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    Re: Queen in top box - easyest way to keep bees

    Maybe I missed something, but if you keep moving all the open brood above the queen excluder, there won't be any appropriately aged larva for queen/queen cell production in "every other hive." So can...
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    Re: converting migratory cover to top entrance

    Would turning the hive so the long side is on the south side (with bottom entrance closed), with a couple of framing shims under your migratory cover work as a top entrance?
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    Re: Quilt Box - Top Entrance Failure

    Not sure about the wax paper. I could almost see how water may drip off the bottom. Wonder if a piece of window screen would work. Sounds like a good idea for an experiment next year.
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    Re: Quilt Box - Top Entrance Failure

    Again, thank you all for your input. One "little" thing I did remember (isn't it always the little things that get you!) Where I used QB without the 3/4" feeding shim, there was no newspaper there...
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    Re: Wholesale glass jars in the NorthEast US?

    You're really close to Wixson's Honey in Dundee. Give Jerry a call at 607 243-7301. Their prices are very good and have always treated me well, well enough it's worth it to me to make the 3+ hour...
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    Re: Quilt Box - Top Entrance Failure

    Thank you all for your input.

    rwlaw - The newspaper had about a 2" gap of exposed top bars around the edges. I like you sugar block/paint stick idea. Do you use a top entrance with this setup?...
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    Quilt Box - Top Entrance Failure

    I goofed big time!

    After several years of success using pine shavings-filled quilt boxes to combat moisture issues on my Langstroth hives, I made a modification to them this year I believe...
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    Michael and Stanisr - Thank you for your input. Very helpful.
  9. Top Entrance Solution For Skunks Questions

    I had trouble with skunks in a couple of my yards last season. Before they become a problem again this season, I think converting to top entrances would be easier (and cheaper) than raising all my...
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    Re: Honey Bucket Hot Box

    Mark, Don't know if this might help. I have 2-door beverage cooler I converted. I removed the cooling system, but retained the fans. Added a couple of light bulbs and hooked them up with a...
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    Re: The Scourge of Varroa?

    Michael,

    Thank you. As always you "enlighten" me with you vast diversity of knowledge. Also, I'll sleep better know Radar will not blow himself up treating his hives!

    Seriously, I'd appreciate...
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    Re: The Scourge of Varroa?

    I agree 100%. I still feel far more comfortable burning the whole mess. For those who feel compelled to sprinkle Tetracycline in their hives every spring, chlorine dioxide COULD be a more effective...
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    Re: The Scourge of Varroa?

    The bleach has to be at least in the 1:32 concentration to kill bacteria and actually has to contact the bacteria. That ropey mess produced by AFB in the cells may prevent the bleach from contacting...
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    Re: The Scourge of Varroa?

    Against AFB? Radar was so counting on that Nobel Prize...:(
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    By the way, great snag Radar!
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    Congratulations BEESOURCE! My hats off to you Barry...thanks for letting us all learn more about our passion - the Honeybee. What a fascinating BUG! Some strange people (present party included), but...
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    Re: The Scourge of Varroa?

    Mark, Is that the Fumidil or the Thymol found to be inadequate?
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    Re: The Scourge of Varroa?

    Thanks Beekuk,

    Very enlightening! I believe the same results were found here comparing it to fumidil. I'm not sure on the proportions that my friend used of the thymol so that may be the issue.
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    Re: The Scourge of Varroa?

    Radar, I'm going to nominate you for a Nobel Prize. You may have found the cure for American Foulbrood!!

    >Chlorine dioxide can also be used against anthrax, because it is effective against...
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    Re: The Scourge of Varroa?

    > I have half a tank of syrup which I bought last March. I put about 25 or 30 gallons of water in the tank before the syrup to keep it from setting up. Seven months later I found the remaining 100 or...
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    Re: The Scourge of Varroa?

    Thanks beekuk, I have no experience with using Thymol in syrup. I did talk to a good friend of mine who is doing nosema studies here and said the same but feeding it wasn't easy. If my memory serves...
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    Re: The Scourge of Varroa?

    Another stellar job Radar. Interesting finding by EastSideBuzz about the benefits seen against tracheal mites using chlorinated syrup.

    >Randy Oliver has done some evaluation of chlorine bleach as...
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    Re: The Scourge of Varroa?

    Good job Radar! Maybe some of the chemists amongst us can teach us the difference between liquid chlorine bleach and chlorine dioxide. I'm not sure, but I think Cryptosporidium, Giardia, and Nosema...
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    Re: The Scourge of Varroa?

    Thanks Charlie, so if my math serves me right...there are 16 cups to a gallon, then there are 800 cups (16 x 50gal) so you've got a 1:800 dilution, if Mark is remembering correctly his numbers figure...
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    Re: The Scourge of Varroa?

    Wouldn't be the first time a species has figured out a way to self medicate.....the South American parrots that search out clay licks comes to mind as an example.
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