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    Re: Mann Lake Pro Health

    My bees must be backwards. I've tried different "feeding stimulants", including making my own, and not one hive in four years has taken it better or faster than plain syrup. In fact, most ignore it.
  2. Re: Acetic acid fumigation: Why 80% instead of 100%?

    Have people used it to clean frames with drawn comb? Most of the literature seems to speak of cleaning "frames" with no reference to the beeswax itself. Will glacial acetic acid work with say, frames...
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    May I ask what you intend to use it for? Nosema? EFB ?
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    Perhaps because 100% freezes a 61.9 degrees F. ?
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    Re: swarm capture and disease

    One would hope so. Since it's usually difficult to tell where they come from, I don't believe in assuming they're okay. I've had colonies with EFB make swarm cells, and contrary to popular saying, a...
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    Re: Overnight split

    I realize this is a month old. We do "overnight" splits in my area when adding caged, mated queens. Therefore, we want to know the original queen is below the excluder. It's about getting nurse bees...
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    Re: Can someone identify this smoker?

    Nice Barry! (Since there's one on Ebay for $375.00) :)
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    Re: think i found EFB in one hive.

    Tim B nice post. You mentioned something I saw. Although the bees "recovered" during summer after treating, and seemed like the hives had good numbers going into late fall, I was surprised at the...
  9. Re: Pertaining to the Pacific North West..nectar and pollen dates

    minz, looks like swarm reports coming out of the Willamette Valley already. We've had a couple up here in northern WA., but not much yet. Drones should be maturing by now. Maples are leafing out....
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    Re: think i found EFB in one hive.

    If I treat, I need to get on it. Six weeks between treatment and supering, minimum, puts me right at our main flow. I read many threads last year how "requeening and a good flow clears it up" but...
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    Re: Not using bottom entrance

    Haven't been doing this long, but all of my hives that survive winter turn into top entrance hives. Yes, some bees may use the bottom entrance, but almost all stay top users. I've never tried to...
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    Re: think i found EFB in one hive.

    Check out the link FlowerPlanter suggested originally about laying workers which turned into a thread about EFB (I am the OP). I ended up requeening and treating with oxytetracycline in powdered...
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    Re: think i found EFB in one hive.

    beg to differ. Unless you've read something recently and the science has changed, EFB IS BACTERIAL and does not produce spores. AFB produces spores, but everything I read when I had two hives with...
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    Re: Package Delay

    Don't do the dump method if you're worried about the rain. Try one of the "soft" methods, such as putting the package in an empty hive body with the frames in a box above and letting them crawl out....
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    Re: why nucs so late?

    Received a nuc a week ago (a split of returned CA almond bees with a caged queen-not "overwintered"). It's all local I guess. You may have snow on the ground, but my overwintered hives have been...
  16. Re: Using uncapped nectar frames from dead outs?

    What does it smell like? Is it bubbling? I fed syrup late into October to some light hives because the weather was mild and they were so active. The resulting UNcapped syrup fermented in the cells...
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    Re: Could someone explain "gap" please?

    Thanks to all. Michael Bush, that was exactly the kind of answer I was looking for.
  18. Re: Walts nectar management and single deeps

    WBVC, some in our club are rethinking the double deep for wintering here, especially with the now widespread use of Carniolans. It's not unusual to end up with ten plus frames of honey coming out of...
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    Re: Could someone explain "gap" please?

    Agreed. Thanks Graham :)
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    Re: Could someone explain "gap" please?

    THAT'S what I'm talking about !!!
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    Re: Could someone explain "gap" please?

    It's not about bee space. I think what Walt calls the "gap" between "functional comb" is the width of the top bar plus the vertical bee space between a frame and the next one up plus the thickness of...
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    Re: Could someone explain "gap" please?

    Why do some feel a queen will lay better in a deep with a shallow, or across two mediums, than two deeps in the brood nest? Has nothing to do with bee space, but a belief that a queen is reluctant to...
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    Re: Could someone explain "gap" please?

    I understand bee space, but not why some think a queen will cross "the gap" between a deep and a medium to lay easier than between two deeps.
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    Could someone explain "gap" please?

    I'm having trouble with the concept of "gap" in how it relates to hive body/frame size choices such as in Walt's nectar management and evils of the double deep, and so on.
    If the space between the...
  25. Re: Walts nectar management and single deeps

    Hope this thread isn't too dead.
    One thing I see is much like Harley describes. In three winters, with a total of fifteen hives, only one has ever entered spring with a honey dome above the...
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