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  1. Re: How long after OAV untill you can get an accurate sugar roll count?

    +1 on SNL 3 treatments. If you do mite drop counts following each treatment, you will see the numbers falling dramatically. I've done as many as 5 when it's cool and nothing else to do with the...
  2. Re: Two queen hive and other management strategies.

    Two queens do outgrow and outproduce 1 queen hives. I've done it 6 times by accident. In 5 of the cases I choose to raise queens from my "best" hive. Pull the queen, put her in a nuc, come back in...
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    Re: Robbing Screen, Entrance Reducer, Both?

    Don't know how I misread that... You reducers probably aren't needed at all, It's difficult to kill a strong hive, thou I've seen it tried, with 100s of dead bees and many more fighting at the...
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    Re: Robbing Screen, Entrance Reducer, Both?

    Yep, you've got big hives close by, move to the 1/4 inch entrance reducers. A big hive can kill a nuc in a few hours. Go to work, come home and nothing is left....
    Don't feed a nuc in your yard...
  5. Re: How long after OAV untill you can get an accurate sugar roll count?

    +1 on the treat all the hives. Go with sticky boards, not sugar rolls. the reason is you can see the effectiveness of the OAV treatment.
    Say you get a 50 mite drop count in 24 hours, treat OAV...
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    Re: Screened Bottom Boards

    SBB with an oil tray are the ultimate weapon against SHB. I'm adding them to all my hives, I've never seen SHB like I've got this year. Opened a nuc last night, found some many SHB that I pulled...
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    Re: Robbing Screen, Entrance Reducer, Both?

    If they are all about the same size, you are probably fine with reducers unless you have big hives nearby. If you've got full sized hives and nucs go with robbing screens. I keep all NUCs on 3/4...
  8. Re: How concerned about inbreeding are you backyard nuc/queen producers?

    No, queens on their mating flight will fly further than Drones from the same apiary. That's Natures way of insuring that queens don't breed with her own offspring.
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    Re: Moving a bearding hive questions

    +1 on the early morning move, as the night cools, more bees will crawl inside. Haven't tried the water misting at dark, but I think that might be a good plan....
    Good luck
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    Re: How to properly combine hives???

    If you can do so close to dark, thou I never mess with hives in the dark. You have to remove one of the queens before you combine, no need to wait, they know they are queen-less right away and they...
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    Re: Unusual observation

    I have problems moving my nucs all the time. Putting something in front doesn't seem to help much. Locking them up for a day helps some. I end up putting a nuc back in there spot, right at dark,...
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    Re: Open feeding station methods

    I've got an open feeding station, that is covered, and held 6 quart jars, I made the holes a little bigger and now it holds 6 half gallon jars. The feeder cost about 50 bucks, I made a second one...
  13. Re: Need help finding article on treating for varroa

    I gave up checking, I can treat with OAV as fast as I can check, and I've never checked, except following a full treatment, when my mite count wasn't high enough to treat. Now I treat on a schedule....
  14. Re: "Beekeeper ordered to pay bills for neighbor who was stung"

    That is why you can't see my hives from any road of fence, and I never put out a honey for sale sign. I sell my thru family and friends, that don't live anywhere near me.
    It pays to be cautious.
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    Re: To shade or not to shade?

    I don't think that helps much. I sat and killed 24 beetles trying to get into a nuc about 2 weeks ago. I had closed off the feeder hole and that is how I killed most of them, landing and crawling...
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    Re: To shade or not to shade?

    Mine are in full sun, because it's suppose to be better for pest control. I've never had any in the shade so I can't say for sure. But it was 100 degrees here yesterday and the sun was brutal. ...
  17. Thread: SHB Larvae

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    Re: SHB Larvae

    I just read a SHB article by Wyatt A. Mangum (Ph.D.) and he had a picture of them that stated the larva hid in the trash on the bottom board until they could find their way outside (usually in the...
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    Re: Hive Beetles...a few observations

    very interesting.. I'm seeing far more SHB than I ever have before...
  19. Thread: SHB Larvae

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    Re: SHB Larvae

    No, they lay in the comb and the larva eat the honey and brood. Possible the larva on the BB was not SHB. Define large numbers... If you found hundreds, I would think their would be evidence in...
  20. Thread: SHB Larvae

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    Re: SHB Larvae

    Freeman beetle traps catch larva and adults. But when you are catching Larva, you have lost the battle. Usually, you won't see SHB larva at all, until they overwhelm the hive, and you'll see tons...
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    Re: Lost my 1st hive to something?

    SHB will destroy what's left of your hive and when their larva make the cycle to adult hood will threaten your other hive. Remove all frames that aren't covered with bees and freeze them right...
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    Re: Scotch-Brite wipes for SHB

    I don't like the dead bees, with my luck, it's going to be my queen. I'm going to dump the oil from one of my trays and try it in the tray, though I've read that it's the bees chewing on it that...
  23. Re: Putting a Queen into a hive with queen cells in it

    +1 If you don't put in marked queens, you'll never even now they killed her and raised their own. You are better off to wait and see if they raise their own queen before you buy one.
  24. Thread: Dearth feeding?

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    Re: Dearth feeding?

    Do you usually get much of a fall flow? If so, you only want to feed enough to get them thru the dearth. 5 gallons at a time is a lot of feed for 8 hives, they'll fill up every available space if...
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    Re: What constitutes a brood break?

    Can you give me an idea of what to look for to start this process at the right time. I know there has to be drones, if I wait till I see swarms is that too late? So would the correct timing to be...
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