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  1. Re: Mite count still high after treating with Mite Away Quick Strips

    If memory serves, MAQS instructions say NO retreatment for first 30 days after initial treatment. Locally, we follow up with something softer, like thymol or Hopguard. Interesting to read from others...
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    MAQS and brood loss

    I've read about MAQS and possible queen loss, but this is what I found:

    Two hives treated with two pads of MAQS each, between the brood boxes as per instructions. Daytime air temps never above 80...
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    Re: EFB Can they be saved?

    I, too having been waiting to read/hear about freezing. Glacial acetic acid or irradiation seem like generally accepted methods of treating frames. I did cross infect a second hive by giving...
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    Top feeders and dehydrating syrup

    When using a top feeder, how much does it interfere with the bees' efforts to dehydrate the syrup and nectar that is below the feeder? I added a Mann Lake style feeder today on a light hive, and the...
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    Re: EFB Can they be saved?

    I've had it this year as well. and I inadvertently transferred it to an adjoining hive. One hive recovered well, the original weaker hive struggled all season, even with new comb and three different...
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    Re: one 8 frame deep for winter?

    As Michael Bush points out, one important factor is the race of your bees. I had a ten frame single survive in WA state my first year that was really only six to eight frames. It was made from a...
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    Add bees or add comb?

    I put a new queen in a hive made from a virgin led swarm that turned out to be have drone layer. The bees in the swarm are getting old, and I'm not sure if they'll revert to wax making. The problem...
  8. Re: OA vaporizer - dedicated battery or the one in the truck?

    Thanks, I was thinking scooter/lawnmower. I'll have to look up amps.
  9. Re: OA vaporizer - dedicated battery or the one in the truck?

    What about something smaller and more portable, like a scooter or wheelchair battery?
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    Re: Pseudo Laying Workers

    The smaller, originally "infected" hive struggled all summer. Perhaps I should have cut my losses, as advised by some. I'm on my FIFTH queen on that hive (it came with two-a virgin that...
  11. Re: How successful are double screen boards for overwintering a small hive on a big o

    WBVC, last year, the consensus of our bee club was that in our climate, it would be better to overwinter a stacked nuc above a full hive with a solid board in between. It is so wet here in the...
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    Re: Western Washington Beekeepers 2014

    This is/was the season of queen issues. I'm not expecting much honey, but so far, have gone from 3 hives surviving as of March to 8 plus 2 nucs struggling along. I may get 3 mediums of honey, maybe a...
  13. Re: Anyone seen large queen losses/supercedures

    As I posted earlier, I MAY have just squished them, but seems odd, and many others seeing similar results. See marked queen, CAREFULLY put frame back in, ten days later: no queen. Also, the bees seem...
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    New Queen Question

    So, after checking on a swarm with a suspected virgin queen, that was captured 24 days ago, I finally saw larvae. Nothing is capped yet. The bees have only drawn worker comb, no drone comb. There is...
  15. Re: Anyone seen large queen losses/supercedures

    That the weirdest part. Some of the queens just "disappeared". No supercedure. The queens were in there laying away, and then poof, next inspection, there are emergency cells around the outer edges...
  16. Re: Anyone seen large queen losses/supercedures

    As for raising my own in response to the losses, I had failed queen cells/virgin returns in April. Although I had one hive out of four with good drone numbers, and used that as a gauge that other...
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    Re: Digusting Sight BeeHive

    On the EFB, anecdotal evidence that beekeepers experience a reoccurrence or new EFB outbreak each spring or when the flow is over and the hive stressed makes me wonder. I realize that in even in the...
  18. Re: Anyone seen large queen losses/supercedures

    That's the part I don't understand. I'm pretty careful during inspections, and had not rolled a queen the first two years. This year, I had three overwintered queens just die. Disappeared. Not...
  19. Re: Will bees move honey from honey super?

    As Vance said, they'll put it where THEY want it. They wanted it in the super, not knowing of course that you might be pulling it :)
    As for frames in the brood nest. I've "had" to rotate outer...
  20. Re: Anyone seen large queen losses/supercedures

    I'm close to you, and yes. This was asked here or on a west coast beekeeping page on Facebook, and generally, Washington and some BC beekeepers, are experiencing this. Slightly less so in Oregon. I...
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    Re: Digusting Sight BeeHive

    Not to change the subject, but what about EFB? I have a hive that has EFB that did not respond to requeening, and was placed on all new foundation and requeened a second time. The hive next to it...
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    Backfilled swarm

    I hived a small swarm (2-3 pounds) that I believe was virgin led based on its size, and prolific late afternoon fanning the first three days after hiving on undrawn foundation (two weeks ago last...
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    Re: Hello from the Okanagan Valley

    Welcome! You'll find frequent contributors from BC, mostly west of the mountains, and northern WA, as well as the rest of the world. Good luck, and happy beekeeping!
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    Acetic Acid Fumigation

    For those who have used this method to sterilize comb, I've read the instructions on some of the UK sites, but wonder: how strong is the vinegar smell? Can one perform the procedure in a garage or...
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    Re: Virgin Queens in Small Swarms

    Day !2. First peek inside. Just a quickie. No sign of brood, didn't look for queen. Six frames drawn and almost all of it is filled/backfilled. Beautiful white wax. I'm trying to be patient with...
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