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    Re: Another bee kill from spraying?

    GMCharlie, very true. Not good but this is reality.
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    Re: who still builds frames ?

    That's about what I can do alone, with a jig and using a glue brush on all joints. Up to about 21,000 so far and I can't tell you how bored I am with building frames.
    You can at least double the...
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    Re: TRUCKS post a picture of your rig!

    8482
  4. Re: Oxalic acid deposits and mites - where do they meet?

    +1 :lpf:
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    Re: Oxalic Acid Dribble

    Here's a good study out of Univ. Nebraska where they experimented with a variety of OA treatments during both brood/broodless periods:...
  6. Thread: Migratory lids

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    Re: Migratory lids

    What Astrozombee said.
    The only warped lids I have are the ones made from expensive plywood. The cheeseboard doesn't warp and I use 1/2" for lids.
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    Re: Comm. beeks - do you paint your pallets?

    I paint end grains when all the various components are all stacked up in like-sized piles. It only takes a couple extra minutes. Can't think of any good reason to paint much else if you are using...
  8. Thread: Spotting varroa

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    Re: Spotting verroa

    If you can spot them on the bees, you are already way into the danger zone. The only meaningful way of trying to see mites is by seeing them in the bottom of a mite sampling jar so that you can...
  9. Thread: Migratory lids

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    Re: Migratory lids

    The EPA phased out arsenic treated wood several years back. All the new stuff (ACQ) is treated with a copper compound that is less toxic to kids munching it on the playground yet more problematic....
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    Mahogany extract vs mites

    Some pretty impressive claims being made here.

    This paper is from Feb. 2012, but I can't find anything else published on it. Must mean that the eeeevil chemical companies are suppressing all...
  11. Re: Building 4-way pallets: Treated or painted? More questions

    For the entrance reducer strip, just make one longer strip centered on the middle stringer rather than 3 pieces per side. Will save you time and keep the entrances farther apart. When you have all...
  12. Re: Building 4-way pallets: Treated or painted? More questions

    Same as what Chip said. Using ring shank nails (8d or 9d, cant remember) to hold everything together seems to make them indestructible for quite a while, unless they get run over.
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    Re: coming up with the right solution

    Yup, the F550 handles it fine. You do have to add a couple leaves to the spring stacks. The bed also has to be purpose-built with fork pockets. I bought mine from, and had a lot of setup assistance,...
  14. Thread: Loader options

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    Re: Loader options

    I use a Donkey Beekeeper truck-mounted loader and it works great. Lifts a full tote of syrup (3k lbs) and no trailer to pull. It's a single purpose machine, so no attachments. That's a trade off to...
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    Re: Thymolated syrup: grams/gallon

    Randy Oliver's site gives a formulation for a 0.25 g/Gal (I think this is the 0.44 mMole mix). There was some research a couple years back that showed the effect of thymol on mites as fed to larvae...
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    Thymolated syrup: grams/gallon

    I know some of you guys have been using thymol for years in your syrup. I've seen recipes that call for 0.25 grams per gallon up to 1 gram per gallon. Where is the sweet spot? I've got thymol...
  17. Thread: Pol-Line

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    Re: Pol-Line

    I'm running a bunch of Pol Line this year. So far they are some of my best bees although they haven't seen a honey flow yet. Very broody. I plan to keep using them.
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    Re: Treatment Free Commercial Beekeepers?

    Not going to spend much time participating in this argument. But I'm friends with the son of Bill Dahle who was quoted in the NYT "Mystery Malady" article. Met him several years back at a Marla...
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    Re: vsh uncapping hurt larva

    http://www.harbobeeco.com/vsh/

    John Harbo who was one of the pioneer researchers of VSH claims that this problem has been solved through selective breeding. In his stock, at least.
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    Re: Super Storage / Shipping Containers

    Thanks for all the comments. This is all pretty much in line with what I was expecting.
    We are still using two semi vans that my dad bought 30+ years ago and they are in sad shape at this point....
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    Super Storage / Shipping Containers

    I'm considering purchasing used 20' or 40' shipping containers for super storage instead of using semi vans. Anyone else doing this?

    Pros:
    Ground-level storage
    Wind and water tight, sturdy...
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    Re: Hive body assembly??

    Job specialization = efficiency

    Put all the sides and ends in stacks and first dry-assemble a few dozen hive bodies, using a slightly modified deep hive body as a fit-up jig to hold the end pieces...
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    Re: Copper Naphthalene

    So these guys list it for sale but don't actually have it in stock anymore?

    http://store.coppercare.com/products/11-cu-nap-8-cu-as-metal-copper-naphthenate.aspx
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    Re: Oxalic Acid Trickle report

    Thanks for your report.
    Were the hives broodless the first time you trickled?
    Was the strength of the first batch the same as the second batch, or weaker?
  25. Re: how long after oxalic dribble method before mite count drops?

    Thanks, both of those posts make good sense to me. Looking forward to seeing how it works out.
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