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  1. New Package Russians coming, feed sugar water or use old comb loaded w/ honey/pollen?

    I have allot of frames from my dead outs that are just loaded with honey and pollen. I've always read that when installing new packages you should feed feed feed. Helps them build out foundation.
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  2. Ordered a full size frame NUC, but I'm an all medium frame BEEK!

    I'm fortunate to have found a local person who is willing to sell me a NUC this coming mid-may. All of my wooden ware and hives are mediums which I like.

    The NUC that is coming has deep size...
  3. One harvest creamed, one did not, why? (with picture)

    My first harvest from two different hives wound up turning into creamed honey. This honey was harvested about July last summer.

    My second harvest was later in August - never creamed.

    All of it...
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    Re: My OAV Project

    Maybe, I would prob. have tried that but the glow plugs I bought are very very long. So I felt I needed an alum. block just as long. That and I thought, heck. If one glow plug is good, two is...
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    Re: Beginner-What if I just let them swarm?

    GREAT question. I'm in my 2nd year. First year my Italian hive that I thought I actively managed swarmed 4 times!

    I live on 1/4 acre and luckily I have great neighbors who enjoyed watching me...
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    Re: Deadout, reuse frames come this spring?

    I am no expert, and prob. shouldn't have said what I did as my local supplier is the best small business I have ever encountered. They are great and I'm not comfortable stating who they are. I'm...
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    Re: Deadout, reuse frames come this spring?

    Great question. Basically, this past year, my first year I thought I was a master BEEK. They were doing so well! Then DWV hit, I did a test and holy cow. Complete infestation.

    I applied Api...
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    Deadout, reuse frames come this spring?

    So, the hive is dead. All bees gone.

    I saw a Fat Bee man video where he advocates new foundation each spring. I'm ok with that, seems to make sense to me.

    I was thinking I'd save some...
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    Re: My OAV Project

    Good question. Yes glow plugs threaded and I taped the holes in the aluminum in order to thread them in. Those brass looking nuts are overkill, and only serve as lock nuts. Really not needed.
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    Re: Mouse in hive, now what?

    Sound advice, tx!
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    Re: My OAV Project

    I haven't. I need one of those IR devices. What temp is too hot?
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    Re: Mouse in hive, now what?

    3 mediums
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    My OAV Project

    Made a vaporizer this weekend. Came out pretty well and works great. At least outside of the hive.

    Complete guesswork, in terms of a pair of ebay glow plugs that I used and their ability to heat...
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    Mouse in hive, now what?

    Too cheap to buy a proper mouse guard for one of my hives. Instead reduced the entrance considerably thinking the buggers could not possibly get through. oops.

    I inspected my removable bottom...
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    Re: SHB & Wax Moth Larva????

    Tx all, 2nd year beek. Makes me want to tear through the hive and kill every last one. I had thought that the SHB's were not a big prob. up north, or at least in CT.

    Had also heard that wax moth...
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    SHB & Wax Moth Larva????

    Checked my inserted bottom board yesterday.

    V Mite drops have decreased. But, I found then found these two buggers hanging out on the bottom board!!!

    Not sure if this one larva is wax moth,...
  17. Wax moths, found just a few, indicator that there are way more?

    While I was in a rush to button up one hive for winter I found 2 or 3 1cm long white worms with the brown/tan head. Squished them immediately.

    Later looked them up and they look just like wax...
  18. Re: Help sick bees what could be causing this and how should I treat the hive

    I was in your position in mid September and the knowledgeable folks on this board let me know what was going on. Deformed Wing Virus is not good for sure. I did 3+ weeks of Api Life Var, then waited...
  19. Thread: homemade oav

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    Re: homemade oav

    I'm endeavoring to build my own as well. I just bought of these heaters on ebay....
  20. Re: Shriveled Wings & Dying Bees - Will the Hive Make it!

    Two weeks after I stopped API Life Var, I've placed a white sign board on the bottom board to catch mites that may fall. I'm shocked at the # of daily mites on the board. I'm not counting exactly...
  21. Re: Shriveled Wings & Dying Bees - Will the Hive Make it!

    Last update. 10 days into the 3rd and last Api Life Var treatment. Yesterday witnessed still a good amount of bees in front of hive with shriveled wings. (ugh) Also witnessed 2,3 larva being...
  22. Re: Shriveled Wings & Dying Bees - Will the Hive Make it!

    Update:
    Into the beginning of the third week of API LIFE VAR treatment of this hive. My observations after placing the third round of treatment is that the bees are taking the cookies off the top...
  23. Re: Shriveled Wings & Dying Bees - Will the Hive Make it!

    Thanks to all for this spirited discussion. Basically I've decided to treat for the mites as I don't want to sit and watch them perish.

    Mike Gillmore, you bring up an interesting idea, scaling...
  24. Re: Shriveled Wings & Dying Bees - Will the Hive Make it!

    Should I continue my fall feeding while doing the mite treatment?
  25. Re: Shriveled Wings & Dying Bees - Will the Hive Make it!

    wow, so I should expect a mass die off anytime soon huh. Right now the mortality is noticible but compared to the massive amounts of bees in the hive small.

    Also, I put the mite medicine in the...
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