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  1. Re: They say Americans are getting grumpy about the never ending rising prices these

    I always have built all of my own equipment just for the reasons mentioned above. I use all deeps and the 12 footers I bought yesterday were $9.46. I'll get 2 deeps out of each board. They won't be...
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    Re: Oxalic Acid Vaporizing vs. Dribbling

    I weigh everything on a digital kitchen scale.

    HTH

    Rusty
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    Re: winter feeding

    I wish I knew! Might sleep better at night with one less thing to worry about. I can't garden on the scale that I used to, so I worry about GMOs in the food I'm eating. So far I'm not glowing in...
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    Re: Oxalic Acid Vaporizing vs. Dribbling

    Traditionally heavy syrup is 2:1. Personally I use 1:1 with excellent results. I am only treating a dozen hives, so my formula looks like this:

    1.2 oz oxalic acid (I use Savogran Wood Bleach...
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    Re: winter feeding

    Sugar made from beets and sugar made from cane look exactly alike. The sugar bag will tell you if it is cane sugar, but not if it is beet sugar. Most beets are GMO. So far, sugar cane is not, so I...
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    Re: oil pans

    Being basically lazy at heart, I used standard 1x4 to build my IPM boards. This gives me about 3 inches or so between the screened top and the closed bottom. So I use standard turkey pans made from...
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    Re: winter feeding

    I, too, get a SHB problem if I try to feed protein sub patties. What I have discovered is that I can feed it mixed into the syrup or the sugar blocks and that will avoid feeding the SHBs too. I...
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    Re: Brushy Mountain Shipping

    They are a much smaller company, I am thinking, so don't get the price breaks from the shipping companies that the bigger companies do. Makes it a lot harder to offer free shipping.

    JMO

    Rusty
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    Re: What respirator to use for OAV?

    OAD can be used--at most--twice a year: once in the spring and once in the late fall. OAV can be used much more often, any time the temp is above 45 degs, I believe. For what it's worth, (for...
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    Re: FGMO fogger for varroa

    http://.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?283157-Started-fogging-today&highlight=FGMO

    This a thread started by GLOCK. He fogged for a summer. In the end he still had mites and switched to OAV....
  11. Re: Follower boards to reduce 10 frame hive

    TY, Ray! Just realized that all these years I've been saying my DIVISION boards were follower boards! It's hard enough to explain things in text without using the wrong terms. Mea culpa!

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    Re: Exporting queens outside the USA

    Lauri, the real question is: are they allowed to import? I don't believe the Brits or the Germans allow importation of live bees from here. Haven't a clue about the Middle Eastern countries though....
  13. Re: Questions on Bee packages - State PA

    Right now down in the For Sale forum, jamnjeff has an add running for spring packages in PA.

    HTH

    Rusty
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    Re: Smoker Frustration!

    Dadant +2

    The one I am using I've had for about 20 years.

    HTH

    Rusty
  15. Re: Frustrated with VSH and looking for suggestions

    Lots of good points here, guys. Lots to think about. I'm so isolated here that I've never had difficulty maintaining Cordovan hives using open breeding, so with that in mind, I'm thinking maybe...
  16. Re: Frustrated with VSH and looking for suggestions

    Since this is the time of year that I plan for next year, I think I am going to start planning to replace unproductive queens with Cordovan queens and go back to treating. Currently I use OAD once a...
  17. Re: Frustrated with VSH and looking for suggestions

    Ho boy! If you are right about this, then things are worse than I thought! If the only way to maintain VSH genetics is to use purchased queens, then I lose my ability to control/develop/improve...
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    Re: Queen Excluder - Winter

    With the excluder left in place, she will likely freeze or starve when the cluster moves up through the excluder and she cannot move with them. I would remove it.

    HTH

    Rusty
  19. Frustrated with VSH and looking for suggestions

    Some background: I am small potatoes—just a dozen hives. I use regular cell and treat with OAD. Starting last season and continuing into this one, I requeened all of my hives and any new splits...
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    Re: New with many questions

    My advice is don't buy anything until you've done some reading. Start with Michael Bush's site and then spend some time over on Randy Oliver's site. Once you've digested both of those, you will be...
  21. Re: Have you been turned off by a Beekeeping instructor?

    Heck, at times I am even turned off by BEESOURCE! So I turn it off and go play with my bees and the heck with everybody else and their screwy opinions.

    JMO

    Rusty

    (Beepro, love those...
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    Re: Some possibly stupid questions

    I too live in Alabama and I always figured that what was the point in keeping bees if I was going to ignore them for months on end, so I keep on checking weekly whenever the temps are above 60F, it's...
  23. Re: What is the difference between...

    None of the above. I use MegaBee. They have a great recipe on their site for candy boards that I have adapted so I don't cook it. My recipe is kinda a cross between Lauri's and theirs and is what...
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    Re: Resource Recommendations

    Books are nice but they are impossible to update without another printing. With that in mind, I'd personally suggest you spend a few days on Randy Oliver's ( www.scientificbeekeeping.com ) site. If...
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    Re: Newbie inner cover question

    Another option: Instead of solid inner covers, I use screened inner covers. Has the benefits of the solid one plus you can pop the top at any time and get a good view of what's happening inside the...
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