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  1. Re: Introducing a new queen to the queenless half of a strong split

    That's helpful advice, Joel- thanks. I removed the cells because I'd been taught that a virgin queen attacks the cells, but a mated queen not so much, and I didn't want to risk them quickly...
  2. Re: SF Bay Area Nectar Flow - Is it the Drought?

    Mine are in the middle of suburban Menlo Park, so not far from you, but still packing in nectar like crazy- the strongest couple of hives each filled a super from bare Ritecell plastic foundation...
  3. Re: Introducing a new queen to the queenless half of a strong split

    I like the idea of introducing the new mated queen to a "gentle" nuc of populated primarily with nurse bees and various stages of brood. It seems to me that the more established the hive, the harder...
  4. Introducing a new queen to the queenless half of a strong split

    Or, maybe I should have titled this "how to kill a queen in 4 seconds". Ugh!

    I have a very strong hive of mutts (mostly italian behavior- pedal to the metal on brood all year, not like the frugal...
  5. Re: Cutout adventures rescuing a hive from a fallen hollow tree branch

    Ha... The branch was about 45deg, so they would probably be just as ticked off with either horizontal or vertical hive orientation. And now they have a bottom entrance instead of a top entrance,...
  6. Cutout adventures rescuing a hive from a fallen hollow tree branch

    I got a Bushkill bee vacuum for Christmas, and last Saturday I finally had a good reason to use it. (Short answer: it worked GREAT!) A friend was walking through the neighborhood and met an...
  7. Re: which clear stain to choose to paint some supers?

    I used the Varathane Diamond exterior spar varnish last spring (water based; oil based is getting hard to find for me in California what with VOC limitations). It came highly recommended, and is...
  8. Thread: Car crash bees

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    Re: Car crash bees

    That was my first thought as well, but in this case it actually was bees. (the link has a picture of the break in the hollow tree w/ hive inside)
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    Re: Brood Left Unattended - Any Suggestions?

    If you're adding nurse bees covering brood, you don't need to do a newspaper combine- they get along just fine. It's the older bees that get feisty, not the young nurse bees! When I supplement a...
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    Re: Why not use Oxalic Acid?

    There are no currently EPA approved pesticides containing oxalic acid as an active ingredient, although there apparently are pesticides that include oxalic acid as an "inert ingredient" to chelate...
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    Re: Why not use Oxalic Acid?

    I hadn't heard of IR-4 until you mentioned it. Interesting!

    http://ir4.rutgers.edu/Biopesticides/Beeregistrations.pdf

    There's a pending application for oxalic acid...
  12. Thread: Oxalic Acid

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    Re: Oxalic Acid

    The general consensus is that the dribble method (oxalic in sugar solution) is hard on bees, and does result in significant mortality to the point that multiple treatments during the year should be...
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    Re: Gloves....What U Using?

    Of all the gloves I've tried, the Bucko beekeeping gloves are by far my favorite. The goatskin is supple and makes it easy to feel what you're doing, yet strong enough that I've never been stung...
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    Re: Why not use Oxalic Acid?

    The failure to follow through wasn't the fault of the ABF- it's the EPA dragging their feet.

    I asked the ABF about this a few months ago, and received this reply:

    "Some years ago right after...
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    Re: Discussion in For Sale Threads

    Barry:

    Here's a recent example of what I would like to see allowed - this is a recent post from the For Sale forum. (A strict interpretation of the rule suggests Oliver is correct in not...
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    Re: Discussion in For Sale Threads

    Barry-

    I'm not trying to be difficult, and I did read the rule, but it doesn't explain _why_. I'm sure there's a reason why discussion responding to a for sale ad is forbidden here, but so far...
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    Discussion in For Sale Threads

    To the moderator: (couldn't find a better place to post this publicly; feel free to move it as appropriate!)

    What is the reason that discussion is forbidden on the For Sale forum? I frequently...
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    Re: Candle release spray

    The wax shrinks as it cools, so it pulls away from the mold a tiny bit. For the 8" taper candles I make with a silicone mold I gently roll the mold after the candle cools (light pressure like...
  19. Re: Mann Lake just purchased 35,000 tons of sugar (USDA auction)

    That would make sense, but here's a quote from Kim Flottum's report:

    " All of the sugar purchased by Mann Lake must be sold as a formulated feed for bees, dry granulated sugar from this purchase...
  20. Mann Lake just purchased 35,000 tons of sugar (USDA auction)

    The USDA holds sugar as collateral on loans to sugar producers, and loan defaults this year left the USDA with a mountain of sugar. Most of it was sold to ethanol producers, but at recent auction,...
  21. Re: Number of dead Bees- cleaning frames and cappings

    I spread the cappings on a couple of paper plates on either side of the hole above the inner cover, with an empty super on top to make room, and the bees clean it right up. (I use the plates so that...
  22. Re: Number of dead Bees- cleaning frames and cappings

    When I put extracted frames in a super above the inner cover (or cappings on a paper plate) for the bees to clean up, they are gentle about it and do a great job moving what they can scavenge down...
  23. Thread: Fined for OAV

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    Re: Fined for OAV

    Graham:

    I looked up the registered status of oxalic acid, and found an interesting EPA fact sheet for oxalic acid:

    http://www.epa.gov/oppsrrd1/REDs/factsheets/4070fact.pdf

    One excerpt: ...
  24. Thread: Need Help - ASAP

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    Re: Need Help - ASAP

    JWChesnut:

    Responding to your concerns about the presence of hive beetles:

    I'm observing SHB in Menlo Park, CA - south peninsula, SF Bay Area. I enthusiastically hunt down and crush half a...
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    Re: How was your Norther CA surplus this year?

    Menlo Park, our overwintered nuc from a cutout the previous fall (9 medium frames at the end of March) produced 80 pounds of surplus we harvested, and also parented a split (mid-July) that is now...
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