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    Re: 5 gallon buckets of crystallized honey

    If you use the band heater place it on the bottom of the bucket to start. All the liquefied honey will be there and tends to disperse the heat better. And stir it as soon as you can get a stick in...
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    Re: No compete clauses

    I never try to sell honey in a store that has a beekeeper selling in it. There are lots of small stores that jump at the chance to sell local, unfiltered honey around here. I can't produce enough to...
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    Re: New package - treat or not?

    I think he may have meant amitraz
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    Re: New package - treat or not?

    You have a 9 day window between putting the bees in the hive and the first brood. So I've started treating packages a couple days after install with OA vapor. I agree that powdered sugar is not a...
  5. Re: Shipping queen cells? How long will they survive?

    :thumbsup:
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    Re: Mites finally got me

    I take several that size through the winter up here in nuc boxes. Most winter just fine.
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    Re: Mites finally got me

    Sure, send them in. But Beltsville doesn't test for virus issues and that's almost certainly what killed these hives. Vectored by varroa. And virus testing costs some $$$ that I wouldn't spend if I...
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    Re: Mites finally got me

    Lots of people have that percentage of deadouts in some years. I've experienced 80% losses and know others that have had similar losses. Almost every time it was mites as the main culprit. Can't...
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    Re: WOUNDED WARRIORS TAKES ITS CUT

    I gave to wounded warriors regularly for the last 5 years. I have ceased and I'm very disappointed. Our veterans deserve better.
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    Re: Mites finally got me

    Not necessarily true. New queens go to drone congregation areas far from the hives to avoid inbreeding. So your newly mated queens are probably bringing in non-resistant genes.
  11. Re: Transporting Packages... Best way to keep them contained?

    I've never been stung by a bee in my trucks. And I've had hundreds loose when I dumped a nuc making to sharp a turn on the seat next to me.
  12. Re: How many dead-outs are the result of the 2 types of nosema?

    Agree, there are lots of bees flying. Just consider how drones move from hive to hive. I've seen some cordovan drones in my hives and I run all dark bees. Not to mention that those queens you raise...
  13. Re: How many dead-outs are the result of the 2 types of nosema?

    Maybe this is why my bees have low nosema counts, although I vaporize rather than drench or dribble:

    http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0034528815300333

    AbstractNosema ceranae ...
  14. Re: How many dead-outs are the result of the 2 types of nosema?

    My belief is that Nosema C is more problematic in warm weather areas than the cold north [unless you winter indoors] I don't get many crawlers in my hives and I've never approached that high a spore...
  15. Re: How many dead-outs are the result of the 2 types of nosema?

    Yes, I monitor and treat mites when they reach my threshold [6 mites/300bees]. Mostly I only treat in the fall because I don't have those big spring numbers. I certainly agree with Dan... my biggest...
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    Sick bees tend to fly off and die
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    I've never treated for nosema. I've had a few high counts in the fall but almost never in the spring. Interestingly, in my hives, high nosema in worker bees does not translate to brood bees. And it...
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    I do, bought a scope and check my bees spring and fall and in hives that are not doing well.
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    Re: Best Oxalic Acid Vaporizer

    wonder if they may get too hot to properly sublimate the OA?
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    Re: Best Oxalic Acid Vaporizer

    I dip my Heilysers in a 5 gal bucket after each use. I am just careful not to get the glow plug wet. They cool off quickly that way and I can fill one while the other is vaporizing the hive.
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    Re: Best Oxalic Acid Vaporizer

    Me too... I have 4 of them
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    Re: Lega Heat Gun Vaporizer

    I'm actually on my second one it 4 years. I buy the cheap warranty. The unit is less than 1/2 the cost of some of the "better" models and starts and runs quite well. I like it and am satisfied. I'm...
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    Re: Here we go again

    All I know is the Maine Bee Inspector had some interesting things to say about Hack's bees before the 1st collapse. Says he warned him about the mite counts and that the bees were on the verge of...
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    Re: Lega Heat Gun Vaporizer

    you could try this one...
    http://www.harborfreight.com/2500-peak2200-running-watts-47-hp-125cc-portable-inverter-generator-61169.html
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    Re: Lega Heat Gun Vaporizer

    you guys are way overpricing the generator. This one [I have one for my house] will certainly do the trick with Kw to spare....
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