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    When to harvest honey

    I am in Central California, in the San Joaquin valley.
    I was wondering when should I be looking to pull the honey supers off?
    Is it the sort of thing to do once at the end of the summer, or should...
  2. Does Vaporized Oxalic Acid kill the open brood?

    The post title is my question for those who know more than I.
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    Re: Is getting stung pretty common

    I have only four hives at the moment. Three are as gentle as can be. One is very defensive and goes after me everytime I crack the lid. It doesn't matter to them if the weather is fine, flowers...
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    Re: Diagnosing. What is in these pictures?

    I have heard "Mr. Zero" referred to a couple of times, and it seems that the references are to provision of sub-standard queens. Who is Mr. Zero?
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    Re: Diagnosing. What is in these pictures?

    OK. Now the tough part. I have to negotiate with my wife to clear me off a shelf in the freezer...
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    Re: Diagnosing. What is in these pictures?

    I didn't have any tests to use. I ordered a few from Dadant this morning. The white stuff seems to pretty much have no substance. The stick/nail goes right through. It doesn't stick or cling to...
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    Re: Diagnosing. What is in these pictures?

    The hive in these pictures is from a person in Sacramento who sold me a deep with 10 frames a couple years ago when I was first interested in starting to keep bees. The hive superseded last spring...
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    Re: Diagnosing. What is in these pictures?

    Of course you can use my pictures. Just please share any other discoveries that might come to light.
  9. Thread: Oxalic Acid

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    Re: Oxalic Acid

    Thank you very much for your replies.
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    Re: Hive check today in SC

    I saw a bit of drone brood in one of my hives today too.
  11. Thread: Oxalic Acid

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    Oxalic Acid

    I treated my hives for mites using an oxalic acid vaporizer in October. They were all two deeps worth, so I used two grams. I had read that in order to be effective it was important to make sure...
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    Re: Diagnosing. What is in these pictures?

    So, what do I do with a frame like that? Can it be re-used? Do I need to put new foundation in it?
    There are a few frames with similar looking conditions.
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    Re: Diagnosing. What is in these pictures?

    Is the third picture showing mite damage?
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    Re: Diagnosing. What is in these pictures?

    The White stuff is mold? What do I do about it?
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    Diagnosing. What is in these pictures?

    Hi,
    I recently posted that I had a hive in trouble. In the discussion, it became evident that I could be dealing with
    1. Varroa infestation
    2. European Foulbrood
    3. Over vaporization of...
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    Re: Little Worried - Need some opinions.

    What is a sugar roll, and what essential oils do I feed them, and how do I feed them essential oils?
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    Re: Little Worried - Need some opinions.

    I have some terra-patty mix that I think I will mix up and put in all my hives in light of your suspicion.
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    Re: Little Worried - Need some opinions.

    I was considering letting it go, squarepeg, except this is the only queen I have from that apiary, and she had been a fantastic producer. I had wanted to try making a few queens this spring from her.
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    Re: Little Worried - Need some opinions.

    As for the OA, I vaporize and do not put crystals into the hive.. Only vapor.
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    Re: Little Worried - Need some opinions.

    OK... So.... Here's the plan (let me know if it is a dumb one).
    I have a hive in one deep that is pretty full of bees.
    1. I took a couple frames of brood out and shook the bees off (I wasn't able...
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    Re: Little Worried - Need some opinions.

    The queen is right there in the upper left of picture three.
    I don't think there are enough resources yet in my other hives to donate eggs and brood. Also, I didn't see drones yet.
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    Re: Little Worried - Need some opinions.

    Mite poop? I thought I had it covered. I have an Oxalic Acid vaporizer, and in October, I vaporized them three times - a week apart, hoping to have them set for winter.
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    Little Worried - Need some opinions.

    Hi,
    It has been very warm for over a month in Central California. Today (I am only home in daylight on weekends), I saw 3 of 4 of my hives bringing in pollen and a lot of flying. On the fourth,...
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    Re: When to start queens

    Thanks for the help. I haven't been getting into the hives any farther than a peek under the lid. Very curious as to what is happening inside and what happens when as they come out of winter.
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    When to start queens

    I live in Central California. The days have been in the 60s here. This is only the second winter that I have had bees. Anyway, I was planning on trying to raise some queens this year with the...
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