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  1. Feeding bees with frames of crystallized honey

    I'm about to add frames of honey, some capped, some crystallized to my hives to bolster their winter stores. These frames came from my dead outs last year (mites). I have frozen each of the frames...
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    Re: Suddenly High Varoa Count

    Thanks, Frank. This is very good news!

    John
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    Re: Questions about OAV procedure

    FWIW, I find my mite counts/24 hours increase over several days after using OAV. If you like what you found after 24 hours, just wait! I, too, have only tried it this year and can only reference my...
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    Re: Suddenly High Varoa Count

    It seems to me that you are past the time to use most other treatment methods and your choice now is down to treat with OA or do not treat at all. I was TF for 6 years. Ignoring mite counts last year...
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    Re: Suddenly High Varoa Count

    Hi, Twilsey. I live in NH and had a similar experience this fall. The thread is here if you wish to see it.
    http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?304050-TF-until-today

    Good luck,
    John
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    Re: TF until today

    Not to extend this thread, however, I said I would post results of the 2nd test and the subsequent hive inspections so here we go.

    Hive 1:
    Pre-treat: 24 hour mite drop of 10 - 12
    1st treatment:...
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    Re: TF until today

    Acebird, please read what I have already written. I already mentioned I would be doing 2-3 treatments. In fact, 2nd one was done today. 3rd is scheduled for next Friday. I will post results of the...
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    Re: TF until today

    Mark: Probably true and I also used to believe that. My personal experience finally led me to believe that if I monitor I have a better idea when to split or queen capture to break the brood cycle...
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    Re: TF until today

    Sorry Acebird. You do not understand my statement correctly. I believe to be what I call "thoughtfully TF", meaning doing everything one can to manage their bees without chemical intervention vs...
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    Re: TF until today

    Thanks, Squarepeg. Best of luck to you, as well! Being thoughtfully TF is a lot of work and I do believe it can happen giving the right set of circumstances and perseverance. My retirement plan...
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    Re: TF until today

    Well, this thread has taking some interesting turns, including name calling which is one of the reasons I debated about even posting this topic. Of course, some folks just make you want to call them...
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    Re: TF until today

    To Burns375:
    Most of the nucs were very low on honey tho' there were still a couple of frames in most of the nucs. 3 were empty.

    As to the hives, I still have 7 full supers of honey I removed...
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    TF until today

    After 6 seasons on not treating (25-40% winter losses depending upon year) I had a massive loss last year (8/11 hives, 10/10 nucs). I wrote it off to bad management due to unavoidable time...
  14. Thread: Freezers?

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    Re: Freezers?

    I have a chest freezer that holds 9 mediums (10-frame) plus a few loose frames. I do not believe it is as energy efficient as an upright freezer (I believe the sales person mentioned this but not...
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    Re: bee sting alergy question

    I wondered the same thing several years ago. The allergist mentioned the time to worry is when the swelling from a sting crosses over a major joint, i.e. a sting on your hand crosses your wrist and...
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    Re: Do mites fall of of dead bees

    Thanks, gents. Sounds like Varroa, not cold got them. I will try doing an alcohol wash just to see what I find. Of course, that means waiting for some warmer weather so I can first find the hives...
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    Re: Significant Other.

    When I ask for help, i.e . wrapping hives when it's freezing outside, she is definitely there! Same when it comes to harvesting. Otherwise, if she joins me on trips to the beeyards, she brings a...
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    Do mites fall of of dead bees

    When a colony dies in winter, do the mites fall off of the bees or stay on them? Autopsying hives and wondered...

    Sorry...just saw typo in title and could not fix...

    Thanks,
    John
  19. Thread: Bee Blogs

    by Eyeshooter
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    Re: Bee Blogs

    Mine is www.nhbees.wordpress.com. I started it 7 seasons ago, mainly as a diary so I would remember what I did, why I did it and what resulted. I've kept it current.

    John
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    Re: Russian or Buckfast?

    About 4 years ago, I tried 2 buckfast queens from R Weaver. Good honey production and they were fine the rest of that summer. Only one made it through winter. That hive was so mean I chopped off her...
  21. Re: What should I cut off my fingers with . . .

    Since you already expect to cut off fingers, I would buy a SawStop and save the medical bills which will more than pay for the saw. Works with dado blades (requires a different cartridge) or thin...
  22. Re: Are you ready for the Odfrank overwintering challenge?

    Of my 11 hives and 7 nucs, I lost one hive to mites and 3 hives due to beekeeper's error of not strapping or weighing down the outer covers enough during a blizzard. The wind blew our windbreak into...
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    Re: Rabbet joint question

    I have made about 100 medium hive bodies/supers using the same technique as NewJoe. By drilling pilot holes through the rabbet joint, using TiteBond II and 10 nails on each short board, I've yet to...
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    Re: Bees up and left a hive full of honey

    Ray,
    You are one of the folks whose posts I always read. I find you to be knowledgeable, sensible and courteous. We all have a bad moment. I look forward to learning more from you and hearing more...
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    Re: Whoo Hoo! Bees are flying!

    Plowed the driveway yesterday, walked out to play with the dogs this afternoon and heard the bees 20 yards away! High 40s today but wrapped hives in direct sun convinced the girls to come out....
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