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    Re: screen bottom board comment

    AGREED w scorpion.
    Solid is way to go.
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    Re: Treating mating nucs

    I would be hesitant to treat anything large or small during mating. I don't think it is a good idea to mess with the "smell" of the hive.
    This comes from my mentor, commercial for 45 years.
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    Re: Mann Lake ventilated jacket

    Agree about mesh in veil. Hate it for seeing anything in the hive. I keep mine in the truck in case someone wanders up and is curious.
  4. Re: Wow! I am noticing a big difference between Apivar & OA vaporization results. W

    i doubt you poisoned them. The strips are slow release. Just get in and take all out except what is needed based on the number of brood frames. Id go back in a week and see how the brood looks. See...
  5. Re: Wow! I am noticing a big difference between Apivar & OA vaporization results. W

    The apivar is to stay in about 6 weeks and is a slow/low release. You are likely seeing mites that were under the capped brood. If there were 3 mites in a single capped brood cell, you only need 100...
  6. Re: Wow! I am noticing a big difference between Apivar & OA vaporization results. W

    I think the key is to check to see if the treatment is working. Use one of the many mite counting methods before treatment, and then during treatment.
  7. Re: Wow! I am noticing a big difference between Apivar & OA vaporization results. W

    Rusty, Apivar only kills the phoretic mites as well. I am convinced that Apivar is quite effective. I am not at all convinced on OAV.
    And for me, piece of mind is very important in beekeeping.
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    Re: Is CCD going away?

    Not something to joke about.
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    Re: Is CCD going away?

    Hearing loss numbers in the 10k+ range in Northern California this winter. Koehnan and Olivarez.
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    Re: Minnesota Hygieic Queens ?

    Had 250 ordered from Olivarez. They called a couple days ago and lost many thousand hives. Koehnan as well. I feel terrible for them. They are good folks. Might want to call and check your order.
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    Re: Apiary Acquisitions

    Sent pm.
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    Re: Varroa Mites: An overstated problem?

    Put 1 apivar strip into your biggest cluster. Put a sticky board in at same time. Go back in 24 hours. Youll know then you have mites. And a good idea of how many.
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    Re: Aha. So it was mites after all.

    Wintering in NH with 2 mediums only could be the problem?
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    Re: california bee package

    IMO Georgia queens pretty much suck
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    Re: Varroa mite treatment for a new beek.

    Imagine what they left behind.
    Likely virus infected swarm cells.
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    Re: Varroa mite treatment for a new beek.

    Swarm with a big mite drop. Hmmm?
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    Re: Varroa mite treatment for a new beek.

    You can do an oxalic "dribble" on the package before you ever open it. Joe Latshaw describes it in detail here or somewhere.
  18. Re: Anyone see the artical about the mite killing bees being developed

    Catch mites naturally on a sticky board. Carefully remove mites from sticky board and place them upside down on a glass slide. Look for evidence of leg chewing under the scope. This is what is being...
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    Re: queen haven apiaries

    Ray and Klarene are great. Their sons are better known in bee biz, but Ive gotten great queens from them and have mine ordered for this year. Try calling again. PM me and Ill give you the number I...
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    Re: Poster Child

    Would certainly shift duties around.
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    Re: Poster Child

    Someone would have some dang mad bees on their hands!
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    Re: Poster Child

    Duplicate
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    Re: Bees Biting Back?

    There is a link on the Purdue bee lab website. Many suppliers here in INDIANA. I have number 52. Good dark bees.
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    Re: Question on mites.

    The swarms Ive caught the last couple years don't seem to be so great???
  25. Thread: Brood Question

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    Re: Brood Question

    With that much brood, id pay attention to honey stores. How much do they have now?
    Takes a frame of honey to raise a frame of brood. They may have eaten the eggs and larvae that you did not find.
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