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    Beekeeping at the equator

    Thought Beesource readers would enjoy this story… I travel to the highlands of Ecuador near Quito a few times a year to teach. Early on I noticed honeybees on blooms in the town where we stay and...
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    Re: Apivar and Small Hive Beetle

    No, Apivar doesn't help with shb. Probably thinking of checkmite.
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    Re: Question: Will a hive eject virgin queens?

    I have seen this sort of activity before. It could be their rejecting a virgin. It also could be a virgin that flew back into the wrong hive. I have also had stray virgins fly into queenright...
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    Re: Can't stop the EFB.

    Retail information on how long the bacteria persists on wood, wax, pollen and what other potential reservoirs doesn't seem to be available. I saw some research from the early 20th century that...
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    Re: What causes this kind of kill?

    Not sure where you guys are in the bloom cycle but some nectar is poisonous. In our area Yellow Jasmine will kill off foragers. Thankfully, this year the yellow Jasmine is blooming at a time that...
  6. Re: eliminate the spores of chalkbrood from frames with honey

    I had chalkbrood in a couple of hives for a year or two. It mysteriously went away. Looking back I can think of possibilities for why it disappeared. I began leaving my entrances more open through...
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    Re: Can't stop the EFB.

    We see it somewhat regularly. We have tested some and about 3/4 of what I visually identify tests positive responds to antibiotics, returns regularly and infects other colonies when frames are...
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    Re: Can't stop the EFB.

    Brood combs. Don't remember if they had pollen. They probably did.
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    Re: Can't stop the EFB.

    Have tried. Frames quickly infected otherwise clear colonies.
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    Re: Lots of Dead Bees

    Starvation. They needed syrup. I had a hive in one of yards yesterday in that shape. about a pound of dead bees on the bottom board and the rest were desperately lethargic and not a drop of honey...
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    Re: Glue traps for SHB control

    I'm thinking that one of you engineering minds needs to make a zapper after the model of the battery powered mosquito zappers. The key would be battery life if kept on the "on" mode. The other key...
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    Re: A quick review on Lyson 30 frame extractor

    UPDATE Have used this extractor through two seasons now and have processed close to 14,000 pounds of honey with no problems, no signs of rust or wear. Hundreds of deep, medium and shallow frames...
  13. Thread: Honey For Sale

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    Honey For Sale

    Have about 24 5 gallon pails of dark 2017 summer honey produced the CSRA area of Georgia. 150 per pail. Also have 5 gallon pails of 2018 medium spring honey produced in the CSRA area of Georgia for...
  14. Re: Update - Oxalic, Glycerin Shop Towels - Working with Randy's Recipe

    Some of both. There are so many variables in using any of the acid treatments. Maybe some strains of bees chew on the towels more than others thereby getting more exposure.
  15. Re: Update - Oxalic, Glycerin Shop Towels - Working with Randy's Recipe

    I ran the shop towels on top of the frames with no success last year on around 100 hives with severe consequences in my apiary. Looks like hanging them makes a difference. Maybe I'll try one more...
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    Re: small hive beetle larva infestation. Ugh!!!

    All the honey is assumed to be spoiled. I just put the frames on another hive after freezing with no problems.
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    Re: small hive beetle larva infestation. Ugh!!!

    If you have a deep freeze freeze everything. You can then use as needed. I have saved some desperate hives by freezing them bees and all for 24 hours. This kills the maggots and beetles but the...
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    Re: Any easy way to dry honey

    If the supers were positioned with space between supers, for instance stacking them across one another they might not need the circulation. You are probably right about the beetles. I brought home...
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    Re: Any easy way to dry honey

    My stacks were six or seven feet high so 12-14 shallow. The fan blew down and I could feel a slight movement of air through the bottom vents.
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    Any easy way to dry honey

    For many years robbing and processing honey being driven by weather, bloom cycles or the bees in my operation. I have struggled with what to do with uncapped frames or times when even capped honey...
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    Re: Hands sting....gloves not cutting it.

    I use seven or nine mil nitrile. Bees can sting through but usually don't try. Once they start stinging through leather they keep attacking the same spot. I might get eight or ten stings attempts...
  22. Thread: Foul Brood

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    Re: Foul Brood

    Several things I have learned on EFB having studied and fought it for several years:
    1. Unlike AFB it can be killed by temperatures well below the boiling point. Something like 150 degrees for 15...
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    Re: Cold, dark, where's spring???

    Have fed 25 gallons a week to most of for the past seven or eight weeks to 75 hives and they are still nearly starving. When we have had flying weather the blooms weren't producing nectar. Saw the...
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    Re: where do I turn in my beehive tool?

    You are right. It is not just the mites. When I first got back into beekeeping in the mid 90s I got a hive from my father. I caught a swarm from it and cut a hive out of a house. When I put in...
  25. Thread: Cautionary tale

    by Tim B
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    Re: Cautionary tale

    More and more I'm inclined to suggest dealing ruthlessly with failing colonies. One hive fails in the fall. Ten or fifteen in a line of 20 fail in the next spring or summer. Just about impossible to...
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