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  1. 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?
  2. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. 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...
  17. 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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    Timing the use of Bt-A or Bt-K

    When using Bt for wax moths, what is the best time to use it? According to the literature, the timing is vital because once the product is added to water and applied to the target plants, the usable...
  20. Re: Tree ratios on acreage versus # number of hives supportable?

    Thank you Jack! That is an excellent presentation on bees and trees.
  21. Re: OA vape 5 days vs. 7 days apart - what do you recommend?

    As little John stated, the liquid is the water in the OA powder. OA does not have a liquid form under natural temperature and pressure. It is just like dry ice which turns into a gas with no liquid...
  22. Re: best way to apply Bt-k to frames (that could have moth-maggot potential)?

    I absolutely love finding information that seems totally contradictory to real life. An article about Bt located on the Oregon State University web page states: "However, the aizawai strain is highly...
  23. Re: Tree ratios on acreage versus # number of hives supportable?

    I am pretty sure it would depend on what trees you are talking about. I am in a residential area and it is not uncommon the last 7 years to get 50 - 75 pounds of maple honey per hive in the spring....
  24. Re: best way to apply Bt-k to frames (that could have moth-maggot potential)?

    According to the Valent BioSciences website, both Xentari (Bt-A) and DiPel (Bt-k) are labeled for use in killing Lepidoptera. Xentari It was created/brought to market after DiPel (Bt-k). It is...
  25. Re: OA vape 5 days vs. 7 days apart - what do you recommend?

    I have done the three treatments 7 days apart (3/7) and the four treatments five days apart (4/5) schedules and have not noticed any difference. However, I do prefer the 3/7 over the 4/5 because I am...
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