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    Re: Walkaway Split

    Everybody has their own way of doing it. When I make a split, and I want 2 hives to result, I place one of the deeps on a new bottom board and split the hive resources evenly between the two boxes,...
  2. Re: Splitting a new colony & it's my first split

    Personally I don't like to split this late in the season, so I'd probably give them a 3rd deep or start supering them with an eye to splitting first thing in the spring. Lots are less conservative...
  3. Re: checking for V Mites one or many hives?

    Personally I have hives headed by F1 and F2 VSH queens that are generally mite-free. I also have a couple with F3 queens. They generally have mites. So I check them all to make sure all is well,...
  4. Re: It's Official! I know absolutely NOTHING about bees!!!

    Brad, your signature line says it all!!!

    :D

    Rusty
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    Re: hive entrance direction

    I made sure mine were facing away from the prevailing winter wind direction and they have been fine for years now.

    HTH

    Rusty
  6. Re: It's Official! I know absolutely NOTHING about bees!!!

    Update on my insane hive:

    So I went into the swarmed hive this morning. Took off and inspected boxes 5, 4, and 3. Narry a swarm cell in sight. Plenty of bees, though not nearly as many as there...
  7. Re: It's Official! I know absolutely NOTHING about bees!!!

    Just before dark I place my last box on a solid bottom and sat it on a ladder just outside the dripline of the oak. I even added a few drops of lemongrass oil. At first light I went out and...
  8. It's Official! I know absolutely NOTHING about bees!!!

    My best hive just swarmed. I split it in March and again in May. It was in 5 deeps and still it swarmed. My most prolific queen is now sitting about 80 feet up in my biggest oak tree. Did I...
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    Re: Honeybhealthy expiration date?

    I don't use that specific brand, but I've used essential oils that were 5-6 years old with no problems. I've never kept my EOs refrigerated.

    HTH

    Rusty
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    Re: Varroa Treatment

    So far this has not been my experience. Mite populations in my hives explode come July/August in my F3 hives--but only in the F3 hives. The F1 and F2 hives remain mite-free or nearly so. Mine is...
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    Re: Dying hive?

    I'm hesitant to suggest much beyond treating for mites, though it is probably too late for that. It doesn't sound like there is enough population left to raise a queen or care for her adequately. I...
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    Re: Varroa Treatment

    Drone saturation IS key. Back when I was the only beek here I maintained Cordovan genetics with open mating. Nowadays that's not possible. Even though I maintain VSH queens strictly for drone...
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    Re: Dying hive?

    Mites do the majority of their damage while inside the brood cells, which is why just dealing with the mites on the bees is not sufficient. Their real damage is the viruses they vector, and I...
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    Re: Bees getting grumpier?

    I've been keeping bees since the 90s and offer 2 pieces of advice to EVERY newbee: Wear a veil every time you open a hive and ALWAYS light your smoker. You may not need either one once you get into...
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    Re: Dying hive?

    What is your mite count?

    Rusty
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    Re: Varroa Treatment

    This is my 3rd (or maybe my 4th?) year with VHS genetics in my hives. VHS queens are a great form of mite control. F1 and F2 generations do a really, really good job. HOWEVER, by generation F3,...
  17. Re: What is the fastest, easiest way to cut plastic foundation?

    This--except I'm using Rite Cell.

    Rusty
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    Re: Storing frames after extraction

    For the last few years I've had good luck storing my clean supers on a bench on my screened porch. After spraying the frames with BtA, I place them back in the supers and stack the supers on a solid...
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    Re: swarming and production

    Then my next point would be economics: Every swarm that takes to the trees is money out of your pocket. You could have sold those bees! Splitting and allowing one of the splits to make its own...
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    Re: Varroa Treatment

    I am not "treatment-free" so I use OA (oxalic acid) with very good results. Oxalic is naturally-occurring in the hive, so I consider it a milder method than most out there. Read about varroa mite...
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    Re: swarming and production

    You are overlooking one important factor: location. Hives kept in a city/suburban location with neighbors nearby should not be left to swarm at will. Just because the beekeeper likes bees does not...
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    Re: After the split questions

    I split like this all the time and what I have found is that I have to control the number of cells in the queenless box in the beginning or I wind up just like you may have--the first queen out...
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    Re: Anyone heard from Sundance?

    He is no longer selling BT. I believe there were health issues, but he hasn't posted in a very long time.

    HTH

    Rusty
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    Re: How do you market honey?

    Word-of-mouth. Once folks know you have it to sell, it's amazing how quickly it goes. We're usually sold out in a matter of weeks.

    HTH

    Rusty
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    Re: Traps for Small Hive Beetles

    I've gone for option #2--traps. I designed my own screened bottom board with a pan below. Either mineral oil or DE works really well in these and I no longer have a SHB problem. Heck, I haven't...
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