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    Re: Russian Queens

    It has been recommended to me by a Rus breeder to delay Q introduction by placing a strip of tape over the candy hole for 3-4 days.
    That or a push in cage.
    Works every time.
  2. Re: Treating a resource hive with Formic Pro

    I believe the issue is not number of frames but whether or not you have adequate ventilation.I think the formic vapors are heavier than air.
    Last year or the year before at Mass Beek field day,Tom...
  3. Re: Queen confinement cage for varroa controlling brood break

    We should be careful about sharing recently published copywrited material without permission.The authors are usually very generous about sharing their material with individuals and I would hate to...
  4. Thread: USGS

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    Re: USGS

    Jim,glad to see you are alive and well and still awake.
    I always thought that with your vast knowledge,you would develop a beekeeper subscription service that would track everything and send me an...
  5. Re: Queen confinement cage for varroa controlling brood break

    See my recent post in TF forum under
    "Forced brood break"
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    Re: forced brood break

    In the equipment forum,we were having a similar discussion on brood interruption and grozzie brought up this study.

    Evaluating the Efficacy of Oxalic Acid Vaporization and
    Brood Interruption in...
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    Re: USGS

    Growing Degree Days can be a reliable indicator of plant flowering and insect activity.
    https://u.osu.edu/beelab/phenology-for-beekeepers/
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    Re: Medium Cardboard Nuc boxes

    http://www.isabees.com/products_0_FS.html
  9. Re: Will new foundations work in a swarm?

    My traps could hold 18 med but are arranged like this in 3 layers. 6 out of 11 last year.

    2F 1 comb 3F
    6FL
    Empty

    F=Foundation
    FL= foundationless with wood starter strips
  10. Re: Queen confinement cage for varroa controlling brood break

    The abstract of the study by Ellis et al. cited by grozzie gives very little information.What did stick out was that a brood break IN THE FALL resulted in colony deaths.
    Well no kidding!!
    In FL ,by...
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    Re: Used equipment

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  12. Queen confinement cage for varroa controlling brood break

    http://www.apimobru.com/var-control-cage-mozzato/?lang=en

    Has anyone used this to cage a Q to force a brood break?
    I'm hoping our European members may have some experience.
    Seen it for sale in...
  13. Re: Wooden frame - foundation pocket sanitation

    If you are talking used frames it's most likely wax moth debris.Just scrape with a hive tool.Anything you miss will be removed by the bees or entombed in the comb.
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    Re: New fight against the mite?

    Fancy bear,
    That is just a myth spread by critics of GMOs based on a Canadian case settled for $0 .
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    Re: Ebay Extractors?

    You get what you pay for.
    Keep in mind parts, service and resale value.
    A good extractor is an investment.
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    Re: Early Queens

    A bit late to ask now but you could check.
    http://www.russianbreeders.org/members.html
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    Re: Used equipment

    Yeah, possible diseased comb is a different story especially if it involves plastic.
    Frames are cheap compared to bacterial diseases
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    Re: Used equipment

    I disagree.I just assembled 50 new frames in about an hour and 10 min.
    The old frames first go into a solar melter,box included.All wax is completely melted off.Then it's less than a minute per...
  19. Re: Russian bees and swarm control timing

    I always put tape over the candy plug when introducing a Rus Q,even into my Rus mutt hives
    After 4-5 days I will check by brushing the bees on the screen with finger to see how well they are holding...
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    Poll: Re: Engineering Project

    You can move any hive with a proper handtruck.Elmer fuds might take 3 trips!
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    Re: Treat mites all the time?

    I agree with what's been said above and would also add to learn how to monitor for mites.
    Personally I would be wary of buying a nuc from this person without getting some clarification.Some...
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    Re: Resources on Nectar Flow Timing?

    The timing of plant flowering roughly correlates with growing degree days.
    (search phenology)
    GDD are monitored for different areas by some state Ag depts,airports and weather web sites.
    An...
  23. Re: Lost hives - How to store honey over winter to restart in Spring?

    Why put them in the freezer when it's below freezing outside.
    Cleanout the dead bee and screen entrances to keep out mice and ants.
    In CT I don't see any wax moth damage until end of May so they...
  24. Re: Russian bees and swarm control timing

    Difficult to judge your conditions over the net.You may have pollen coming in but bees won't draw comb unless there's a good flow or lacking that,feeding and warm temps.You have to judge for yourself...
  25. Re: Russian bees and swarm control timing

    Not in SC but have had Rus in CT for a few years.If you have brood on more than 50% of the frames move them up asap.They will fill a nuc in a blink!
    Give them plenty of room to expand and try to...
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