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    Re: Dead Bees

    There are screened bottom boards and then there are screened bottom boards. If you are using the kind that have no way to close them off, then yes, I think they contributed to the loss.

    I'm in...
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    Re: telescoping vs migratory

    I don't have any pictures, but I remember seeing the same thing on Lauri's facebook page. Heck, that may even have been where I got the idea!

    :D

    Rusty
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    Re: Patties vs. dry feed?

    I use the liquid feeding mostly in the fall and when raising queens. Winter I use sugar blocks with the pollen sub added (recipe on my site). The liquid is 2:1 syrup that I whisk the pollen sub...
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    Re: telescoping vs migratory

    I do things a bit differently. I like screened inner covers with a rim on one side. They aid in ventilation, make feeding easy, and allow me to eyeball the activity in the hive without disturbing...
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    Re: Patties vs. dry feed?

    I don't use patties. Patties attract SHBs BIG time so I feed pollen sub as a liquid. I whisk it into 2:1 syrup (MegaBee works great for this) and the SHBs don't even seem to notice that the sub is...
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    Re: Winter patties

    I use MegaBee in the winter but I am in Alabama and my bees can fly regularly. I don't think I'd risk it in the north, though, for just the reason you mention. If I were in your area, I think I'd...
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    Re: OA Dribble

    SNL, the full instructions are on my site, but basically I'm doing a dozen hives with 16 oz distilled water, 16 oz cane sugar, and 1.2 oz of wood bleach. I use a large animal syringe when temps are...
  8. Re: Providing Water When Feeding Bees Sugar on Warm Days

    It's been my experience that the older bees will go to the source they used as young bees while the new young bees will find the handiest source. Once the older summer bees are all gone, the new...
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    Re: mite resistant?

    The biggest problem with mites is not that they are phoretic (on the adult bees); it is that they infest the brood. THAT is where they do the real damage. That is where they also infect the bees...
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    Re: Full time Beekeeper

    Way to go!

    :thumbsup:


    Rusty
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    Re: sugar brick consern

    I have a "shelf" for want of a better word, about 3/4 of the way up the hill. It was cut into the hill for the driveway to the barn and a wide spot along there is where the hives sit. My fence line...
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    Re: Fondant vs Patties

    Pollen patties are to feed brood. If they've already made their winter bees, it isn't likely they will have much brood to feed. Fondant will feed the hive. So will sugar blocks and Mountain Camp...
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    Re: sugar brick consern

    I use sugar blocks and an upper entrance for ventilation, which work fine for me. But then, I'm up in the hills. In fact, my hives sit on the side of a hill.

    :D

    Rusty
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    Re: sugar brick consern

    :scratch: All I can say is that Lauri has the patience of a saint.

    JMO

    Rusty
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    Re: VSH revisited

    As to this last, I've only done consistent sugar rolls for the last 2 seasons. They seemed too good to be true to me, because many times I didn't turn up a single mite in the whole yard. Before I...
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    Re: VSH revisited

    I would love to try OAV but my partner has serious COPD and he's been warned by his pulmonologist not to risk it. I am not happy with my populations still, but I kept pure Cordovans for many years...
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    Re: VSH revisited

    Usually under 5. Most were zero at least once or twice. These are nice, healthy-looking hives. The populations are not as heavy as I would like, but still decent. My honey production was not as...
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    VSH revisited

    I started transitioning to VSH F1 queens in 2013 with good results. All my sugar shakes were beautiful and I didn't bother to treat my hives last winter. I lost only one hive and that was to my...
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    Re: Fondant

    You don't have to buy fondant. You can make it or something easier, like Lauri's recipe for sugar blocks. Or you can use the Mountain Camp method. A search on here will turn up a bunch of proven...
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    Re: Spring queens

    I hear that all the time...and I laugh all the way to the bank. I guess it depends on how folks define "money" :kn: but I'm sure not complaining.


    :D

    Rusty
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    Re: winter feeding

    Gee, I'm sorry I missed your question until now! Citric acid can be in the form of Vitamin C tablets, lemon juice, or even Fruit Fresh (from the canning department). All of these will help invert...
  22. Re: Need some beekeeping tips for South Florida (Sarasota) Area

    I've had the best luck with the bottom board oil pans. I've tried the others but always seem to manage to spill them inside the hive. What a mess. The ones I use are accessible from the back of...
  23. Re: People actually make a living with honey production??

    WOW! I couldn't afford to keep bees either with those costs! After my heart attack I had to start over from ground zero. I now have a dozen hives and seriously doubt I have $400 invested in the...
  24. Re: Need some beekeeping tips for South Florida (Sarasota) Area

    While I am in Alabama now, I kept bees in Sarasota County for MANY years. My single biggest headache was SHB! They can take down a hive in a week if they get a foothold. Personally I did away with...
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    Re: The craze over 5- frame nucs

    PERSONAL OPINION ONLY: "Craze" is precisely the right word. There are sooo many newbees in beekeeping who are still trying to figure it all out who are sooo afraid of losing their entire investment...
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