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    Re: OA glycerine mix experiment

    I would be interested in the shelf life as well. I experimented with this a few months ago, but stopped the experiment as my varroa levels were way too high and went with another treatment instead. ...
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    Re: Unintentional experiment with mating nuc size

    I have noticed something similar, yet there is one variable that is lacking in the experiment:

    Which queens came from which nucs? That is to say, did all the queens that had returned successfully...
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    Re: Why a cell starter and finisher?

    Thanks Oldtimer and mbc - more than likely that was it - bee density. However the few cells left look like my best to date. Will give it another go tomorrow. I should have better results as the...
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    Re: Why a cell starter and finisher?

    I'm still new to this. I recently did just that, except I combined the deeps with an excluder after 24 hours. I had 24 grafts, about 18 took at the time of combination. The bottom queenright half...
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    Re: Formic application methods question

    I found this document, from New Zealand's Ministry of Agriculture. On page 92 it describes several methods for using formic acid.

    Has anyone used a low dose, longer term treatment with formic? ...
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    Re: Recently mated queen not laying

    Thanks everyone for your comments.

    Decent weather yesterday and I checked on the hive in question. I couldn't find the queen, but my suspicions of brood present due to increased pollen gathering...
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    Recently mated queen not laying

    I have a few years' experience with mating nucs, so I have seen a lot, but not everything. I recently reared queens this past Fall, and most started laying by late November/early December, which is...
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    For me, that's what makes beekeeping so addictive. The discovery process. The never-ending learning curve... I'm looking forward to reading about your findings, and your views on them.
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    Michael, I agree with your point about high mite load/low mite load not telling us everything. But it does say something. Bees can fight varroa, or they can stand the viruses, or they can do both....
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    Re: Where did my bees go???

    I can't believe no one has asked Grow Wizzard if he ever treated for varroa.

    Grow Wizzard, did you treat for varroa? Did you ever monitor mite levels?
  11. Thread: Spring is here !

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    Re: Spring is here !

    Today at the beeyard:

    bee on oxalis

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    the beeyard

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    Re: Spring is here !

    The oxalis that is blooming now is yellow. It's a common, invasive weed here. Oxalic acid, however, is best applied as a dribble solution or sublimated (vaporized). I have used it before, three...
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    Re: Spring is here !

    Thanks Vance. I use a similar recipe, minus the wintergreen, but usually just do a dribble. Will experiment some more. I'm thinking of trying a brood break with formic, and try to time it right...
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    Re: Spring is here !

    JW,

    Nice pictures. Seeing the same thing here. I'm in a similar climate to yours. Here we have oxalis blooming, and late next month almonds, followed by various weeds, holm oak, then citrus.
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    Re: Bees criteria to choose queen larvae

    Sorry, I can't find a link for the entire paper. I downloaded the pdf a while ago. Anyway, to answer your question, they determined worker subfamilies' frequencies and distribution by genotyping...
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    Re: Bees criteria to choose queen larvae

    Simple enough... because when you graft, you place those grafts in cups which are upside down. They mimic swarm cells or supercedure cells laid by the queen, they are not worker larva in worker...
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    Re: Bees criteria to choose queen larvae

    I just want to make a couple things clear about the royal allele hypothesis. I first heard about it in a lecture given by Dave Tarpy - on the ABF website a while back. I then did more research....
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    Re: Upset/Disappointed/Confused/etc.

    Dark (shiny) bees that fly well (foragers) are often robbers. Why are they dark? From all the fights they have engaged in the past, their lighter colored hairs have been constantly plucked/bitten...
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    Re: Bees criteria to choose queen larvae

    Royal allele hypothesis. Could often play a role in emergency queens. Some of my past cut down splits have produced incredible queens. However, if the first queen out is a dud, then all bets are...
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    Re: Upset/Disappointed/Confused/etc.

    Ah, another " my hive died, what happened?" autumnal thread.

    I am not treatment free, but I don't treat that regularly and when I do I use low doses oxalic and thymol, the natural treatments and I...
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    Re: Anyone here used this mite treatment ?

    Flumethrin is also the active ingredient in Bayvarol - made by Bayer, a German company. A Bulgarian company sells the same product called Varostop. Flumethrin is very common in Europe.

    I have...
  22. Thread: How many queens

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    Re: How many queens

    My bad. You're right, you have an entire season to grow these hives, which increases your probability of making decent increase. But, it will be difficult. I think going from 5 hives to 100 2-frame...
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    Re: How many queens

    I am a beginner, been beekeeping since 2012. Started with 4 hives, have sixteen now. I tried various methods of increase - walk away, cut down, mda/OTS, and now grafting. I too have a mild winter....
  24. Re: OAV Residues and Reversing deeps/manipulating frames

    Daniel Y - thanks for your insights. They correspond to my observations as well, especially since I frequently open the broodnest, which delays honey storage - the bees are too busy drawing wax and...
  25. OAV Residues and Reversing deeps/manipulating frames

    Quick question.

    I winter in single deeps. If I use OAV on those singles, will there be any residues on those frames long term?

    My concern is that as I pyramid up frames when I add a second, or...
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