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  1. Thread: Hive Box Order

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    Re: Hive Box Order

    Last year Dadant had free shipping in December. The service and equipment were both excellent.
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    Re: Reasonable Shipping Costs?

    Some of the suppliers have free shipping periods, often around Christmas. Dadant had free shipping all of last December, and shipped a large order to me at no charge. Check websites for special...
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    Re: Feeding Fumagilin B

    Has anyone had experience treating woodenware with ultraviolet light after a deadout from nosema? What kind of equipment do you need? Did the treatment work?
  4. Thread: USDA analysis

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    Re: USDA analysis

    The report stated that there was an average of 57,000,000 spores per bee, and 21 mites were detected in the sample.

    The hive had survived until early March. I found hundreds of dead bees, but very...
  5. Thread: USDA analysis

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    Re: USDA analysis

    I received an email from the report today. My sample had arrived on March 22--not an unreasonable amount of time. I sent the sample of about 100 recently deceased bees in a small plastic jar, and...
  6. Thread: USDA analysis

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    USDA analysis

    I sent a sample of bees from a dead hive to Beltsville about two weeks ago. When can I expect to hear the results of their testing?
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    Re: Creamed honey temperature

    Thanks for your reply. I've been using 1 to 10 ratio of starter to honey. I'm puzzled because this worked the first time, with the same starter.
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    Creamed honey temperature

    If honey does not cream, is the culprit more likely to be temperatures that are too cold or too warm? My first batch, at 57 degrees, was fine. The second batch, from the same starter, remains clear...
  9. Thread: Mite Test

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    Mite Test

    I've searched unsuccessfully for directions for the powdered sugar mite test. I've read that I should put about 1.5 inches of bees in a quart jar--but how much sugar,and how long should I wait...
  10. Thread: AFB treatment

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    Re: AFB treatment

    Do you know what chemical was used in the treatment chamber?
  11. Thread: AFB treatment

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    AFB treatment

    Would freezing frames of honey from an AFB infested hive kill the spores so that the frames could be reused?
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    Wildflowers

    The first plant is white campion (silene latifolia), and very invasive. The lower photo is spiderwort (tradescantia), which also spreads rapidly. I'm not sure whether either plant is a good source...
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    laying worker

    Which method is best for dealing with a hive that clearly has laying workers, a shake out or combining hives with newspaper? Wouldn't the latter save more bees? Also, should I freeze the combs,...
  14. Thread: Tylan

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    Tylan treatment

    The state bee inspector confirmed that my hives had AFB. I mixed the tylan with powdered sugar and dusted it on the tops of the frames, at three intervals. There were not enough survivor bees, so...
  15. Thread: Tylan

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    You're correct--I did mean AFB. Why shouldn't the...

    You're correct--I did mean AFB. Why shouldn't the honey be consumed? Is Tylan toxic to humans?
  16. Thread: Tylan

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    Tylan

    Last September I treated a hive with Tylan (for AHB). The remaining cluster was too small to survive the winter, but there is a lot of honey left on the frames. Is this honey safe for human...
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    scorching woodenware

    What is the difference between the correct and incorrect way to scorch woodenware?
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    That's the bee's knees

    Any connection between these photos and the old expression?
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    These look like broccoli plants (which are in...

    These look like broccoli plants (which are in the same family as mustard) that have gone to seed. Bees love them.
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    Yes. I used a board coated with PAM cooking...

    Yes. I used a board coated with PAM cooking spray. I examined it under a magnifying glass 24 hours after spraying, and never found more than 6 or 8 mites.
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    Fgmo

    I fogged regularly with thymol for several years, with apparent success, and found very few mites on screened bottom boards. All 3 hives died in January of this year. I sent a sample of bees to...
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    Free Shipping

    Brushy Mountain sometimes has free shipping during the month of December.
  23. Thread: Freezing honey

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    Ant protection

    Ants usually won't cross the paper dryer sheets, such as "Bounce". Try putting the sheets under the buckets. with edges of the sheets protruding.
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    Too many bumbles?

    The bee balm and veronica that are normally covered with honeybees at this time of year have only bumble bee visitors--and lots of them. Do bumbles compete with honeybees?
  25. Thread: Opiary

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    Opiary

    I think my bees are drug addicts!

    http://www.xcplanet.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_itemId=529
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