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  1. Thread: Ventilation...

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    Re: Ventilation...

    Attached is a picture of one of my hives (I hope it comes through OK). The hole I use for the feeder is the perfect for vaporizing with OA. I seal it off when not feeding. I have used MAQS. I put two...
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    Re: Genetically Modified Varroa Mites

    Aunt Betty, the government does keep bees. https://www.whitehouse.gov/photos-and-video/video/inside-white-house-bees
    I wonder if there are any pictures of the president using a Varrox?
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    Formic acid questions

    Having read the article on how to build a formic acid (FA) fumigator and using Honey B Healthy (HBH) with the FA, I have to ask if anyone uses HBH with Mite Away Quick Strips (MAQS)? Since there...
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    Re: When is the best time to add a deep

    Having to go through all those frames and boxes is driving me nuts. As quickly as I could go through an inspection, the bees were getting too upset and I personally find the deeps easier and quicker...
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    Re: Lemongrass oil to syrup ratio

    The most common emulsifier most people use is lecithin. You will find one of the many recipes for measurement / ratios here:...
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    When is the best time to add a deep

    I am switching from all 8 frame mediums to deeps this year. When is the best time to add the new box? I know it is too early now since there is only pollen (primarily hazel) and no nectar source. Do...
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    Re: spline material...

    On my top bar splines / comb guides I used whatever scrap wood was available. There have been no issues. Some are fir, some are pine and some are plywood. Use whatever you already have when possible.
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    Re: 2.5 lb packages vs 3 lb packages

    I will take the completely opposite approach. You will need all the bees in the 3 pound package. You need bees building comb, bees keeping the eggs and larvae warm, bees to forage and attendants,...
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    Re: New Hive - No Shake Installation?

    I have Russians and have never noticed them to be any more or less aggressive than Carni's or Italians. From what I am reading, it appears that fear of shaking the package is a factor here. There is...
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    Re: Burnt tasting honey

    Sage advice here. Just because you don't like it doesn't mean someone else won't. In this area we get several different flows, maple, blackberry, knotweed and fireweed. I can't stand maple or...
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    Re: Question on mites.

    I will certainly be called heartless for this but... If I found a bee with all those mites on it, I would kill it and the mites on it somewhere away from the hive. With that many mites, the bee is...
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    Re: Anything wrong with OAV during winter?

    As long as it is warm enough to treat, you can do it.
  13. Re: EPA forced to admit neonicotinoids killing bees

    I would not believe a word of this. If the story were true, the mass media would have picked it up by now and reputable journalists would have reported it. The website is full of alarmist articles...
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    Re: Vaporized Oxalic acid question

    While I have not vaporized a package yet, I would keep the queen away from the process. As stated before, adding one more stress to her is not a good idea. Instead of the cardboard box, I will place...
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    Re: Switching to foundationless...maybe

    As Harley states, it depends on your reasons to do it. I have tried it but see little reason to do so for the brood area. I do go foundationless in my supers but I don't use an extractor, I do crush...
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    Sugar Brick Confusion

    I can understand the need to add the sugar brick if a hive is getting low on stores but adding one without a confirmed reason seems to spell "swarm" to me. Last winter (2014-2015) I had 2 hives with...
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    Re: They are all dead...

    Vandieman, My guess would also be mites. If you go to your state beekeeping forum, located at http://wabeekeepersforum.proboards.com/ , you will see a question regarding losses for this winter. There...
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    Re: Lauri's bricks down to an Art!

    Powdered sugar often contains an anti-caking agent that may or may not be harmful to the bees. Besides, it is much more expensive than plain old cane sugar.
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    Re: What killed my bees

    Go right ahead and reuse the old hive and the old comb. In spring the new bees will clean up everything and without the need to build a bunch of new comb will take off pretty quickly.
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    Re: Lauri's bricks down to an Art!

    Lauri's recipe should NEVER be syrupy. There is just enough liquid added to make the sugar stick together. If you got syrupy, you added WAY too much vinegar.
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    Re: Flipping the bottom board for winter?

    I downloaded the same book yesterday and saw what you are referring to and wondered the same thing. I have never heard of this practice before. The only reason I can think of doing it is for...
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    Re: I just hate rats!

    The roof I have on mine is just some corrugated PVC roofing panels tied down with rope. They are really inexpensive but work great. There is plenty of room for rats or squirrels. I have seen then run...
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    I just hate rats!

    I took the roof off of one of my top bar hives yesterday and guess what I found? You guessed it, a beautiful rat and loads of droppings. I would understand it if the hive was on the ground but the...
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    Re: Is My Hive Doomed this Winter?

    Yes, your bees can live on only fondant for 12 weeks. Adult bees can live off of sugar only because their bodies do not repair themselves the same way yours does. Your body would use protein to make...
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    Re: cost of starting ???????

    I started out with a 10 frame deep and a nuc, both with bees that were given to me. I bought a veil and a smoker. Those were the only things I bought when I started so my total outlay was under...
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