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  1. Thread: Lost Them!!!

    by Dan. NY
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    Re: Lost Them!!!

    Some on here will say treating with oxalic acid in winter is a great idea to come out of the winter with mite free or nearly so. If you have a few hives, a spray bottle full of mixture will do just...
  2. Thread: Lost Them!!!

    by Dan. NY
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    Re: Lost Them!!!

    Nobody mentioned the thought that this "winter" we are having with day temps at times in the 50s and night temps at times in the 20s.. The cluster could have un-clustered, clustered back on a small...
  3. Re: Very fine comb, pollen or crystalized honey after extraction

    Im going to do a pass three this weekend and hope for even more material filtered. I cant use the honey this way really.
  4. Re: Very fine comb, pollen or crystalized honey after extraction

    Mann Lake does not list the micron size. I checked.. But just called them and its a 600 over a 200. I need to get something finer than this somehow and somewhere. I filtered twice already with the...
  5. Very fine comb, pollen or crystalized honey after extraction

    I am seeing something in my honey after extraction. I filtered it some using mann lake double sieve filter. Its been perfectly well until this last batch and now it is not catching fine particles. ...
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    Re: Maxant extractor issues yet again

    I was just going to update this thread. The motor came back timely and with a maxant baseball cap. Nice touch. I was finally able to reinstall the motor and get going. Sadly I ran into more issues....
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    Re: Maxant extractor issues yet again

    Yes, shipped it back and am waiting the return. If I had a press I would have done it myself, as its not real difficult. I have been in touch with Jake and he is expecting it to arrive. I have to say...
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    Re: Maxant extractor issues yet again

    I have owned mine about 3-4 years now. Its been used probably 5-6 times and has not see real hard use. This run was going to be the most honey I have had to date. I think mine was not quite right...
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    Re: Maxant extractor issues yet again

    All good info. And yes that is customer service. Yes I have been advancing using the motor and keeping the honey gate open. Drill motor is a great idea, if only I had one. I'm going to try and rig...
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    Re: Maxant extractor issues yet again

    No have not contacted maxant support. Sat. Afternoon Columbus day weekend, figured they are closed.

    As for the key, good thought but not the case. There is a set screw of sorts that holds...
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    Maxant extractor issues yet again

    My 9 frame maxant is up to its same tricks again this year. I envy all who say theirs works great. Mine has never worked great and now has finally stopped working altogether. The basket is not...
  12. Re: Today in the apiary looked like May!!! And hive check report

    Good to hear others are getting pollen also. Temps are supposed to come up again a little so maybe a bit more flow left. I didn't have a great way of weighing the hives so I don't have a good idea...
  13. Today in the apiary looked like May!!! And hive check report

    All four hives very busy. Lots of traffic in and out. Orange looking pollen, maybe last of the goldenrod? Though that looks spent really. Purple flowers, I think asters, out en force. Finished...
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    MAQS on my honey super

    I made a bit of a mistake and placed one MAQS strip on one honey super. MAQS says you can treat with supers on though I am a bit concerned as it was actually on the top of the super and not on top...
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    Re: African honey bees

    When I lived in Alameda County 4+ years ago, I met a commercial beek from somewhere in contra costa county I think it was. She was 1000000000000% convinced AHB was already there. Bee careful..
  16. Re: Late swarm queens - Anyone seeing success??

    Sounds like I have some hope then. My one hive had the queen cells Labor day weekend and likely swarmed shortly after that. The others more than likely followed suite. Thanks for the reports.
  17. Late swarm queens - Anyone seeing success??

    I am fairly certain my hives swarmed in the last few weeks. One had active queen cells I removed, the other hives were bursting at the seams with bees, honey, backfilled etc. Me without more wooden...
  18. Thread: Bad bee stings

    by Dan. NY
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    Re: Bad bee stings

    Two things to add here: Tuck in your pantlegs when you get a full suit, then duct tape so they cant find their way in. My black bees, probably dominant Carnolians, stung worse than my Italians FYI...
  19. Re: To treat or not to treat.. that's the question

    To answer the question re: pros/cons of treating.. here is my answer.

    PRO: Higher chances of colony making it through winter. No (or few) varroa = less potential for disease, stronger bees,...
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    Re: Swarming in Mid-September, seriously?

    Fairly certain I had a hive swarm within the last week. I had queen cells just like OP. I think conditions this fall were the same for many, and resulted in some late swarms.
  21. Re: MAQS - slip under landing or open hive in rain

    I ended up carefully removing top cover and inner cover. Had maqs all cut open and ready to quickly place. Worked fine. But.... Two hives were very angry, even before I opened the covers. They saw me...
  22. Re: MAQS - slip under landing or open hive in rain

    I have 4 to do. Not bad but whenever I take my hive apart I always end up with bees all over outside. Not sure how well that will go over in steady rain.
  23. MAQS - slip under landing or open hive in rain

    Bit of a quandary here. Weather is chilly and rain. Rain rain and more rain. I need to treat and would rather not open up the hive in the rain. Anyone have thoughts on if putting 1 or 2 maqs strips...
  24. Re: Hive check- FULL of honey and swarm cells...

    Y I wanted to do a split. But.. no boxes and no frames. Everything I have is out on those hives. Its amazing. I did worry about removing all queen cells, but decided I Would anyway. I made the...
  25. Hive check- FULL of honey and swarm cells...

    I checked my hives and there is literally no room for the queens to lay. 4 hives are chock full o honey, but almost none of it is capped. The weather is supposed to be 80s and 70s this week....
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