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    Welcome... I think you may be misinterpreting...

    Welcome...

    I think you may be misinterpreting what he is saying. Yes, you can safely assume that your bees will always have mites but that is not to say you must always be treating them.

    If I...
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    I would say not only does that happen, it is the...

    I would say not only does that happen, it is the majority of nucs sold in PA. Many are nucs made after they come back from oranges.

    I only have my overwintered open mated mutts that do well. A...
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    Re: Hello from Pittsburgh, PA.

    Good luck!
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    Re: Where did my bees go?

    Same happened to me this year. Just chalked it up to "one of those things" and am moving on.
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    Re: What would you do?

    I'm partial to flyback splits. I would flyback split the hive, then when the original hive makes cells divide those between 2 nuc boxes and call that another split. I've done that before during our...
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    Re: What to do with old, dark brood comb

    I'm culling old brood frames and wax right now. I plan to make candles. Mine is the color of butterscotch. I have red candle dye that hides it will but I'm probably just going to leave it as is.
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    Candle Wick Size?

    I am cleaning up some old frames of brood comb to cycle out the old stuff. Since the wax is less than ideal I won't be making anything cosmetic with it. When I last made candles I bought #3 square...
  8. Re: Respirator suggestion to use with Easy Vap

    I don't always wear a mask for OAV, but when I do I use the 3M half mask with the pink cartidges. I use them for car painting and they are only good for a limited number of hours around the...
  9. Just did some of mine today. 5ml per seam of...

    Just did some of mine today.

    5ml per seam of bees/50ml per hive max. You won't have 10 seams of bees this time of year.

    What concentration are you using?
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    Re: Queen Bee dead in Winter

    That is incorrect. Look for threads about a Screen Combine by Flower Planter on here. I've done it with success. I don't think you need to worry about a combine right now, just get them through...
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    I'm cleaning up boxes. The daughter hive I...

    I'm cleaning up boxes. The daughter hive I mentioned above was knocked over a few days ago and had laid open. I think they will make it but I shrank them to a deep & medium.

    Looks like she will...
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    Re: Prolific Propolisers W/Photo

    I will probably purchase one soon. I am downsizing and have been using dribble method lately. Spring will tell if it was a good idea, but that is a whole thread in itself and would sidetrack your...
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    Re: Prolific Propolisers W/Photo

    For mine it was like that all year. The picture I posted was about a week after I had broken it up so I could get the OAV wand in. That's another reason she is soaking in alcohol, it was too hard...
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    Re: The right number of hives to keep it fun

    It seems the consensus would be 10-ish and I concur. I learned grafting and went crazy this past spring. I'm selling many of whatever overwinters and trying to get back to 10 in spring. I may go...
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    Re: Prolific Propolisers W/Photo

    I had one just like that. They would glue the front closed down to a 1/2" hole. I gave the queen 2 summers to make honey but her hive never seemed to make extra.

    She's in a jar of rubbing...
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    Re: Bees filling mason jars with honey comb

    You wouldn't even recognize the place. I graduated there 20 years ago and it is very disorienting to go back now.
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    Those are Laurie's pictures. If you search on...

    Those are Laurie's pictures. If you search on here I believe she had a thread dedicated to the project, including the notes when someone stole her pictures & method to sell commercial kits.
  18. Re: Advice on finding properties to place beehives?

    I was talking about my bees at work. A few days later a coworker offered his farm. Then a month later another coworker offered his farm. Neither was there during the bee discussions. The rest of...
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    Re: oa dribble freqency

    So much conflicting information. No wonder I'm confused.

    I only did about half of my hives with dribble. I will do a 2nd round between Thanksgiving and Christmas as well. There are still a...
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    Following... I have a wand but after doing...

    Following...

    I have a wand but after doing dribble recently to about half of my hives I very much like it more.

    We are nearly bloodless now. I'm trying to figure out if I can do dribble again...
  21. I know some that do but only after our spring...

    I know some that do but only after our spring flow has dried up because NY is anywhere from 2 weeks to 1 month behind us. The fall flow starts earlier there and they bring them back down for the...
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    Last fall by necessity I left the fall honey on a...

    Last fall by necessity I left the fall honey on a few I could not get to. In spring, on inspection, I pulled full frames of fall honey from those very same hives.

    I decided to not harvest any...
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    Re: nuc abscond question

    I lost 3 nucs the same way this summer. We had a week up sunny 90+ and when I went to retrieve them, 3 of the 4 nucs I created were gone. I chalked it up to heat and next time will pay more...
  24. Re: Still have lots of drone brood so today I grafted.

    I am 100% out of space or I would try some for fun as well. I need to make boxes for the last batch and don't have time. Making more bees would not be a good idea.
  25. Re: I dropped my queen outside my hive in the grass

    I would guess she is back home unless you stepped on her.
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