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    Re: treating for mites

    Thanks. I am new at treating (real management) and I do not want to harm the colony by overdoing things. There is no downside to using formic acid strips?
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    Re: treating for mites

    What is OA ?
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    Re: treating for mites

    so use one strip instead of the usual two per colony?
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    treating for mites

    I have several hives, one is really weak, that have high mite numbers. It will be cool here in Maryland for the next 8-10 days. Is there a problem with using Mite-Away Quick Strips this early in...
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    Re: number of boxes

    GREAT Examples--Thanks!

    After 5 years at this, I think I'd really benefit if I could find a Master Beekeeper to coach me. Problem being, when I need coaching, they are all busier than me.:)
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    Re: number of boxes

    Swarming is one of the issues. Even with all the space and close monitoring and removing queen cells, when I leave them alone to bring in the nectar it seems most will get into that swarming pattern...
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    number of boxes

    I use either 3 mediums or 1 deep and 2 mediums all year as the colony space. Should I reduce this brood space? Am I losing out on honey production volume by allowing so much space to be filled in...
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    Re: after swarm question

    what are the chances that this primary hive will make a queen who stays and the hive will build back up before winter? I'm in Central MAryland. I planned to wait until around the 22nd to inspect for...
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    Re: after swarm question

    OK another question. Is it ever too soon to look through a new swarm hive after you move them in? I never get too concerned about the new swarm hive because they always seem to do well starting up....
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    after swarm question

    Our Italian hive at the house swarmed yesterday. We caught the bees and set up a new hive for them. AFterward I noticed a couple hundred bees left where they had lit and we caught the mass. I...
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    Re: combining hives

    On top of that entire colony, newspaper with tiny starter slits, wait a few weeks and rearrange then a few more weeks and rearrange again removing unecessary empty frames. No matter what, I always...
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    Re: storage of comb with honey and pollen

    I'd be afraid they'd get mold or moths or some other nightmare. I have only stored them in the back up freezer. Creates a mess in front when all the propolis falls off when you pull them out--then...
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    Re: label Question

    Thanks for sharing your experience and I'll refer back to it when and if we decide to create our own labels. We decided to go with Betterbee and their lavender design with the honeybee. The small...
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    Re: label Question

    Wow! The labels we looked at were $17 for 10 sheets of 8 labels each. That's $.20 per label before printer costs. Maybe I should look online for a better deal on labels. Thanks
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    ingredient label requirementsi n Maryland

    I read that Federal Law requires a seller to attach an ingredient label if they sell >$50,000 of product per year. Does anyone know if Maryland a more strict requirement? I'd prefer not to worry...
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    Re: label Question

    I appreciate the idea of being original, but for the moment I can't make sense of the cost to create and print vs buying premade. Blue Sky has 1,000 for about $.10 per label with 4-5 lines of your...
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    label Question

    I'd liket to use a better looking more original label. We tried a few from Brushy Mountain that were sent on a disc but our PC was not able to use the software. Where do you go for labels? If you...
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    August maintenance questions

    In central Maryland, when should I plan to start treating for mites? I have the strips requiring three treatments over a month.

    When I inspect them prior to treatment, if the bottom box is empty...
  19. Re: How do some guys go without any kind of protective gear what so ever?

    I learned a valuable lesson the other day, actually a couple lessons.

    1) When opening a hive to inspect the state of honey supers, and I suspect they have gone queenless, always wear my suit &...
  20. Re: how do you get your frames cleaned out after extracting?

    The ones I buy from Brushy Mountain that are designed for use on frames are bad or bees? I would use the chemical names for them but I'd hack the spelling.
  21. Re: how do you get your frames cleaned out after extracting?

    I think I'll try that idea. I have some wooden inner covers with the hand hole. Setting them out does create a mess out of the comb and I never considered the spread of problems. My wife will be...
  22. Re: How do some guys go without any kind of protective gear what so ever?

    My ranting did go a bit off topic...sorry

    When we were in the ER after my wife had a blood infection from a sting, I asked the Doctor about the theory of more stings/less treatment helping to...
  23. Re: how do you get your frames cleaned out after extracting?

    Similar to what I did once in that you let the insects have free access correct? I have to say they did get 100% cleaned out that year. Stacked on top of hives upside down did not do what I was...
  24. how do you get your frames cleaned out after extracting?

    I have set mine out in stacks for a few days--it turns into a bee,yellow jacket, hornet world war and the comb gets chewed up pretty bad. I tried stacking them upside down on top of the hives with...
  25. Re: How do some guys go without any kind of protective gear what so ever?

    I've done it bare handed and come to the notion that bees have tiny brains and regardless of how much I want to become "one with nature" they might not follow the script. I believe it is...
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