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    Re: vaporizing nucs

    I should have been clearer.....it is an automotive battery that does not reside in my bee van. I could see cranking the van up to give it a boost with jumper cables if it got too weak in an outyard.
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    Re: vaporizing nucs

    Yep I just did that SNL.....Can you ship as fast as you promote?
    I am looking forward to double speed next week and am curious to see if it increases my overwintering success rate over the past...
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    Re: vaporizing nucs

    Whew! Just finished 83 hives and found myself really wishing I had a second vaporizer to speed things up. I ended up doing aprox 3/4 scoop on the 5 frame nucs. It was a humid calm afternoon and...
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    vaporizing nucs

    I am curious if anyone treats single five frame deep nucs with oxalic acid vaporization and if so how much acid you use. The instructions I have read are two scoops (2g) for two story hives, 1...
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    Re: What?! You Raise Green Bees?

    I also find the traditional colors a bit subtle to see but love the neon versions that you can get. Painters brand neon pens are $1.97 at a Wally World. Non Toxic and boy does the neon green that...
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    Re: Mass Drone Ejections

    Yes I have been seeing my bees kicking out drones here as well. It actually smells bad in my bee yard some times from all the dead drones in front of a few hives! It happens every year here when...
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    Re: Hives in a circle for varroa?

    Seeley found that hives seperated in a feild to reduce drift and with no frame movement between hives had much better survival and a percentage had lower varroa counts due to reduced drift. We...
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    Hives in a circle for varroa?

    I have to move two out yards and so am faced with setting up the two new yards from scratch. After reading Tom Seeley's latest work on drift and increasing varroa counts I am wondering what the...
  9. Re: Photos of my partial sheet of foundation in deep frames -experiment

    Thanks Lauri for the follow up post. I gave it a try this spring with just ten frames using 1/2 a sheet of pierco in deep frames. I use a starter strip when I run foundationless but I was in a...
  10. Re: spacer between honey super and brood box?

    I like to put the excluder on and then a long building shim along each side so there is a 3/8 entrance on the front and no space on the back. I had no bur comb with this arrangement this year and...
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    Re: Acetic Acid Fumigation

    What I have read called for diluting the acid to 80% if I recall correctly. Then it stays in a liquid state. The viniger smell is very strong and I personally have only done it outside.....oh yes...
  12. Re: The State of Virginia is now paying for people to take up Beekeeping

    Yes they did give out a number of grants and I know a lot of folks who got them. But you had to follow the rules!

    So I thought the grant was past and the deadline was in april.
    "Fiscal Year...
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    Re: Do I need a jig?

    Well I guess it is my turn as well. Here is how I do it using my hands as the Jig. I made 1000 frames this year with this method and it normally took 5 minutes per batch of 10. I am sure that a...
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    Re: Purvis Queens

    I was lucky enough to graft off one of my friends favorite Purvis queens two years ago. I have a good number of those daughters still rocking out in my yards and I have been grafting this year off...
  15. Re: Does venom immunotherapy (VIT) work? (I need real world advice)

    I worked my bees in full suit with gloves being very very careful to use smoke and not piss my bees off. I thankfully was able to avoid any stings until I got up to the "maintenance shot" level. ...
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    Re: Syrup + Mega Bee?

    I found it difficult to feed. It takes a lot of blending to get the powder suspended in the thick 2-1 syrup. I can say that it is wise to only feed in inverted jars as bees will drown
    in any...
  17. Re: Collecting cool apiary photos - care to add?

    I had just taken over the yard from another long time beekeeper and so the fence setup was not mine. Redoing the fence was on my list of things to do and I got to work on it asap. The bear broke...
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    Re: Why are people moving away from SBB

    F6Hawk...... I just bought a sheet of advantech "lifetime warranty"for $27. If I recall correctly I made 10 bottom/top boards for my ten frame hives and two nucs bottom boards. $27/12 = $2.25...
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    Re: Forgot to put a frame back!

    I do wire all of frames as fresh comb with honey in it is rather unstable. I sell a number of nucs and don't ever want to learn of combs collapsing on customers. I wire all of my mediums and...
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    Re: Forgot to put a frame back!

    This hive is at an outyard that is an hour away so I rarely make it there. This was an unusually close visit 10 days apart. It was a hive that threw a swarm and I robbed a number of frames with...
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    Forgot to put a frame back!

    I forgot to put a frame back in a hive:eek:

    The bees did a nice job filling the space which gave me a good surprise when I opened up the lid. ...
  22. Re: Collecting cool apiary photos - care to add?

    Thanks Bee Whisperer,
    I much prefer to share photos to make my bees look successful
    http://i1296.photobucket.com/albums/ag10/gotakeawalk/IMG_20140516_123615254_zpsc8628760.jpg...
  23. Re: Collecting cool apiary photos - care to add?

    My home yard
    http://i1296.photobucket.com/albums/ag10/gotakeawalk/IMG_20140509_175225798_zpsab252d03.jpg



    And a few outyards:

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  24. Re: Does venom immunotherapy (VIT) work? (I need real world advice)

    Years ago I developed allergic reactions to bee stings. A sting on my finger would lead to face swelling and a drop in blood pressure. Quite scary to say the least but thankfully I never...
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    Re: organic sugar for feed?

    12 cents a pound is what I was quoted which is far less than I can get typical refined sugar for. The temptation for cutting feed cost is high but I don't want to hurt the bees just to save...
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