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    Re: NYS Apiary Inspector 1

    Shouldn't that say 50 hives or more... :scratch:
  2. Re: Honey Supers ON, one with QE another without

    Not to start a debate, but I was up in DC last weekend and based upon what I saw blooming you're not that far behind us - perhaps a week.
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    Re: Pulling Queens just before the main flow

    +1 I agree completely with what David said.
  4. Re: Honey Supers ON, one with QE another without

    Depends on a lot of things. Did you have drawn comb? Are the populations the same? Do the bees have the same amount of brood?

    I also think you waited too long to get your supers on. I've had...
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    Re: Solid Eggs, Spotty brood pattern

    Good input, but just to be clear, my reference to "old school" was treating based upon the time of year and NOT because your colonies were actually sick. So every colony was treated in the Fall and...
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    Re: Solid Eggs, Spotty brood pattern

    Most prophylactic uses of antibiotics are targeted at AFB, which I suspect was the basis for the guidance given. The bottom line is don't just place medications in your colonies because you think...
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    Re: Solid Eggs, Spotty brood pattern

    Sorry, but this is REALLY old school stuff. Most people now do not follow this practice.
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    Re: Solid Eggs, Spotty brood pattern

    I would need better pictures to confidently make the EFB diagnosis. Given that caveat, there does seem to be some larvae that look EFB-like, again these pictures are not a good substitute for holding...
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    Re: Has your nectar flow began in VA?

    At the risk of contradicting my neighbor, my observations are that the main flow has definitely not started. The maples are pretty much gone, redbuds just started, fruit trees are near peak, henbit...
  10. Re: Any thoughts fume boards and Fishers bee quick

    I used it last year for the first time and thought it worked great. I used the fume boards that Mann Lake sells. Very effective combo. There was some talk last year from a few beekeepers weren't...
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    Re: need ideas to promote drone production

    Not a big fan of the plastic drone comb, nor am I a big fan of foundationless frames (in general). However, when I want drones, I will use foundationless frames to promote drone production. This is...
  12. Thread: ANGRY Bees

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    Re: ANGRY Bees

    That's where beesouce can come to help. Toss these decisions out to the forum and see if your plan is sound.
  13. Thread: ANGRY Bees

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    Re: ANGRY Bees

    I think it was a bit optimistic to expect foundation to get drawn in February, particularly this February. You must feed at that time of year to get it drawn, and then it may be slow. I would wait...
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    Re: Easiest type of cell builder for a beginner

    Thanks for the follow-up and the review. Glad it worked out!
  15. Thread: New labels

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    Re: New labels

    Very nice! Best of luck with your sales.
  16. Re: Insecticide "Leverage 2.7", how bad is it?

    I had some losses last summer that resulted from a foliar application of imidacloprid mixed with another insecticide (organophosphate) . There is some evidence that these mixes can have a far higher...
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    Re: What are these bees doing?

    Sure, that's a very possible explanation. However, I'd expect them to do some house cleaning and get that BB clear pretty soon.
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    Re: What are these bees doing?

    Your last video shows a LOT of debris (45 sec mark) on the BB. If the bees have been flying then this is not typical. You might want to take a peek to see what's causing this. Perhaps it was just...
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    Re: My wax dipping tank setup

    Man, you're not fooling around. That's a serious tank. Looks great.
  20. Re: Whats your average date for the start of queenrearing

    The way things are going for us this year May is looking pretty good. Expecting a "snowy mix" tonight! Bizarre Spring this year.
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    Re: Mobile cell incubator kit?

    Joe,

    Perhaps you know this, but the proportional thermostat means that the commanded output is a function of the difference between the actual temperature and the setpoint temp, i.e., error. The...
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    Re: Easiest type of cell builder for a beginner

    Agree!

    I suggested not inculding open brood just to keep it simple and reduce the chance of rouge cells for the beginner. But yes to get those picture perfect cells, open brood is very helpful....
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    Re: Bottom Boards Loaded with Sugar

    Yes, as mentioned this should be used as an emergency approach and is not a substitute for getting colonies up to weight in the Fall. However, it does work very well as intended. You say you wetted...
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    Re: Has Seed Coating Changed? CCD gone for Good!

    My bad. I saw the date published (March 18, 2015) and thought it was a recent study.
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    Re: Easiest type of cell builder for a beginner

    8 queens and only once per season, yeah no point getting fancy.

    1) Give your breeder queen a frame with just a starter strip of foundation. Let them work on that for about 5 days. Make sure to...
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