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    Re: Fiberglass/nylon screen vs metal...

    Mice can easily chew thru the fiberglass nylon stuff and make a real mess
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    Re: Polar Vortex states

    Here in western michigan one of the coldest ever on record and second snowiest ever. I myself lost 3 of 11 full size colonies, all to dysentery like symptoms. I also lost 4 of 5 nucs that just...
  3. Re: Reuse of hive parts when exposed European foulbrood

    As far as EFB I believe several extension services also said one could fumigate non affected combs similar to how one fumigated for nosema (ie no destroyed brood)

    Otherwise cleaning with bleach...
  4. Re: Reuse of hive parts when exposed European foulbrood

    The spores are created within the scale of an infected hive. Any hive with abnormal brood should be destroyed . However what to do with the remaining non-affected colonies within the quaranteened...
  5. Re: Reuse of hive parts when exposed European foulbrood

    Also with respect to EFB I researched this quite a bit last year and the consensus of several sources was to shake swarm all affected colonies onto cleaned equipment. Most sources recommended oxytet...
  6. Re: Reuse of hive parts when exposed European foulbrood

    Not really that surprising. One should burn or irradiate an infected afb hive however it would be within reason to prophylacticly treat for afb in non affected hives within a contaminated...
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    Re: Central NY - 4/1/14 First day of pollen!

    First pollen today in western michigan. yellow and creamy white colors. Prob snowdrops and some mystery stuff. Crocus coming soon then maples!
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    Re: Saw Stop table saw

    I am not a surgeon per se but I do a lot of medical procedures and I need my fingers. My dad was a surgeon and he swore off power tools since he made his living from his hands.

    As I mentioned i...
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    Re: Saw Stop table saw

    Luv it! I make a living with my fingers so I absolutely cannot lose them. You need a different brake for the dato blade so that increases cost. The motor is very powerful!
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    Poll: Re: Winter moisture remedy?

    Quilt box with cedar shavings = nice and dry :)
  11. Re: Acetic Acid Fumgating after Dysentry/?Nosema

    There is an older reference which recommends this but that was for nosema Apis. Nosema ceranae is killed by cold temperatures but is not known for dysentery . If you suspect Apis, no harm in...
  12. Re: 1 1/4 inch end bars in the whole hive? Kelley's

    What is the idea behind the narrow frames in the brood nest? Do they typically not need this much space?

    Thanks!
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    Re: Opening the hive in 25 degree weather???

    If they need feed then feed them. Have everything ready, open quick and add your feed, close ASAP. Done this many times and I have not yet had a die out from the simple act of just opening as...
  14. Re: Michael Bush at the Kalamazoo bee club today

    Honey4all there are two main suppliers of packages. The Georgia one is through gardeners and he is doing about $90 for late April early may. The other is from Cali olivarez and they are also doing...
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    Re: Where's spring?!

    these couple days of flying weather will likely save thousands of colonies across the northern US that otherwise may have succumbed to dysentery.
  16. Re: Michael Bush at the Kalamazoo bee club today

    No i see your point honey-4-all. There were package suppliers there. One gentleman raises nucs in FL and trucks them up as a 1 man operation - we spoke for some time and he is a good guy. One has...
  17. Michael Bush at the Kalamazoo bee club today

    Great discussions today by Michael on 4 steps to healthy bees and my personal favorite on lazy beekeeping. It was great to meet him personally. Our bee school this year had 200 registrants! Thank...
  18. Thread: Russian Bees

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    Re: Russian Bees

    Kelley's also has them for sale
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    Re: First Cleansing Flight 2014

    Serious cold on the way - summer seems like an eternity away
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    Re: First Cleansing Flight 2014

    Last two days in michigan were also great Michael. Tens of thousands of yellow stains around the yard. I was really getting worried about 2 of my colonies. They have been really to active for my...
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    Re: Michigan beekeepers

    Another great day of cleansing flights!
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    Re: Michigan beekeepers

    Was able to check the yard today we had temps of 41-43 f

    Had poop all over the snow. Maybe 100-200 dead bees spread about the yard. I had 2 that the lower entrances we're again covered by snow...
  23. Thread: February Kills

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    Re: February Kills

    2 of my Italians are far to active for my liking at this time the year whereas my carni and hybrids are still pretty quiet
  24. Re: Bees pooping on the landing board and outside the hive

    As a former chemist, I'll say this really this all about semantics. Feeding sugar ( sucrose) is also feeding a chemical. Bees drink water H2O another chemical. Essential oils the volatile...
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    Re: Cleansing flight & 36 degrees out

    I think they are desperate to poop but it's to cold to fly. I'd say not a good thing if they can't return but then again if the are sick maybe better they don't come back
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