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    Re: Jester's EZ NUC

    Folding/assembling them from the flat appears to require a PhD in Origami. I have one (still flat) as an emergency hiving container - hope I don't have occasion to need it in a hurry.

    They are...
  2. Re: Re-uniting or not re-uniting....that is the question?

    Or you could send both through the winter. But during the winter buy or make yourslf a pair of Snelgrove boards.

    Then next year, if both colonies look like they need spllittiing to avert a swarm,...
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    Re: removing drone frames under honey supers

    My hives in upstate NY are still making drones, and I expct yours are, too.

    I think it's critical to get those frames out ASAP, especially since this is the start of the big upsurge in mite...
  4. Re: Any reason to NOT insert OA vaporizer in oil pan space?

    I am assuming that the oil trap also means you have screened floor?

    I found the OAV vapor flow was pretty strongly disturbed by having the wand below my SBB. I had a great deal of "snow"...
  5. Re: How far can I move my bees without disturbing them?

    Two feet, no problem, they'll be fine. I shift mine that far, and more, quite regularly. My hives are all snuggled together during the winter, then spread out two or more feet apart for the summer...
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    Re: Queen outside the hive?

    I have one hive where I once saw my marked queen outside on the platform. It's not swarm-associated behavior (no preps and wrong time of year). She didn't fly, just walked a bit and went back in. It...
  7. Thread: varroa

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    Re: varroa

    Continued monitoring is good, but delaying to treat for another three months is probably not, because if those numbers hold (or are confirmed by doing a sugar shake/roll test) you may need to treat...
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    Re: Having a Mentor

    I didn't get a mentor until my second summer - and I don't remember my first year with any pleasure, at all. It was one long, miserable, struggle with imminent failure as I lurched from one crisis to...
  9. Re: Hive doesn't have much food stored away..........

    Keep feeding and see where it gets you and the bees. What have you got to lose, except the cost of the sugar?

    If worst comes to worst, you can go whole hog on the "Enjambres Method of Wintering...
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    Re: Ticks, Lime, and Bees

    By lime do you mean the ordinary calcium carbonate that is used to adjust the pH of the soil? Or hydrated lime, aka quick lime?

    If the first one, I don't think it will harm the bees as it is very...
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    Re: varroa

    Thirty mites in three days is an average of 10/day which exceeds the treatment threshold I would use at this time of year. (And yes, you need to do it for at least three days, because the daily...
  12. Re: Using Oxalic Acid Vapor When You Have Supers

    I agree, get yourself some bee escape boards, install them the day before under the supers. In the morning, when most bee will be inside (and not in the supers any more), pull the supers (leave the...
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    Re: My first bees tonight

    If the original yard is only 1.5 miles from you (as the crow flies) then I expect a lot of the foragers went right back to the seller's lot as they would have been oriented to that space.

    Plus...
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    Re: Robber Screen vs Trap-Out

    I've never had bees that couldn't figure out a displaced entrance style robbing screen in a matter of hours, particualrly if I install before they leave in the morning.

    Like Sky, I don't rely on...
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    Re: What is this??

    I can't see anything in your picture, but a light colored, wingless, carcase is a pupa that the bees have pulled out of the cell and discarded.

    They do this for varying reasons, and an occasional...
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    Re: essential oils

    Essentials oils are hard on bees' gut microorganisms. I don't buy into them for general therapeutic purposes., They do have other uses such a swarm attractants and feeding stimulators.

    They have...
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    Re: treating a colony

    Would do it to treat a clinically documented case (i.e. confirmed by lab results) of Nosema, but not as a preventive.

    Enj.
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    Re: over winter question about milar film

    You can buy foam board that has a foil-back on one side. This would have the same reflective effect as mylar, but without the risk of fully wrapping the hives in plastic. (Foam boards can never be...
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    Re: Planning my first season

    Tractor Supply stores usually have sales on Ball canning jars in late July. These aren't perhaps the cheapest bottles per bottle, but you don't have to buy cases of 500, either. There are on-line...
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    Re: Varroa and size of the bees

    Bees emerge from pupation (what we call "capped brood") with their exoskeleton mostly formed (they don't have "bones" like we do which will grow in length after they are "born".)

    I find my bees do...
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    Re: Seeing bees carry stuff away from hive

    The funniest thing I ever saw was a "chain gang" of housekeeping bees pulling and pulling on a rubberband that had been used to secure combs after a cut-out. Eventually they had stuck the combs to...
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    Re: Overwintering with Pop-up greenhouse?

    Nope, the greenhouse is a bad idea because it will cause huge temp swings due to solar gain that can't be maintained at night. (I am a professional horticulturist, so I know greenhouses!) Plus bees...
  23. Re: Need help finding article on treating for varroa

    @Norcalkyle,

    Are you thinking of three complete series of four treatments apiece with OAV, plus the Apiguard? That seems like it might be overkill, at least to me.

    The single-shot treatment...
  24. Re: Pulling a split to stop swarming question

    I have read that you can use a Snelgrove board/ double screen board to forestall a swarm even when there are already cells. Never used one for that (only used them before swarm preps had gotten that...
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    Re: How strong is the queen pheremone?

    Last Spring I had to introduce a second queen to a friend's package that had been turned into a nuc by the vendor, but which had subsequently lost its queen. When we installed it a week later the...
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