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    Re: Treating a package

    Do you mean "hit them" with Hopguard?
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    Re: Treating a package

    Is she laying yet? The way I understand it is Hopguard does not do well with egg/larvae. Someone check me on this but I heard something to that effect at a beek meeting. I have heard you can slip in...
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    Bulk feeding tank on pickup

    I have about 35-40 hives at any given time servicing several yards in my county. I am looking for an easier way to premix and feed these hives with syrup. Currently I mix and pour into five gallon...
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    Re: Heating before uncapping

    I have 30-40 hives. So when I extract, I am doing stacks of supers at a time.
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    Heating before uncapping

    I am designing a honey house section in my new shop and have a heating room for frames prior to uncapping. I have always heard the best temperature would be around 100 degrees for an extended time....
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    Re: Mixing dry and liquid

    So what is the ratio to use if I am mixing up a lot?
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    Re: Mixing dry and liquid

    So does the saying refer to both dry and wet?
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    Mixing dry and liquid

    Yes, I know this has been discussed over and over but I have searched the site without any luck finding the answer.

    So, when instructions say 1 lb. dry ingredient (Mega Bee) and 1 lb. liquid...
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    Are AFB spores harmful to humans?

    Since we are having a very mild winter, I was able to pop the top on some hives and found a dead out hive. So I took it apart and starting cleaning it up. Found all the signs of AFB. Pin holes in...
  10. Thread: What is OAV?

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    What is OAV?

    I keep seeing references to OAV regarding treatments. Please let me know what this is.

    Thanks in advance.
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    Re: Protein patty supplementation

    I highly recommend Laurie's recipe referenced above. I have tried pre-made patties from several sources with mixed results. Same old story, side by side hives with one eating it up and the other not...
  12. Thread: Working a hive

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    Re: Working a hive

    Thanks Ray for your response. I am assuming you still go through both deeps a frame at a time and only move eggs and young larvae down when you think it is necessary. I usually move all uncapped...
  13. Thread: Working a hive

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    Working a hive

    OK, I have been beekeeping eight years and have learned a lot from numerous sources and my own experience. I help out with our local association classes and mentor first year beekeepers. But I am...
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    Re: Feeding; buying, preparing bee food

    Know what you mean. I am in No. Idaho about 100 miles south of the Canadian border by Lake Coeur d'Alene. I would do the same with hives needing to build up. Good luck.
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    Re: Feeding; buying, preparing bee food

    First of all. The best food for bees is honey. So if you are building up more hive you should be able to leave them lots of honey and have some for yourself.

    Second, if you don't like that idea...
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    Re: Frames with feces

    So, Tenbears, what you are saying is I should get rid of all the frames where feces is on comb or capped cells since it can live there until it is ingested. I can wash boxes and wood frames but...
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    Re: Frames with feces

    Sample going to WSU Bee lab tomorrow. They analyze for free. Check them out if you need analysis in the future.
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    Re: Frames with feces

    Thanks Vance for the reply. I never treated for it either and now for the second year in a row I have had significant loses with feces all over frames and boxes inside and out. I do not know how many...
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    Frames with feces

    I have a number of frames and boxes with feces on them from Nosema and/or Dysentery. I am having bees tested at Washington State University to confirm what it is. Either way, I am not sure if I need...
  20. Thread: What to plant?

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    Re: What to plant?

    Thanks for all the input. I have thought about the labor and equipment needs and the landowner has both to accommodate the project. I am going over to talk to him this week to talk about what it will...
  21. Thread: What to plant?

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    What to plant?

    I live in No. Idaho, today's high is 17 with a low of 12. Garden planting is not recommended til May 15.

    I place several hives at a nut and berry farm that also has many other flowers for the bees...
  22. Thread: Pricing Honey

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    Pricing Honey

    I am venturing into the realm of supplying a local retail kitchen supply store with my local honey. I am trying to price it at the wholesale level and assume the honey prices in Bee Culture and Bee...
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    Liability Insurance

    Trying to find best source for liability insurance. Retailers starting to contact me to carry my honey.

    Do any of the associations assist with this?

    Thanks,
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    Re: Ethics of selling honey as your own

    What a response. I thought I would get all sorts of nasty replies to mind my own business. It is interesting how people treat this as a right to project an image that is not accurate.

    I did the...
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    Ethics of selling honey as your own

    It has become apparent to me that many people selling honey at farmers markets, craft shows, and smaller venues talk about their honey as if all of it is from their hives when some of it is not. I...
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