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    Re: Has Seed Coating Changed? CCD gone for Good!

    In the last century there was this thing called disappearing disease, much the same as CCD of course no neonics at that time. So the sooner we stop blaming neonics maybe this thread will also...
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    Re: Strange queen loss

    Some time ago I saw a notice that the EPA had approved the use of a neonic of some sort for direct spraying onto cotton crops and I thought to myself that some beekeepers will suffer from the results...
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    Re: Strange queen loss

    Astrobee I recall that you mentioned some time ago that you take your bees to soy beans and maybe also to cotton, did this have anything to do with the pesticide problem. Just wondering where the...
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    Re: Stolen

    About the cousin problem, remember you can choose your friends but you can not choose your family. That's why I am in America and the rest of my family is all around the rest of the world. LOL.
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    Re: Do bees utilize reed canary grass pollen?

    The experts will tell you that bees don't feed on this or don't feed on that, but sometimes the bees don't listen. Like bees wont feed on wheat, but I came across my bees in a wheat field working the...
  6. Re: Any word on when bees could be released from almonds this year!

    Beesohappy, I would expect that you would circulate the name of that particular farm owner so that next year another beekeeper is not taken for a ride.
    Johno
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    Re: smooth foundation

    I read a report some time ago, maybe 3 years ago where a beekeeper in the UK did some tests on foundation foundationless and smooth foundation. His opinion was that the bees preferred foundationless...
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    Re: DCoates (Coates) Nuc Fasteners

    I have also had problems with the lids warping so I am now looking at buying a sheet of Advantech for lids only, also for migratory lids for 8 frame hives.
    Johno
  9. Re: OAV, Safe for bees, what about the bee keeper

    If you are using FA and fume boards. decanting 96% FA for dilution to 50% make working with OA childs play.
    Johno
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    Re: Fondant additions

    When making fondant the sugar solution is heated to 145 degrees with the addition of cider vinegar the sugar is converted to invert sugar which is sweeter than normal sugar. Hence you will find that...
  11. Re: OAV, Safe for bees, what about the bee keeper

    Yikes, now you tell me how dangerous OAV is, I have been treating my 40 plus hives for at least a year without any protective gear and must be lucky to still be alive. It seems common sence is very...
  12. Re: Insects survive the winter through a trick right out of science fiction

    Interesting, then I got to the story that this is one of the warmest winters on record. Must be recording the temps in his heated condo.
    Johno
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    Re: Will Politics Drive the Science?

    Guys you got it all wrong, Its love that makes the world go round. But money greases the wheels.
    Johno
  14. Thread: OA and brood

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    Re: OA and brood

    Is it possible that using a 'crack pipe' you could overheat the OA and produce FA and by over dosing by OA you might produce enough FA to damage the hive. Just a thought.
    Johno
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    Re: Eastern shore of va

    I live in the Northern Neck which is the Northern peninsular, I would prefer to keep bees in the mountains. Here there is a strong flow for 6 - 8 weeks in the spring then a dearth until Sept / Oct...
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    Re: Dog or Vaporize hives?

    I use Oav, FA, and I have used FGMO with tea tree oil and wintergreen added. When I did mite checks in late August/Sept after 4 treatments of OAV and found mite readings of up to 35 mites per half...
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    Re: Dead out came back to life once it warmed up

    A couple of years ago Ifound a nuc that looked all dead so to save the comb I shook the bees onto the ground, when the sun got to them they all started to stir and move around. I then searched among...
  18. Thread: DIY hive lifter

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    Re: DIY hive lifter

    I have a fenced in bee yard at home, my hives are all on stands 12" off the ground. My cart will be level with the hive and I can just pull it on to the platform, I then wheel it to the truck at the...
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    Re: Grants for beginners

    Here in Virginia beekeepers are entitled to a free lunch, I think up to $200 per new hive. Of course there is no such thing as a free lunch, say 18 trillion in debt.
    Johno
  20. Thread: DIY hive lifter

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    DIY hive lifter

    15946I bring most of my hives home for the winter, then in the spring spread them around out yards. The problem is getting them off the stands and then onto the back of the pickup truck same story...
  21. Re: Is there a consensus on Screened bottom boards ?

    Lets get a little political here, I was for consensus before I was against consensus
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    Re: Importance of Shade

    My hives also get a lot of sun, but on those summer days above 90 with high humidity this poor beehaver certainly enjoys having a little shade while working hives in the afternoon.
    Johno
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    Re: Nosema spore counts this fall

    I do not remember the figures given in the article about tests run in Virginia, but the gist of it was that nosema populations declined during the winter months. I don't know if it has anything to do...
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    Re: Nosema spore counts this fall

    Ya Ian , last time I checked a couple of weeks back seemed very light. It seems they have been doing checks in Virginia and find nosema counts go down here in the winter. I do not want to treat as...
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    Re: VSH trait: bees biting legs of varroa mites?

    Phoebee from what I can gather the HBH dilutes the acid to about 45% and that is where the queens are not damaged, the gaps on the sides of the fume board is to allow bees to get above the board if...
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