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    Re: Bees on sugar candy not honey

    I really appreciate all the knowledge you both have just given me. I will take it to heart and I will use this information to become a better beekeeper. I have found of all the ways to learn about...
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    Re: Bees on sugar candy not honey

    Will be starting fresh this spring with two sets of bees and queens. Will certainly OV the hive after they are settled and the queen is laying but only once this spring. Is it possible to use the...
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    Re: Bees on sugar candy not honey

    I use OAV on my bees in the fall and right after Thanksgiving not thinking mites was a problem. I also wrapped with 2 inch Styrofoam. I didn't close off the bottom screened board but made it...
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    Bees on sugar candy not honey

    I checked on my bees yesterday and they were all dead. The last time I checked on them was 2 1/2 weeks ago when the weather permitted it. I added an upper entrance in fall and that is where my...
  5. Thread: upper entrance?

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    Re: upper entrance?

    Added an upper entrance to my only hive before winter for ventilation and for bees to go in and out for cleansing flights. They only used the upper entrance. Checked to clean out dead bees after a...
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    Re: Thousands of dead bees without heads

    Just getting over below freezing temperatures at night so I decided to check my hive for dead bees. After scraping them out I also had bees with body parts missing. Heads and bodies separated. ...
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    Re: Does A New Beekeeper Need An OAV Set-up?

    Thanks Mike. Your response had made it a little easier to see how everything falls into place. Recently joined a local bee club and I will be sure to get the proper times for taking off honey...
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    Re: Does A New Beekeeper Need An OAV Set-up?

    I'm confused about how this all works. Majority of the posts I've read have to do with how well OAV works with killing mites and the steps to using the vaporizer. I totally agree. I've heard very...
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    Re: Does A New Beekeeper Need An OAV Set-up?

    gbsnplr from what I was reading you do not have to take supers off your hive to use OAV and it does not affect your honey either. I had 3 boxes on when I started the treatment last fall and the...
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    Re: ants in your hive

    I sprinkle a layer of cinnamon around the outside of the hive and replenish after a good rain. Ants don't like cinnamon and it doesn't bother the bees. Works pretty good to and it's all natural so...
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    Re: Does A New Beekeeper Need An OAV Set-up?

    Thank you Beepro and Mike. You saved me a couple steps for checking the queen cycle and egg laying. Appreciate all your insight and knowledge.
  12. Thread: Nosema cures?

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    Re: Nosema cures?

    Ravenseye I do so hope you are right. Even though it was 35 degrees out a few days ago because we had fresh snow I can see my bees were out and taking cleansing fights out in the snow. It does not...
  13. Thread: Nosema cures?

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    Re: Nosema cures?

    Mathesonequip Thanks for the info. Will see how the bees are doing end of winter to determine how to go from there. Checked into the website and will keep it flagged. Pretty cool that you don't...
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    Re: Does A New Beekeeper Need An OAV Set-up?

    Thank you both for the info Beepro and Mike. Appreciate that you would go the extra mile and give me how long to wait. You saved me a couple steps. :)

    Bees are all their buzzed up to bee.
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    Re: Does A New Beekeeper Need An OAV Set-up?

    Thanks Mike and SNL. You both had some very good points. Will definitely wait a bit till the queen starts laying. This forum has been awesome for getting good ideas. I had thought to be sure the...
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    Re: Does A New Beekeeper Need An OAV Set-up?

    I started using OAV last fall when I realized my hive was loaded with mites. Killed just over 1,700 mites by the time the treatments were done. Yes, I counted them daily. Little effect on the bees...
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    Re: Nosema cures?

    Drlonzo the bees were out around the second week of January. Way to cold before then. There was a lot of dead bees but also a lot of bee poop in the snow. Which by the amount of poop there was a...
  18. Thread: Nosema cures?

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    Nosema cures?

    If there is a natural way of dealing with Nosema this winter I would love to hear it. My honeybees have left dark poop all over the outside of the hive. Even as I was watching them through the...
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    Re: How young did you get your kids involved?

    Started with 2 hives this past spring. One for my grandson Jonathan 5 and I for granddaughter 2. Jonathan says he's a better beekeeper than me because he's only been stung once. (Tried to pet a...
  20. Thread: Bee quandry

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    Re: Bee quandry

    Dear Enjambres. I do have my beehive with 2 inch foam on all 4 side and bungied together. I have windows in the back of my hive and so I cut the back foam in such a way that I can slide out half a...
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    Re: Bee quandry

    FlowerPlanter you are so fortunate to have space in your garage for your hives. We have a 1 car garage and it's tight even for me to pull our car in. Absolutely no room for a hive. Monie ordered...
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    Re: Bee quandry

    Really appreciate all the advice. I tend to agree that they may have Nosema. Have already started reading up on preventative measures for next winter. My guess there was no more than 5,000 bees to...
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    Re: Bee quandry

    Just checked with my bee supplier on his website and he is still taking orders so I will be ordering another 3 pound Carnoilan bees. Decided on them instead of Italians because of our cold winters. ...
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    Bee quandry

    Decided to check on my hive. It's 0 degrees with chilling wind and light snow. Had snow last week 3 inches. On top of that snow there was way to many dead bees I couldn't begin to guess how many. ...
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    Re: Worst mistake of 2014.

    2014 first year beekeeping. Started with 2 hives. Hive 1 didn't thrive like hive 2. Slowly saw less and less honeybees. Was told to leave them be if there was a problem the bees would fix it. ...
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