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    Re: Honey Production from Mustard plants.

    Thanks. I missed that.
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    Re: Honey Production from Mustard plants.

    To clarify, this mustard is not wild mustard and is being planted now in a field where the soybeans where cultivated down due to moisture stress. It will be blooming after canola I assume and I am...
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    Honey Production from Mustard plants.

    I have an opportunity to but bees on a section of mustard. Does it produced honey? Compared to canola?
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    Re: Youngster trying to make a go

    Very impressed with this one. Works very well.
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    Re: Manitoba Nucs

    Yep. I ended up buying a bunch of mine back.
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    Re: Manitoba Nucs

    As long as this auction stays unreserved, I don't think you will see large numbers of nucs going though again. Way to risky.

    Should also be a true online auction with 3 or 4 dates.
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    Re: Deer ticks - Lymes Disease

    The nymphs are the ones that are very concerning. The adults are large enough to be discovered and removed in time. Nymphs are much smaller and easy to miss.
  8. Re: Anybody Using the vmvaporizer to treat for mites?

    Did 5 washes today. Liked what I saw. First hive had 1 mite, the next 2 had no mites, the 4th hive had 2 mites and the last hive had 4 mites. The sample size on the last hive was about 400 bees and...
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    I was running between 1% - 4% using alcohol washes at the end of the of October last year. This spring I have done 2 rounds of OAV with very little capped brood present. I do some testing next week...
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    I've been using a medium sized compressor. Does not come on very often and work very well.
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    I think you are right Jean Marc. I put the vaporizer nozzle down on a piece of plywood for about 5 minutes this morning and there was a small fire on the plywood.

    I find if the nozzle is hot...
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    Based on using the vaporizer for one week, I would say that is it is used correctly it seems very unlikely that there is a potential for starting a fire.

    However, if it is propped against a hive...
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    I have only used it on a holding yard and not traveled between yards. I think I would not have it on for travel as it gets hot enough to get wood burning if the end is on the wood. Heating it up once...
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    Re: Nosema spore counts this fall

    Ian, check out Randy Oliver's articles Sick Bees - Parts 15 and 16.

    I don't think I will ever bother doing any standard sampling anymore, only sequential sampling. Especially for bees that have...
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    Re: Nosema spore counts this fall

    I did a bunch of sampling for nosema last March. For each hive I sampled, I took 10 bees and checked each of them separately. Sampled about 200 bees. There were no bees with a light infection at that...
  16. Re: Turning a milk chiller unit into a heated honey tank.

    When I used to use a 600 gallon I would heat it using a 10 gallon electric hot water than and a circulating pump. Heating all night would get the honey very warm as well. Partially this depends upon...
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    Picked up my VM vaporizer about a week ago and after several days of using it I feel like I am getting the fairly consistent fog out of it.

    It took me a while to figure out that too hot is more...
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    Jean-Marc
    Thanks for chronicling your journey using OAV. Very informative and useful. Great service to all reading BeeSource.

    Ordered one today.
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    Re: Feeding Indoor Bees

    I've heard the same thing Ian. That's why I was testing some hives.

    I only pattied 3 hives and fed different megabee syrup suspension to about 10 hives. Others were give syrup and others were...
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    Re: Feeding Indoor Bees

    I put them on in the beginning of March and moved that bunch out in the beginning of April. I was shooting for 1 brood cycle but move outs varying by a month from one year to the next, it is kind of...
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    Re: Feeding Indoor Bees

    I put sub on some hives last year about a month before move out. Ultrabee patties on some and megabee suspension for other. The hives pulled through winter in good shape. Megabee suspension didn't ...
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    Re: Feeding Indoor Bees

    For a smaller operation (less than about 1500) I would say indoor wintering is basically free. Supplemental heating is not required and as Ian said all that is need is a electricity for couple of...
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    Re: Feeding Indoor Bees

    2:1 syrup works well to tie bees over until move out. Feed the syrup with a boardman or a bottle and quail feeder attachment. 10C should be warm enough for the bees to find the feeder.

    If you do...
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    Re: Feeding Syrup in Communal Feeders

    Open feeding is my preferred method of feeding hives. Most years I will feed between 5000 - 10000 gallons of syrup this way and most of my feeders are within 20 - 30 feet from the hives with a spring...
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    Re: Feeding Syrup in Communal Feeders

    Interesting observation. I've never considered how pollen gathering would be affected by the hairless bees. I open feed during spring and fall and have not qualitatively noticed any decrease in...
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