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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    I have to make sure my boards are heavily oiled or something- I think centipedes, eats them. Thankfully mice cant get to them.
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    On Friday, I did an OAV on both hives.
    24 hour mite count on the original-21. A bit higher than I thought it would be 48hr 51(total), today, no change. Well, that went well.
    With Number 2, its a...
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    Re: Cell size survey.

    As I recall, you also said you went ''cold turkey' (didnt treat) and lost them all.

    Mine are still alive and my one is now two....on SC
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    Re: Lowest observed foraging temperature

    The lowest I recorded my bees flying out in the morning was 7.5c
    The latest I watched them fly out at night, in summer was 9.30pm...the sun had set and I had to go to bed cos I had an early start...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Thanks, somebody sent me the link for this university to look at splitting, so i'll add this to my studies.
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    48 hour mite count= 4.
    Had a hard time counting due to debris, mostly pollen and wax moth poop.
    Somehow they get in and wind up hatching out under the mesh screen.
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    I couldnt check the boards on day three the weather was just plain nasty.
    Today, I managed to do the next OAV, I dont like doing it when its raining or really windy, but this morning,I nipped out in...
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    Re: extremely aggressive today?

    Interesting, thanks.
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    Re: extremely aggressive today?

    Do you use a particular type of vinegar...or anything is okay?
  10. Re: Bees Bringing in Fungus in place of pollen

    I've just been reading Paul Stamets book 'Mycelium Running', on page 5 he talks about Oxalic acid and Calcium oxalate being formed by many fungi.
    This made me sit up and re- read because a few days...
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    Re: Treating to Become Treatment Free

    My goal is to have Treatment Free hives.
    I started with the softest treatments I could find, first with FGMO without and then with wintergreen oil. Spring arrived and they had a serious case of DWV....
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Did an OAV yesterday after clearing the sticky boards and heavily oiling it to try to stop any other insect from eating any mite fall.
    Got home from work this afternoon and checked the boards....1...
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    Re: Do I really need to medicate?

    OT.
    I'm done with Stoopid, anyone who wants to bother with this can simply click on our names at the top and go through all our posts to see who has been say what.
    NOW!!! can we get back to the...
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    Re: Do I really need to medicate?

    Thats interesting!
    I have had ceiling rated insulation over the inner covers ever since I felt the heat coming off the inner cover in the first winter. Its been there ever since.

    One thing that...
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    Re: Do I really need to medicate?

    Chem treatments? Wasnt that was what you were pushing last year.
    I dont use them as a matter of course and have been up front in having to do so last spring.... and what you have just said is...
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    Re: Do I really need to medicate?

    Centipede
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    Re: Do I really need to medicate?

    Hit the send button by mistake....oh well.
    I did an OAV on monday- 24 hour mite count was two. Checked again today- none.
    I have cockcroaches and ( dont you just hate it when that word sits on the...
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    Re: Do I really need to medicate?

    Unfortunately for new beekeepers, we have to take on board what other more experienced Beeks say..... having said that, y'll have had 30 years to deal the mites and its still here and in NZ worse...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    I went to pinch the last, so called, empty frame this afternoon, late; only to find they had already filled half of it with honey AND capped it.....within the last week.
    Gotta love Spring!
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    Re: How to insulate long hives?

    I insulated the top of my hive with surplus ceiling insulation. Mine is a wool based product, treated to inhibit mites from eating it, so after 20 years it still looks like it did when it was new....
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    I'd just like to say that i have enjoyed watching your thread and have learnt alot over the last few months, so thank you.
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    Re: When (time of year) to move hives

    I had to move my hive in late summer from one end of the back yard to the other, around 20 meters. Unfortunately, it had to be on a work day, which meant the hive was in lock down til mid afternoon....
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    I spent the day trying to finish making the next long hive. Got three walls and the floor finished. Just have to hurry up and decide whether to have a top or bottom entrance so I can finish the last...
  24. Re: Not building on plastic frames, what to do?

    I also found that if the plastic frames are not heavily waxed, they are really slow to build out on them.
  25. Sticky: Re: treating vs. not treating for mites: opinion thread

    You are right.
    I apologise for lowering the tone of the forum.
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