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    Re: Treating mites with OXV

    Sounds like you probably have everything ready to go. If you have your supers off do 1 treatment, check back in 48 hours, and look at the mites on the sticky board. You'll know right away if you need...
  2. Re: Calculating Mite Load Using Post-Treatment Drop

    Looks interesting.

    Is there a reason you don't do your counts after 48 hours? I would think that would give you a more accurate kill rate to work with.
  3. Re: Those who advocate OA as a summer treatment, what do you make of this?

    If there are less open brood cells when the nest contracts then there will be a much higher percentage of bees emerging with mites during the next cycle. The phoretic mites will find open cells to...
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    Re: Walkaway Split

    quigibo,
    If you plan to check for queen cells after a week just be very careful in handling the frames. The queens are vulnerable to injury at that age so you should avoid shaking or jarring the...
  5. Re: Those who advocate OA as a summer treatment, what do you make of this?

    I would like to add another thought to this if I may.

    Moving into this time of year when the mite population typically escalates, if you do a single treatment to determine the need to continue...
  6. Re: Those who advocate OA as a summer treatment, what do you make of this?

    I just emailed Brushy and requested links to studies on both application methods. If I get a response tomorrow I'll post it.They have been at the center of the US registration process so I'm...
  7. Re: Those who advocate OA as a summer treatment, what do you make of this?

    Clyderoad has given you some solid practical advice regarding treatment timing, you would be wise to take that into consideration.

    I think you might be getting hung up on some of the "label"...
  8. Re: Those who advocate OA as a summer treatment, what do you make of this?

    There are studies everywhere with varying conclusions. All I know is what I have learned from personal experience, trial and error. If I perform a series of OAV treatments in late Summer/early Fall...
  9. Re: Those who advocate OA as a summer treatment, what do you make of this?

    Not really. Liquid has a much more negative effect on open brood than vaporization. I don't know of very many who advocate multiple "dribble" treatments in the summer on colonies with brood.

    OAV...
  10. Re: does a stickyboard really tell anything?

    A sticky board can sometimes give you an indication of changing mites population in the hive, but I would not rely on a sticky board alone to determine the level of mites in your hives. Perform...
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    Re: Need for Concern? Spotty Brood

    I noticed that the comb on your frame is not completely drawn out and there appears to be very little nectar or pollen around the brood. If the other frames look similar you may want to consider...
  12. Re: It's too complicated nowadays. What were the good ole' days like?

    No arguing about small cell either..... just sayin'.
    I hate Mites.
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    Re: Cell Punch queen rearing

    I went back in and was surprised to find that there were 2 capped queen cells on the bar. They are not the best cells I've ever seen but I went ahead and moved them to nucs anyway and we'll see what...
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    Re: Cell Punch queen rearing

    Good suggestions.
    I should have been clearer about heating the wax with a lighter. I did prepare wax cups in advance with a rounded dowel rod and secured them with melted wax to a bar. The lighter...
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    Re: If You Could Only Keep 3 Things...

    Ditto.
  16. Thread: Nasonov

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    Re: Nasonov

    Probably for air circulation inside the hive. They are most likely moving air to cool the hive or dry nectar.
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    Re: Cell Punch queen rearing

    Not sure I really understand the mixing of different bees approach. I usually raise new queens by removing the queen from the hive toward the end of the flow and setting her up in a Nuc. The bees in...
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    Re: Cell Punch queen rearing

    Just to add a little more background on what I did.

    I had a 4 medium 10 frame overwintered hive that did not build up as aggressively as my other colonies and my plan was to split this colony up...
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    Cell Punch queen rearing

    Wondering what experiences others have had with the Cell Punch queen rearing method. My first attempt was a flop, not sure what I did wrong.

    I made up a nice starter colony, punched out 8 cells...
  20. Re: Wet crystallized frames - back on the hive or let them rob

    I would put them right back on the hive "as is". They will have the crystallized honey reworked in no time.
  21. Re: It's too complicated nowadays. What were the good ole' days like?

    I was introduced to beekeeping in the late 70's, I guess that might be considered the good ole' days. My mentor helped me get started with a few backyard hives and I assisted him a little with his...
  22. Re: Swarm control, have we been doing it wrong?

    That might be true if you are looking at a simple split, with a limited number of colonies. But the additional step of equalizing a yard with a larger number of hives keeps all the colonies at a...
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    Re: are new jars clean enough?

    Canning jars are produced and sold for .... canning "food".

    As strict as the FDA seems to be on food safety you would think that they would require the jar manufactures to label their packaging...
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    Re: Oxalic Acid

    Your statements are contradictory. It sounds like your really don't understand profit margins and capitalism.

    Did any other bee suppliers step up to the plate during the federal approval process...
  25. Re: Regular Checkerboarding vs Block Checkerboarding

    Glad to hear this worked out for you. It doesn't always go that smoothly.

    What I like to do is pull up a couple brood frames from the bottom box and center them in the new box above. Push all the...
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