458

    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,...
  25. Replies
    40
    Views
    6,853

    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...
Results 1 to 25 of 101
Page 1 of 5 1 2 3 4