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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    That would be a very safe bet.
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    Russ, thank you for going to the effort of collecting and photographing the mite specimens. The pictures and you comments are informative and promising.
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    Re: Bee Vac fail

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    Re: What caused this? Multiple choice - easy

    That's funny.
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    Re: Swarm questions

    Less is more.
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    Re: Bee Vac fail

    I believe that the physics related to the friction and resulting slower speed of air flow along the sides of the corrugated hose relative to the faster (and thus higher total volume of air) moving...
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    Re: Bee Vac fail

    By "usual hose" do you mean about 2" O.D. flexible corrugated hose that is referred to by Shop Vac and perhaps others as "2 inch hose"?
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    I just ordered Swarm Commander. Don't judge me.
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    Re: Proper way to switch hive stands?

    Use a few bricks, concrete blocks, or boards (whatever is handy) to make a temporary stand a few feet away and out of your way, or just set the hives on the ground if it isn't going to take you long....
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    Re: Proper way to switch hive stands?

    How big are the hives, and how many are there?
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    Did a cutout today. New small colony. Got the queen. She's locked in with a queen excluder on the bottom and top. We intend to pull off the bottom excluder when they start bringing in pollen. Never...
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    Re: Cut Out Question From a Noob

    Try to save only one frame of brood, hopefully the youngest brood or eggs. Don’t convince yourself that more is better. It’s not. Don’t use smoke. Be careful that they may be Africanized. If you have...
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    Re: Any beekeepers sick w CV-19? SURVEY

    Don’t bite your nails, and payday’s on Friday.
  14. Re: I'm convinced that OAV is a cure-all for mites.

    You had The Cousin Herb Henson Trading Post TV Show, Ferlin, Merle, Buck, and Waylon; we had The Louisiana Hayride, Faron, Hank, James Burton, and Elvis. As we like to say during our long hot...
  15. Re: I'm convinced that OAV is a cure-all for mites.

    Not in a particularly popular destination for migratory beekeeping, robust local feral population, high humidity, all eight frame medium boxes, small brood chambers (twenty-four medium frames), even...
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    Re: Varroa exponential growth

    Blessedly, my bees seem to have been positively impacted by so called “stochastic” host-parasite interactions and external perturbations on the dynamics of infection and transmission sans treatment,...
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    I don't treat.

    I use all eight frame medium boxes. Three boxes below the excluder.
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    https://www.mannlakeltd.com/metal-bound-8-frame-excluder?list=Category%20Listing. These eight frame metal queen excluders have worked well for me.
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    Small brood chambers (twenty-four medium frames), even (importantly) during the boom, high humidity, few inspections or intrusions below the queen excluder, no killing bees to sample for Varroa,...
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    Thank you, Russ. More honey, more problems.
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    We generally don't use foundation in the bottom three (eight frame, medium depth) boxes. I do often add drawn foundationless frames to new colonies if they are handy. We use standard plastic frames...
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    We checked our hives yesterday. Once again, they surprised me. We have eighteen production hives coming out of winter. (Our goal is twelve.) And a lot of honey in the boxes. This was a good winter. ...
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    When I capture a large early swarm cluster, I like to first put them in a swarm trap with frames, including at least one frame of drawn comb. I use an entrance disk turned to the queen excluder...
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    A run on toilet paper has caused a run on toilet paper. The only thing we have to fear is fear itself. Years from now, some folks’ children will inherit their toilet paper supply.
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    When I dropped that swarm off at one of my two main beeyards Tuesday, things were abuzz at the entrances of each of the five production hives in that yard. So it came through winter well. I haven’t...
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