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  1. Thread: mite numbers

    by McCoslin

    Re: mite numbers

    Just finish my 3rd cycle of treating w/ OAV. I treat 3 times 5-7 days apart as worker bee cycle is 21 days. Bees are PO'd for about an hour. No harm to queens or brood. I did the same treatment this...
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    Re: uniting hives/laying workers

    I added a laying worker hive to a fairly new hive just a few weeks ago using the newspaper method and it worked out fine.The laying workers did not resume laying. Like you I was tempted to just let...
  3. Re: Oxalic Acid Vaporization - Questions and Answers

    I'm on my way to Lowes to buy a respirator. Ever have a whiff of OAV.... I could believe it would kill tracheal mites!!
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    Re: East Bay, CA Summer expectations


    When I add a box to a new hive and the progress is slow; I usually pull up couple of frames from the bottom box and replace with un-drawns. At least one of Honey/Pollen and one of...
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    Re: Ripe Queen cell hasn't hatched

    I had a queen cell that was still capped 2 days after she was supposed to hatch. I figured something happened to the cell. I cut the tip off to do a "post mortem" and to my surprise a live queen...
  6. Re: Seven days post virgin installation inspection

    So far I have not had any virgins fly off.....yet! Releasing the virgins onto open cells of nectar seems to work as the queens are more interested in eating than flying off. It would be great if all...
  7. Re: Seven days post virgin installation inspection

    Just released another dozen using Lauri's method. I made up nuc's early in the morning and released the queens a couple of hours later. In all cases I pulled a frame of honey w/ some open cells of...
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    Re: A number of Questions

    The hives that are "floundering", you might want to check them for mites. I have been expanding like crazy this year. I am supplementing with syrup and pollen sub and the new hives are drawing out...
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    Re: Does OAV hurt open brood?

    It's actually the best time to treat them. When you have closed brood you have to treat 3-4 times, 5-7 days apart.
  10. Re: Seven days post virgin installation inspection

    Let's start a club; this is my second year as a beek, and my first year grafting. I have experienced all that you have mentioned. I have had good luck with direct release with virgins. Look up...
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    Re: No eggs in hives

    Are you feeding syrup and sub ?With that much weather one would almost have to. Last year was my first year. I grossly underestimated the feed requirements of a hive and they all shut down. I...
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    Re: new nuc installed

    It's very doubtful that the queen was injured during your transfer. In fact not tearing apart the frames when you transferred probably helped insure her safety (Good Job!). I am in my sophomore...
  13. Re: Wax cell cups queen rearing on a large scale.

    I'm finding that my success rate have less to do with what type of cups I'm using. I find that the quality of my cell builder and introducing open brood four days before I graft has helped me with...
  14. Re: Wax cell cups queen rearing on a large scale.

    I know one large queen breeder that only uses wax due to higher acceptance rates. I've used both plastic and wax and had a higher acceptance rates with wax.
  15. Re: Two Steps forward and one step back!

    No worries :), yes I learned a lesson the hard way!
  16. Re: Two Steps forward and one step back!

    Brilliant !
  17. Re: Two Steps forward and one step back!

    The queen next door was missing and a different breed than the batch I had going.
  18. Two Steps forward and one step back!

    The ultimate "don't count your chickens before they hatch" story. My fourth round grafting, I had an 83% take; big beautiful cells; more than I could use so I had the extras sold. On day 8 I go to...
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    Re: Best time to put on roller cages?

    Thanks for getting back to me.
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    Re: Best time to put on roller cages?

    Hey Michael, I am not using an incubator and the cells are too big in diameter by the time day 10 rolls around would you advise trimming them.
  21. Re: five for five introducing newly hatched virgins

    [QUOTE Do you have a link to that video? What is her you tube channel?[/QUOTE]

    Hope this works, if not go to youtube and type in " Direct releasing...
  22. Re: five for five introducing newly hatched virgins

    I've had 100% success introducing virgins using Lauri's method. If you look on youtube she has a video showing how to introduce a virgin by pulling a frame of honey and releasing the newly hatched...
  23. Re: Don't ever get to big for your britches or count your chickens before they hatch

    Matt I could go on for pages, every time I get too big for my britches I inevitably get knocked down again. I have been doing reasonably well with grafting on the first three tries. The fourth, I go...
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    Best time to put on roller cages?

    Quick question.... is there any harm in putting on roller cages just after cells are capped. I find if I wait until a day or two before cells are scheduled to hatch, the cells are to big for the...
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    Re: Easiest type of cell builder for a beginner


    This is my second year at trying to be a beekeeper. I am raising my own queens now for increase. I tried the Cloake board method and had mediocre results. I read your article on the five...
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