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    Re: oxalic acid treated hives with high mite counts

    The phoretic stage of the mite lifecycle is 5-7 days, so it's possible with a 7 day OA treatment interval that a mite can emerge and make it back into another capped larvae before the next OA...
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    Re: No mites still check?

    Two things -

    1) figure 300 bees per half cup, not per full cup.

    2) in answer to the question a few posts back about a study to test the accuracy of the sugar roll method to the alcohol...
  3. Thread: Follower board

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    Re: Follower board

    Beekind (northern California - Google for website) sells follower boards for mediums and deeps. I've heard positive things about them, but I have not personally purchased from them.
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    Re: Best Refractometer

    Yep! It does seem a little funny to trust olive oil, but since there's a very specific refractive index standard that extra virgin olive oil needs to meet, it makes a convenient and inexpensive...
  5. Thread: Splitting Advice

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    Re: Splitting Advice

    Why put them in your barn? Sealing them for a week prevents them from foraging, eliminating waste, and makes it much more difficult for them to manage hive temperature. Also, instead of disrupting...
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    Re: Best Refractometer

    Extra virgin olive oil is approximately 71.5 BRIX (ranges from 71 to 72, so calibrating to 71.5 puts you close). The refractometer should have a BRIX scale reading as well as % water- that's what's...
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    Re: Varroa mite counts / oxalic acid vapor

    Thanks for the responses, but you're preaching to the choir. :-) I'm a fan of OAV, but very interested in actual numbers on mite kill when used while there is capped brood... Most of the studies I...
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    Varroa mite counts / oxalic acid vapor

    As we head into the latter part of summer, the varroa mite populations in our hives are reaching a seasonal peak. Ugh!

    On June 30th, I tested several of my hives for varroa counts using the...
  9. Thread: Just Smokin'

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    Re: Just Smokin'

    I like using old (but clean & 100% cotton) rags like old t-shirts or cotton diapers cut up into strips. Easy to light, beautiful white smoke, low odor, and stays nicely lit. If I don't cut it into...
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    Re: Trying out foundationless

    As long as it's level side to side, you should be fine. The key issue is that the festooning bees act like a plumb line to draw the comb vertically straight, and if the hive is tipped to the side,...
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    Re: Collecting cool apiary photos - care to add?

    I have six hives scattered around the back yard, but this one has the most photogenic stand. (The standoffs are coated with tanglefoot to keep the ants at bay)

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    Re: confusion on moisture content

    Out here in dry California I'm measuring 16-17% moisture, but it's worth making sure your refractometer is calibrated at the temperature of the honey- it can make a difference in the measurement. ...
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    Re: Trying out foundationless

    Using some kind of guide at the top helps a lot to keep things straight. I like to use a thin strip of wood glued into the top groove. Here's a couple of pictures of what happened recently on one...
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    Re: Requeening With Cells, Need Advice

    Can you clarify how much time before emergence the cell should be added? The general mantra is that a cell shouldn't be jostled or moved to avoid damaging the developing queen, but is 48 hours...
  15. Re: 8 frame Mann Lake mediums- what do you do about the extra space?

    Nice! Do you recall the thickness of the ply and hangers?
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    Thanks for the replies!

    Shaving the frames is more than my new beekeeper friend is likely willing and able to do, so I think I'll help her make up a few follower boards and see how that goes. I...
  17. 8 frame Mann Lake mediums- what do you do about the extra space?

    All of my own equipment is 10 frame (no issues), but I'm mentoring someone with 8 frame Mann Lake medium boxes, and I'm surprised by all the extra space on each side after the 8 frames are pushed...
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    Re: Additional Brood Box - too early?

    Moving one frame of honey as a bait frame works OK, but when moving brood frames to bait them into a new box, two brood frames next to each other makes it easier for the nurse bees to keep the brood...
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    Re: Arduino Bee Projects?

    In case you haven't seen it, Hivetool.net is pretty cool. One of our local guild members (Redwood City, CA) has two of his hives streaming data to this, and I'd love to get mine hooked up. He was...
  20. Re: Introducing a new queen to the queenless half of a strong split

    That's helpful advice, Joel- thanks. I removed the cells because I'd been taught that a virgin queen attacks the cells, but a mated queen not so much, and I didn't want to risk them quickly...
  21. Re: SF Bay Area Nectar Flow - Is it the Drought?

    Mine are in the middle of suburban Menlo Park, so not far from you, but still packing in nectar like crazy- the strongest couple of hives each filled a super from bare Ritecell plastic foundation...
  22. Re: Introducing a new queen to the queenless half of a strong split

    I like the idea of introducing the new mated queen to a "gentle" nuc of populated primarily with nurse bees and various stages of brood. It seems to me that the more established the hive, the harder...
  23. Introducing a new queen to the queenless half of a strong split

    Or, maybe I should have titled this "how to kill a queen in 4 seconds". Ugh!

    I have a very strong hive of mutts (mostly italian behavior- pedal to the metal on brood all year, not like the frugal...
  24. Re: Cutout adventures rescuing a hive from a fallen hollow tree branch

    Ha... The branch was about 45deg, so they would probably be just as ticked off with either horizontal or vertical hive orientation. And now they have a bottom entrance instead of a top entrance,...
  25. Cutout adventures rescuing a hive from a fallen hollow tree branch

    I got a Bushkill bee vacuum for Christmas, and last Saturday I finally had a good reason to use it. (Short answer: it worked GREAT!) A friend was walking through the neighborhood and met an...
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