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    Re: Started fogging today.

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    Hi Live oak,
    You need to do some before and after mite counts and keep running totals on either each hive or a given hive. I thought my FGMO treatments were working, but doing weekly mite...
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    Re: Why does open feeding set off robbing?

    Feeding can start the "search" for more food and other hives can smell the syrup. That said, I haven't had robbing problems when open feeding a good distance from the hives. I don't feed a lot,...
  3. Re: Bottom board conversion - screened to solid?

    I use both types, haven't had trouble with either, I prefer screened BB with oil trays underneath. I certainly would not go to the trouble to return either one, unless I paid for one with an oil...
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    Re: Oxalic Sublimation Temp?

    When I bought mine I asked the manufacturer about this, there response was not to worry about it, The Oxalic acid would be completely sublimated before it could reach the temps that caused any...
  5. Re: Why are beekeepers not all using vaporized oxalic acid to treat varroa mites?

    I've discovered that when I clean my hives with vaporized wood bleach, the bees react to the clean hive by becoming much more hygienic and they proceed to clean themselves up to the point where large...
  6. Re: Transitioning June nucs from deep to mediums, foundationless

    medium on top of a deep works great for me. No need to put anything in as a ladder. You are pretty far north for a single deep, but obviously some people do it. I'm in florida and I still winter...
  7. Thread: SHB Help

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    Re: SHB Help

    You probably need a couple hundred bees to make it. Frames with comb and a laying queen and you've got a chance. If all you found was a couple SHB and larva, they are not what caused your bees to...
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    Re: Would like to feedback

    Yep, freezing doesn't hurt the honey, but it kills anything in the comb that can ruin the honey. Plastic bags on tight will keep them out after the freezing has killed any eggs or larva.
    I take...
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    Re: Would like to feedback

    Store frames in a freezer if you remove any. Kills any pest that could destroy them once they are not where the bees can watch them. Once frozen they can be removed and put in plastic bags to...
  10. Thread: SHB Help

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    Re: SHB Help

    If they had left because of the SHB, it would have been obvious. Lots of SHB and Larva and slim. Don't leave them a lot of honey as that is what the SHB turns into slim, leave them enough to eat...
  11. Thread: SHB Help

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    Re: SHB Help

    Probably too late already. I would try checkmite as it kills SHB. You can't get this far behind the power curve, once they take over, it's too late. I would try screened bottom boards with oil...
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    Re: summer mite populations and crashes

    I'm in NW Florida and our flow has been over for about a month. We are in full fledged dearth here so I can't imagine that anywhere in Ga is not rapidly approaching the dearth if they aren't in it...
  13. How long should I leave a queen that is not laying?

    I put a frame with queen cells in a QC. 4 weeks later, there is a very large queen in there. Not a small virgin. A very big bodied queen, but not an egg, larva or capped brood anywhere. I first...
  14. Thread: shb recipe

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    Re: shb recipe

    If they are mean enough, I'll sure kill their queen...
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    Re: Digusting Sight BeeHive

    Yep, sounds like that got slimed by SHB. Which means he has a problem in all his hives. If they are weak, he's going to lose them. He should treat them while he still has a can.
  16. Thread: released queen

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    Re: released queen

    Well for your first post that is pretty original! I would "GUESS" that she will be fine, cleaned up and laying in a couple of weeks, but I'd give her two full weeks and then go look for eggs, larva...
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    Re: New ultra breeze suit arrived/worn

    I wear white boxers, I'm on a family farm. I also where a tight, mositure wicking tee as the material is too rough on the inside to suit me. What a great investment.
  18. Thread: Mites

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    Re: Mites

    You don't have a mite problem. I've read a lot of different numbers for mite drop counts. I personally use 25+ in a 24 hour period before I consider treating. I've started treating my Treatment...
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    Re: Extracting--- using heat gun to uncap??!!

    I tried it and liked it. every now and then I get a few single combs that don't extract, but I much prefer not having to deal with cleaning up honey and cappings.
    I set the comb on the edge of the...
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    Re: fighting about water

    I think your pond is awesome, better than mine and I'm on a farm. I've got you beat on the planting thou, I've got about 8 acres of clover for the girls.
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    Re: Honey extractor?

    I bought one on ebay for 319. Stainless, 4 deeps or 8 Meds. Worked better than I expected. I didn't want to spend the money either, but decided I'd buy one I could use in the future and get use out...
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    Re: Honey quantity???

    I got about 2 1/2 gallons out of each medium this year.
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    Re: SWARM!! Now what....

    thanks Vance, I should have known that!
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    Re: SWARM!! Now what....

    If a queen excluder on the bottom board can stop a swarm, why don't we put excluders on all our hives and stop all swarming?
  25. Re: Screened Bottoms Boards...from a first timer

    "Weighing the info, thanks!! My hives have SBB. I planned on switching to solid before freezing temps. "

    I don't, mine were on during two very unusal cold spells, down to 15 degrees this winter. ...
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