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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    My bees are flying on nice days, mainly hives 1 and 3. Hive 3 is the first out on the coolest morning, just a mutt swarm hive not requeened, but they are some productive gentle bees. I made fondant...
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    Re: buckwheat in Texas

    I did not try the purple tansy, I was going to order seed and it stopped raining. In my recent experience of the last 4 years, if it isn't raining it is a very bad time to buy seed. or you can buy...
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    Re: buckwheat in Texas

    ok, so if I can't get my buffalograss to germinate how likely am I to get buckwheat to germinate? I have wasted a LOT of seed in the last 4 years. How did yours do Jaseemtp?
  4. Re: Its going to be a good year or its going to be a bad year!

    I think I am going to order a few very early queens for splits. maybe. Depends on how spring looks further down the road. If we are going back into drought I just need to re-queen one hive.
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    Re: Favorite beekeeping books

    The Beekeeper's Handbook, 4th Edition, Sammataro and Avitabile authors.
  6. Re: How many times can I treat with Oxalic Acid per year without hurting the bees?

    Soar,

    Thank you for your answer

    I know it does work. I treated a swarm hive in October and they dropped 200 mites in 24 hour. The hive I did today did not get well done then, 2015 was difficult...
  7. Re: How many times can I treat with Oxalic Acid per year without hurting the bees?

    Did I OD my bees? The holiday the grandchildren, business trucks and home repairs got in the way of the bees. Fortunately I only did one hive, it is 1 deep, 2 medium boxes They did not get a good...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Today in the apiary it was rainy so I checked the sticky boards for results of my one and only OAV treatment. Got a lot of mites. Then got rain, a toddler for company, work stuff and more rain. That...
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    Re: Oxalic Acid Vaporization - Questions and Answers

    have to restart that every 6 day process on Thursday. Had a child here, had rain, haven't even checked the sticky on hive 1, (the last hive I did) Mite drop on 2 wasn't a lot but they all shot out...
  10. Re: Paper combine results in lots of dead bees, what did I do wrong?

    I have used syrup with vanilla sprayed on bees and frames when merging hives with a newspaper. I generally go back the next day and see if they have put any holes in the lpaper, and stick my hive...
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    Re: Oxalic Acid Vaporization - Questions and Answers

    The masking tape idea is a good one if I have to shim the hive, but since I made most if not all my bottom boards and use 3/4 inch side walls, I don't know that I will need the wedge. Postponed til...
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    Re: Oxalic Acid Vaporization - Questions and Answers

    I have a double deep - so that is 1/4 teaspoon / 1 gram for each deep?

    Then I have 2 hives that have a single deep, 2 mediums on top. At least one of those mediums I could remove (but getting all...
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    Re: Oh Crap.... My TF Hives are Crashing!!!!!

    My efforts in just doing IPM - removing and checking drone brood, vsh bees, dusting with powdered sugar, and screened bottom boards have been helped by the same situation, no other beeks close by....
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    Re: Oh Crap.... My TF Hives are Crashing!!!!!

    One of mine was. I will be doing my very first OAV treatment tomorrow, and just treating them all. the Crashing one was a hygienic hive but this queen is 3 or 4 generations out and I daresay her...
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    Re: Dissected Two Queens Today

    Wow, thank you for the photos and the information. I haven't had the greatest luck with fall swarm daughter queens getting mated. Hoping none of mine pull a fall swarm.
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    Re: Oxalic Acid Vaporization - Questions and Answers

    Yes - the last answer I needed. Thank you for this very informative thread!
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    Re: Oxalic Acid Vaporization - Questions and Answers

    well I did not read all of this thread before I ordered, and Brushy Mountain had the best price on medium nucs. (I desperately needed the medium nucs) They had the varrocleaner, hopefully I can keep...
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    Re: Oxalic Acid Vaporization - Questions and Answers

    anyone try the model vaporizer Brushy Mountain is selling? (Varrocleaner )
  19. Re: My hive has collapsed and mites are present...

    Freeze comb at least 48 hours to be sure all eggs of moths and shb are killed.
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    Re: The "My strongest hive died" mystery

    lost my strongest hive last year due to brood laid too late, and an early freeze in late October/early november. They stayed with the brood didn't move up and starved to death, inches below a full...
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    Re: Considering drinking the Kool-aid

    Well I am considering the koolaid too. Probably the OAV koolaid if I try any. For now I am doing organic powdered sugar dustings to try to get the queens to stop laying for a week or 2, once they...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Went out hoping to find the mini-dearth created by the weather and my not feeding for a week had stopped the queens from laying so I could dust with powdered sugar. Also to merge a queenless nuc...
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    Re: Is CO2 the best way to kill a hive?

    If you are surrounded by Africanized Honey bees you can have a great queen and still when she is mated her offspring will be hotter, and each progressive generation will be hotter still. The queen...
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    Re: Is CO2 the best way to kill a hive?

    I am in the Fort Worth area of Texas. Because you have one good hive and I gather 5 hot ones, I would be thinning some drones, their dna is likely to overpower the dna of your good hive,...
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    Re: Is CO2 the best way to kill a hive?

    I have attempted to requeen an Africanized honeybee hive, spent the money, had my queens killed, eventually gotten them to make a queen from eggs from another of my hives, only to have winter creep...
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