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  1. Thread: Varroa

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    Thanks everyone for your thoughts. I just ordered...

    Thanks everyone for your thoughts. I just ordered my first gallon of oil from STE, and I'm going to pick up the upholstery cord today. The more I read about this the more I understand that it is at...
  2. Thread: Varroa

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    Hi Newbee: Thanks for your thoughts. I have read...

    Hi Newbee:
    Thanks for your thoughts. I have read a little about food grade mineral oil, but I really wouldn't know where to start. I only have a handfull of hives, so I'm not sure if fgmo would be...
  3. Thread: Varroa

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    Hi all: I just cut out and inspected a small...

    Hi all:
    I just cut out and inspected a small section of drone brood from one of my strong hives and found a lot of varroa. My question is: Would it be best to wait until the upcoming honey flow is...
  4. Thread: Hived my 1st swarm

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    Hi William/Barry: This will be my first year...

    Hi William/Barry:
    This will be my first year experimenting with a home-made swarm trap modeled after the one in the March Issue of American Bee Journal. It has only been up for a couple of days, and...
  5. Thread: hive set-up

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    Dear All: This year I am considering the...

    Dear All:
    This year I am considering the following hive set-up:
    1 deep brood chamber
    1 6 5/8 "medium" brood chamber
    followed by shallow honey supers.
    Possibly with the use of a queen excluder on...
  6. Thread: Swarm prevention

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    Normally by this time of year my colonies have...

    Normally by this time of year my colonies have worked their way up to the top brood chamber. However, this year they got off to a good start and the queens have staid in the lower box and laid very...
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    Approximately how long should be waited before...

    Approximately how long should be waited before adding a shallow honey super with new foundation after medicating for AFB and Nosema. I have heard 4 weeks. Thank you in advance.

    Gary
  8. Thread: Spring Checklist

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    As this will be my first Spring with two...

    As this will be my first Spring with two overwintered hives I was hoping that I could get a few pointers on what I need to look for and what I need to do in the weeks ahead (colony strength, feeding,...
  9. Thread: Heating Honey

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    I recently opened up a large container of honey...

    I recently opened up a large container of honey which was stored for 3-5 years in a basement/garage. It tastes fine, although very dark. I am considering heating it up before bottleing to kill off...
  10. Thread: swarm cell

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    Yesterday while I was going through my hive I...

    Yesterday while I was going through my hive I noticed an empty swarm cell on one of the bottom frames in the lower brood chamber. Does this mean that the old queen has been replaced? About four days...
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    After about 4 weeks the bottom super of my new...

    After about 4 weeks the bottom super of my new hive is is just about full. I have been feeding the bees and they have drawn out all but the outsides of the outer frames. They seem to be producing...
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    I recently placed a new hive at my friends farm...

    I recently placed a new hive at my friends farm for the purpose of pollination. Our only concern is the use of chemicals and their affect on the bees. Are there certain chemicals that are known to be...
  13. Thread: Dead bees

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    Two days ago I transfered a nuc into my first...

    Two days ago I transfered a nuc into my first ever hive. This morning I noticed 5 or 6 dead bees in front of the entrance. I took a quick peek inside and all seems well, but I'm concerned that this...
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