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    Re: Dead Out Numbers/Winter Losses

    I lost 2 out of 14 with a third that is queenless and will probably die out before I can get a queen for them. First time I've ever lost a hive, No fun at all....
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    Re: To stand or not to stand?

    I put 4 4x4s in the ground 8' apart. cut them off level and add 2X4 crossbars to set the hives on. I put two hives, one on each end and use the middle as a place to set hive bodies and not squash...
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    Re: OAV Finally registered

    Awesome news....:applause:
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    Re: Swarm traps and drawen comb

    I've read that you can spray comb with BT and it will kill wax moths larva. I've got some, haven't tried yet, but a lot of people keep comb out in the open by spraying it with Bacillus...
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    Re: Caffine for bees?

    Now that was FUNNY... Sad part is, I had to read it twice....
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    Feeding frames of honey

    I've got some honey frames frozen from last year. I'd like to feed them back to boost the build up. I've read that they aren't as likely to use capped honey? Should I de-cap the frames before I...
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    Re: Ready , Set , Spring !

    My maples are in full bloom now. Can hives starve to death once the maples are blooming? I can see that numbers are already building, but we've still had very cold and rainy weather thru this week.
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    Re: Why isn't she being attacked??

    "I keep my queens and bees, even when they are bad. "

    Spoken by someone who doesn't live in an area where Africanized bees are a reality.... Around here, a mean hive gets stopped, you certainly...
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    Re: Why isn't she being attacked??

    I treated in Nov, but I've never had mite loads make them mean. I installed 4 queens in Oct, I think I got a mean one...
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    Re: Why isn't she being attacked??

    That's usually what I do, right up until you get a mean hive. I can't walk by my hives 40 feet away now. Going to suit up and pop the tops. First one that comes out in force to try to kill me,...
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    Re: Results of Opening the Sides of the Broodnest

    Thanks Matt, I thought that might be the actual goal, so I will go with that. Last year I got swarmed a lot, I really want to cut down on it this year and this seems like the easiest way if you...
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    Re: Results of Opening the Sides of the Broodnest

    Hi Matt,
    I'm going to start next week as I can tell my hives are building. I've got a question, is it more effective to force the HOLE, or if I've got empty comb, use that? You loss the forced...
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    Re: OA Vaporization during summer

    Great advice SNL... I don't use a mask anymore, but I NEVER go without a lit smoker...
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    Sticky: Re: Post Your Bloom Dates - 2015

    32567 North west Floria
    Maples are in full bloom
  15. Thread: Beekeeper Smell

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    Re: Beekeeper Smell

    They smell the FEAR....
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    What is BT?
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    Re: Open feeding: pollen vs syrup

    open feeding works fine as long as it is a considerable distance from your hives. Mine is about 75 yards away, never had any trouble with robbing once I moved it away from my hives.
    I will feed...
  18. Re: beetle blaster vs beetle jail. which is better at catching shb's?

    +1 on the oil traps, it's the only thing I've seen that really works. Mineral oil doesn't get rancid like veg Oil does, so it lasts a lot longer.
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    Cutting drawn deep frames

    Can I cut drawn deep frames to fit in medium supers, or do I have to have the bottom board on the frames?
  20. Re: Is there a consensus on Screened bottom boards ?

    UF put out a study that SBB hives had 14% fewer mites sitting directly beside hives with solid bottom boards. 14% isn't enough to stop mites from killing your hive, but it helps...
    No link, I was...
  21. Re: Is there a consensus on Screened bottom boards ?

    I use both, I prefer SBB with the ability to add an oil tray (freeman beetle traps). It's the only thing I've found that really works against SHB. I leave them on year round, and have had 15...
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    Re: Checkerboarding Videos of different types

    Thanks for the link!
  23. Re: First Spring Inspection -- Splitting next Weekend

    I don't think it's illegal, it's considered a best practice, which is a long way from actually being illegal. I do know they are starting to push for re-queening every year from a certified source....
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    Re: Yellow Jacket Wasps and Hornet problems!

    I've just started getting a yellow jacket problem, Harry, did the Alpine with Onslaught kill yellowjackets without killing your hives? Seems dangerous to me, but I'm starting to get worried....
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    Re: OAV treatment with sugar on the hive

    I wouldn't use OAV with any food on the hive, but why are you treating at this point? If you treated in late fall, there should be few if any mites until the hive starts building up it's brood. ...
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