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  1. Re: Are You A Social Bee Or Solitary Bee?

    x 2 except that we are coming onto 50 years.

    :D

    Rusty
  2. Re: What feed is best for queen rearing?

    Don't know what most folks use, but I've used MegaBee powder for awhile. Being in the South where SHBs are a pain, I like that I can feed it as a liquid and the SHBs don't seem to bother it. As...
  3. Re: Open mated Russians and trait loss?

    My personal experience with VSH is that by the F3 generation the VSH is pretty much gone, baby, gone. I would assume the same thing happens with anything that is open-mated. I used to be able to...
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    Re: How many mites before treating?

    This is the rule of thumb that I follow as well. One mite = treat the hive.

    HTH
  5. Re: My bees won't come out of their hives?

    Sounds like just about the time to give them each a heft to make sure they still have plenty of stores. Spring's a long way off yet.

    Rusty
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    Re: Screen Bottom Boards

    I use a cheap ol aluminum foil roasting pan--the kind with the turkey on the label. When they get nasty, I toss them and start a new one.

    HTH

    Rusty
  7. Re: Newbies moved wild african bees to hive

    One possibility is that you missed the queen and she is at the center of that ball of bees. I've never dealt with African bees, so I haven't a clue of how to manage them. If it were me, I think I'd...
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    Re: Screen Bottom Boards

    I run modified sbbs with oil pans because of SHBs. Did the same when I was in Florida with equally good results. Because my IPM bottoms have solid bottoms, there are no light problems or draft...
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    Re: Essential oils...yay or nay

    EOs are heat sensitive (they evaporate) so I can't imagine how they could be used in a smoker.

    JMO

    Rusty
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    Re: which pest control

    This is true--as far as it goes. There ARE some things you can do, however. Keep the hives in full sun. Never give the bees more space than they can comfortably cover. Use IPM traps. In my case...
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    Re: Mated Queen who can tell

    This is fine....until you are looking for specific genetics to upgrade your stock. Sometimes to get a really fine queen (think Glenn queen, for example), you have no choice but to buy from a...
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    Two years.

    HTH

    Rusty
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    While the graphs all look very impressive, I've got VSH genetics in my hives RIGHT NOW and the results I am seeing are that F1 generation is fantastic, F2 is sorta-kinda, and F3 is a flub as far as...
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    Re: wax moths and freezing temps

    Since I am in Alabama, I cannot count on freezing temps--ever. So I use BtA--a bugger to find but so worth the effort!

    HTH

    Rusty
  15. Re: Essential oils concoction? Does it work? How to use?

    I use a 4-pronged attack: VSH genetics, EOs, oil pans under the screened bottom board, and OAD (thanks for the link, Rader. I came back to add it and found you are more effecient!). I also used to...
  16. Re: Essential oils concoction? Does it work? How to use?

    I think we ALL wish we could be treatment free. However, I do use EOs and have a recipe on my site. I also use OAD. Even with VSH in my bees, I still feel mites need some negative attention.
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    Re: telescoping vs migratory

    Here is an image of one of Lauri's early screened inner covers. I am sure there are a few more here on beesource if you search for them My own rims are only about an inch high.

    HTH

    Rusty
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    Re: Dead Bees

    There are screened bottom boards and then there are screened bottom boards. If you are using the kind that have no way to close them off, then yes, I think they contributed to the loss.

    I'm in...
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    Re: telescoping vs migratory

    I don't have any pictures, but I remember seeing the same thing on Lauri's facebook page. Heck, that may even have been where I got the idea!

    :D

    Rusty
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    Re: Patties vs. dry feed?

    I use the liquid feeding mostly in the fall and when raising queens. Winter I use sugar blocks with the pollen sub added (recipe on my site). The liquid is 2:1 syrup that I whisk the pollen sub...
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    Re: telescoping vs migratory

    I do things a bit differently. I like screened inner covers with a rim on one side. They aid in ventilation, make feeding easy, and allow me to eyeball the activity in the hive without disturbing...
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    Re: Patties vs. dry feed?

    I don't use patties. Patties attract SHBs BIG time so I feed pollen sub as a liquid. I whisk it into 2:1 syrup (MegaBee works great for this) and the SHBs don't even seem to notice that the sub is...
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    Re: Winter patties

    I use MegaBee in the winter but I am in Alabama and my bees can fly regularly. I don't think I'd risk it in the north, though, for just the reason you mention. If I were in your area, I think I'd...
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    Re: OA Dribble

    SNL, the full instructions are on my site, but basically I'm doing a dozen hives with 16 oz distilled water, 16 oz cane sugar, and 1.2 oz of wood bleach. I use a large animal syringe when temps are...
  25. Re: Providing Water When Feeding Bees Sugar on Warm Days

    It's been my experience that the older bees will go to the source they used as young bees while the new young bees will find the handiest source. Once the older summer bees are all gone, the new...
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