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    I have used it three times now and have really...

    I have used it three times now and have really been pleased with it. It takes the full three doses lasting at least 24 days to allow all capped brood to emerge so that the varroa can be exposed to...
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    With temperatures getting as cold as they are...

    With temperatures getting as cold as they are this week (teens). I don't see any benefit from dry sugar or a candy board because the bees won't be able to break cluter to use it. Which made me have a...
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    I had united these cut outs with the two smallest...

    I had united these cut outs with the two smallest hives I had. I have used the dry sugar method before and it worked then, hindsight IS 20/20.
    Maybe I should have combined these two, and used dry...
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    Check your honey reserves

    I found two of my hives have died out due to starvation. I had been feeding them a jar of syrup every few days until this past time I went two weeks. They ran out during this last cold spell as I...
  5. Thread: Maples in bloom

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    The red maples that are blooming are along US hwy...

    The red maples that are blooming are along US hwy 13 just north of Williamston ( Martin County), growing in a swampy area for about 3 miles. I remember from last year that they were two or three...
  6. Thread: Maples in bloom

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    Maples in bloom

    Red maples and ornamental cherries starting to bloom.
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    Same here! There were bees bringing in yellow and...

    Same here! There were bees bringing in yellow and orange pollen today. I have seen a few dandelions in bloom in the yard.
  8. Thread: Powdered Sugar?

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    If you are having to dust that much, and still...

    If you are having to dust that much, and still have to treat in September, I would think that you have not been very successfull(with the dusting). I have gone the whole winter and summer and only...
  9. Thread: Powdered Sugar?

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    I would like to know if the sugar dust has any...

    I would like to know if the sugar dust has any effect on brood. I have heard that it causes an interuption in brood rearing, and can cause the larvae to dry out because of the drying effect the dust...
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    It is interesting that we re-invent the wheel...

    It is interesting that we re-invent the wheel sometimes without knowing it.
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    Dennis, I spent much of last night reading your...

    Dennis, I spent much of last night reading your website and I would like to thank you for sharing you experiences with us. I do have a question or two that I need clarifying. You state in several...
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    I have tried using popcicle sticks and they work...

    I have tried using popcicle sticks and they work just fine. I did not wax them or do anything besides using a dab of glue to hold them in place. I have heard of someone using nylon fishing string to...
  13. Thread: Of Mites and Men

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    I would like to know how effective the treatment...

    I would like to know how effective the treatment of spraying a thymol/sugar syrup on the bees are against mites. Keep us informed.
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    Swarms are a natural occuring break in the brood...

    Swarms are a natural occuring break in the brood cycle. Therefore, shook swarms would be a manmade equivalent. I have heard of removing the queen from a colony that is on the verge of swarming. This...
  15. Thread: another question

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    another question

    When colonies are preparing to swarm, there are preparations that are done before this happens. Just ask Walt Wright. These preparations include:
    1. increase honey stores so that the parent colony...
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    The more you read, the more you don't know.

    I love the old classic bee books that MB has put on his website. You can read all the modern day books on beekeeping you want, but these are the ones that did all the hard work and experimentation...
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    Your choice of words got me to thinking. I don't...

    Your choice of words got me to thinking. I don't have a TBH ,yet, but am seriously thinking of building one this winter. Back to my thoughts, If your brood nest was expanding at the rate that you...
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    I feel there are probably alot of new beekeepers...

    I feel there are probably alot of new beekeepers that would probably read the same text books that I read and when they see a supercedure cell in a newly installed package or new queen, immediatley...
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    When you say they are superceded fairly quickly,...

    When you say they are superceded fairly quickly, could it be that the new queen pheremone just has not developed it's full potential yet. The reason I say this is that there does seem to be lots of...
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    Take note that it's good to see drones this late...

    Take note that it's good to see drones this late in the season. It's a sure sign that the hive was willing to put up with them and the drain on the resources. If the hive had been on the light side,...
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    I only treated one hive with an extra dose that I...

    I only treated one hive with an extra dose that I had left over. It still had high counts ( 77, and 50) in 24 hours. I did have one hive that lost a queen at the end of the treatment, not sure if it...
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    Too late for sage?

    I was wondering is it too late to plant sage now? I think most of it is already two or three inches high now.
  23. Thread: Mites like crazy!

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    I just finished treating with Apilife var. I had...

    I just finished treating with Apilife var. I had one or two hives that dropped over 100 in a 24 hour period. They dropped roughly around 2300 total for the 21 day treatment. It is very satisfying...
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    Even if you have a virgin queen, are there still...

    Even if you have a virgin queen, are there still enough drones around for her to mate with? I agree with the feed a little syrup for a another week or two( to simulate a flow), re-check for eggs, and...
  25. Thread: Empty Hives

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    I had a similar thing back in late june. It was...

    I had a similar thing back in late june. It was just after the end of the tulip poplar and clover and before the cotton in July started. I came home one day to find a hive had swarmed in a tree. When...
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