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    Re: Wasps,wasps and more wasps..

    A friend of mine had a yellow jacket nest under one of his hive several years ago, it was hidden to where it was hard to see, you might want to take a look around close to your hives, I can't see the...
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    Re: OAV got them moving

    As snl already stated, you did okay, 1/2 teaspoon will treat two deeps or one deep and two mediums, The recommended dose is 1 gram per deep box and 1/4 teaspoon weighs close to 1 gram. I frequently...
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    Re: walt wright's checkerboarding

    This is what I see here in my area as well. As Ian has already indicated, if you want to go to a single deep brood nest then feeding needs to be done at the correct time intervals. Where I am located...
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    Re: walt wright's checkerboarding

    I understand your reasoning Bernhard, your system is similar to commercial management here in the USA and your way of beekeeping fits your needs. I work 10 hours a day as a Maintenance Machinist and...
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    Re: walt wright's checkerboarding

    I have never completely understood Tim Ives method of managing the brood nests but perhaps it is something that I should look into for insight. In his youtube videos he shows how high his hives are...
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    Re: walt wright's checkerboarding

    Those are amazing results, it would have been nice to have seen what these hives could do, I think that how we tailor our management systems is according to our desired outcome and of course most of...
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    Re: walt wright's checkerboarding

    This is different than what I am working towards, I don't necessarily want the brood to reach the top of the third brood box which would indicate to them that they are out of room which would likely...
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    Re: walt wright's checkerboarding

    Peg,
    Could it be that your mixed results are from not enough room in the brood nest for the early brood expansion?

    Next year I will be doing a trial with my 10 hives having third deep brood...
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    Re: I hope I didn't OD my bees on OA

    This is roughly the same dose that I have used successfully for a number of years.
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    Re: I hope I didn't OD my bees on OA

    1/4 teaspoon is about 1 gram so I wouldn't worry about overdosing your bees, OAV is administered per volume in the box and not per bee population. I seen it written someplace that it takes 8 grams of...
  11. Re: Yes, I messed up, looking for advice on recovering.

    It would probably be wise to leave the comb as is till spring, this video would be worth watching for good techniques in reattaching comb. http://youtu.be/asYwcWxWGv4
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    Re: What the hobbiest can that the commercials can't!

    laketrout,
    Yes I did understand your previous question was about the breaks between mediums, perhaps my response could have been worded a bit better as well so I also edited it to clear things up a...
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    Re: What the hobbiest can that the commercials can't!

    laketrout,
    Five mediums should work just fine, this will get you closer to the same comb area of a three deep hive. I wouldn't be concerned with the breaks in comb caused by the space between...
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    Re: What the hobbiest can that the commercials can't!

    Enj,
    Yes a clearly layed out program is needed if you are going to make the most of what your bees can offer, if a three week offset in timing will help get you started then that would be great. I...
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    Re: What the hobbiest can that the commercials can't!

    Lilly or crocus most likely depending on the temperature at that time, not much there for bees but it is a start, I am not sure about maples. I just don't feel comfortable opening the hives any...
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    Re: What the hobbiest can that the commercials can't!

    I wanted to address the issue of mite control, I treat every year in the fall without testing, I know by watching the entrances in the fall that if I don't treat they will be dead that winter. I have...
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    Re: What the hobbiest can that the commercials can't!

    Yes Enj, I will enlarge on this management topic, Frank has started this thread to address what hobbiest can do that Commercials can't.

    Let me begin by saying that the way Commercial beekeepers...
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    Re: What the hobbiest can that the commercials can't!

    Like rwurster my hives are livestock and not pets, I have spent the last couple of years setting up all my hives including nucs into a three deep broodnest configuration which will allow the hives to...
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    Re: How many of you started with just one hive?

    I started with one small hive that my wife found on Craigs list for $100.00, she asked me if I wanted it so I decided to get back into beekeeping after a long hiatus. From the picture in the listing...
  20. Thread: my DIY OA burner

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    Re: my DIY OA burner

    Looks like it will work for under $30.00, I look forward to seeing your new pan.
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    Re: “Single-hive” honey?

    I think that quantity is the key word, this type of separating of honey types could more easily be done with ten hives or less. The honey frames would each need to be tasted and segregated before...
  22. Re: Will bee roll test work with window screen rather than #8 Hardware cloth?

    I called Home Depot just the other day and they carry #8 galvanized screen in 2ft and 3ft wide by 5ft if I remember correctly.
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    Re: “Single-hive” honey?

    I keep the spring wildflower honey and the fall goldenrod honey separate but that is as far as I go with it, I favor the goldenrod for my own consumption.
  24. Thread: October swarm

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    Re: October swarm

    If the queen is okay this small cluster can be nursed through the winter but it takes some effort to make it happen and can be a learning experience, a small cluster does not have the ability to...
  25. Re: Electrical help: Using car battery charger as power supply for OAV.

    I use an automatic charger with my vaporizer but to make it work I had to open it up and bypass the circuit board which controls the charger, it's been a while since I done this modification so I...
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