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    Re: OAV vs Dribble? Whats your choice?

    TWall, I will do an OA vapour treatment the same time that you do a dribble and I am sure that my results will be better. Besides I will do multiple OA vapour treatments in August and maybe September...
  2. Re: Would a larger landing board help eliminate clustering under SBB?

    I will be going away from screened bottom boards as soon as I can. I re queened 35 hives this season with queen cells and have had 5 mated queens take up residence under the screens. It is not easy...
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    Re: Scotch-Brite wipes for SHB

    There was something from an Australian beek some time ago, his method was to fuzz up a piece of scotch brite with a brush and put it into a c/d box. The bees would chase the beetles and they would...
  4. Re: Dry pollen substitute feeding during dearth and in the fall

    Brad I get the stuff from an up market place called Wegmans, are you sure it is not $2.50 a kilo.
    Johno
  5. Re: Dry pollen substitute feeding during dearth and in the fall

    Brad the chick pea flour I am referring to goes under the brand name of SHASHI Gram flour/ chick pea flour and is a product of Canada, specs I have seen claim 20- 28% protein at about $1. per lb...
  6. Re: Dry pollen substitute feeding during dearth and in the fall

    We have had a good wet summer this year, and I have had a record harvest. My bees are still bringing in lots of yellow pollen and also nectar as the white clover is still blooming here. In the early...
  7. Thread: Just a rant

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    Re: Just a rant

    Well Cuttingedgelandinc, first of all the foundation is not manufactured by Mann Lake. I believe it is manufactured by Dadant. Now I would agree that the quality of wax foundation leaves much to be...
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    Re: Varroa Powdered Sugar Treatment

    I believe the folks who gain the most from the powdered sugar for mite control are the share holders of Dominos Sugar.
    Johno
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    Re: Why a cell starter and finisher?

    I had a great deal of success this season by grafting into my hives that were starting their swarm preps. when I found any swarm cup with eggs the Queen came out with 2 frames of brood and into a...
  10. Re: Bee photo wanted for business card, earn a hundred bucks

    Hi Alistair,
    If you go to bee images on google you will find a great number of images that might suit
    your application
    Johno
  11. Thread: Buckwheat

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    Re: Buckwheat

    The Amish folk use it a lot as a green fertilizer, and probably keep the seed they harvest. So I guess buckwheat honey comes mostly from Amish areas.
    Johno
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    Re: locust and poplar bloom

    Black locust has started to bloom in the Northern Neck of Virginia, my bees have stopped their robbing and are bringing in large quantities of Nectar. I have not seen any blooms on the Tulip polar at...
  13. Thread: Buckwheat

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    Re: Buckwheat

    There was a letter in the ABJ a couple of months back about buck wheat varieties, the writer claimed that the variety known as Silver Hull produced the most nectar. ( Esculatum Moench) I have...
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    Re: Has Seed Coating Changed? CCD gone for Good!

    In the last century there was this thing called disappearing disease, much the same as CCD of course no neonics at that time. So the sooner we stop blaming neonics maybe this thread will also...
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    Re: Strange queen loss

    Some time ago I saw a notice that the EPA had approved the use of a neonic of some sort for direct spraying onto cotton crops and I thought to myself that some beekeepers will suffer from the results...
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    Re: Strange queen loss

    Astrobee I recall that you mentioned some time ago that you take your bees to soy beans and maybe also to cotton, did this have anything to do with the pesticide problem. Just wondering where the...
  17. Thread: Stolen

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    Re: Stolen

    About the cousin problem, remember you can choose your friends but you can not choose your family. That's why I am in America and the rest of my family is all around the rest of the world. LOL.
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    Re: Do bees utilize reed canary grass pollen?

    The experts will tell you that bees don't feed on this or don't feed on that, but sometimes the bees don't listen. Like bees wont feed on wheat, but I came across my bees in a wheat field working the...
  19. Re: Any word on when bees could be released from almonds this year!

    Beesohappy, I would expect that you would circulate the name of that particular farm owner so that next year another beekeeper is not taken for a ride.
    Johno
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    Re: smooth foundation

    I read a report some time ago, maybe 3 years ago where a beekeeper in the UK did some tests on foundation foundationless and smooth foundation. His opinion was that the bees preferred foundationless...
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    Re: DCoates (Coates) Nuc Fasteners

    I have also had problems with the lids warping so I am now looking at buying a sheet of Advantech for lids only, also for migratory lids for 8 frame hives.
    Johno
  22. Re: OAV, Safe for bees, what about the bee keeper

    If you are using FA and fume boards. decanting 96% FA for dilution to 50% make working with OA childs play.
    Johno
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    Re: Fondant additions

    When making fondant the sugar solution is heated to 145 degrees with the addition of cider vinegar the sugar is converted to invert sugar which is sweeter than normal sugar. Hence you will find that...
  24. Re: OAV, Safe for bees, what about the bee keeper

    Yikes, now you tell me how dangerous OAV is, I have been treating my 40 plus hives for at least a year without any protective gear and must be lucky to still be alive. It seems common sence is very...
  25. Re: Insects survive the winter through a trick right out of science fiction

    Interesting, then I got to the story that this is one of the warmest winters on record. Must be recording the temps in his heated condo.
    Johno
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