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  1. Re: Marin Bee Survey: Hobby keepers - a net population sink

    Winevines, I think there seem to be too many new beekeepers who are influenced by the media hype of the dying honeybees and are out to save the honeybees and really do not save anything, I maintain...
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    Re: swarm control methods

    Astrobee, doing a simple Demaree is fine for about 2 weeks then if the queen has filled the brood area you again have to move eggs and larvae up to the nurse bees on top which would be a lot more...
  3. Thread: Lets talk labels

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    Re: Lets talk labels

    We got a git and zip ( sort of 7-11) in Lottsburg hard to buy labels from them whatever the cost, so do most of that kind of thing through on line and UPS, Funny I get enquiries about my honey from...
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    Re: swarm control methods

    One of the painful processes I find with swarm prevention in the spring is going through so many boxes to find the queen and brood and to check for swarm cells. Last year a Scandinavian beek...
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    Re: Lets talk labels

    My wife was sent a Avery template 5395 and labels 8395. Cost about 8.75c each and we print them on an inkjet printer.14917
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    Re: Need answers tonight 4 hives to move

    Get the 4 live hives loaded out of the wind wrap with a blanket tied down. Directly behind the cab of a pick up truck should be good. get them home place them in a sunny area sheltered from the...
  7. Re: Marin Bee Survey: Hobby keepers - a net population sink

    Hi Oldtimer, I basically used your system of swarm control last season, unfortunately left too many queen cells in the hives so ended up with many virgin queen swarms. Virgin queen swarms were easy...
  8. Re: Marin Bee Survey: Hobby keepers - a net population sink

    Our club in the Northern Neck of VA has a beginners course every year some get bees some do not but generally the new members do not do well, I think the reason is that beekeeping is being...
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    Re: Battery life with OAV

    Crofter, I have never tested one of those devices, they apparently use a high frequency spiked voltage that is supposed to vibrate the sulphation off the plates. I tend to believe you may get some...
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    Re: Battery life with OAV

    Guys I made a living over the past 20 years taking care of battery systems, so let me say that all batteries are not the same. That old car batt that has been lying around for some time is not equal...
  11. Re: Marin Bee Survey: Hobby keepers - a net population sink

    Well if you see the media going on about the massive decline in America's honey bee population and that most of these newbeeks are out to save the bees, what else is to be expected. Neonics will...
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    Re: Battery life with OAV

    Beemandan, you may as well measure the current flow at the same time then apply puekerts law which could give you a load of useless information. But then I do not have a Bsc in electrical engineering...
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    Re: Battery life with OAV

    The voltage under load is no going to tell you much, measured at the batt terminals will just be proportional to the batts internal resistance. Voltage at the vaporizer will then be an indication of...
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    Re: Packages or 3 frame nucs?

    I started my hives about 4 years ago with 3 med frames of brood with a queen cell 2 weeks later 2 packages at the end of the season they were all much the same in strength. I got those frames of bees...
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    Re: Acetic acid vs OAV

    1481714818Yes Eduardo, it could well be that approaching the landing board with an open screened bottom the hive scent could be stronger from the bottom. My hives are on stands so the bottoms are...
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    Re: Acetic acid vs OAV

    Hi Eduardo,
    I make my own equipment and find on normal hives the screened bottom board is useful in some ways
    1) you can see the mite drop on the insert under the screen after treatment.
    2) during...
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    Re: Acetic acid vs OAV

    If you google" acetic acid varoa control" you will find a paper published in 2005 by Higes, M. Martin Hernandes, R. and Meana. A. where trials were conducted on the efficacy of various acids on...
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    Re: Late supersedure: what solutions?

    I have had a good queen disappear in January one year leaving behind a small patch of brood with 2 emergency cells. You know the resulting queen will not get mated but I left her with the colony...
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    Re: Acetic acid vs OAV

    Beemandan, the normal dribble is with about 4% of OA dissolved in a 50-50 sugar water solution which I intend to use on 5 of my 6 nucs that I have been unable to use OA vapor on. The 6th nuc I will...
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    Re: Acetic acid vs OAV

    Hi Phoebee,
    Yes I also use formic acid, I have about 5 gals of it in my bee room refrigerator. I have been using formic with the Amrine and Noel fume boards for about 3 years, but I have found the...
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    Re: Acetic acid vs OAV

    I do not think there is any research out there on exactly how OA dribble works on mites, some think it is by contact and others by the ph of the hemolymph. There have been some works on the use of...
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    Re: Acetic acid vs OAV

    I some times wonder if acetic or even formic could be used as a dribble on broodless bees as is done with OA. I think the OA is only about 3.5% of the sugar water solution and I think about 5 mils...
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    Re: Mann Lake Stapler

    Hey guys Ive been glueing and screwing boxes together for a few years now, but seeing that I do not buy green bananas anymore [I] bought one of those cheepo staplers from Harbor Freight on a special...
  24. Thread: OAV Battery Life

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    Re: OAV Battery Life

    I did 27 hives plus 4 nucs yesterday with a Heiliser vaporizer, on for 3 minutes per hive. It is then cooled in water reloaded then on to the next hive. I use a cranking battery from walmart a small...
  25. Re: Passing the Torch: Who Will Carry On Your Business?

    Well guys 71 years old soon and just getting started, yup using glue and screws. Never stopped long enough in one place to keep bees until 4 years ago. But something is going wrong because I cant...
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