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    Re: What can I do about varroa mites?

    That is pretty much what happened, except I think the bees in the nuc joined forces with the robbers. after three days there was not a drop of honey and no bees left. So I killed about four frames of...
  2. Thread: Cleaning wax?

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    Re: Cleaning wax?

    You can make a solar wax melter for almost no money. They work really fast on sunny days and the wax is really clean.
    When we make lip balm I filter the wax twice. Once through a paper towel then...
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    Re: What can I do about varroa mites?

    WOW, thanks everyone for the input!

    I decided not to treat with anything, huge brood break instead.

    I split the hive into 4-3 frame mating nucs and 1-8 frame three high hive.
    Each nuc...
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    Re: What can I do about varroa mites?

    OK Oldtimer, now you have me rethinking again.:) I do want my bees to be treatment free.
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    Re: What can I do about varroa mites?

    Thanks everyone for the replys and link!

    I am going to try powder sugar dusting every week for a month and see what happens.
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    Re: What can I do about varroa mites?

    Is that not a treatment? I thought about doing that. Does it really work?
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    What can I do about varroa mites?

    I want to be treatment-free. This is my second year and I have not treated yet.

    My hives don't seem to be very productive right now even though flowers are blooming everywhere. So I did a sugar...
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    SF Bay Area Beekeepers Forum

    I thought I saw a section on Bee Source Forums for SF Bay Area Beekeepers. I can't find it now.

    Anyway I was wondering how the drought is effecting your hives?
    I have three hives now, all seem...
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    Re: Flea Control in Bee Yard.

    If you are asking how I got rid of the fleas...

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    Re: Flea Control in Bee Yard.

    I do not have another place to move them to.
    Anyways the fleas are gone and the bees are still alive. We can mark this thread as solved.

    Thank you to everyone who posted with helpful advice!
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    Re: Flea Control in Bee Yard.

    I didn't want to kill my bees with flea poison so I asked what other people with more experience would do.
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    Re: Flea Control in Bee Yard.

    Sorry to hear about your fleas Scpossum. I'm not sure about what to use on grass. Maybe food grade diatomaceous earth? You would have to be extremely careful not to get any on the bees.

    This is a...
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    Re: 9 Frames in 10 Frame Super

    This is only my second year with beehives. I don't remember where I heard about this hive configuration but it is working very well in my yard.
    I have ten frame medium boxes using only eight frames...
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    Re: Flea Control in Bee Yard.

    Thanks! Well, back to the pet store...
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    Re: Flea Control in Bee Yard.

    I looked at the active ingredients of the treatments you listed and they all contain neonicotinoids. If my cat gets close to my hives or under them wouldn't that be bad for the bees? I have no idea...
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    Flea Control in Bee Yard.

    My cat shares the backyard with the bees and they don't seem to mind her being there. In fact a lot of times she sleeps right under the hives.
    My backyard is mostly eucalyptus mulch/chips.

    The...
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    Re: Aggressive hive question

    Thanks everyone for your input.



    Yes, I saw her a few days after the drifting took place. I also saw her on the 21st and again today. She is a beautiful queen with an amazing brood pattern. I...
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    Aggressive hive question

    On April 19th 2014 I installed a package of Italians, they were very gentle for a couple weeks. On May 8th I put a pollen trap on a nearby hive that caused A LOT of drifting into the new Italian...
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    Re: Wire crimper with helical gears

    I just received my new wire crimpers from Dadant. They have identical LH skew gears that don't mesh. Completely unusable design.
    Looks like the crimpers from Brushy Mountain has straight teeth.
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    Pesticide and other bad stuff in pollen

    I have been collecting pollen for a couple weeks now. My plan was to feed it back to the bees early next spring and use some in pollen frames for queen rearing attempts.

    I did not think I would...
  21. Re: Nice Italian neighbors taking in confused bees!

    >It has become increasingly difficult to get consistent hardware cloth in recent years. It all seems to come from China now and the consistency has suffered a lot.

    What is the actual ideal...
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    Should I be feeding this hive? How can I tell if it needs feed? Any help would be greatly appreciated.:)

    >I have one of the same traps, and I think it would be a tremendous improvement if you...
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    This is a Sundance II top mount. Its suppose to only collect about 70% of the pollen.
    Before I put the trap on I made sure there was a lot of stored pollen.
    Today when I was in the hive I saw a lot...
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    Please, I have a follow-up question.

    It's been one week since I put the pollen trap on. I think the Borg, I mean Italians are done assimilating their neighbors. Resistance was futile! I added one...
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    I sure hope they get this trap figured out soon. Today was very warm and there were bees all over the place! They were flying in every direction and making a lot of noise. If this was a regular...
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