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    Re: hive beatles, how to treat w/o chemicals?

    Get some 1/4"thick wood slats similar to paint stir sticks. Place one on each corner before stacking boxes. Stack boxes and wait 5 seconds. Any bees between will get compressed but will wiggle out...
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    Re: New ultra breeze suit arrived/worn

    I thought mine felt heavy when I first got it but I've gotten used to it. I can tell you that my old suit would weigh a whole lot more after about 15 minutes of wearing it because it would be soaked....
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    Re: Varroa treatment with honey supers on?

    It is 2ml per frame of bees. The best information I have found so far is in scientific beekeeping. At one point I even donated to Mr. Oliver and he responded to a few emails I had and answered...
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    Re: Varroa treatment with honey supers on?

    Just google "scientificbeekeeping" or Randy Oiver" His site has a lot of formic information.
    Another main reason I like the flash is because of the way temperatures fluctuate here as well. For us it...
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    Re: Varroa treatment with honey supers on?

    Well I am glad it worked in your case.
    How did you arrive at the protocol of treating every week for "four six weeks"??? I suppose it was supposed to read either four OR six weeks??? Typical...
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    Re: Varroa treatment with honey supers on?

    Maybe I am mistaken but I thought fat bee man has "retracted" his support if fgmo?
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    Re: Sugar Syrup Longevity

    Take a sprayer or some other way fill frames of drawn comb. I have found that super saturated syrup at more than 2:1 will be difficult to get to ferment. I have also added a tiny amount of bleach to...
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    Re: Varroa treatment with honey supers on?

    Formic acid flash treatment is one of the cheapest ways to treat and there is no tolerance issues. Put 2ml of 50% strength solution PER FRAME OF BEES on a paper towel and set in the top bars of the...
  9. Re: Ideas for "in line" filter and "automatic" valve

    Ding Ding Ding!
    Outstanding! You sir are a graduate of the school if higher learning that I can relate to.
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    I agree. I've only timed the process a couple of times when something in my high tech, super advanced bottling system changed.
    I get curious anyway so I thought I'd time a few cycles.
    I wish I knew...
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    I guess for me it is such a monotonous job that I want to get it over with ASAP. What I did to time my filling process was to look at my watch when I sat down with a case of 24 12oz bottles and then...
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    Re: New ultra breeze suit arrived/worn

    Good point. The mosquitos right now are enough to make me wear a suit even if I had no other reason. A solid week of rain in between several days of scattered showers=mosquito explosion.

    That's...
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    Re: Most useful gadgets

    I made mine the same way. It is so convenient. I can't actually insert a frame within the stand but I can put it in at an angle. I have a couple of stands that are not this way and it really makes...
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    16 seconds? AHHHHHH! Toooo sloooowwww!
    Just me but I would find a way to out just a little pressure inside of that tank. Even a very small amount of pressure will speed that baby up big time.
    I am...
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    Re: Useless gadgets

    "Most useless things that have been purchased?" Politicians of course. Oh-you mean bee related.
    The following with a score of 1-10/ useless/useful

    Bee brush - 1
    Frame grip - 0
    Those metal frame...
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    Re: Most useful gadgets

    Now how could that be self promoting? Sarcastic

    I started using a carpenters nail apron this year and I love it. I keep a queen clip, paint pen and other small essentials in it. I modified it a...
  17. Can I still try grafting/raising some queens?

    Is it too late to get the bees into queen rearing mode? I know I can buy queens about any time but almost everything I've been reading says not to try during the summer.??
    Thanks
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    Re: Feeling "ripped off"

    I agree that Amazon boxes are on the cheap side but I have always found their packing to be more than adequate and in my experience their CS is outstanding. I received a tackle box today from Amazon....
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    Re: Feeling "ripped off"

    Sorry about my assumption that you purchased the item in question. The title said "ripped off" which led me to believe that the deed was done.
    Where is my crystal ball when I need it?
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    Spreerider-good point on the air supply from an air compressor. I am currently using a simple garden pump sprayer that I purchased brand new and it has only been used for pressurizing this low tech...
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    Re: No mites still check?

    If a beekeeper cannot remove the queen from a pile of 300 bees then that beekeeper will have dead hive(s) for one reason or another IMO. I am awful at finding queens. I have no idea why but even with...
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    Re: Feeling "ripped off"

    I've said it too many times-bee supply companies shipping charges are a huge rip off.
    That being said, why did you not see what the thing was going to cost?????
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    Re: ideas as to what's going on here?

    I had the exact same thing happen to me yesterday except the bees were hanging from the top cover like a small swarm. I've never seen anything like this before and I thought that a small swarm had...
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    Re: No mites still check?

    "No Mites still check"?

    Absolutely no reason to check. Checking would serve no purpose whatsoever. I'll save you the time. YOU HAVE MITES!
    Any part of the country that allows mites to survive...
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    I think the advice on bottling honey warm is what will improve my bottling more than anything. I will first look into finding a suitable method of increasing the temperature of the tub I am using and...
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