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    Thanks for the reply's. I've tried the hot water...

    Thanks for the reply's. I've tried the hot water in the tub method and gave up after about 10 tub refills. A little too energy intensive for me. How long does it take to liquefy a solid 5-gallon...
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    How do folks generally store their honey after...

    How do folks generally store their honey after extracting but prior to selling. I usually get between 5 and 10 5-gallon buckets per year...enough to keep a handful of customers supplied. The problem...
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    Rich, just curious...but did you diagnose why...

    Rich,

    just curious...but did you diagnose why the hives died? Do you still have mite pressure after regressing?

    I suspect you're still at least a month away from any sort of bloom in...
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    I agree, they are here. Although I imagine it's...

    I agree, they are here. Although I imagine it's quite a bummer to introduce them into your apiary via nucs you paid good money for http://www.beesource.com/ubb/frown.gif
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    I exchanged correspondence with a fellow Vermont...

    I exchanged correspondence with a fellow Vermont beekeeper who purchased nucs from Betterbee last year that were infested with small hive beetle. As I recall, he was none too pleased with their...
  6. Thread: Expensive hobby

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    another place to save money is on the bees...

    another place to save money is on the bees themselves. Make your own splits to replace deadouts or to increase number of hives.
  7. Thread: varroa turds?

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    Definately not mites, because I can see them too,...

    Definately not mites, because I can see them too, amongst the black specs. They look like black slivers, about 1/4 the size of the varroa. In some cases, there are several strung together, but mostly...
  8. Thread: varroa turds?

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    These are all strong, vibrant colonies so I guess...

    These are all strong, vibrant colonies so I guess I'd be surprised if they were all infested with wax moth. I haven't done a full inspection since I supered in June so I don't know for sure. What...
  9. Thread: varroa turds?

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    What do varroa turds look like? I have lots of...

    What do varroa turds look like? I have lots of small black specks on my removable bottom trays I'm assuming is varroa poop. Any other ideas?
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    I agree, I wouldn't feed if you're trying to draw...

    I agree, I wouldn't feed if you're trying to draw out the honey supers. I've found that they fill the combs as they draw them out.
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    Wineman, I just did a 24 hour hour test. Not as...

    Wineman, I just did a 24 hour hour test. Not as representative as 3 day average, but I find the debris that accumulates over time really makes counting the mites difficult.

    I also agree with...
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    Wineman, I put sbb's with removable tray on 5 of...

    Wineman, I put sbb's with removable tray on 5 of my hives this spring, and just did a 24hr natural mite fall observation last week. The highest was 35 mites and the lowest was 1 mite!

    There are...
  13. Thread: when do you super?

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    Just curious, how do you decide its time to super...

    Just curious, how do you decide its time to super up. Environmental cues such as first dandelion? Heating degree days? Especially interested in those with experience in the New England area.

    Is...
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    My bees are all Vermont bred mutts. I had one...

    My bees are all Vermont bred mutts. I had one hive headed by a russian queen, but that was the one that succumbed over the winter.

    I agree, I'll wait until they really start bringing it in before...
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    The weather finally cooperated in NE Vermont and...

    The weather finally cooperated in NE Vermont and I was able to break into my hives for the first time this spring, so I thought I would pass on some observations and maybe ask a question or two. I...
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    It's been since mid-november since the temps have...

    It's been since mid-november since the temps have climbed high enough for cleansing flights here in NE vermont. And it just keeps getting colder! So how long can the bees typically go without...
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    I'm thinking about trying FGMO. But I'm curious...

    I'm thinking about trying FGMO. But I'm curious to know who has been using FGMO as their sole mite control method and for how long. What are the results, lost any colonies to mites?

    Regards,...
  18. Thread: recurring swarms

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    Thanks Dee, You are correct about the lack of...

    Thanks Dee, You are correct about the lack of brood space. I couldn't believe how much honey was stored in there. After every swarm I've been removing 1-2 frames of honey and replacing with...
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    Greetings beekeepers, I am having problems with...

    Greetings beekeepers, I am having problems with one of my hives that I would love some input on. This hive has cast 3 swarms in the last 3 weeks, about one per week. The first swarm came in the midst...
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    You might also try George Willey in NE Vermont. I...

    You might also try George Willey in NE Vermont. I bought a couple nucs from him last year and they did great. Price was comparable to a southern package too, as I recall. email me privately and I'll...
  21. Has anyone tried those one-piece plastic frames...

    Has anyone tried those one-piece plastic frames and foundation? On the surface they seem like a good way to go, being impervious to wax moths, rodents, etc. Can someone who has used them give some...
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    Greetings, I'm new to this forum and to...

    Greetings, I'm new to this forum and to beekeeping. I started this spring with two nucs, russian hybrid queen, and both have done very well. One of the colonies filled 2 deeps and 1 shallow honey...
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