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  1. I have been a hobby beek for 11 years +. I have...

    I have been a hobby beek for 11 years +. I have pallets of unused gear here from downsizing. I was up to 17 hives at 1 time. It was turning into a part time job. I still have some hives, not 17.
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    Sticky: After trying every type of treatment free thing...

    After trying every type of treatment free thing that is put out there, it seems like most of it is hooey.

    Odfrank's post sums it up more eloquently than I would.
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    There are lots of beekeepers that Were treatment...

    There are lots of beekeepers that Were treatment free. But after applying may of the things in your novella that you posted, they do not wish to speak of the wholesale failure of much of that.

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  4. Thread: Vorra

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    Mineral oil is not a good vehicle for oxalic...

    Mineral oil is not a good vehicle for oxalic acid. In that type of fogger use a mix of 80% ethyl alcohol, 20% water. 25 grams of O. A. To 100 ml. Of alky/ water mix. Adjust quantity as needed.

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    Kitchen chemistry concoctions are usually a bad...

    Kitchen chemistry concoctions are usually a bad idea, whether for feeding or treatment for pests and disease. Electrolytes? Vitamins? branched-chain amino acid tablets from the health food store? The...
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    I add 1/4tsp vitamin- electrolyte blend from the...

    I add 1/4tsp vitamin- electrolyte blend from the feed store to a 10 lb batch. About 3% of soy protein isolate powder. 5 capsules of branched-chain amino acid tablets. Those are from the health food...
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    Gregv this area is high altitude, we had snow...

    Gregv this area is high altitude, we had snow here yesterday. You saw Az., assumed desert heat. What else do you not know?
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    A study at a university on belief and personality...

    A study at a university on belief and personality type was recently finished. People that follow and believe conspiracy theories are the same type as highly religeous people. They are convinced of a...
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    I have gotten those small swarms, late...

    I have gotten those small swarms, late summer-fall, thru winter several times.


    Give them lots of comb. They need a place to put feed, and lay eggs into in Spring. There will be no comb building...
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    I agree. For instance, the Flow hive hype. Never...

    I agree. For instance, the Flow hive hype. Never mind it's obvious issues, I had complete noobs ask me when I was converting. Because" its so much better". Everybody says so.
    Rather deviously I...
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    Flower planter, I have noticed those same things...

    Flower planter, I have noticed those same things swarm catching. You are one of the few, real bee trappers.

    I've noticed that few people are willing to really learn how, no matter what they hear.
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    Your trap needs to be in place before they swarm,...

    Your trap needs to be in place before they swarm, for best results. Also placing boxes 500-600 yds. from known hives works better.
  13. Thread: Mite bombs

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    Halleluyah. Another preacher. There's no fanatiic...

    Halleluyah. Another preacher. There's no fanatiic worse than a convert.
    I'm not even looking.
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    Communism is likely the most deadly and...

    Communism is likely the most deadly and destructive sort of national slavery ever to poison a nation.
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    I like the 18 guage narrow crown staples. They...

    I like the 18 guage narrow crown staples. They can be up to 2", but not all staplers will use those. 1 3/4" is common and works fine. 1" will do frames nicely. They will work on a small compressor.
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    Really better, is to just buy primer.

    Really better, is to just buy primer.
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    No problems. Let it dry thoroughly. It will b...

    No problems. Let it dry thoroughly. It will b just like oil based undercoat.
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    Leave an empty box right at the old site. After...

    Leave an empty box right at the old site. After dark, pull on gloves & a veil, carry the box to the new spot and just thump them all out by the entrance. Most will reorient at sunrise.

    You may...
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    Primer is designed differenly than paint. It is...

    Primer is designed differenly than paint. It is very adhesive, and also produces a surface that paint sticks to well. Good priming will prevent peeling for years.

    A better alternative to watering...
  20. Thread: Mite bombs

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    When the mite weakened hives are cleaned out by...

    When the mite weakened hives are cleaned out by your bees, you will have mites. Sometimes a significant infestation turns up, rapidly.

    The phoretic mites are mobile. They can be transfered from 1...
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    The worker life cycle is 21 days from egg to...

    The worker life cycle is 21 days from egg to hatching. 3x5 doesnt extend open brood times far enough. 4x5 would barely. (at 20 days ) If you are worried do 4x7 day treatments. I guess you could get...
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    Your walk-away splits and the mother colony are...

    Your walk-away splits and the mother colony are mated with wild bees. That is how they survive, by being defensive.
    You will likely get great producing, thriving hives from these bees. It is...
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    Thats your best course, to treat now. Vaporised...

    Thats your best course, to treat now. Vaporised oxalic acid on a strict every-7-day schedule will do the least harm. But if you can see mites there will soon be big problems. So do whatever you can....
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    They wont swarm without a queen. They wont stay...

    They wont swarm without a queen. They wont stay in a hive very long without brood if they are queenless.
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    I think the closing them in for three days and...

    I think the closing them in for three days and the leafy branch things are beekeeper myths.

    The branches are used for moving an established hive a short distance. Say, 100 yards. Placing an...
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