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    Re: making beehive pallets

    Try used motor oil thinned with diesel fuel. Been using it around the farm for years. Put it on with paint brush or a roller. I use it on regular yellow pine. Robert
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    Re: Burning Sumac Berries

    I bought 2 nucs last year from a commercial outfit that sells honey, packages and queens. They swore by the practice of burning sumac in smoker for mite control. I had 2 hives already. I almost...
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    Re: Methods to Combat Hive Beetles

    Kingd , I found about diatomaceous earth when I had chickens also. I used to dust the roosting house floor and their nesting boxes with it. Never had any issues with flies. I also use it to dust my...
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    Re: Colossal mistake

    DD, I think your problem will sort itself out. Lesson learned is the importance of having a couple of over wintering nucs. I need to have some as well. No other reason than sh@# happens. Thank you...
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    Re: Methods to Combat Hive Beetles

    Www....I get diatomaceous earth food grade from tractor supply. A 20 lb bag is about 20 dollars. 20 lb goes a long way. It really works well. Robert
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    Re: Methods to Combat Hive Beetles

    Sbb with a slide out tray filled with diatomaceous earth. Less messy than oil and is deadly shb and mites or any other Insect that falls through the screen. I live I. Shb country and hardly ever see...
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    Re: drone control question

    I would re queen with mated queens from a reputable breeder. Freeze capped drone comb like previously said. Robert
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    Re: What is the magic number?

    I am just taking it slow. I will have to split at least 3 hives this year. Year 2 for me and I have so much to learn. Just taking what they give , expanding when I can. Reading books, making wooden...
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    Re: walt wright's checkerboarding

    My plan this year is to make honey. Then do some summer splits by end of June. Unless the hives get in swarm mode. I have plenty of equipment ready if that happens. My last inspection when I forced...
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    Re: Painting hives with Tite bond III

    Why don't you prime then paint. Then rotate your boxes out and repaint every 5 to 7 years if necessary. Good paint and primer does last. Robert
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    Re: What is your favorite hive configuration?

    Read the post titled Walt Wright checkerboarding. ...it opened my eyes....I was running double deeps my first year always wondering if it was best. After reading Bernhards replies and how Ian...
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    Re: walt wright's checkerboarding

    Oops ...thanks Mellisa for starting post ....thanks Peg , Rolland, and others....Robert
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    Re: walt wright's checkerboarding

    Thank you Bernhard, IAN and others....I forced my bees into a single deep week before last. Bees here are working maple trees hard so I added a medium with fresh foundation to three that are strong....
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    Re: Started fogging today.

    Glock...are you doing your OA treatments 3 at 7 day intervals or 4 at 5 day intervals? Thank you for your efforts and sharing with everyone...Robert
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    Re: Food grade diatomaceous earth

    Tractor supply..about 20 dollars for 20 lb bag. .food grade. I use it in trays under screen bottom boards. No shb problems since. Robert
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    Re: Apivar: low results

    Ian...what treatments do you use to keep your mite counts down?
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    Re: Cleaning Plastic Excluders

    Try soaking them in a tub of hot tap water for a hour or so then go over them with a stiff bristle brush. Then rinse off.
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    Re: Russian sage is impresive

    I planted 30 russian sage plants this summer. They have tripled in size and are full of blooms. My bees ignore it.
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    Re: Best weather to vaporize the bees

    I treated mine with out any problems as well. I just finished doing a friends hives and no problems there either. I choose to do them at daylight before first flight. I notice they are anxious to...
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    Re: Please Stop...

    Warning..I am in my first year. Lol...Speaking for myself, prior to taking the plunge I read several books and took a beginner bee course. I had a lot of questions and the frustrating thing was the...
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    Looks to be the right decision.

    To vaporize with oxacalic acid or not. Four nucs from spring in double deeps. 1 out of three booming and 2 superseded themselves and 1 suffering. The 1 suffering was maybe the strongest at one point...
  22. Re: Oxalic acid treatments...vaporization...my 1st experience doing it...

    Redbug my bee club is not using oxacalic vaporizers either. I had a high mite load in two of my hives and I am sure I would have lost them if not for treating with oxacalic acid. (Thanks snl). My...
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    Re: sweet clover

    Robbin I see you are from Florida. Sweet clover does not do well for us this far South. Read up on Durana clover. Durana is a better choice for us.
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    21 hives 1st year? Do you see a lot of small hive beetles (shb) inside your hives? Have you done any tests for mites? You need to research these 2 hive killers. You may be ok or you may have the...
  25. Re: Still making stupid mistakes. Counted my honey before I extracted it....

    I have 4 hives with double deeps and in June without supers ( first year hives) top boxes had 5 frames of honey and a couple in bottom box. Then by August a lot of the honey was consumed. Maybe...
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