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    Re: Sick Queen? What to do...

    And the mite count probably went a lot higher in Sept.

    My guess is this hive will not make it, unless the mites are drastically reduced. And then it still may be too late.

    You said "I decided...
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    Re: Starting an apiary and genetics

    "It's hard to beat local mutts!"

    What he said.
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    Re: Candy Board

    http://scialert.net/qredirect.php?doi=pjbs.2006.589.592&linkid=pdf
    Vitamins and pollen patties increase winter survivability, spring build up, production...
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    Re: Feeding HFCS in winter

    It's a little late to feed syrup now, they won't take it if it's below 50 deg. You could try baggies with slits above the cluster.

    I would make lauri's sugar blocks.
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    Re: Candy Board

    "I tried the cooked candy recipe. I found it starts to caramelize by the time it gets to the right temp, there is a slight color change in the syrup. I may have just made some HMF (which is poisonous...
  6. Re: Tie Down your Hives, Michael Palmer is right when he says 5 frame Nucs are tippy

    What about a "5 gallon bucket full of water"
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    Re: Corn free fondant recipe?

    A small amount of oil is good to keep patties soft.

    I tried the cooked candy recipe. I found it starts to caramelize by the time it gets to the right temp, there is a slight color change in the...
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    Re: Corn free fondant recipe?

    Is this to feed the bees. Sounds like icing.
    If you add oil/shortening the bees may not eat it.

    I would not use powdered sugar. And even more so during the winter.
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    Re: Sick Queen? What to do...

    >I counted 7 mites per 300 sugar-shake test
    that does not sound high. When did you test, mites peak in Sept. It is possible to have low counts until the fall.

    >and then 30 mites on the sticky...
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    Re: Sting weight gain

    Bee sting = more beer

    Many sting = lots and lots of beer
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    Re: Sick Queen? What to do...

    >Sick Queen? What to do...
    This is a very commonly made mistake by both new and experienced beekeeper.
    There is nothing wrong with your queen!

    >but the brood pattern is spotty.
    If you have...
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    Re: Fortified Sugar Syrup

    >Honey-Bee-Healthy.
    Is poison. EOs are used as pesticides.
    The purpose to feed EOs is to stimulate bees to take syrup. In my experience bees know how to drink syrup. No nutritional value in EOs.
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  13. Re: Anyone here used this mite treatment ?

    +1

    Is this an approved treatment anywhere? Besides china.

    I would stick with something with long track record like OAV
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    Re: Fondant V Sugar Blocks

    Lauri's sugar blocks -- No need to dehydrator just add 25% little less water and let air dry for a few days.

    Bees love them.
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    Re: Raccoons vs. Bees

    Something was eating my bees so I set up a camera thinking it was a coon cause we have lots. Got pictures of an opossum with his nose in the hive entrance.

    A few days later gave he got swimming...
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    Re: Question on dud queen.

    >I cut a colony out of a wall in early August.
    >but never laid any eggs that I could find.

    I would think you should be out of bees by now.
    Has the bee population dwindled?

    If you’re sure...
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    Re: Should I give up or try again?

    >until I judged I had a laying worker because of spotty brood

    Drone brood or worker brood? Did you take any pictures?

    A miss-diagnosis could have been one of many other possible problems.
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    Re: First year preps

    >old pecan orchard with 40acre hay meadow behind it.
    Do they spray pesticides? Since you will be south of the pecans you should be ok, but you should be aware of any pesticides if possible.

    >I...
  19. Re: Purchased a used hive, sat it out to clean and now it is covered in bees

    Where did the previous owner store the empty hive, I am surprised it did not get full of moths or beetles? Must have been a winter kill then stored inside.

    Sometime disease is spread by empty...
  20. Re: Should Holes Be Sealed With Wax Or Tape?

    The blue painters tape will hold up all winter and is easy to take off.

    I use it to seal up supers.
  21. Re: Yellow Jackets robbing hive how to stop

    The yellow jacket's days are numbered, if it's just a few I would not worry about it.
    Continue to feed if they need it. Also make sugar blocks for winter feed.
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  22. Re: Advice on using products for bee health

    I use the no cook method when making Lauri's recipe. Reduce the water a little and air dry. Make them thin and they dry quicker.

    I break into pieces to the size I want, so I can put them on the...
  23. Re: Advice on using products for bee health

    >I have not used solid bottom boards yet
    So you have an open screened bottom board?

    I would close that up for winter.

    You don't need a wrap.

    I would check the hive weight by tipping your...
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    Re: How Cold Before SHB Die?

    I would not call it luck. Mid-summer I had plenty of them. Some hives were over run. It started as one or two per hive, by the end of the summer some hives had a hundred or more. Once Sept came and...
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    Re: Hives made out of cherry?

    You're in Kentucky. I hear stories you can get truck loads of rough cut pine cheap. I would try to located some.

    And save the cherry for fine projects.

    Nice job Beeman
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