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    Re: Candy vs sugar block

    Actually I think the sugar blocks may be the more common one. It is too easy to scorch the sugar in the candy board (at least in my opinion) which is why I use sugar blocks. There is a great recipe...
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    Re: need some advice..

    Personally my advice would be to move as far south as you can manage so you can have weather that matches your enthusiasm!

    :thumbsup:

    Rusty
  3. Re: Calculate the total bee population

    I don't have a clue to the answer to your question but I did want to mention that once you have the number of mites in a 100 bee sample, you can make your decision to treat or not based on that...
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    Re: Oxalic Acid/Winter Bees

    This is true enough IF you are a northern beek. If, like me, you live in the Deep South, chilling the bees is rarely a factor because even in November you can still find plenty of days warm enough...
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    Re: Oxalic Acid/Winter Bees

    I'm gonna disagree with much of the advice here because it is given by northern beeks. The OP is from Georgia, so I am gonna assume his operation is more like mine than the operations of folks from...
  6. Re: randy oliver reviews a new Dr. Lu paper

    All I can say is WOW!

    Oliver does know his stuff.

    Rusty
  7. Re: New theory for Treating for mites, moths, and others...

    "Chemicals" has me chuckling a bit. For SHBs I use mineral oil in a tray. For moths I use BtA, a biological, sprayed on the stored comb. For mites I use OA, which is already present in honey. I...
  8. Re: Ventilation issue after reducing entrance for Robbing

    It gets hot here, too, tho not as hot as Texas! I use #8 screen folded as an entrance reducer. It gives the bees a small entrance to defend but allows ventilation along the entire entrance. I've...
  9. Re: split a double deep with queen available?

    Learn some patience!!! Winter is EXTREMELY hard on colonies, especially as far north as you are. Give them a fighting chance to survive it instead of constantly monkeying with them. THEY know what...
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    Re: Storing drawn out frames?

    This is what I do, except it is a roofed screened porch. I just stack them on my extra benches. Since I don't get much in the way of freezing weather, I do stick them in the freezer for a few days...
  11. Re: Bee's Brdng after Changing Btm Brd To Solid

    I use folded #8 wire for my reducers to promote ventilation. Also screened inner covers.

    HTH

    Rusty
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    Re: Open Feeding Pollen Substitute

    You might try whipping some of your dry sub into your syrup and feeding it that way. Instructions are on the MegaBee site. It works with other brands of dry sub, too. They're just not as easy to...
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    Re: Dry pollen sub

    The reason northern beeks do not feed pollen sub through the winter is because sub contains solids that the bees will need to poop out. Which they won't do inside the hive. So unless you have...
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    Re: Nutrional Supplements?

    Based on the temperature information, you could supplement your sugar blocks with apple cider vinegar, probiotics, and Vitamin C while omitting the MegaBee and still give your bees a nice nutritional...
  15. Re: Dusting Hives for Varroa Mite control?

    What isn't mentioned in the article is one side-effect: ants. I started off dusting and the ant problem got so bad that it was harder to cure than the mite problem. Bull ants all but ran me out of...
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    Re: Nutrional Supplements?

    Not being familiar with your part of the world, I have no idea what your winter weather is like. I CAN tell you to feed items that contain solids (such as MegaBee, which I use) ONLY IF your bees can...
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    Re: Eviction Notice

    #1 by the time you SEE mite problems, the hive is too often already lost. The only way to know is to test. A sugar roll is the easiest.

    #2 it can look like there is plenty out there without...
  18. Re: Alright guys or gals explain this one to me

    OR you could be wearing a scent they dislike.

    JMO

    Rusty
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    Re: Honey b health

    That's the key. I feed about a gallon to each hive in spring and fall. Then I add it in the blocks in winter. Feeding it all year can, indeed, set off robbing when a dearth hits. Especially if...
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    Re: Honey b health

    If EOs are sooo terrible, then why did my EO hives thrive, building huge populations compared to my control hives?

    I'm not a chemist or a biologist, just a hobby beek. I tested and compared and...
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    Re: Bees are an infestation.

    Me, too!

    Rusty
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    Re: Honey b health

    You are certainly entitled to your opinion. My opinion is that I use EOs and my experience is that they do help new hives establish themselves. They do seem to help overwintered hives when fed as a...
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    Re: Bees are an infestation.

    In the absence of regulations, it seems like you can appeal this decision to a judge on the grounds that your bees are pollinators not pests.

    JMO

    Rusty
  24. Re: Reasonable payment for assembling woodenware

    That's probably the most sexist comment I've read all day.

    :(

    Rusty
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    Re: Moving UP???

    Just be aware that spraying HBH if you are in a dearth can set off robbing. It has a powerful scent and attracts bees from all over. It helps to move up a frame from the bottom box. I try to use a...
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