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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...
  14. 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...
  15. 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...
  16. 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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    Re: Hitler on Beekeeping

    TY!

    Rusty
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    Re: Survey for causes of CCD

    Or....you could do your own research. Here's a link to get you started. There are lots of others on this forum as well.


    Rusty
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    Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    Personally I use these as inner covers. I like being able to check on the hive without really disturbing the bees. When I feed syrup, I just sit the jar on the screen. I do the same with a water...
  21. Re: They say Americans are getting grumpy about the never ending rising prices these

    I always have built all of my own equipment just for the reasons mentioned above. I use all deeps and the 12 footers I bought yesterday were $9.46. I'll get 2 deeps out of each board. They won't be...
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    Re: Oxalic Acid Vaporizing vs. Dribbling

    I weigh everything on a digital kitchen scale.

    HTH

    Rusty
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    Re: winter feeding

    I wish I knew! Might sleep better at night with one less thing to worry about. I can't garden on the scale that I used to, so I worry about GMOs in the food I'm eating. So far I'm not glowing in...
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    Re: Oxalic Acid Vaporizing vs. Dribbling

    Traditionally heavy syrup is 2:1. Personally I use 1:1 with excellent results. I am only treating a dozen hives, so my formula looks like this:

    1.2 oz oxalic acid (I use Savogran Wood Bleach...
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    Re: winter feeding

    Sugar made from beets and sugar made from cane look exactly alike. The sugar bag will tell you if it is cane sugar, but not if it is beet sugar. Most beets are GMO. So far, sugar cane is not, so I...
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