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    Re: Storing drawn comb

    Try a google search for "industrial solvents & chemicals" companies and see what you come up with. I picked up a gallon from a supplier in Cleveland. Found the receipt, it was $14.73 for a gallon...
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    Re: Top entrance hive question

    You could leave all the components the same, but if you are using a tele. cover it's much more difficult for the bees to get under the cover overhang. You also need to be careful not to push the...
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    Re: Storing drawn comb

    I used it once back in 2007 I believe. I treated a bunch of dead outs that I suspected might have had Nosema C. I followed instructions on fumigation for Nosema and it was pretty strong stuff. It did...
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    Re: Help! What's going on? I found swarm cells...

    My guess is that they have already swarmed, and the cluster of bees under the box has the queen in it. For some reason she may not be able to fly. If you have additional equipment you may want to...
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    Re: Typical pattern for young queen?

    I noticed that as well. DWV. You could have a couple different problems that need to be addressed.
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    Re: Help! What's going on? Any ideas??

    Looks to me like a small swarm cluster.

    Did your original queen have clipped wings?
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    Re: Homeless queen - Pinch or Nuc box?

    It should be a combination of both.

    Package producers in the south want queens that produce a lot of brood .... more brood = more packages. That may not necessarily be the #1 trait you're looking...
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    Re: Homeless queen - Pinch or Nuc box?

    I look at it a little differently. If the queen is not capable of sustaining a thriving colony this year, there is not much evidence that she will do any better next year. I would dispose of her,...
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    Re: need some advice..

    I haven't watched all the videos, and after reading some of the responses, do not plan to watch any more of them. If this is how he interacts with a parent, we should not expect anything different...
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    Re: question about 9 frame spacers

    Depending on what type of box and spacer you have, check the depth of the frame rest cut after you remove the spacer. On some boxes you may find the frame rest depth was cut to be used with spacers...
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    Re: Requeening with a ripe cell

    I've had pretty good success in any size hive by pulling the queen and waiting 7 or 8 days to go back in and cut out "all" the queen cells they are building. At that point there are no larvae left...
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    Re: Bee Parasite?? What Is This?

    https://youtu.be/0omSxSDKhOA

    Do a search on "Jewelweed" and you'll find a few threads discussing this.
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    Re: need some advice..

    If it were me I would combine it with another hive as biggraham suggested. That's probably the only "easy" part.

    Let's assume a properly nurtured 5 frame deep nuc from an earlier split can...
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    Re: need some advice..

    .... but it's not.
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    Re: need some advice..

    I've never attempted to do a cut out this late in the year. If you are able to fill all the frames with comb, and feed them while time remains, why would it not survive as an overwintered nuc? I know...
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    Re: Oxalic Acid/Winter Bees

    He says that he only treats once per year during the broodless period with OA dribble to clean up the mites for spring buildup . But he also uses Hopguard or Thymol treatments in the fall, late...
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    Re: SHB, tell me this isn't

    SHB hitchhike up north in packages and nucs. It only takes a few and they hide very well. Besides that, the beetles can fly in from a mile or two away. Your best defense is maintaining a strong...
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    Re: Oxalic Acid/Winter Bees

    I may be wrong but I believe that supers need to be removed when treating with formic acid, and can be replaced a couple days after the treatment period. Maybe things have changed since I tried it...
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    Re: Oxalic Acid/Winter Bees

    He's exactly right. An OA dribble during the winter broodless period will be a good clean up treatment, and if done at the correct time, you will not need to do any treatments in the spring. But you...
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    Re: Races of Honey Bees

    Considering honey production only ... probably the Italians. If you're in Florida that should be your best bet.
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    Re: Brood in honey uppers

    Guess I'm disabled then. Trying to cut around brood on a frame with an uncapping knife would be like cutting up my steak with a hatchet.
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    Re: Brood in honey uppers

    Read it a few more times Ace, it will come to you. The answer is right above your question.
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    Re: ? About Converting to Top Entrances

    When I converted to top entrances I did just that and it worked out. I opened up the upper entrance and blocked off the bottom entrance to less than an inch, choking it down tighter as time went by....
  24. Re: Brushy Mountain Oxalic Acid Webinar - Randy Oliver

    Thanks Harry. Actually our schedules are not too different, I'm just a week or two later than you.

    I'll do one OAV treatment during the broodless period some time between Thanksgiving and...
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    Re: Carniolan (swarm masters)

    The Carnie's and Carnie mutts I have do build up explosively in the spring, and will almost always swarm if I'm not very attentive and staying ahead of them. But that's early in the season, before...
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