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    Re: Colony Update here in MA

    A few years ago Randy Oliver requested scrapings from the front of hives with dysentery - he checked a few hundred for nosema and found only a couple of cases. Acetic acid kills nosema and I use it...
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    Re: Colony Update here in MA

    dysentery is not always a sign of apis and almost never a sign of ceranae. Without a scope done how would anyone know this was nosema? If the hive dies I would disinfect with acetic acid if I used...
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    Re: Colony Update here in MA

    Do others keep the fence charged for the winter or turn it off at some annual date on the calendar? I leave my solar charger on all winter, when the snow shorts it out it doesn't work but as soon...
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    Re: Colony Update here in MA

    I'm out of town and only got on line now... answer several questions:

    Both. lots of dead bees on the bottom boards and the remainder seem to have flown off and not returned. Found 2 queens dead...
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    Re: Colony Update here in MA

    Not sure what the virus is, if it is indeed a virus, but all my hives in the home yard collapsed in the last 2 weeks. They had been treated OAV 2 weeks before that. This is the second year this has...
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    Re: Colony Update here in MA

    Here in the frozen north they won't be a problem until next June after the first hard freeze. Most just stack them. I put a cup of acetic acid at the top of the stack and cover.
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    Re: Colony Update here in MA

    good flow going in all 3 yards... seems like many less asters this year, maybe the drought last year?
  8. Re: Getting ready for winter - mostly empty lower boxes

    Many northern beekeepers put an empty under their hives as a matter of course. Believe it helps wintering.
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    Re: Heilyser JB700 OA Blower

    So I wrote him and told him I have one of those fans in the old JB. But I cautioned it looked well cemented in. His reply "They are interchangeable fans. The adhesive is latex based caulking. You can...
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    Re: Colony Update here in MA

    Waited for Ron to respond before I did anything. He suggested that I check the fan for obstruction. When I pulled the end off a fan blade had broken off and locked the fan [must have been a...
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    Re: Heilyser JB700 OA Blower

    Waited for Ron to respond before I did anything. He suggested that I check the fan for obstruction. When I pulled the end off a fan blade had broken off and locked the fan [must have been a defective...
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    Re: Heilyser JB700 OA Blower

    Well, yesterday I was treating with the JB. I finished the row of hives and was running the blower to cool it down. Heard 2 loud clicks and the blower quit working. still heats up ok, but this is...
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    Re: Colony Update here in MA

    Well, yesterday I was treating with the JB. I finished the row of hives and was running the blower to cool it down. Heard 2 loud clicks and the blower quit working. still heats up ok, but this is...
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    Re: Looking for new breeder queen stock to try

    Which is why I've gone back to Italians, JMO
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    Re: Colony Update here in MA

    cool nights and warm days make for a good goldenrod flow.
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    Re: Colony Update here in MA

    I expect those swarms are varroa driven, be aware if they move into one of your hives, mite bombs.

    Purple looestrief now being ignored by bees here, mostly done. Joe Pye and Goldenrod going...
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    Re: Heilyser JB700 OA Blower

    I use the 2500 which I get from Amazon. This is my second one, bought the first one used and it lasted about 7 years.35319
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    Re: Angry bees usung OAV

    I treat in the middle of the day... now using the JB700. Just finished the 2nd round. No veil, suit or stings. It doesn't seem to upset the bees at ll
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    Re: Colony Update here in MA

    Forgot to add that it's not that bad a battery user. I can do 20+ hives with my booster [pictured] and still have a charge left, haven't tried to do more because don't have yard bigger than that....
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    Re: Heilyser JB700 OA Blower

    Forgot to add that it's not that bad a battery user. I can do 20+ hives with my booster [pictured] and still have a charge left, haven't tried to do more because don't have yard bigger than that
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    Re: Colony Update here in MA

    My latest on the JB700...

    After doing 2 rounds of my hives...
    1. I'm happy with the improvements.
    2. It's faster than the wands
    3. I carry a flat blade screwdriver and clean the residue...
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    Re: Heilyser JB700 OA Blower

    After doing 2 rounds of my hives...
    1. I'm happy with the improvements.
    2. It's faster than the wands
    3. I carry a flat blade screwdriver and clean the residue between loads.
    4. Cools quickly if...
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    Re: What battery charger will work OAV wand?

    this is what I use... lasts for about 15- 20 hives before needing recharging...
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    Re: Heilyser JB700 OA Blower

    Just a little and it dumped out when I inverted the vaporizer. I'm pretty happy so far. I'll be treating this weekend and should be able to give another update.
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    Re: Heilyser JB700 OA Blower

    Just got my blower back from Ron, have to say it's much improved... put 4 scoops of OA in it and got a very satisfactory amount of steady OA vapor. Heats much faster. It is a battery hog - I use a...
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