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    Re: Lyson Polystyrene Hives

    Here in the temperate north I'd say they are perfectly good boxes, but over-engineered. We don't need all the ventilated doo dahs. I've got a dozen or so in use and will happily buy more. The floors...
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    Re: Keeping Bee Hive Records

    Hives and queens get separate numbers so I can follow uniting, queenless colonies and lineages. Both numbers are on removal tags on the outside of the box:...
  3. Re: Is BT the biological agent that kills wax moth larvae now approved to use on fram

    DiPel DF is very similar (it's the kurstaki sub-strain) as well and works perfectly. It's harmless for bees.
    https://theapiarist.org/being-certan/
    In the US it's listed on eBay for ~$25/lb
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    Re: OAV Treatment with new Queen?

    I've treated a colony with a virgin queen before now but through ignorance, not choice (it was a large cast, not a prime swarm), and there were no ill effects. She got out and mated with no problems....
  5. Re: Can a computer count and/or distinguish bees?

    Arnia have an entrance that can count individual bees entering and leaving the hive. It's a simple add-on to the landing board that the bees pass through, breaking a dual beam (so you can determine...
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    Re: Night Time VOA treatment?

    I've sometimes treated at night. A head torch with a red LED bulb can make things easier and the bees don't see it. It also doesn't mess up your night vision. Take care with trailing wires if you run...
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    Re: Cleaning old foundation

    If you mean old black drawn comb then you're better throwing it out, using it for firelighters or as the lure in a bait hive. Pathogen build up means it's not worth saving. There's also little wax...
  8. Re: replacing inner cover with a fabric or plastic

    Here it is on ebay.com ... and if that link doesn't work search for HEAVY DUTY CLEAR POLYTHENE 1000 GAUGE
  9. Re: replacing inner cover with a fabric or plastic

    I use 250 micron poly sheet on my bait hives and mini-nucs ... and when I run out of rigid ones. Works well and costs about $0.30 each.
  10. Re: Newbie question - logistics and expectations, swarming, etc

    Try Demaree swarm control in due course. It keeps the bees together as a single colony, so will not result in infringement of the local byelaws.
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    Re: New swarm in trap, How long before removing

    If the swarm has moved in you can move them in the next day or so any distance. If they've been in there several days you should move them over three miles as they've now reorientated to the new...
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    Re: Regular treatment for varroa

    Early autumn (fall) when the summer honey comes off, and midwinter when the colony is broodless. The former protects the overwintering bees properly, the latter means the colony starts the following...
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    Re: Treated and Untreated in same yard

    I've put essentially Varroa-free colonies into a heavily infested apiary (with 20-30 metres between hives, so well spread out) and have recorded Varroa in capped drone cells within 2 weeks and...
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    Re: Its not the virus, its the mites

    DWV kills bees.
    You can feed larvae a stock of DWV and they cope just fine, with no developmental abnormalities, deformed wings, or elevated virus levels in the resulting eclosed adults.
    However,...
  15. Re: Sons of Swarm Cam: Outside View and Inside View!

    This should be fun ;)
    Do you need to seal around the "looking in" camera to stop extraneous light entering? I seem to remember from Seeley that scouts prefer dark cavities, no open mesh floors etc....
  16. Thread: Shook Swarm

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    Re: Shook Swarm

    Typically ALL the emerged bees in the box are shaken into a new box with fresh foundation ... it sounds like you're planning to do some sort of split at the same time.
  17. Thread: Custom Labels

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    Re: Custom Labels

    The least expensive way is probably a black on white thermal label printer. These labels are easy-peel, waterproof/non-smear, are available in a wide range of sizes and can be printed one at a time...
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    Re: Increased dead after Ox Acid dribble?

    Adult bees should be largely OK ... perhaps it was just a slightly warmer day and the undertakers were more active?
    Unsealed brood is damaged by OA dribble.
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    Re: Break in brood rearing question

    In the UK beekeepers often apply the winter OA treatment between Christmas and New Year (it's a good excuse to escape from the relatives!). For years I've reckoned this is too late and usually treat...
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    Re: Every last mite ?

    There's reasonable data on drifting ... 1% over three days is one figure. The other thing that reflects this is the microsatellite analysis to show parentage ... something like 13-45% are from a...
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    Re: Every last mite ?

    That's pretty much my regime LJ. My bees don't go to the heather so I treat straight after taking off the summer honey. I then always treat midwinter. If you treat early enough to protect the winter...
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    Re: Every last mite ?

    Mid-season, steady-state and only about 30% of mites are phoretic. You'll get a maximum of 95% of them. Mathematically I reckon it would be better to restrict any treatments to broodless periods (or...
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    Re: This for chainsaw buffs

    The Flossie ones miss the obvious ending ... he emerges from the burning building with Flossie under his arm, looks back as it collapses and then - shot widens - he places the lamb down next to the...
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    Re: Winter Brood Break oxy/vap

    Possibly more important is that the colony is broodless ... I usually wait for the first long (3+ weeks) cold spell of the winter (night frosts) and then treat as soon as the weather warms. By...
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    Re: Disadvantages to using wire in frames

    Thanks for the bamboo sources LJ ... I'll get some of the longer ones when I run out of the huge bundle I bought at the same time I purchased 1000 'tongue depressors' for starter strips :)
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