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  1. Thread: Sacbrood or...?

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    Re: Sacbrood or...?

    Glad to hear you say the OAV was going to be used to kill the mites. Oxytetracycline (Terramycin) is an antibiotic that is used to kill bacteria like EFB, not mites nor viruses.

    The antibiotic...
  2. Thread: Sacbrood or...?

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    Re: Sacbrood or...?

    Queen - You might look again. Most likely you missed the queen.

    brood in question - This is pupae that has been uncapped. Perhaps your bees are stressed and going to eat them or remove them or...
  3. Re: Slatted Rack Question Slates don't align with frames.

    There are folks that use slatted racks with the slats oriented perpendicular to the frames. If the slats don't block bee movement, you are probably ok. Give them a try and see how the bees like...
  4. Re: Please Confirm, Adding Filled Super in Winter?

    Definitely give the bees the honey if you can. It will be the best feed available. Put it on top, the bees will move into it if needed.

    Also, don't just think fall for feeding. You can feed in...
  5. Re: How do you keep nuc clusters from freezing overwinter?

    I started beekeeping in the Pemi-Baker/Squam Lake area of New Hampshire. My mentor told me never to feed bees. I didn't do that for a couple decades. In the last few years, however, I am starting...
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    Re: Beesmax products

    I appreciate all the nice words about Betterbee in the thread. I am writing to give a little more clarification to some of the issues brought up here.

    We do recommend that you paint Beemax...
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    Re: Frame and foundation type; Pros and Cons?

    Hi Acebird,

    Thank you for the kind words you have had about Betterbee.

    Those frame differences should be a thing of the past now. We were buying frames mostly from Humble Abodes in Maine. ...
  8. Thread: Clean my gloves

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    Re: Clean my gloves

    http://www.betterbee.com/extracting/krud32-32-oz-krud-kutter.asp

    At EAS a couple of years ago, someone told me that we should carry Krud Kutter as it was the only thing they had found to cut...
  9. Thread: double nuc

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    Re: double nuc

    Two queens, one on each side. They start with 4 frames and then a super is added on top. With the super, they have the run of 8 frames (4 over 4). The two colonies are kept separate by a divided...
  10. Thread: double nuc

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    Re: double nuc

    When I first heard of this, that was my thought. My partner said we need to do this and get these boxes on the market. I said it sounded like a dream. Then I saw how many of these survived and...
  11. Re: Sundance Pollen Trap | Kelly's / BM / BetterBee

    The Sundance pollen traps are really well built. The assembly that you see is to put one eye bolt through a hole and twist it into the nut. That is it. The door on the bottom mount pollen traps is...
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    Re: Clear Custom Honey labels for harvest

    http://www.betterbee.com/labels/cl1.asp
  13. Thread: bee packages

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    Re: bee packages

    Betterbee is generally under an hour drive from Albany and we do have packages and nucs available. For package pickup day, we generally run things through smoothly so if you are interested in...
  14. Thread: hive scale

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    Re: hive scale

    http://www.betterbee.com/Products/Hive-Tools-and-Accessories/Fischers-Nectar-Detector

    Sorry to make problems for everyone, but we did make a mistake in the spelling of Fischers, and was asked to...
  15. Thread: An opportunity

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    Re: An opportunity

    There is a large plot of old growth forest with a research station on it.

    There has been a cataloging of local insects on this plot. You do not know what they found. You have not personally seen...
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    Re: Tracheal Mites Must Be Extinct......

    We made a trip to Beltsville last year when we were down that way to talk at a meeting. There was an intern that was doing all of their sampling for tracheal mites. I felt really bad for him as he...
  17. Re: Free Shipping Rant (Beekeeping Equipment Big Box Stores)

    Thanks for making this point. Here at Betterbee we just finished having the "free shipping" discussion, as it is a trend among other suppliers and we were feeling some pressure to jump on the...
  18. Re: Will bee roll test work with window screen rather than #8 Hardware cloth?

    At the Betterbee Field Days, Dennis vanEnglesdorp from University of Maryland and Bee Informed Partnership talked about mites. His thought was that if you had a chance to treat for mites, you...
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    Re: What type of Nail Gun and Staple Gun

    To assemble boxes, we use a nail gun that holds collated nails. The way they are collated does seem to be important for the picky beekeeper. We use nails that probably fit between 7D and 8D (they...
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    Re: Do robbing screens work?

    I might be missing it from the photo, but where do the bees go in and out?

    The purpose of a robber screen is to move the entrance from the expected spot (that the robbers would be flying to) a...
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    Re: Extraction question

    Foulbrood is a bacteria that forms a spore that is very resistant to most things short of fire.

    The spores can be left in wax or propolis that is left in the extractor. If you then got that wax...
  22. Re: Italian 20 frame extractor... pretty is it not?

    Something you might not have seen yet is the Lyson line of equipment just introduced to the USA.
    ...
  23. Betterbee is now carrying Lyson Honey Processing Equipment

    Lyson is a Polish company that manufactures and distributes beekeeping supplies. Their primary business has been in Europe. Betterbee is now their USA distributor.

    Betterbee found Lyson during...
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    Re: INSTALLING HONEY GATE ON 5 GALLON BUCKET

    Keep in mind there are different sized honey gates out there (we carry 3 different ones). Might be best to wait until you have the gate in hand to start drilling.

    Chris Cripps
    chris@betterbee.com
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    Re: Feeling "ripped off"

    First, thanks for all the good words about Betterbee. We are trying hard to bring quality items at good prices with as low as possible shipping. We have negotiated extensively with Fedex for good...
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