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  1. Re: Local absence and local extinction, a confounding factor in TF prescriptions

    My understanding about TF is that you need to take some losses... for some these are unacceptable. Our speculating now global economy is pressing way too much upon everyone trying to make a living so...
  2. Re: oxalic acid treated hives with high mite counts

    Thanks. Very interesting and useful reply.
  3. Re: oxalic acid treated hives with high mite counts

    Oldtimer, can you please get into more detail about methods you are using in evaluating a colony regarding mites?

    I am tired of counting mites too :) So far I only know these symptoms: DWV,...
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    Re: Help a sub human

    In metric(cm) 23,53,1469,85=121124.44 cmc = 32 gallons
  5. Re: Are landing boards simply just a waste of wood? ( and paint? )

    Maybe I should mention that I keep my hives really low on the ground: I just place 2 pieces of fire wood underneath the hive. The bees are literally jumping from the grass into the entrance. I'm...
  6. Re: Are landing boards simply just a waste of wood? ( and paint? )

    I make my bottom boards the same dimension as the boxes and even a bit narrower, then I just move the box 2,5 cm(the width of the wood) back and there you go: landing board.
    However next year I'll...
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    Re: Theoretical TF apiary management

    I'm pretty sure that this can work just that you have to aim for at least 50 hives. You have probably read Kirk Webster articles, if not do it.
    Strength is in numbers and young queens. I would aim...
  8. Re: Stupid question: how many beekeepers are scared of bees?

    I've been a rock climber for a decade but I gave up since 2008. It's been a nice experience and I sometimes long for it. I'm left with ski touring and hiking for now. I can say that rock climbing...
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    Re: Theoretical TF apiary management

    The "Mother" is also doing great: starting from a 3 frame nuc in May, has almost filled the whole box by now using only foundation less. I think it's also the locality factor involved here. I'm lucky...
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    Re: Theoretical TF apiary management

    Oldtimer, how would you describe an medium infestation of 3% at this time of the year? Is this suitable for TF?

    I haven't treated since last Autumn and even then I only used OAV... not much of a...
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    Re: Apply FA on nucs?

    I don't know when you were last treated them or mite load but if really necessary you can apply the pads late in the evening when it's under 77F. There will be nothing left by morning. You have all...
  12. Re: OA dribble as one and only... anyone?

    No VSH queens available in my country. I have to do them on my own if posible with all the treating yards around me. It might be that a "feature" of carpathian bee combined with some locality factors...
  13. OA dribble as one and only... anyone?

    I sampled throughout my yard these days and found out that I have a medium of 2-3% varroa infestation. At the same time we are fast approaching the broodless period in my area. The bees are...
  14. Re: EXTRACTING FOUNDATIONLESS and WIRELESS FRAMES

    You are talking about deep frames? I'm very interested in this subject too as I'm using unwired foundationless deep frames.
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    Re: Apply FA on nucs?

    After 3 rounds I sampled and still found 3% left infestation. A lot of brood just hatched. I also tested other hives and found that the overall percentage is about 2-3% so I decided to skip the late...
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    Re: Apply FA on nucs?

    Thanks for info.
    I knew about these types of slow dispensers but I don't have extra boxes for the moment. I use migratory covers and can only slip a slim pad above the frames. I've made the 3rd...
  17. Re: DO I need to treat first year package bees for mites?

    I decided to treat as I found these % (20, 5, 2, 1, 1, 0). I sampled as various as possible - powerful, weak, position in the apiary, hive with old queen, nucs with queens started this year(had a...
  18. Re: DO I need to treat first year package bees for mites?

    Testing is OK for a few hives but when talking about 50 or 100 I guess nobody does test them all. It's insane.

    In my point of view you either just treat according to the rules that are defined by...
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    Re: Apply FA on nucs?

    I'm doing flash treatments according to these rules:

    http://www.agroscope.admin.ch/imkerei/00316/00329/02079/index.html?lang=en
    http://www.apinovar.com/articles/flash.en.html

    I have done 2...
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    Re: Apply FA on nucs?

    Yes testing to find out the efficiency of a treatment especially if you try a custom one.

    ...payback to the act of robbery maybe :)

    Thanks. I know handling of FA is illegal as treatment in...
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    Re: Apply FA on nucs?

    It doesn't matter if you take it out or not since it evaporates within 5-6 hours. The dosage is 2 ml/frame of bees. Just that on scientificbeekeeping.com Randy says that it's hard on weaker colonies....
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    Re: No mites still check?

    Don't do alcohol wash! If you have plenty of mites they will fall so incredibly easy doing a sugar roll.

    I just did one yesterday ...and my God: 40 mites. It seems to be a singular situation in my...
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    Apply FA on nucs?

    Unfortunately the latest generation of bees brought varroa with. I found one nuc(6 frames of bees) a spectacular 20% infestation. It was the first sample of the day. I sampled the one nearby(facing...
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    Re: Postponed superseedure?

    Well... just cheked the hive this afternoon and it's nothing wrong with it. However the queens that hatched from those "superseedure" cells are great too.
    This is one of the latest nucs made this...
  25. Re: Another typical foundationless disaster

    Nice.
    I'm a fan too. The latest frames I've put into the hives have no bottom bar(lang deeps)... will see what happens :).
    It's so easy to make them, you can even make them on the fly while...
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