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    Re: can you overfeed sugar?

    Granulated sugar?! 'We' think not.
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    Re: can you overfeed sugar?

    5lbs of sugar won't overfeed a wintering hive of bees. And when they've used that, give them more. They may haul some off but will consume some too. If you are in doubt, dry sugar feeding offers...
  3. Thread: Russian Bees

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    Re: Russian Bees

    As Russian hybrids this is one of the common complaints. Another is the loss of much of their varroa tolerance qualities. And, to some degree, outfits like Hardeman that promote and sell Russian...
  4. Thread: Russian Bees

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    Re: Russian Bees

    While this is surely true, I think there is more to the failure of Russians to be accepted into mainstream beekeeping. I see that the Hardemans from Mt Vernon, Ga (long term package suppliers to...
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    Re: Bee Informed National Survey

    Grandchildren not required, When I was a young fellow....all the old geezers were referred to as gramps. Of course....now that the shoe is on the other foot........
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    Re: Bee Informed National Survey

    You mean Gramps....right? :)
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    Which can only be done if you're an 'interventional' beekeeper. :)
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    Re: Moonbeam stock

    The sad legacy of scoundrels like Russell. They cast suspicion upon those whose hard work and perseverance have produced legitimate results.
  9. Re: Hive dead. Performed deadout. Any suggestions as to the cause?

    Did you test for mites? Or treat?
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    I've seen researchers use capillary tubes to determine the amount of nectar in various flowers. One could sample a number of clover blooms at varying temps to see if the available nectar changed...
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    Look at it from this perspective. The greatest amount of brood that can be produced in a hive is limited by the queen's ability to lay fertilized eggs.
    In the springtime buildup brood production...
  12. Re: Apilife-Var temperature requirements and use in hot weather

    I've used it and liked it in general. According to the label you should not use Apilife Var at temps above 90F. This has been one of the limiting factors for me. Another is three applications a week...
  13. Thread: A problem..

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    Re: A problem..

    You could always try bee-lining to try to determine where they are coming from.....
    Also as squarepeg suggested, give them something more desirable than sawdust. An open feeding of sugar syrup....a...
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    Re: Would you treat with OAV now?

    Without knowing any more than I do....I'd guess that your device isn't getting hot enough.
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    Re: Would you treat with OAV now?

    You put oxalic acid crystals into the device's container.
    You apply power.
    The crystals first turn to liquid.
    Then the liquid turns to vapor.
    Once vaporized there should be no residue in the...
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    Re: Paint the inside ?

    As an environmentally conscious fellow I can't believe you allow your septic fields to leak. For shame!
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    Re: Paint the inside ?

    georgiabees......those are some of the most ridiculous assumptions I've ever read.
    Having said that.....they're your bees and your hives....dunk 'em in whatever you choose. Ignore the studies to...
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    Re: Paint the inside ?

    The numbers from this study don't paint (pun intended) a catastrophic picture. They were looking the sub lethal effects of various compounds. Measurable effects though. Each building upon any...
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    Re: Paint the inside ?

    Let's see....data collected from a controlled study....or a beekeeper's opinion.
    I'm just so undecided :rolleyes:
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    Re: You can't get rid of beetles by destroying hives...

    Also, you might consider a product approved, I believe, in Australia.

    http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1440-6055.2011.00852.x/abstract

    all live adult beetles were eliminated from...
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    Re: Paint the inside ?

    http://www.extension.org/pages/29206/proceedings-of-the-american-bee-research-conference-2010#.VMKOlel0wb1

    Scroll down...look at abstract number six.
    In hives with one interior surface (bottom...
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    Re: You can't get rid of beetles by destroying hives...

    First, shb are a tropical pest. In North America, the further south you go the worse the problem. Warm, high humidity locations are the absolute worst. Beeyards in full sun fare much better than...
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    Re: Paint the inside ?

    It won't keep me up at night either.
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    Re: Paint the inside ?

    Here are a couple more from this very thread for you.



    There you go AR Beekeeper....this ought to get a brawl going.....and you can be right in the middle of it! :)
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    Re: Paint the inside ?

    And then there's another whole thread on painting them with titebondIII. I can only scratch my head in wonder.
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