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  1. Re: ? treat with OAV late winter without mite count?

    I just did a winter treatment. 40 degrees today in Maine. I did one last winter and came into the spring with very little mites. My last treatment was in November.
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    Re: Bitterly cold tonight

    Sounds good. Thanks.
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    Re: Bitterly cold tonight

    Ok thanks. That was kind of what I was thinking
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    Bitterly cold tonight

    I have quilt boxes and upper entrances on all my hives. I have the lower entrance cleared and reduced to one bee hole. Just wondering if I should close the lower entrance for tonight. Its...
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    Re: Question about a quilt box

    Thank you for everyone’s input. I do think I am going to use the quilt box on some of the hives and experiment, not on others. I won’t insulate them though. I do think it’s a good idea to change...
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    Question about a quilt box

    I live in Maine. this year I have made candy boards to put on the top of my hives. I have also insulated the hives. I am planning to make quilt boxes by drilling holes in supers, putting muslin on...
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    Re: Fumagellin

    Thank you Michael. This makes perfect sense to me. I won’t be treating my bees.
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    Re: Fumagellin

    I guess I was thinking that since I used EOS and probably killed off good bacteria, this would help like a probiotic, Am I wrong in that?
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    Re: Fumagellin

    Thank you everyone. I will stop EOS immediately. I see a new item on the market called Pro DFM. I will probably order some to replenish their guts. Thank you all for the good advice. I am just...
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    Fumagellin

    I am curious about what most people do with this. Around here a lot of people automatically treat with fumigellin in the fall to prevent nosema. My bees are very healthy and I have been told that I...
  11. Combining a nuc with a queenless hive

    I have a small swarm from a week ago that is in a nuc. They have a good laying queen. They are doing well but are too small to survive the winter. Id like to combine them with a queenless hive. ...
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    Re: Question on oxalic acid

    Thank you so much. Ive worried about that a lot. Looking forward to harvesting my honey
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    Question on oxalic acid

    I have a question I have not seen before. Last winter I treated my hive in January with oxalic acid. There was a honey super on at the time. Obviously the bees ate all that honey and this summer...
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    Re: Rhodendron honey

    Thank you that helps a lot
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    Re: Rhodendron honey

    Thank you that makes sense. I know I had bees last year and I'm sure they must've worked the rhododendrons but this is the first year I've noticed. I'm still fairly new at this.
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    Rhodendron honey

    Ive been hearing about toxicity from Rhodedrons. I have a purple bush in bloom and my honeybees are definitely working it. Should I be concerned about the honey being toxic? Ive read that...
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    Re: Split into double nuc

    I looked at the article this is awesome! Being relatively new myself three years this is the first year I've really tried nucs. I'm gonna try this method. Thank you
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    Re: Split into double nuc

    I don't want a nuc to raise queens. I have been told they would be inferior also I had a chance to queen with Caucasian queens and I've heard good things about them
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    Re: Split into double nuc

    Thanks
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    Re: Split into double nuc

    Thank you. That makes sense.
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    Split into double nuc

    Today I went into my gangbusters hive and found swarm cells. I was able to locate the queen and took her out, placing her in a double nuc. This is a full box with a divider in the middle. I made a...
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    Re: Dysentery

    I'm sorry, I need to clarify that. The place it came from did not hand out the fumigelin as a matter of fact they discourage it. A local source where I have gotten packages from in the past...
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    Dysentery

    I just installed a new package of Russian bees yesterday. They are vigorously feeding in the new sugar syrup feeder but there are about 20 slow moving bees on the landing board and a lot of runny...
  24. Re: Laying workers 10 days after install??

    I don't believe the bees would be building a queen cell if the hive was laying worker. Sounds to me like they are superseding the package queen which I understand is not uncommon. I'm third year so...
  25. When you to start feeding sugar syrup

    I live in southern Maine. Temps this next week will be 60's and 30's at night. Next week looks like 50's and rainy. I have candy boards on my hives. Is it too early to remove candy board and start...
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