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    Re: introducing a new queen

    The best advice I have read is here: http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?311486-Successful-Queen-Introduction-tips

    I have never left a hive queenless for more than 5 minutes. Get the...
  2. Re: What is the most expensive honey you have seen advertised recently?

    Raw Manuka honey, $59.99 for an 8.5 oz jar. On sale! http://www.puritan.com/honey-701/ppmnka-honey-mgo-55088-ozf-057348

    It is supposed to have incredible healing properties. For that price, it...
  3. Re: High Volume OA Vaporizer for under $70 and it kicks butt! Make your own, it's eas

    Thank you for the info but I will stick with my tiny little Varrocleaner. No generator to haul to the apiary, consistent measurements, no blowing tons of 1,050 degree air into the hives.
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    Re: OXV for testing mite loads?

    Unfortunately, that chart in the article only shows the results on days 8, 15, 22... There is no breakdown of what the drop was on days 1-7. My experience is that most of the drop in the first week...
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    Re: Huge Mistake = Robbing!

    I had a similar problem last week with a nuc I made. The lid was not on properly and it looked like a small swarm was on the top of the hive and at the entrance. 4 days later, the robbers were still...
  6. Re: conversion of 2 gm of Oxalic acid to teaspoon measure

    I use the pan of the vaporizer to level off the spoonful. My vaporizer is really good at multitasking!
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    Re: OAV and time of day

    +2.
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    Re: Move to foundationless?

    JW, I love that thread! However, in this thread Jim is talking about foundationless supers, not brood. I tried foundationless brood boxes for a while but never again. It worked fairly well in mediums...
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    Re: Move to foundationless?

    I have done both ways and much prefer foundationless for honey supers. With foundation you need an extractor, knives or capping scratcher, an area to do the uncapping and personally I find the whole...
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    Re: first oav attempt

    I have not tried this but people have reported in this forum that the OA condenses on the screen before getting into the hive. The screen is cooler than the vapor so it makes sense. However, some...
  11. Thread: Downward Spiral

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    Re: Downward Spiral

    I am going with Tenbears on this one. The laying pattern in the picture is very poor. Get a replacement queen ASAP. Mites may be an issue and the only treatment I believe is safe enough to use at...
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    Re: Need a more definitive plan

    Questions, questions, questions. Are you still feeding? How is the queen's laying pattern? Is there a good flow or pollen collection happening? Are the bees Russian or Italian or other?
  13. Re: I have never had so many cucumbers on at one time.

    Since adding bees to the property, our apple crop has exploded. One very old apple tree produced so many apples this year that it snapped the top 15 feet off due to the excessive weight. The apples...
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    Re: Carnolian tendencies ???

    My Carnis don't seem to consider feeding a flow and start relaxing. They still forage and bring in the pollen when there is no nectar but comb building seems to really slow down. When spring comes,...
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    Re: Queen Intoduction Into Hive

    I always let the bees in the hive eat through the candy to release the queen and the attendants. They have always gotten her out within a week or so. There is a nice thread on queen introduction...
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    Re: I am calling the dearth in the Pacific NW

    It has been over here for a couple of weeks. Since I don't get knotweed, my honey year is over. I have already extracted and it was a horrible year for blackberry. However, it was a great year for...
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    Re: Don't save the bees, save the plants!

    I believe it is a safety in many cases. Here in the very dry west (in the summer) long grass is a major wildfire problem. One cigarette thrown out the window can burn thousands of acres of timber. I...
  18. Thread: OAD or OAV?

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    Re: OAD or OAV?

    Not far from the truth, at first. Once you get a proven plan in place, it gets much better and takes a lot less time and resources. With MAQS you want to remove it after 7 days. The formic acid will...
  19. Thread: OAD or OAV?

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    Re: OAD or OAV?

    1. 30 feet is probably OK but, it really depends on which way the wind is blowing. Someone that far away might notice the vapor if the wind is blowing just right.
    2. I have not verified the amount...
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    Basswood vs Little Leaf Lindens

    I see lots of information about the great honey from basswood trees. In this part of the country, we have the little leaf lindens everywhere but no basswood that I am aware of. I read that they do...
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    Re: Interesting find on my robber screen

    I have not seen this but my best guess would be since drones are welcome in any hive, these drones came from other hives. Since they did not know how to get in, the screen stopped them.
  22. Re: What is the fastest, easiest way to cut plastic foundation?

    I have found a jig saw to be very easy to use and most people have one. The blade for metal worked better than the one for wood. You should have support on both sides of what you are cutting or the...
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    Re: If you treat for mites using OA.....

    The trickle method is not a good choice for this time of year. It is harder on the bees than vaporizing and repeated treatments are not recommended. Since you will need to do 3 treatments, it is a...
  24. Thread: peat moss water

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    Re: peat moss water

    Because of the relentless rain in this area, moss grows everywhere. The bird bath I use as a watering hole for my bees has moss all over the sides of it. The bees much prefer to suck the water out of...
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    Re: Main Honey Flow Plants/Trees

    My personal feeling is that it is so late in the season (October/November) that there is no time to replace it with feeding. I am told it crystalizes really quickly and has a bitter and medicinal...
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