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  1. Re: Here is a video of the Activity at my hive. Are they about to swarm?

    This has been a long brutal winter. I'm way past ready for warm weather. Where did you live in Ohio?

    Nothing wrong with starting up swarm intervention now. If you have empty drawn frames to insert...
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    Re: Splits -Tips for Finding the Queen

    It's been my experience that a majority of the foragers will return to the coordinates of the original hive location which they have programed into their memory, if the queen is there or not.
  3. Re: Here is a video of the Activity at my hive. Are they about to swarm?

    Until they start drawing out more comb keep a close eye on the brood frames as the new bees emerge. If they start to backfill those cells with nectar rather than raise more brood be aware of swarm...
  4. Re: Any problems with your commercial vaporizor?

    I thought this was interesting too. It could be one of the reasons that vaporizing temperatures are so critical. If the droplets are too large the bees see them as dirt, and I would assume begin to...
  5. Re: Here is a video of the Activity at my hive. Are they about to swarm?

    Tom,
    What did you find in the bottom boxes? If there is a good amount of brood in the bottom boxes as well those colonies will be exploding in population very soon.
  6. Re: Any problems with your commercial vaporizor?

    I wrote to BioVet, the Varrox distributor in Germany, regarding vaporizing temperatures and below is the email response I received from them.

    Dear Mr. Gillmore

    Thanks a lot for below question...
  7. Re: Oxalic Acid - Comment period to the EPA now open!

    Very interesting. It appears at this time there is only one comment discouraging the use of OA, and that from a 1 year veteran beekeeper.
  8. Re: Oxalic Acid - Comment period to the EPA now open!

    Thank you
  9. Re: Oxalic Acid - Comment period to the EPA now open!

    Larry, do you have a link to the comments submitted?
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    Re: Splits -Tips for Finding the Queen

    Let me throw out another scenario.

    You divide up your boxes and start to pull frames from each for your split. In one box the bees remain rather calm, while in the other they begin to line up and...
  11. Re: Extractor-less honey by- "Honey Flow"

    I agree. But by the time they get this dialed into commercial applications I'll be long gone and nothing more than a memory.

    The Amish around here still use horses and plows very successfully,...
  12. Re: Extractor-less honey by- "Honey Flow"

    I know very little about commercial operations, but don't most of them move their colonies around? How much additional labor and moving costs would be required to disconnect and then reconnect all...
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    Re: Splits -Tips for Finding the Queen

    Anyone have comments on the bees reaction when the boxes are separated? If you split a hive up, after a few minutes can you tell which box might not have the queen by their behavior?
  14. Re: On splits - Take the old queen or leave her in the original hive?

    If I already have another queen, Michael Palmer's method is best.

    If I plan to let one or the other "produce" a new queen, I'll remove the old queen with a few frames of capped brood near the...
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    Re: hardware cloth

    I've found the same to be true as Laketrout just mentioned. The chain home improvement stores don't usually carry #8. If you find the same to be true in your area check with you local mom & pop...
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    Re: swarm prep

    I'm in the Canton area, south of you. Swarms usually begin at the end of April - beginning of May. If you set your traps up mid April you will be good.

    Once they start, there seems to be a 2 week...
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    Splits -Tips for Finding the Queen

    It won't be long and spring will be here and it will be time to do our splits. With the snow falling here today it still seems like a distant mirage, but it will be here before we know it.

    I...
  18. Re: Extractor-less honey by- "Honey Flow"

    Quite a contrast in opinions.
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    Re: Wax moth issue where to get bt aizawai?

    I use city water too with no problems.

    After spraying I initially stack up the boxes crossed for a couple of days to allow plenty of air flow so the frames are completely dry. Don't want any mold...
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    Re: Oxalic acid. To dribble or vaporize?

    I've used the OA dribble treatments during broodless periods and it has proven to be very effective. There are some drawbacks though (at least for me in my particular region).

    * Our broodless...
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    Re: Wax moth issue where to get bt aizawai?

    I've been using it for years with excellent results. :thumbsup:
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    Re: Thank you all

    Shalva, I think you made a good choice too. And a very wise move to consult with a "local" experienced beekeeper.

    It is sooooo much easier to switch to deeps from mediums, than to switch to...
  23. Re: Management changes for flow hive

    Thank you Jim, that's exactly what I was referring to.




    Ace. What is the cost of "drying" honey commercially?
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    Re: 8 Frame hives

    I switched from deeps to all 10 frame medium boxes, and my bees overwinter just fine. Rather than box size I believe overwintering success depends mainly on hive placement, sufficient provisions, the...
  25. Re: Management changes for flow hive

    This is the part I can't get my head around yet. I'm not sure how it is anywhere else, but in this area when the flow is on the bees need to spread the nectar out over several supers and then dry it...
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