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  1. Thread: Miller Feeders

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    Re: Miller Feeders

    I built miller feeders cutting down old bee boxes and that was a mistake. Too many points for leaks and seepage thru old wood. I put the bee entrance in the middle. In cold country having a single...
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    Re: Wintering Bees In Alaska

    You have a sound plan. Not exactly as I do it, but if it works, it works.
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    Re: Regarding honey stores for winter...

    Sugar is cheap. Early while the bees have time to cure the syrup, feed until your double deep or triple medium colonies weigh 125-140 and be done with it. Put some mountain camp sugar on if you...
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    Re: Is fall treatment for varroa obligatory?

    Unless you want to be a biennial bee colony customer, I would say fall effective varroa treatment is mandatory.
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    Re: Getting comb drawn 'on demand'.

    Where is the like button when you need one!
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    Re: Xentari Questions

    I have used aiazawa strain bt zentari for years. I freshly mix small quantities to spray frames before long term storage. I spray frames as they come out of the extractor for storage and Deadouts...
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    Re: When to start feeding for winter?

    I feed colonies needing to grow as soon as the flow ends, which it largely has here where my dryland colonies sit. My mite treatments will begin within a week as healthy non parasitized winter bees...
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    Re: Arid dry really hot areas and hives...?

    Give the bees a water drip onto a pan of rocks and the bees will take care of their hydration needs.
  9. Re: best way to apply Bt-k to frames (that could have moth-maggot potential)?

    One does not get it in liquid form. It is readily dissolvable in water at time of use. Wetting it speeds degradation/growth of the spores. The spores need to wake up on ingestion by the moth...
  10. Re: best way to apply Bt-k to frames (that could have moth-maggot potential)?

    Mix some BT A in volume of water you will use that day spraying combs. As the wet frames come out of the extractor, I spray both sides and fill the super which is then stored. Deadouts or other...
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    Re: Drones being attacked/killed

    The bees are no longer bringing in a surplus and are preparing for winter. The first act is killing off the no longer needed drone population. Happens every year and tells you it is time to treat...
  12. Thread: 2 nucs feeder

    by Vance G
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    Re: 2 nucs feeder

    What you describe is my common procedure. I winter side by side five frame nucs double deep with an excluder and mountain camp supplemental feed on top. It causes no problems at all for the bees.
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    Re: Wet frames - how long to leave on hives?

    I never put wet frames on hives and don't see any advantage in doing it. But, if you have the fetish, I would imagine how long they would take to have honey expunged would depend on temperature and...
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    Re: Does AFB deadout comb always have scales?

    It would be really hard to ascertain NO SCALE AT ALL. Using old dead out comb is indeed a calculated risk. If you had no history of AFB you probably don't have contaminated comb. The test kits are...
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    Re: Last years supers smell fermented

    If that is your considered opinion, act accordingly.
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    Re: Last years supers smell fermented

    They are fine.
  17. Thread: Cold summer

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    Re: Cold summer

    The flow is on. Most everybody needed a super and best of all .70 rain this evening. Life is good.
  18. Thread: Cold summer

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    Re: Cold summer

    I am going out today with a load of supers. Here is to hope! But here in the high desert, we are always ten days away from a drought and it hasn't rained so far this month. But it is warming up to...
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    Re: one-two punch using Apivar and OA dribble?

    Apivar is no longer effective in many areas in controlling varroa. OA is still effective if three treatments five or so days apart are properly administered. The Apivar may knock down mite count,...
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    Re: Supers on first year hive?

    Stop feeding and put on supers. If your supers are not drawn comb, consider pulling a frame of eggs and larvae and moving it over the queen excluder after shaking off bees to insure you don't move...
  21. Thread: Cold summer

    by Vance G
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    Re: Cold summer

    Global warming inexorably continues! It is in the fifties and surprise surprise, the bees are not flying two days before Independence day.
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    Re: Found 2 queen cells

    I would move the empty frames into the center ONE at a time. I would personally feed until they are drawn. I have no idea when your hot season and dearth begin, but if it has started, it is all...
  23. Thread: Cold summer

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    Re: Cold summer

    I thought it was turrble hot east of the Mississippi? It is hard losing spring and early summer as the days are already shortening up fast in the North. Hopefully things will work out, if not there...
  24. Thread: Cold summer

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    Cold summer

    Beginning of July tomorrow and my bees have produced very little honey. Most hives are just on the edge for stores. We have had rain so the turnaround can hopefully be fast. The flowers are...
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    Re: Clumping under SBB

    One piece is The well researched book, honeybee democracy. Bees do not choose cavities with gaping holes in the bottom. Another might be that those of us who live where air conditioning is a real...
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