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    Re: Started fogging today.

    re Crofter's comments:

    I, too, am a fan of oxalic acid. Easy to use and very effective. I have seen zero negative effect on the bees.

    I have also used Apiguard, which is a thymol based...
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    Re: Finished my addition on my honey room

    Nice setup!!
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    Re: Started fogging today.

    Live Oak - Glad to hear you are happy with the FGMO/thymol fogging treatments. Do you have before and after mite counts to share?
  4. Re: To re-queen in the fall or not to re-queen…that is the question.

    If a queen is not doing well, then I would re-queen.

    Otherwise, unless you are a large scale commercial beek raising your own queens which excell in your locale, it seems to me automatically...
  5. Re: To re-queen in the fall or not to re-queen…that is the question.

    What are your thoughts on re-queening in the Fall?
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    Re: Alcohol wash .

    "I'm going to test all my hives next week and see where I standing ."

    Please post your results!
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    Re: Poisoned bee hives

    Humans aren't native to North America (even the first native Americans immigrated from somewhere else).

    Maybe these people should start their purification process by eliminating themselves first?
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    Re: Glove alternatives

    I do the same.
  9. Re: How accurate is mite count on a simple paper or bottom board alone?

    Scpossum is correct and I should have been more complete in my answer. As he said, the bees will stick to the Vaseline if you don't run a screened bottom board of some sort. Also, for the...
  10. Re: How accurate is mite count on a simple paper or bottom board alone?

    Maybe coat the paper with Vaseline to ensure any mites that fall on it aren't blown away by the wind or otherwise fall off before you can count them?

    If you don't see large mite numbers after...
  11. Re: How accurate is mite count on a simple paper or bottom board alone?

    Not sure why you wouldn't see large mite drops with OAV. I've always had huge mite drops whenever I use OAV. Are you sure you are using OAV correctly?
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  12. Re: I weighed my hives today....not at all what I expected

    Grozzie2 - nice looking weight data! I'd love to learn how you weigh your hives. Any photos?
  13. Re: PLEASE HELP: Slightly Confused and Panicked New Beekeeper

    To keep track of queen lineage, I label my caught swarms based on either location (e.g. "Green Mountain" queen) or landowner name (e.g. "Johnson" queen). Purchased queens are labeled with the...
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    Re: Checking hives without gloves?

    I am a big fat chicken. I wear a full suite including gloves whenever I open a hive.
  15. Thread: House Wrens!

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    Re: House Wrens!

    Yes!
  16. Re: How to repel or eradicate nuisance Honeybees?

    I'd like to see a photo of this:

    "I assure you, they are on the side, the tops, the floats, the noodles, the steps and top of the ladder, the skimmer, the hoses, salt water chlorinizer, and...
  17. Thread: House Wrens!

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    House Wrens!

    http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r52/randallcherry/2014/Bees%202014/IMG_79711_zpsa6145784.jpg


    A new smoker is on its way.
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    Re: Collecting cool apiary photos - care to add?

    WWW - Sounds intriguing. Are you willing to share the details?
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    Re: Collecting cool apiary photos - care to add?

    Wow! That is some serious supering!
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    Re: Winter is coming...

    Sticking in a Russian once a southern package gets establish is indeed in vogue right now. But I would consider:

    "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."
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    Re: Winter is coming...

    Lots of bee different strains survive winters in your area just fine. Why do you think yours won't?
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    Re: Collecting cool apiary photos - care to add?

    Thanks!

    Just out of the picture to the left, is a heavy duty wooden staircase I built as the first step in starting my rooftop apiary. No bears, but I have had some pretty big raccoons access the...
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    Re: Treating for mites or NOT

    If you do decide to treat, keep in mind oxalic acid vapor is very effective against mites.
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    Re: Hive not tended too for 6 years

    What about transferring the hive, frame-by-frame into new boxes? Treat any wild comb as you would a cut-out, and cut it out and rubber band into new frames. Let the "new" hive then sit for a day in...
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    Re: I'm done with 9 frame spacers in supers

    I run mostly 8 frames in 8-frame boxes and havn't extracted honey, yet, so I can't answer your question, but . . .

    Please tell us about your flexible knife . . .
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