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  1. Re: what to spray on a cutout to make bees go away after removal?

    That baseball sized ball of bees may have the queen in it, you might want to grab it.
    The stray honey will be attracting all kinds of bees wanting a free meal, you might need to clean it up.
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    Re: Bar keepers friend

    10 pounds 99% pure oxalic acid for $27 with free shipping...
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  3. Re: State apiarist says oxalic is about to be approved.

    Just don't be surprised if the cost of reloading that squirt gun goes much higher than it is today.
  4. Re: State apiarist says oxalic is about to be approved.

    If it does get approved, I expect the price will be going way up high, so that it costs $4 + to treat each hive.
  5. Re: Who wants to talk about unusually warm winter weather?

    I went for a ride two days ago, and saw a small patch of dandelion in bloom, as well as a small patch of wild radish, a single stalk of dill in bloom, and I have a few late blooming mustard in my...
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    Re: Queen rearing equipment

    I have the Nicot system here, which is very similar to the Jenter system. Yes, it is a plastic box you put the queen in so she lays in plastic cells that have the cup behind the cells that she is...
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    Re: Queen rearing equipment

    What method of queen rearing are you thinking of doing? There are some methods that don't really need any special equipment, so without knowing what you are planning, it's hard to make suggestions. I...
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    Re: 9 weeks later: Varroa update

    Great to hear of your hive's turn around, thanks for posting the good news. Just in case you were mixing your syrup 1:1, change it to be thicker. I make mine by the gallon, and use 5 pints sugar in...
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    Re: Surfing on Lake Tahoe!

    That sounds like a wonderful hobby. I never got into it myself, but always thought it would be neat.
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    Re: Honey Bees with nothing to do

    When they do that here I figure they are begging for food. They know where my back door is and that's where I come out of when I feed them. :D They are just searching for food, no forage enough in...
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    Surfing on Lake Tahoe!

    Great storm we are having. It's been raining here since a little after 9am, it's now 5:45pm. Lake Tahoe had 7 foot waves and someone decided to go surfing!...
  12. Re: How many mating flights: one or several?

    I don't know how many, but I know it's more than once, or at least they fly out more than on just one day. There has been more than one occasion when I've known a queen to be out and about even after...
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    Re: Hive orientation?

    My first consideration is to face them to the direction of the strongest nectar flow.
    Second is morning sun on entrance, third is wind direction. If I had hives in town, I'd have to consider...
  14. Re: Who wants to talk about unusually warm winter weather?

    My bees here will get open fed bee-pro when they are raising brood but no natural pollen is available via foraging, or not enough is available as they are brooding up. My bees right now are heavy...
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    Re: Open feeding dry pollen

    We have been unusually warm for this time of year, so they will gather the pollen and keep brooding. Be sure there are honey stores in the hives because even though we are warmer than normal, it's...
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    Re: Rain in Cali??

    Yes, the storms have been warm. It's a deep snowpack that will help to break the drought, rain water flows down and out the rivers. We need 20+ feet of snow up in the Sierras. I'm afraid we are going...
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    Re: Controlling Varroa Mites

    Apivar is plastic strips. They Amitraz coating on them or embedded in them. The directions call for two strips between frames per brood box for six weeks. I am running nucs, so only used 1 strip in...
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    Re: Controlling Varroa Mites

    I used Apivar, which is Amitraz based this year and was impressed with the results.
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    Re: Rain in Cali??

    I just checked my rain gauge, it's now just after 11am. I got 2.75 inches since midnight last night!
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    Re: Advice on recent OAV treatment

    OAV kills mites that are on adult bees. You have little brood, as brooding has been slowing down now in the fall, and is quickly shrinking now through end of December. With the lessening of brood,...
  21. Re: I've got a disease puzzle for you guys to think about...

    Any chance of critters in the one location causing problems such as skunks or ?
    It sounds like the issue is location specific, perhaps something in the forage in that area?
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    Re: Small Scale VSH genetics and hybridization

    Bingo!
    That's how I do it, or do my breeding some years.
    I don't want to start a sideways discussion, but I believe queens only fly as far as needed to get the job done. I've experienced enough in...
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    Re: Good bee book for teenagers?

    A small but very good book to learn the basics of bees and beekeeping...
    First Lessons in Beekeeping by Dadant publications, 1918
    Can be downloaded for free here......
  24. Re: Beige Carpet Stained With Yellow Dog Vomit from eating beeswax etc

    Distilled mineral spirits is what I'd try, or turpentine.
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    Re: Breeder queens

    I've found through the years that having a good drone mother colony in my mating yard gives me much better well mated queens. I think you have a good idea Cheezer, good luck.
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