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    Re: One brood chamber versus two

    I realize I am not near your location - I am starting to move to a three deep configuration - I say starting - about 20% are already there, I hope to have 60+% there before winter. I mention this to...
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    Re: Oxalic Acid Vapor Wiff

    Incorrect. http://nybeewellness.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/oxalic-label-final.pdf
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    Re: Oxalic Acid Vapor Wiff

    The US label REQUIRES the use of a respirator. I know OAV has been flogged on Bee Source as being one of those things where if you are careful, you should be ok. Famous last words. If you use OAV,...
  4. Re: Entering the fray :) When to start a hive?

    Words of wisdom.
  5. Re: 2nd year. losing hives. need experienced help

    Treat for mites ASAP. Have someone with more experience look over the EFB suspects. Oxytet may be called for.
  6. Re: Do full pollen baskets equal nectar flow?

    NO
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    Re: New Hive question

    Warre hives and management are very different from the Langstroth hives most beekeepers use. That said, it sounds like you were very much ripped off.

    What was your preparation for keeping bees? ...
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    Re: Inspection Question

    The most common reason to turn the frame is to get light into the cell bottoms in order to see what is there. Or maybe they are playing follow the queen...
  9. Re: 2nd year. losing hives. need experienced help

    colorado potato beetle are sprayed for - and the stuff they use is deadly to bees (Entrust around here-and it is approved for use as an organic pesticide) - much depends on pre-season weed control if...
  10. Re: 2nd year. losing hives. need experienced help

    Don't cast us all in the same shadow = I'm now a Master Beekeeper x 2 - EAS and The University of Montana. And you don't need a Master to go through your hives with you. Just someone with more...
  11. Re: 2nd year. losing hives. need experienced help

    You're close to Massachusetts - contact the clubs there and see if you can get someone to come look at your hives and do mite testing (alcohol wash or sugar shake) with you. I really think you over...
  12. Re: 2nd year. losing hives. need experienced help

    Sorry to read of your troubles. OAV is unlike MAQS in that it does not penetrate the brood cappings and thus requires multiple applications a week or so apart in order to get all of the emerging...
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    Re: Is it to late for splits

    I disagree with mathesonequip's answer. It is too late in some areas (mine for example) though where you are you are is probably ok. Use a mated queen and put the feed to 'em hard. Why are you...
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    Re: Oxalic acid controlled?

    That is too much to ask for when you are talking about potential contamination of the Food Supply, and risk to applicators, non-target species, and the environment. Look at the debate over raw milk...
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    Re: Too late for split July 16th?

    Vance - Great Falls and NY State are two very different places.
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    Re: Good Magazine

    I subscribe to the two already mentioned - also to Bee-Craft.
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    Re: Oxalic acid controlled?

    In addition to the Fed's approval, OA had to be approved by the states as well. Maine's Pesticide Board approved use according to the label - recently adjusted pesticide application laws do NOT...
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    Re: Feeding Bees

    Why "of course, during winter"? If you've done your job, they should have all their winter stores by Thanksgiving. (And for spring buildup too) Feed during winter only colonies that are light and...
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    Re: Too late for split July 16th?

    Way too late if you are thinking of having them raise their own queen. Even if you were to introduce a queen, I think you'd be too late. Maybe some people who live near you will comment. I went to...
  20. Re: my feral bees, should I go treatment free?

    Do your sugar shake and then decide. The only thing that will not tell you is if the bees have developed the ability to survive what might otherwise be called an elevated mite load.
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    Re: crimson clover for bees' use?

    The plants bees choose to forage on is fascinating. Many times I've planted things that I thought the bees would love, only to have them forage on something else they liked better! I've concluded...
  22. Re: Is early July too late to start a nuc? Central Interior BC

    It is too late in my area to make splits and have them over winter. Since you are trying to keep swarming from happening, perhaps making a split and recombining it into the mother colony in a month...
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    Who is attending EAS 2016?

    I will be there all week. Please introduce yourself. I will be tied up on Tuesday with MB Testing.
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    Re: Hive turning aggressive- please help!

    Ants, Lizards, Skunks - one key is to discover if they are being bothered by something. Around here, I have to include bears on the list, but it is doubtful that you do. If you discover a bother,...
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    Re: are new jars clean enough?

    If you are planning to sell the honey you put in the jars, whatever agency in charge of food preparation for your area may require you to wash new jars. Maine has such a law.
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