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    Re: Feeding shim thickness

    Ok thanks David, I got it now. The percentage of sugar you are using is much higher than I was figuring. Sounds like they take it very well at that concentration. I might just try that and see how it...
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    Re: Hive check time. 15 degrees though.

    Dan,

    If you are not going to be back to the bees until March or April I would take an empty box and some sugar and newspaper for "every" hive. Quickly pop the covers, add the empty box, lay down...
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    Perhaps they will "intervene" and correct the deficiency.
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    Re: Feeding shim thickness

    I like you shims with the 1/2" cloth, great idea

    I'm thinking about trying a 50# bag of Ultra Bee to use for late winter feeding this year. Are the sugar and ultra bee "parts" above by weight, or...
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    Re: Feeding shim thickness

    My shims are also about 2 1/2". This allows plenty of room for the bees to access the sugar blocks. Sometimes the bees will be completely covering the block, top and bottom. so a little extra...
  6. Re: Does A New Beekeeper Need An OAV Set-up?

    There is also the first 3 days of the egg stage, prior to larvae. But that's good advice, plan to treat 5-7 days after the first eggs have been laid before any worker cells are capped.
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    Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    And you are still under the same roof. Your wife is a saint! ;)

    Thanks for sharing.
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    Re: Euthanizing Hives with Mites

    This is probably the most logical suggestion in the thread. I think it addresses everyone's concerns.

    With advanced preparation and coordination with another beekeeper, the bees from unwanted...
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    Re: when can I count my chickens?

    If you get any nice breaks in the weather in February you should try to feed them some heavy syrup too, along with the sugar blocks. 2 frames of honey won't get them very far. Be vigilant late...
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    Re: I will never buy packages again

    That's the problem I ran into when I purchased packages years ago. It didn't go so well for me. Inexperience? .. perhaps. Since then I add swarms and do splits from my best colonies to cover any...
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    Re: I will never buy packages again.

    Honey-4-All, I think a lot of people must agree with you. A local supplier I buy my equipment from is getting in 3600 packages in April. There is a definite interest in packages, around here anyway.
  12. Re: Oxalic Acid ... soon approved for use in beehives

    For those not up to speed ... what is the difference?
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    Re: when can I count my chickens?

    Find out when your dandelions are blooming. If your colonies make it to dandelion bloom you can start getting ready to count the chickens. I've had very, very few losses once they make it to...
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    Re: Euthanizing Hives with Mites

    It sounds like you have already made up your mind to take the euthanizing route. And that's fine I guess, everyone is entitled to manage their bees the way they see fit. I think the negativity you've...
  15. Re: Does A New Beekeeper Need An OAV Set-up?

    The packages will probably already have been treated for mites. But with that said, 1 treatment of OAV can't hurt, just to be sure.

    It would be the perfect time to treat. No sealed brood, so you...
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    Re: Euthanizing Hives with Mites

    Mark,
    I just find it kind of odd that after keeping bees for 30 years it took this long to ask the question. I guess I'll back out and let the thread go on. I suppose I'm being a bit too harsh.
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    Re: Euthanizing Hives with Mites

    Wow, I'm stunned. Trained in Zoology and a Professor of Agriculture, and after 30 years in beekeeping these are the kinds of questions you ask here?
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    Wonderful explanation FP.

    It also makes it very easy to see how splitting colonies or swarming can have such an impact on honey production.
  19. Re: Does A New Beekeeper Need An OAV Set-up?

    What's worked best for me is ...

    3 treatments - 7 days apart
    I usually start the treatments mid to late August and then into September.

    That time period seems to be when the mite count...
  20. Re: Does A New Beekeeper Need An OAV Set-up?

    As Swampsquash eluded to .... using traditional mite treatments can add up ... $. The investment in a good vaporizer will pay for itself very quickly. After that, the actual cost of Oxalic Acid per...
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    Re: I will never buy packages again.

    Nothing like a good swarm to brighten up the day and increase colonies.
  22. Re: Does A New Beekeeper Need An OAV Set-up?

    Hobo,

    Some great advice given here. It appears you have done your homework and want to be prepared for the long haul. It sounds like you already understand that there is a 99% probability that you...
  23. Re: Starting with Foundationless Frames...looking for advice/clarification

    My advice would be to start off your first box with foundation in all the frames. You are only looking at an additional $10.00 ?
    Your odds that all the comb will be drawn out correctly (for the...
  24. Re: When are my package bees no longer a 'package'?

    All I know is what I've been hearing from the members of our local beekeepers association for the past few years, can't speak for anyone else in the country. In "general", overwintering success with...
  25. Re: When are my package bees no longer a 'package'?

    That was a poor example I gave. Let me rephrase it.

    If a good carpenter purchases an advertised "quality brand" hammer, but it is defective and fails, is it the carpenters fault?

    I guess that's...
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