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  1. Backfilling brood nest during requeening

    When you have a hive that is being re-queened via a queen cell, they will typically be waiting roughly 12-20 days until the new queen will be laying. What stops the colony from backfilling the...
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    Re: Price for honeycomb

    Should go for a premium over what a 1-pound bottle of honey sells for. Around here we are right around $8 for a bottle and $10-12 for comb honey.
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    Re: Todays Honey Prices!

    $8 for a 1 pound bottle. I see a few places closer to $10 though, but $7-8 seems more common here.
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    Re: Want to make nucs up.

    I would think you should have enough time. Just feed them 1:1 sugar syrup to keep them growing. Obviously the feeding and build-up would depend on the late season/fall flow/weather in your area....
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    Re: Queen cell in nuc

    I have left the colonies alone but was happy to see bees coming and going from both of them. Oddly enough the smaller one (the one left in the 5-frame nuc box) had lots of bees calmly coming and...
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    Re: The Honor Stand

    Nice video and it looks like you have a nice and convenient way to sell some honey. Good luck with it!
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    Re: Queen cell in nuc

    Today was a nice day so I completed the move! I did not see any queen, but I could have missed her among the frames covered in bees. I put 8 of the nuc frames in a 10-frame deep (plus 2 empty...
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    Queen cell in nuc

    I made a 5-frame nuc that I split off a strong overwintered colony on 5/5/19. I used a locally purchased queen for the nuc. The nuc has been doing well and expanding nicely, so I am planning on...
  9. Thread: No Beetles

    by BeeHoosier
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    Re: No Beetles

    For me, SHB were a bit more numerous last year than the previous two years and I thought they were going to be a problem for me this year. However, after noticing some earlier this season, I have...
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    Re: OAV and sugar

    Thanks for the info. I ended up firing up the varrox and did an OAV treatment today. I will wait until spring rolls around and do a wash for mite counts, but hopefully with this treatment today I...
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    OAV and sugar

    With the weather being pretty nice today (50 degrees and partly sunny) I went out and checked on my bees. They were flying around on cleansing flights so I removed the mouse guard and cleaned the...
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    Re: OAV and ousted dead mites

    As always I appreciate your detailed response and you are always so very helpful. I will perform a few more OAV treatments in my series as you suggested. However, seeing the mites being flicked...
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    OAV and ousted dead mites

    I am in the middle of a OAV series where I am doing an OAV treatment every 5 days (planning on 3 treatments total). I did my second one this morning and as I was putting the mouse guard back on the...
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    OAV and honey

    Based on results of an alcohol wash I will be doing this week, I may be using an OAV treatment (will repeat it a few times since they won't be broodless this time of year). If I do an OAV treatment,...
  15. Thread: Late nuc?

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    Late nuc?

    I know it probably isn't the best idea...BUT if I was to attempt a split during the last week of August/labor Day how bad of an idea is that? humor me....

    I have tons of bees in a large healthy...
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    Re: options for nuc mite Tx if needed

    Is this assuming that all 5 frames are covered with bees, or would it still be acceptable if only some of the frames are covered with bees? Basically, how strong does the nuc have to be in order to...
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    Re: options for nuc mite Tx if needed

    Thanks for the dosage info snl, that is very helpful.

    Also, had some good news today because I did an alcohol wash and found zero mites. I shook bees off a brood nest frame that was 3/4 full of...
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    options for nuc mite Tx if needed

    I have a booming colony that I am looking to split fairly soon. I plan to purchase a queen and use a few frames with eggs/larvae/capped brood along with some honey frames plus some shaken bees from...
  19. Thread: comb honey

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    Re: comb honey

    I didn't realize there was a difference. I have always just used foundationless medium frames (that had a wood top wedge as a starter) and cut square or rectangular sections out of the capped...
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    1st OAV treatment questions

    This evening I did my first OAV. It was a package that I hived 8 days ago (so no capped brood). It went well and seemed pretty easy but I have a few questions now that I have done it:

    1) When I...
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    Re: OAV with some bees not in hive

    Great info Nancy, as always very well said and thorough. I appreciate that.

    Thanks for the replies so far.
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    Re: OAV with some bees not in hive

    A Dust mask would seem to be inadequate based on everything I have read
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    OAV with some bees not in hive

    When using OAV, I plan to do it in the evening when most of the foragers are in the hive, however, at times there will likely be some bees out foraging and such. When inserting the wand and then...
  24. Re: oxalic acid vaporizer vs formic acid treatment for varroa

    Treating empirically can be better than doing nothing to control/monitor mites, however I think it is much better to use treatments when needed. If one treats on a set schedule without monitoring...
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    Re: Packing bees into a suitcase . . . .

    I was hoping to see pics of the opening of that suitcase. Pretty interesting, thanks for posting.
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