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  1. #21
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    let me make one more point about the mites
    as a rookie, it's very likely you won't see any for a while
    I didn't see any till September
    I thought I was in the "magical land of no mites" [img]smile.gif[/img]
    tain't so
    now I see a few, but the counts are still below 10/ 24 hrs
    try to find someone that will let you watch them inspect their bee's so they can show you what to look for
    they're hard to see when you don't know what your looking for
    Joining a local bee club is a real good idea

    Dave

  2. #22
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    >I thought I was in the "magical land of no mites"

    It's very doubtful anyone in North American is there. [img]smile.gif[/img]
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

  3. #23
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    well, my second theory was that the big hunk of quartz sticking out of the ground near my hive was emitting some kind of "powerful anti-varroa kryptonite death ray"
    but alas, that theory failed as well

    Dave

  4. #24
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    Hi Dave,
    Thanks for the mite info.
    I have been doing a lot of reading on Diseases and pests and how to identify them and treat for them.
    I know that the best method is hands on so that will be the real test.

    I did find out that there is a club up north of me but is a little far to drive to. They only meet once a month I think,so maybe I can swing the drive.

    Guess what else I found out.
    There is a couple of hives not more then a quarter mile from me.
    I noticed a bunch of bees flying around that I never noticed before so I got to investigating and found several hives which looked to have been there a while and to be honest I don't think that anybody takes care of them.
    I will be on the look out though for anybody who might know anything about them.
    Do you think this poses a problem for me or the bees?

    Thank you

  5. #25
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    Ah!

    you hit the mother lode
    almost surely the hives up the road are tended by somebody.
    figure out who
    leave a note on em
    most beekeepers are good folks, they'll probably help you out.
    a few hives up the road won't cause you any trouble
    the beekeeper up the road may be your greatest asset

    Dave

    [size="1"][ October 28, 2005, 05:00 PM: Message edited by: drobbins ][/size]

  6. #26
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    Hi Dave,
    Must have read your mind as I went back over there yesterday and left a note with my number on it.
    Hopefully I will get a call.
    There are probably about 4 hives total.
    I was looking at the bees up close they looked young and real healthy so I think that would be a good sign.

    Thanks for all of your help,I cant waiting to put all of this to use this coming spring.

    Thank you

  7. #27
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    Your post is dated 9 Oct.

    How did your deal work out with the four " found " hives?

    In my very short experience with bees, they always seem healthy to me. Of course I have never seen sick bees to compare. My bees? come and go and seem to be, well, busy as bees?

    I am still in the sorta awe struck stages about the whole thing. I keep two hives/colonies close to the house, about 50 feet away, and observe them daily. In nice weather some fly off and some fly in. Some dead bees around the hives, some dead drones, some dead pupae, none of it excessive so I don't worry about it. I also get stung sometimes when I stick my nose too close to the hive or stand in their flight path.Oh well...
    JB

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