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    Re: Treating to Become Treatment Free

    I have to admit that I really hate the topic of treatment free vs. treating. It seems to bring out the worst in people and I have seen numerous poster leave, never to return because of the heated...
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    Re: healty hives that refuse to store food

    I have a couple of in hive Pro Feeders and think I will give them a try. My usual thoughts when there is an issue is that it is mites. I will also place a few Apivar strips in and see what happens.
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    Re: healty hives that refuse to store food

    I use quart mason jars over the hole in the inner cover on all hives. The feeder can hold up to 4 quarts at a time. Since they are not taking a lot at any given time, I am only using 1 bottle. When 1...
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    Re: healty hives that refuse to store food

    It is good to know that I am not the only one to see this happening. I do get rid of these in the spring. Since I started queen rearing a couple of years ago, these, along with any dinks, are the...
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    Re: healty hives that refuse to store food

    Definitely not getting robbed and not small colonies. One of the hives is the only "Italian" queen I have and she is still laying up a storm as if there was 5,000 acres of goldenrod surrounding the...
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    healty hives that refuse to store food

    Every year I have a couple of hives that just refuse to store enough food for winter. They are good sized hives with no apparent disease or mite issues. They have an endless supply of feed on the...
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    Re: How do I relax w/bees?

    My first year of beekeeping I felt the same way. I was nervous every time I went out. I was sure I would do something really wrong, I would cause the bees to come after me in force, I was going to...
  8. Re: Giganto Hive: How to get them to condense resources

    What is in those top 5 or 6 boxes? Are the frames capped, empty or partially filled?
  9. Re: Germany to ban glyphosate to save insects, finally!

    While I would love to see glyphosate banned here too, I cannot believe it will ever happen. In my area having a small patch of grass in the garden in the fall means the garden will be a lawn by...
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    Re: When (time of year) to move hives

    I can see why Greg would think that moving them in the middle of winter would be a bad idea but I was not recommending you move them with 3 feet of snow on the ground or if it is 10 degrees below...
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    Re: Liquid form of BT Aizawai

    I don't disagree that it may be wrong but in order to find out for sure, you would need to spray it directly on your bees. Once Bt is used, it starts to break down pretty quickly. My guess is that...
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    Re: Liquid form of BT Aizawai

    I have used BtK for several years and never lost a hive to a BtK poisoning. It works very well against wax moths. However, an article from Oregon State University specifically states that the Aizawai...
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    Re: When (time of year) to move hives

    You can move them any time that is best for you. However, I prefer to move them in the dead of winter. With the bees happily clustered in the hive, they will not bother you while moving them and...
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    Re: Failed OAV treatments?

    I would agree with the 2 previous replies that it is time to change the OA you are using. I have always used Savogran brand (also bought from Amazon) without any issues. The fact that it is leaving a...
  15. Re: About to purchase first hive, few questions

    I use deeps for brood and mediums for honey. In my area if you are a stationary beekeeper, you can maybe get 1 medium filled in most years. Some years a second. If your area can provide significantly...
  16. Re: Arbor Day Tree Survey = how much free bee food??

    I have been a donor to the Arbor Day Foundation for years and what you got is probably not a scam. They do give out loads of free trees but they will also like and ask for a donation. The only thing...
  17. Re: Feeding through a dearth? Good or bad idea?

    In general, my area is in a dearth every year from July 1 until winter comes. We do get a bit of a flow when ivy blooms but it is not enough to get them ready for winter. The rains stop in the...
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    Re: Oxylic acid schedule

    I think when you see huge mite drops after each treatment, the treatment is clearly working. If you still have large mite counts after treatment, my best guess is that you are getting re-infested...
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    Re: Real honey vs sugarwater honey?

    Find a few cells that are darker in color than the rest of the capped cells. Break them with your finger and taste it. Now you know what real honey tastes like. The lightest capped honey in the hive...
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    Re: Oxylic acid schedule

    As with everything in beekeeping, ask 3 beekeepers and get 4 different answers. When I do fall treatments with OAV, I do 4 treatments, 5 days apart. The reason for that is two-fold. Drones have the...
  21. Re: OA vaporization is probably safe with honey supers - here's my calculations

    I just used a single treatment in the calculations and several will of course multiply the totals. The point I am trying to make (as you are) is that the exposure is really quite small. Although the...
  22. Re: OA vaporization is probably safe with honey supers - here's my calculations

    I like the calculation but I will make the claim that you have way overstated the potential contamination in a pound of honey. Thus, here are my calculations. I do love a good math problem!
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    Re: HELP ME! no fall flow?? lazy bees???

    Your timing is pretty close to mine and we are over 2,500 miles apart. At my location the last flow is blackberry which ends just about July first every year. After that, the only significant nectar...
  24. Re: Calculating number of flowers needed for a hive?

    Wikipedia has a listing of how much honey you can get per acre for numerous plants. Use any search engine and type in "honey per acre for sunflowers" or what ever plant you are thinking about. I have...
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    Re: Really need to feed during dearth?

    I can see reasons to feed and not feed but if the hives are low on stores, you definitely want to feed. In my area, come the second week of July we are in a dearth every year that does not end until...
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