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  1. Re: Why are beekeepers not all using vaporized oxalic acid to treat varroa mites?

    Ive done my homework, and I still choose to use OAV in my hives because it does work. Is it illegal, well, its not approved, but is it a huge enough problem that they are sending OAV police around to...
  2. Re: What's your strategy for growing your apiaries?

    Split each year and catch swarms. If you put in the time you will learn how to better your odds of over wintering, and talk to people with the same climate as you and what they do to SUCCESSFULLY...
  3. Thread: Mean Bees

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    Re: Mean Bees

    I just dealt with a mean hive yesterday while doing splits. I saved it for last because I know its a very defensive hive. I had no problems until I got to this one, I opened it up and the tornado...
  4. Re: UPDATE: Who ever uses the VMVaporizer, there's a new step-by-step video!

    Whats the price on these things, feel free to PM me with the details if its against forums rules.
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    Re: Splitting an requeening question

    Im California and when I split my hives last spring I put a queen cell in with 2 frames of bees, fed them sub and 1:1 syrup and what not. They were not very fast in building up as you could imagine....
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    Re: My attmept at grafting

    If you have instagram, check out CoyoteCreekBees and see the video clip if the cell starter i use. I got the idea from a couple beesource members, i believe they are Joseph Clemens and David Laferny?...
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    Re: My attmept at grafting

    Don't give up!!!! Last year was my first attempt and I had 2 out of 10 get capped and hatch. I tried again during the summer and couldn't get another attempt to take at all!!!

    After taking to...
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    Re: How to varroa treat bees in a tree?

    I agree, let the bees be bees in the trees!!! Feel free to do a trap out in the spring/early summer as Cleo does, but let them go otherwise.

    Its one thing to try and save your own hives, but a...
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    Re: Want to work bare handed?

    As a duck hunter spending a lot of time in the wetlands in fall/winter I use deet all the time. I would much rather take my chances with what ever deet throws my way (which has been nothing yet) than...
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    Re: First Sting Yesterday

    I have to wear gloves, when I got stung in the hands trying to be "that beekeeper", they swelled up and made them look like Mickey Mouse hands!! If for soe reason I have a task that is touchy feely,...
  11. Re: Why the tall stacks of supers, why not take some and process??

    Gotta be time related. One time to the yard to pull boxes, one time to move them into the honey house, one time extracting them, one time cleaning every piece of equipment and the floors/walls and...
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    Re: Requeening a mean hive

    Shake em out, probably laying workers by now anyhow, hence the queen rejection.
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    Re: First Sting Yesterday

    What is so wrong with wearing a veil when going out to the bees??? If someone wants to be "all natural" with nature, im sure they will forgive the poor bee that lost its life, meanwhile you took a...
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    Re: Two way pallets

    Heres my two hive pallets minus the "W" clips which are on order.

    http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f276/tulebustin/palletwithhives_zpsdc31b8f5.jpg
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    Re: Timing for Summer Splits

    Splitting this "late" is up to your geographical location. I plan on splitting at the end of this week with mated queens, that will give me plenty of time to build up for winter. Just be sure to feed...
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    Re: Angry landowners

    Practical, no..........realistic, yes. A friend of mine in another state just supered a bunch of hives using a cart that the farmer let him borrow, that was after he had carried a few in by hand...
  17. Things are "cozey" in my area with hives!!!

    Checked the bees Friday and threw on pollen sub as things are drying up pollen wise in my area. I decided to drive around the area to see how many hives were around and how much alfalfa and safflower...
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    Re: Mann Lake Pro Feeder

    I like the frame feeders, everything is inside and wont blow over when empty. When its time to fill, just pop the lid, turn it till you get to a hole (I use cap&ladder from Mann Lake) and fill, no...
  19. Re: Who just ordered a MAXANT 3100 powered extractor?? This guy, thats who!!

    I did order the motorized unit, I would never even think of getting the hand crank model!!! My homemade unit was motorized as well using a treadmill motor and speed control, the only problem with...
  20. Re: Why are beekeepers not all using vaporized oxalic acid to treat varroa mites?

    Its not legal to use is the only reason that a bee keeper wouldnt use it. I tend to speed, not fully stop at STOP signs, not use my turn signal all the time and I also talk on the phone while...
  21. Who just ordered a MAXANT 3100 powered extractor?? This guy, thats who!!

    Been looking for a new extractor for almost a year now since it was time to retire the home made one and get serious!! Now I just cant wait for it to get here and extract some honey in about a...
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    Re: How far will a swarm travel?

    It may have been random, but we had a swarm take residence in an old eucalyptus tree at our house which was at least 3 miles from any other hive around. We lived on a big, wide open, bare flat.
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    Re: Fighting the Rise of Bee Rustlers

    Yup................pretty much. Thieves are nothing more than terrorists. If you are worried about bringing bees to California for almond pollination due to the chance of having your hives...
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    Re: Cell notching attempts

    Why 7 days and not sooner? If lets say something happened and no queen cells were made and he checks in 7 days, that means he would have to attempt to make another try with eggs which means basically...
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    Re: Cell notching attempts

    You could easily check tomorrow to see if they are starting cells, just don't shake the bees off the frame, brush em off. Or you could wait until Sunday and you will see which ones have been drawn...
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