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    Re: Mountain camp vs. honey

    Too many "new" beekeepers lose colonies due to late winter/early spring starvation. Sure, it could be prevented with proper feeding at the right time and is completely avoidable. But something as...
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    Re: Abandoned .. mouse ?

    I think this is very unlikely. I've had mice get into hives, and with the cluster up above the nest, they have cohabited during the winter months. Better I think to focus on other reasons the colony...
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    Re: Mountain camp ingredients...

    I tried using HBH and essential oils years ago but discontinued using it shortly after. I found no real benefit, and it actually has a downside of inducing increased robbing pressure during a dearth....
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    Re: Winter mite treatment results puzzling

    What were the temperatures when you treated?
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    Re: RIP little bees...

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    Maybe not .. this time.

    Seems like most of the time mites can be blamed for a hives demise. That makes it too easy to quickly pin all of the blame on mites as the culprit for a dead...
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    Re: Will Politics Drive the Science?

    I think this was a major contributor to the decline in activity. Maybe not so much the fault of Vertical Scope, but more so from the loss of Barry. He developed hundreds of relationships with members...
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    Re: Will Politics Drive the Science?

    There are hoax Time cover articles floating around on the internet. Makes it difficult sometimes to sift through all the garbage and find the truth. Time and Newsweek both published articles in the...
  8. Re: Is it feasible to control swarming without performing a spring split?

    Thank you. It went over my head until you clarified.

    I use this technique as well with my all-mediums set up during the swarm season. Frames starting to be backfilled that still have some sealed...
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    Re: RIP little bees...

    An interesting observation is that most of the beekeepers who seem to be having trouble with OAV treatment effectiveness in the fall months are in the more southern states. I went for many years...
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    Re: RIP little bees...

    Assuming your mite treatments were effective and the bees were relatively healthy ...

    Did you do "anything" different this fall regarding the quilt boxes, insulation, hive ventilation, etc?
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    Re: Will Politics Drive the Science?

    Some good memories from a different time.
  12. Re: Jumpsuit and jacket for ocassional use?

    I could be reading more into this than I should, but it sounds like maybe your landscapers are not as comfortable around bees as most of us are and your goal is to allow them the freedom to work...
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    Re: Bee's Gone

    Check the empty cells on the brood frames. Do you see what looks like some white flecks scattered around on the cell walls?
  14. Re: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times- wisdom and folly from 2019

    I like this.
    Yes, it certainly is a journey. I think that for most of us we experience all 4 of those levels at some point every season. The trek is a continuous learning experience and we never...
  15. Re: Bee with torso up stinger out like a scorpion?

    If you lift the cover off a hive in late evening with no smoke in 60 deg temps, why would they be fanning nasanov? If I had to guess I'd say it's a warning, stay out!
  16. Re: Advice on finding properties to place beehives?

    Agree completely. 20 hives in a residential area is guaranteed to create issues in the neighborhood. You will need to find someone with at least a few acres and think more like 5 hives per location....
  17. Re: I've Installed Motion Detector Lights, Now My Bees Come Out at Night

    Not sure what happens to the bees, but if you want to stop them from being drawn out to the light use dark red bulbs. Bees cannot see the color red.
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    Re: MAQS failure

    Take everyone's reported results with a grain of salt, including mine. ;)
    I've been using OAV exclusively for several years, but last year due to time constraints with family and work challenges I...
  19. Re: Advice on finding properties to place beehives?

    Craigslist worked for me. Got many responses and narrowed it down after visiting the sites that sounded best after phone calls. I targeted landowners with large gardens. If you word the add...
  20. Re: Hands off Beekeeping.....for the most part.

    Agree about the swarm prevention. Springtime - Mid April into June I'm checking the hives almost every week. Reversals, opening the broodnest, adding supers. If not, the usual outcome is swarming....
  21. Re: Too late to add frame of eggs to queenless colony in MD?

    I think yes, but, that might be a way to check to see if the colony is actually queenless. If they start to build queen cells they will have their answer. If they do, I would try my best to find a...
  22. Re: Random thought - Seperating boxes during winter in a small/weak hive with newspap

    Other than feeding it seems like every time I've tried to help the bees out this time of year it's come back to bite me.

    Personally I would not try the newspaper barrier now. I understand the...
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    Re: oa dribble freqency

    You should be fine. Those bees are all gone now.

    I certainly understand your concerns about conflicting information. I try to use what little common sense I have and err on the side of caution to...
  24. Re: questions and theories on how OA kills mites

    If it is simply an action of grooming, why would OAV have such a greater efficacy than powdered sugar?

    I lean towards the theory that the acid itself impacts the mites in some way, causing a...
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    Re: oa dribble freqency

    From Randy Oliver's website.





    http://scientificbeekeeping.com/oxalic-acid-questions-answers-and-more-questions-part-1-of-2-parts/
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