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    Re: First time checkin from Styx, TX

    Welcome. STYX was one of my favorite bands growing up. I hope Styx, Texas is as good to your bees as that band has been to my memories.
  2. Thread: Boxes

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    Re: Boxes

    Not without telling us how many hives you want.
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    Re: Euthanizing Hives with Mites

    How about treating and then re-queening with better mite resistant stock? Seems cheaper than killing off colonies to me.
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    Re: What feed is best for queen rearing?

    Rookie, Take a look at "http://scientificbeekeeping.com/a-comparative-test-of-the-pollen-sub/".
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    Re: varroa treatments

    About the only treatment that I know is not approved in PA, that is approved in some other states, is HopGuard. You can get ApiGuard at Betterbee.
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    Re: Deadout Diagnosis - With Pics

    John, You want to clean it out enough that you won't have mold develop. Get the dead bees and other organic matter out, and make sure it is mouse and water tight. You are correct that the cold will...
  7. Thread: SUGAR

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    Re: SUGAR

    Rader is correct. I forgot to add the S at the end of HFC.
  8. Thread: SUGAR

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    Re: SUGAR

    Michael Palmer tells some scarey stories about old HFC and that chemical which can't be spelled.
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    Re: How many mites before treating?

    Read this "http://scientificbeekeeping.com/fighting-varroa-reconnaissance-mite-sampling/". I get worried at 3 % during the season and 2 % heading into the fall.
  10. Thread: SHB?

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    Re: SHB?

    snapper1d is correct. This is safe for people and would be Ok for an organic garden. What you don't use on your combs, use on your veggies.
  11. Thread: SHB?

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    Re: SHB?

    The BT that was registered to use on hives for wax moths was Bacillus thuringiensis var. aizawai, or B401 Certan. I use it for wax moths on combs removed from the hive. SHB are not a problem in my...
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    Heck, I'd have virtually zero losses as well if I sold all of my hives after harvest.
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    Re: bees just died

    I agree. If you ask why your bees are dead, and you don't know what your mite levels were you are going to get asked that almost every time. The fact that mites are the most trouble for bees at...
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    Re: Another from New Hampshire!

    We presently have 11 chickens and they are approaching 3 years old. They are like queen bees. When they run out of eggs, you better get new ones. If not they will just become free loaders, but bees...
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    Re: Another from New Hampshire!

    Welcome fasciknitting. You don't need to remove the rhododendrons. I have many, and the bees know well enough to leave them alone and find another source for nectar. I never see my bees on mine and...
  16. Thread: 2015 plans

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    Re: 2015 plans

    I hope to help our club continue to grow and improve as the 2015 president. I expect our queen cell program to continue to improve and to start our treatment free survivor yard in the spring. On a...
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    Re: Migratory lids

    High Density Overlay
  18. Thread: 6 Dead Hives

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    Re: 6 Dead Hives

    Sugar shake, Alcohol wash, sticky boards, etc. Check this site out for mite testing methods: http://scientificbeekeeping.com/varroa-management/mite-monitoring-methods/.
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    Re: 6 Dead Hives

    Visually looking for mites is like asking your wife to look and see if you the have the flu. By the time it is obvious, it's too late.
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    Re: Merry CHristmas!

    Pennsylvania. Merry Christmas and to my Jewish friends, and family, I hope your Hanukkah was a joyous one!
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    Re: screened bottom boards

    Shouldn't need an oil tray in PA yet. SHB's aren't that bad yet, but it is nice to be able to slide a tray in for mite counts. It kind of fun to see them all after they've been vaporized.
  22. Re: Marin Bee Survey: Hobby keepers - a net population sink

    Possibly, because MAQS can be used with supers still on allowing people to get an earlier jump on mites. I use both MAQS and OAV.
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    Re: winter patty question

    I've used winter patties from Dadant the following year with no issues multiple times. If there is no mold, they will be fine. In fact, I am doing it again this year.
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    Re: Hello from New Hampsire

    I wouldn't even consider making your own if you only have a couple of hives. If you just have one hive, get a ten pound box of patties from one of the suppliers for spring. I buy the 40# to 50# bags...
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    Re: Help me price this bid (pumpkin pollination)

    If I remember correctly, a commercial beekeeper told a group of us at EAS in Kentucky that when he was asked to pollenate pumpkins he told the farmer it's "$300 a hive, because I'll have no bees to...
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