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    Re: Moving Bees (Vermont to Atlanta)

    Boy oh boy! It'd be a whole lot simpler to find a local beekeeper who'd buy them in VT and then, after you get settled in Atlanta....and acquainted with your neighbors and neighborhood....start anew...
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    Re: Exposed bee faces: brood

    Look at it this way. Assuming your queen is laying a relatively solid brood pattern....from the photos you posted it would appear that about half make it to adulthood. And, to be sure, if their...
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    Re: EFB Can they be saved?

    Absolutely! So many beekeepers look at each set of symptoms individually as though they have no influence over each other. Which, in turn, often blinds them to some of the underlying causes and those...
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    Re: EFB Can they be saved?

    Tim B, I have heard other beekeepers speak of persisting EFB but have never had anything like it. I had one friend, whose opinion I trust, say that eventually she shook out all her bees in an...
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    Re: Exposed bee faces: brood

    Not pretty. Definitely not from beetle larvae.
    Have you tested for mites?
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    Re: Hive collaspe

    Why did you add HBH?
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    Re: Reliquifying buckets

    I have one of these. One serious downside is that they aren't deep enough for a 5 gallon pail to fit (the top of the pails are higher than the side of the tank) and so you can't put the capping tank...
  8. Thread: Varroa Bomb?

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    Re: Varroa Bomb?

    Some of the early work in determining IPM treatment thresholds indicated a Fall drop of 60 - 180 mites (I believe that was the range) was the line in the southeast US. Since that work a number of new...
  9. Thread: Varroa Bomb?

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    Re: Varroa Bomb?

    I doubt if any responsible beekeeping authority would suggest that a seven-fold increase in mite counts over a three week period is inconsequential.
  10. Thread: Varroa Bomb?

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    Re: Varroa Bomb?

    Says who?! For a guy who doesn't count mites this seems like a strong opinion....without any reasoning.
    If my mite testing numbers suddenly went up seven fold....it'd get my attention....no matter...
  11. Re: Commercial storage of numerous drawn comb frames (wax moth)

    I store several hundred supers with drawn comb in a barn. As long as the comb hasn't had any brood or significant amounts of pollen, it is of no interest to wax moths. I put a metal queen excluder...
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    Re: Api Life Var - application

    Handle it carefully. It can burn. Don't get it in your eyes!
    I wear nitrile gloves when handling.
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    Re: EFB Can they be saved?

    I understand that to err on the side of caution, destroying the comb is the answer. Some years ago I had a round of EFB spread throughout one of my yards. I treated all of the hives with tm per...
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    Re: EFB Can they be saved?

    Indeed. In the past few years I've seen several cases of EFB that I was able to associate with high mite loads. I will also say, in those cases the colonies were beyond saving.
    I've never burned EFB...
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    Re: EFB Can they be saved?

    To my old eyes those larvae still appear white. Are you seeing off colored larvae? Do your hives have an unpleasant odor?
    And last but not least.....have you done any sort of mite testing?
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    Re: Apiguard problem or Robbing or Both

    There was a thread a few years ago here on Beesource about feeding at the same time using apiguard triggering robbing. Since then I've used apiguard but made sure not to feed at the same time and, in...
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    Re: Apiguard problem or Robbing or Both

    Are you feeding too?
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    Re: Treatment free???

    Apivar MIGHT be the one treatment that would turn around a failing hive. Two issues, to my thinking. Being a synthetic compound it would be totally against most treatment free beekeepers...
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    Re: Treatment free???

    This is where I get concerned. Professional, conventional beekeepers have some sort of objective threshold to determine when to treat. None that are successful wait until the colony shows signs of...
  20. Re: They're flying all over my yard., what are they doing?

    I don't think it does. Even if you feed everyone in the yard.....the big 'uns will still rob the weak ones.
    Unfortunately they don't think like people. 'Oh....we've got plenty of our own....there's...
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    Did you begin feeding before or after the 'event'?
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    Re: Treatment free???

    Was there something in my reply that offended you?
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    Re: Treatment free???

    No. You've got 'em.
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    Re: Price of Pint Jar of Honey

    Mine are labeled 22oz (623g)
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    Re: OAV and feeding

    I'm not too sure that I'd feed and treat with OAV at the same time. OAV leaves a residue on all the inside surfaces of the hive and would surely coat in internal feeder. Even if you add syrup...
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