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    Re: Pollen dates for Southern Ontario

    Not for a while yet; there's still snow on the ground.
    3 or 4 weeks?
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    Re: foundation: wax or plastic???

    I use pf120's and I prefer the plastic because it's easier for me.
    I crush and strain, and you can clean a frame in seconds.
    No beetles up here though.
  3. Thread: Shop accident!

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    Re: Shop accident!

    Hey Lauri

    You and your husband should look at a Sawstop tablesaw.
    I bought one a year ago, and 6 months later it prevented me from cutting off 1" of my thumb.
    Money well spent !
  4. Thread: Closed up Bees

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    Re: Closed up Bees

    I'd leave them outside.
    If it's going up to 50 tomorrow, it gives the bees a chance to get out and have a crap.
    If you keep them too cold, you could wind up with a dysentery issue when they go...
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    Re: Hive in trouble.. Oxalic application questions

    If you haven't acted yet, why not add a grease and wintergreen patty?
    Bees like to eat them, and the grease should help the mites.
    It doesn't have to be OA or nothing.
  6. Thread: Bugout Apiary

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    Re: Bugout Apiary

    If any aliens are watching our TV transmissions, they're probably betting on how soon we become extinct.
  7. Thread: OAV mite drop

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    Re: OAV mite drop

    I have read that the phoretic stage of a female mite is between 4.5 and 11 days.
    Stephen[/QUOTE]

    When I fog with FGMO and wintergreen, I fog twice weekly.
    The once weekly thing seemed too long a...
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    Re: Started fogging today.

    Initially, FGMO was the way to go, best thing since rolled condoms; now OA is the way to go.
    I appreciate that Glock had mites after fogging with straight FGMO, so he went to oxalic acid, to make...
  9. Re: Tips for not killing a bunch of bees when putting a hive back together anyone?

    Smoke and twist...

    or twist and smoke...
    it's all good.
  10. Thread: Bee sting

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    Re: Bee sting

    My bees have been really gentle this year, so I've done about 80% with no veil or jacket on.
    If I'm not wearing it, it's always right beside me, with a lit smoker.
    It's like the a lion tamers whip...
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    Re: Fall Honey-new bee keeper

    Remove the excluders.
    The bees are probably reluctant to pass through them.
    You may have to feed when the flow is done.
  12. Re: Bee Hive Ventilator - who has one or uses them? I'm considering building one to

    I have some tops I made; much like Sheddiver, but they have a coated fabric with cedar shavings on top, like a warre quilt.
    Great (passive) ventilation, but only in summer, and with a SBB, probably...
  13. Re: Bee Hive Ventilator - who has one or uses them? I'm considering building one to

    Nope.
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    Re: livestream of beehive in a tree

    Very cool, and the resolution is awesome !
    I'll be looking in every so often.
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    Re: National Honeybee Day.

    Checked all my hives in short pants and short sleeves...no veil.
    The girls were so mellow; they must have known.
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    Re: glad I had a veil.

    I was surprised how gentle mine were when I checked them today.
    Short pants and shirt, no veil.
    Pretty late in the season for that, but I'm not complaining.
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    Re: Give away a few bees for apitherapy?

    Check out Abebooks.
    That's where I got mine.
    It's been out of print for a while.
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    Re: Foundation/Foundationless Hybrid?

    Just hang a something for them to start building on.
    I used frames with a triangle attached to the underside of the top bar.
    The bees know what to do.
    If you want less crazy comb, alternate...
  19. Re: Have any of you used mineral oils to treat for mites?

    1.5 drops of wintergreen per ounce
  20. Re: Have any of you used mineral oils to treat for mites?

    Look for threads on FGMO or mineral oil fogging.
    Dr Pedro Rodrigues did a lot of research on FGMO for varroa.
    I fog with FGMO and wintergreen.
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    Re: How to prevent me from torching my best hive

    They're being robbed.
    Are there any other irritants to the hive?
    Critters, odours, anything different lately?
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    Re: Feeding Worm Tea to Bees

    Worm tea is made by soaking worm castings in water.
    It's full of enzymes that give plants a good kick start.
    Never heard of giving it to bees.
  23. Thread: Dakota bee kill

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    Re: Dakota bee kill

    When new to a group or activity, I generally try to follow the rule "better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open ones mouth and remove all doubt".

    Just sayin' ...
  24. Thread: Bee theft

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    Bee theft

    Does this sound even remotely likely to you?

    http://www.thestar.com/news/insight/2013/07/13/bee_rustlers_on_the_loose_in_ontario.html
  25. Thread: alternative

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    Re: alternative

    Some people vaporize FGMO with wintergreen oil in it for varroa.
    Gives a good knockdown @ 1 - 2 drops wintergreen/ounce.
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