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    Re: Oxalic Acid Vapor Wiff

    Organic vapor respirator. From about $20 to $50
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    Re: Hives With Neighborly Complaint

    Everyone needs an outyard.

    Acquiring and developing outyards are a continual cycle. Many are relatively short lived (folks ownership and plans change).
    Having a spot to move hives at the drop of...
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    Re: Move to foundationless?

    My preference:
    1) Wire and Wax -- just catching the scent when slipping in a new fresh wax "medium brood" foundation makes me smile from ear to ear.
    2) Foundationless -- its like winning the...
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    Re: Move to foundationless?

    After Laurie presented her experiments, I prepared a case of RiteCell with the following alteration to her technique.
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    I should note she appears to use the half sheets mostly as a drone...
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    Re: Move to foundationless?

    Much of the commentary in this thread has described drawing foundationless by interleaving the brood nest.
    Much of the commentary has declared that comb honey is the reason for struggling to produce...
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    Re: Need for Concern? Spotty Brood

    Not an uncommon pattern at the 3rd or so cohort cycle. The perfect spiral brood of the initial hive is lost on subsequent generations. You should however monitor for your mite load, and watch for...
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    Re: Is it over, or just beginning

    Its gathering dust (already dusty from a "barn find"). New deep frames have stiffer side bars than the old school, so the cam action that bent the side bars to pre-load the tension doesn't really do...
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    Is it over, or just beginning

    My friend convinced me to bust up to 400 nucs, "Its just the same as a hundred, easy".
    So in the past two weeks, I have built and wired 2200 frames to accommodate their 5 over 5 growth.
    I've always...
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    Re: Is it to late for splits

    Veteran bees = bees introduced to splits (die off at 1-3% rate)
    Brood = new hatches from introduced capped larvae (die off at 0.5%)
    Total Bees = emerging brood from queen + Veteran + brood

    The...
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    Re: Is it to late for splits

    Define split please. In my opinion, it is too late for the heavily-promoted "walk away" technique where the colony is expected to raise an emergency queen. However, it is not too late for a mated...
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    Re: Apistan and Apivar

    I have both in my pesticide cabinet. I only use Apistan (Fluvalinate) experimentally, and not in production. I use Amitraz on colonies that flunk out of my TF apiary. Formic and Oxalic are the core...
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    Re: Apistan and Apivar

    Apistan is tau-fluvalinate and ApiVar is Amitraz. Two completely different chemicals.

    Fluvalinate is fat soluble (so it has a very strong affinity to beeswax), and while stable disappears from...
  13. Re: It's too complicated nowadays. What were the good ole' days like?

    Penncap-M was a killer. The bees harvested the microcapsules like pollen, so even a little exposure would kill the hive from the pollen stores.
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    Re: Can you "over-super" a hive?

    The bees will cap it, or they will eat it back in the August/September dearth.
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    I got started in 1973, as a not-a-clue back-to-the-land hippie. Luckily, there were some moonshiners up the cove that kept bee gums that they had collected while tramping around the deep woods...
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    Re: Too late for split July 16th?

    My comment on the late summer "walk away" style split starts a different thread.
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    The late summer "Emergency Queen" trap

    The "walk away" split has been heavily promoted to hobby beekeepers as cheap and easy way to make increase.

    The known "return" of virgin queens is about 75%. This means about one-quarter of...
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    Re: now what do i do with laying worker hive?

    Chasing terminal hives is a losing proposition. Dump them out and use the resources elsewhere.
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    About those styrofoam blocks

    I get cases of medium wooden frame pieces from Mann Lake. Each case comes with a styrofoam filler piece.
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    They pile up quick. I am spinning summer honey from the production hives, moving the...
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    Re: Remedy for a nuc with a laying worker?

    Two frames of brood and a ripe cell will start a fresh healthy nuc. Dollars to donuts, you will have a better outcome starting fresh.
    Chasing terminal hives is a losing proposition in the long...
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    Re: My TF foundationless experiment

    Don't know the exact details. These are selections sponsored by one of the emigre beekeepers in the Great Valley. They put much stock in the bee, and there are mythical tales about how it came to...
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    Re: My TF foundationless experiment

    I have been running a TF experiment in the San Luis Obispo Chorro Creek valley below Hollister Peak since 2001. I have a matched treated apiary on a nearby mountain.

    The TF gets stocked with...
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    My TF foundationless experiment

    As forum denizens recall, I run a TF apiary yard at a remote location to test the various prescriptions put forward on the web for keeping bees TF.
    This year I have a number of grafts off a VSH...
  24. Thread: Plant ID

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    Re: Plant ID

    Pycnanthemum tenuifolium

    http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?kempercode=r690
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    Re: Varroa Tx in fall ..... for a backyarder

    There is a lot of current discussion on Bee-L regards a glycerol + Oxalic mixture soaked into blotter card strips. This is an Italian and Argentinian innovation. The oxalic is heated (65 C) in the...
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