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  1. Thread: varroa

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    Re: varroa

    Cam, your 'HO' (humble opinion) that label instructions are guidance and not law may be an opinion, it may be humble, but it is factually untrue. The label is the law....and when others (farmers,...
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    Re: Public Relations...Hives near a major event

    You could put some feed on the hives during the event.
  3. Thread: varroa

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    Re: varroa

    When farmers and homeowners use pesticides contrary to the label, beekeepers complain.

    Whem beekeepers use pesticides contrary to label, beekeepers call them......beekeepers?
  4. Thread: varroa

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    Re: varroa

    Well, if you really want to look at that language closely, you will notice that not only is a summer treatment us illegal, but so is using it ANYTIME as a way to monitor mites absent other data...
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    Re: varroa

    ...so the answer is that using OAV this time of year in the US is a offlable application and is illegal?
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    Re: varroa

    Larry, what does the OA label say about applying OAV in the middle of the summer? My recollection of the label I read is that it is offline (illegal) use.
  7. Thread: Would you dare?

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    Re: Would you dare?

    Mike, to me I would call that a 'combine' rather than an 'introduction'
  8. Thread: Would you dare?

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    Re: Would you dare?

    I was recently thumbing through the Laidlaw and Page queenrearing book...they have a whole section on direct introduction.

    I've dredged a laying queen in honey and done a successful direct...
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    Re: Graft rejection from genetics?

    I guess I don't understand why it takes less time to use a graft less system than grafting.

    1. Find queen, catch her, put her in laying cage.
    2. Release her when eggs are in cells (open hive...
  10. Re: Hive designs and their advantages and disadvantages

    http://naldc.nal.usda.gov/naldc/download.xhtml?id=27253&content=PDF

    This is an excellent read if I recall.
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    Re: Swarm control, have we been doing it wrong?

    Whether or not something is added to the mix, most of the work of 'selection' is a subtractive process, not an additive one.
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    Re: Graft rejection from genetics?

    I use no spray bottle or damp cloth. If possible input the donor frame in the cell starter for a few hours (lots of food in the cells), and I work as quickly as possible (cell builder and donor...
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    Re: keeping races pure

    KC, one problem with the logic you post above is that when dealing with 'inbred lines' (fixed traits...probably more inbred than a 'pure race', but the same idea), the F1 is the goal. Selecting from...
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    Re: keeping races pure

    A large part of his bad reputation is because ilof humanitarian activism he participated in was frowned upon by the Brazilian govt.
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    Re: keeping races pure

    I think it is the most successful publicly funded bee breeding initiative ever. It was designed to turn around the failing Brazilian honey industry, and it did.
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    Re: Why do my graphs keep getting stuck on wall

    I use the Chinese tool....I have several amd they are all different.

    I use a stiffer one if grafting off of plastic (the plectrum can be shoved down the side of the cell and curls under the...
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    Re: Aster Already...?

    I call those early asters.....'befores'.
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    Re: Found a great crimping tool for wiring frames

    Kelly sells a proper transformer at a good price to embed foundation.
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    Re: Found a great crimping tool for wiring frames

    Crimping will 'work harden' the wire (think of breaking a metal coat hanger by bending back and forth). It will get stiffer and more brittle from crimping.
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    Re: Found a great crimping tool for wiring frames

    I generally don't bother....as I said earlier, the primary use for wire is to support the foundation. I don't have enough issues with weak comb (even foundationless deeps) to bother.
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    Re: Found a great crimping tool for wiring frames

    The surface area stays the same for the wire, but the length is reduced. More surface area of wire over a given length.
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    Re: Found a great crimping tool for wiring frames

    That isn't a very useful comparison. TBH comb is fragile to handle because it isn't inside a frame.
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    Re: Found a great crimping tool for wiring frames

    So you are saying that uncrimped wire isn't strong enough to support foundation?
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    Re: Bees building comb above the bars

    I think the simplest answer is that bees never really have an opportunity to build above the nest in nature....because they already would have started at the top of the cavity to begin with.
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    Re: Found a great crimping tool for wiring frames

    The point of wiring is not really to handle stress on the comb..it is to keep the foundation from buckling before comb is drawn.
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