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    Re: pulling honey ideas looking for feed back

    "May look a little goofy but it works"
    Love your presentations, thanks for sharing.
  2. Re: Oxalic, Glycerin, Shop Towels - a promising stopgap flyswatter

    I treated with cardboard strips hung between frames on the outside of the nest this spring and found the bees removed the strips over some time as the nest expanded onto the frames they were on, I...
  3. Re: Oxalic, Glycerin, Shop Towels - a promising stopgap flyswatter

    I treated with cardboard strips hung between frames on the outside of the nest this spring and found the bees removed the strips over some time as the nest expanded onto the frames they were on, I...
  4. Re: Oxalic, Glycerin, Shop Towels - a promising stopgap flyswatter

    Stick strips of the dosed paper either between or next to brood so the bees chew it and it becomes more effective in my experience.
    I've tried a few different cardboard/paper substrates and have...
  5. Re: Oxalic, Glycerin, Shop Towels - a promising stopgap flyswatter

    Any chance of a linky?
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    Re: Mann Lake mini-Nuc management

    Yup.
    If you have too many bees in a box shake some off and take them away, a little judgement is needed to leave enough to cover the brood and/or fight off wasps (maybe that's yellowjackets to...
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    Re: Mann Lake mini-Nuc management

    Leave them shut in until the cell hatches then they form a mini colony around the virgin. To get over the overcrowding without cycling frames simply shake bees out, if all your bees are in the same...
  8. Re: Oxalic, Glycerin, Shop Towels - a promising stopgap flyswatter

    I'm not sure the mode of action of oxalic acid on the mites promotes resistance in the survivors, I imagine it's those that haven't come into contact with concentrated enough acid to abrade their...
  9. Re: Oxalic, Glycerin, Shop Towels - a promising stopgap flyswatter

    Keeping mite levels just about static while bee numbers are getting up to the max is a result in my book.
    Interesting thread, fwiw I've been using cardboard strips hung in the brood box with...
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    Re: Selling nucs to just queens?

    I sell a few hundred queens a year and could happily produce many times this many however, like you, I'd be worried about getting left with an unnecessary large number at seasons end.
    I believe...
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    Re: Inspections 100 hives

    I've got the following questions assuming you've got 100+ hives:

    Please call the number of hives you own in your comment.....

    250

    1) how much time it costs you to inspect the hives?

    I...
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    Re: Treatment free in Wales

    Iirc Pete used to take part on this board, I'll drop him a line to see if he wants to speak for himself here.
    +1 on the thanks Moe, I hadn't seen it before either.
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    Re: Treatment free in Wales

    Ok Oldtimer, that's a lot to deal with but I'll try and answer as best I can point by point. Apologies for thread hijacking and going off topic ( I won't be offended if it's deleted or moved...
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    Re: Treatment free in Wales

    I cannot speak for David but I know Peter's bees are near native, slightly mongrolised Amm. He admits in the video much of his stock comes from swarms caught from feral colonies, I guess that makes...
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    Re: Apiary Is Collapsing

    Ahem,,,,,post12 :)
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    Re: Treatment free in Wales

    Thank you squarepeg, I read a lot and only contribute where I think I might have something of relevance to add. I see us all fighting in the same direction.
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    Re: Treatment free in Wales

    The people who responded to the survey are a very small proportion of beekeepers in Wales and almost certainly weighted towards tf in comparison to the vast majority of beekeepers who didnt make the...
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    Re: Treatment free in Wales

    Really? I am not having a parade but that does seem to be the intent of your post and most naysayer posts in the treatment free forum. Adding a cautionary note to any information provided in a...
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    Re: Treatment free in Wales

    I have a lot of time for Pete Hayward and have no doubt he speaks the truth as he sees it but his methods wouldn't work in the area in which I operate as bee density is much higher and a little more...
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    Re: Making a living with bees

    This is key, without developing a new market you are competing with already established businesses who've gone through their expensive development stages, worked out their margins and priced their...
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    Re: Apiary Is Collapsing

    Apivar might save the remainder. You can always shook swarm onto fresh comb in the spring if you're worried about residues in the wax, at least the colonies will have a chance.
  22. Re: New research shows Varroa mites are made up of Oxalic Acid Vapor

    BernhardHeuvel Location : NRW Germany

    My apologies.
    Am I right in recalling you mentioning this mite behavior where they reenter cells earlier than is usual when exposed to oxalic vapour?
  23. Re: New research shows Varroa mites are made up of Oxalic Acid Vapor

    Bernard the Belgian bloke on here (sorry, I've forgotten his username) has extensive experience of oav and has an interesting theory that the oav drives mites into brood earlier than they would...
  24. Thread: VM Vaporizer

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    Re: VM Vaporizer

    Is that silver backed bubble wrap as an inner cover?
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    Re: VM Vaporizer

    Jean-marc's recent vm counts on here are the only encouraging stats I've read for oav repeated doses while there's brood.
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