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    Re: Brazil: 500 million bees die in 3 months.

    Then you misunderstand the thinking. I don't know how many managed hives are kept in Brazil. Wouldn't one need to have a basic understanding of this number in order to determine whether 500 million...
  2. Re: Maxant Bottling Tank: 16 gallon v. 25 gallon

    How difficult is it to pour 5 gallon buckets of honey into it on top of that cart? Do you use a step stool to get some elevation?
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    Re: Oxylic acid schedule

    I really like this article by Rusty Burlew on OAV timing when brood is present:

    https://www.honeybeesuite.com/using-oxalic-acid-vaporization-when-brood-is-present/
  4. Thread: help with hive

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    Re: help with hive

    I would not say that they will not build comb. Only that they seem reluctant to build comb at this time of the year. At least that is my experience in my area. I don't feed pollen patties in the...
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    Re: help with hive

    Unfortunately, we live in very different places and climates, so if someone from your general area chimes in on this thread, I would take their advice over mine.

    If you have a super with no wax...
  6. Re: Maxant Bottling Tank: 16 gallon v. 25 gallon

    At elmer fud's suggestion, I contacted Maxant. The 16 gallon tank is 86lbs and the 25 gallon is 110lbs.
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    Re: Spraying for Army Worms

    If you have a relationship with the farmer, you can ask him to do it very early in the morning or, probably more ideal, at dusk in the evening. This will lessen the exposure of the field bees. ...
  8. Thread: help with hive

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    Re: help with hive

    Yes. Take it off. Also, feed both colonies 2:1 sugar syrup to get them prepared for the winter.
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    Re: Brazil: 500 million bees die in 3 months.

    I was estimating between 40,000 to 60,000 bees per colony? 500,000,000 / 50,000 = 10,000 colonies. Those would be strong colonies so, if you take it to 30,000 bees/colony you would be looking at...
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    Re: Brazil: 500 million bees die in 3 months.

    Is my math wrong or is that something in the neighborhood of 8,000 to 10,000 hives, in three months, for a whole country? We lose almost a million hives a year. If you want to grab headlines, they...
  11. Maxant Bottling Tank: 16 gallon v. 25 gallon

    I am about to order a Maxant Bottling tank and I am still debating between these two sizes. Cost difference is $300. Not really worried about the cost difference. I will need a little bit of...
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    Re: Apivar and Supers

    I don't. Those are the first frames I use in splits the next year, so they are converted to brood frames. However, the Apivar FAQS information on residues would seem to suggest that you could use...
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    Re: Apivar and Supers

    This does not directly answer your question, but should give you some insight into residues in wax and honey:

    14. Is Apivar submitted to residues trials?
    The French laboratory of ANSES in Sofia...
  14. Re: Smartphone app that listens to bees to tell you what health issues they have

    I have performed 13 scans. Two were on hives I knew to be queenless, but it registered the possibility of queenlessness at less than 5% on each. That being said, they have both been queenless a...
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    Re: Apivar and Supers

    What do I do with the removed supers and frames that are not filled as I must remove them before applying Apivar?

    If you can't freeze them, you don't have any good options.

    I danced this dance...
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    Re: Apivar and Supers

    I place two Apivar strips in them. I also put a dot of paint on the top bars of all frames that is the same as the queen color for that year (i.e. this year green). Then i know not to harvest the...
  17. Re: OA vaporization is probably safe with honey supers - here's my calculations

    Dudelt: I agree with your sentiments exactly. I do not use OAV with honey supers on. I have my suspicions that it would not harmfully impact the honey if I did. But I don't because it is not a...
  18. Re: OA vaporization is probably safe with honey supers - here's my calculations

    Nothing. I think you need some controls in place. You will need similar nectar sources for all hives within a testing group so there is no natural OA differential. I think you would need several...
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    Re: Apivar Dosage question

    aran: I would probably be running something almost identical to you if I could use formic in my climate. Formic with supers on in mid-summer would be ideal, but it is 100F here and I would wreck my...
  20. Re: clarification: varroa mites -> deformed wing virus -> colony collapse

    Thomas: I have absolutely zero scientific background or education, so please take this for what it is worth.

    I have always believed that all of the focus on hygienic bees and mite mauler/ankle...
  21. Re: OA vaporization is probably safe with honey supers - here's my calculations

    I don't think this is the case Mike. There is no money in this. Wood bleach is cheap, its everywhere and you do not need a prescription to use it. The whole bit about getting a label was necessary...
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    Re: Apivar Dosage question

    Before splits in the spring, I do alcohol washes of all my hives and do OAV series treatments of those indicating mite loads with a ProVap 110 (shout out to snl) to try to get my mites under control...
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    Re: Pex pipe for honey

    Bdfarmer555: If you ever do something with pex in your honey house, I sure would like to hear about it and see pictures. I can't think of a reason that it would not only work, but be greatly...
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    Re: my new hive lifter

    Nice. How do I get one? Do they have a website?
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    Re: Apivar Dosage question

    Yep. Unless you can reduce them down to a single box where it will only cost you $6.
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