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    Re: could both be in same apiary?

    In other words if someone in your household is sick everyone in the house gets the same medicine. Why do you have to treat a healthy hive? I am not proud of putting chemicals in my hives, and try to...
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    Re: could both be in same apiary?

    This is the tf forum and I am not tf. With that said, my answer to your question is "yes." I only treat hives that have an infestation of mites. If I find hives with more than 3% count on a sugar...
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    Re: What could have happened??

    It sounds like you neglected your hive and trying to figure out "What could have happened??"
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    Re: Have To Feed My Bees All Fall And Winter!

    Honey is the best feed this time of the year. Nothing to process, bees will just store it. That is the only thing I am feeding to my bees now. Just make a few holes on lids with 1/8 inch drill bit...
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    Re: Thymol supplier issue ?

    In this thread http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?302156-Api-Life-VAR you have expressed that you are against using thymol at 90. At what temperature are you using them?
  6. Re: Free Shipping Rant (Beekeeping Equipment Big Box Stores)

    I think this whole discussion is about hobby beekeepers. I don't think any one who buys large scale pays catalog prices. Not destroy, I think humanity will be saved by free shipping. :)
  7. Re: Free Shipping Rant (Beekeeping Equipment Big Box Stores)

    I pay use tax when I file tax return next April. I get enough time to sell honey and earn to make that payment. With Betterbee, I have to come up with money right away. They should provide free...
  8. Re: Free Shipping Rant (Beekeeping Equipment Big Box Stores)

    The walk-in customer to Betterbee does not pay shipping, but pays NY sales tax, which probably is more. If I order from Betterbee I have to pay shipping plus 8.675% tax. I get most my orders from...
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    Re: Nosema, not apis, but ceranae

    I think your hive failed to requeen and developed laying workers. When the population dropped it was robbed out. The reason for lack of varroa is that there was no brood in the hive. I would not...
  10. Thread: 1st OAV attempt

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    Re: 1st OAV attempt

    I bought Savogran wood bleach 12 Oz from Amazon found at here. I think this can is going to last 5 years.

    According to Material Safety Data Sheet published by manufacturer found here on ( page 2)...
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    Re: Should Holes Be Sealed With Wax Or Tape?

    This was probably before Varrroa. Without beekeeper help they probably didn't make to their 3rd year.
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    Re: Slatted Racks.......

    I would think that a strong hive will use this extra space to extend bottom combs. Did that ever happen?
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    Re: mite drop results

    When I count mites I count all the mites on the board. I found that just counting mites in one square and multiplying by the number of squares give erroneous results. The reason is that bees are not...
  14. Thread: Mike Palmer Nuc

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    Re: Mike Palmer Nuc

    As I understand it, the reason for using divided 10 frame deep (rather than separate boxes) is to have 2 colonies side by side so they can share heat. Putting a 1.5 thick divider will reduce effect...
  15. Thread: Mike Palmer Nuc

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    Re: Mike Palmer Nuc

    I am assuming they are as described here:

    From Betterbee

    The bottom deep is divided using 3/4" divider. Top has two boxes so there are two 3/4" dividers. Doesn't that make top boxes narrower...
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    Re: Why or why not Carniolans?

    I got Italians first as they came in packages. . I love Italians. They produce a lot of honey as they normally have a large number of foragers. Their problem is that they never stop producing brood...
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    A Bee Friendlier Flower Bombing

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kydE9PW0H8
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    Re: Hopguard 2 did not work

    Yes I sampled from brood nest both times, very similar frames with capped and uncapped brood. I agree 8% is not acceptable. Hive looks healthy with good stores but don't know if there are any viral...
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    Re: Hopguard 2 did not work

    Jim I agree. There was some benefit. Without treatment the situation would have been a lot worse. I saw a lot of dead mites at the start of the treatment falling through the screen. After first...
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    Re: Hopguard 2 did not work

    The strips were there more than 30 days. The recommendation is to have one batch of strips for 30 days. I had 2 batches
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    Re: Hopguard 2 did not work

    Thank you Clyde. Yes I am glad I caught the problem. For a moment I thought that there is no need to take a mite count after treatment with Hopguard 2. I was expecting a number closer to zero. I am...
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    Re: Hopguard 2 did not work

    Andrew, I don't think 5% infestation is extremely high. I had hives with higher infestations and make it with Apiguard and Apivar treatments. I still want to save all 3 hives. I seriously doubt the...
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    Hopguard 2 did not work

    On August 25th I treated 3 of my hives with Hopguard 2. All hives are double deeps, so I put 2 trips per box, 4 per hive. Although instructions say to leave strips for 30 days their research says...
  24. Thread: 1:1 vs 2:1

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    Re: 1:1 vs 2:1

    In my experience, when you feed sugar whether in 1:1 or 2:1 or whatever the ratio, if the temperatures allow it, will prompt the queen to start laying and sometimes bees to start drawing wax. The...
  25. The Head-scratching Case of the Vanishing Bees - NYT Article

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/29/us/the-head-scratching-case-of-the-vanishing-bees.html
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