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    Sticky: Seminar for Veterinarians about Honey Bees

    September 29-30, 2018 in Raleigh, NC, the Honey Bee Veterinary Consortium will be sponsoring a Convention for veterinarians interested in Honey Bees.

    https://cvm.ncsu.edu/event/hbvc/

    This...
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    Re: Fume Boards and Escape Boards

    Fume Board: Works in minutes. If you have one, stand there, do not leave. If you have several, you can pull supers from many hives using multiple fume boards. Do NOT leave on overnight.

    Escape...
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    Re: America tackles AFB

    I wish that the USA's number one bee problem was AFB because it seems to be fairly low prevalance. Instead, it seems to be the much more widespread Varroa mite and the other diseases that the mite...
  4. Thread: double nuc

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    Re: double nuc

    When you need to get into the bottom boxes, you have to remove the super, and then your canvas inner cover does not really help keep bees from going out the bottom of the super and then coming back...
  5. Thread: double nuc

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    Re: double nuc

    By having separate boxes, you can open one colony at a time without risking queens crossing over or being dropped on the wrong side.

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    Re: Double Nuc Question

    At Betterbee, we use 4 frames in all of these. They winter in 4 over 4. The second story should be two narrow boxes so you can manipulate one colony without opening the other at the same time.
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    Re: Access to Antibiotics

    This is Chris Cripps, one of the owners of Betterbee and the guy who put up the BeeVets.com website.

    I have a lot of notoriety among my classmates for giving out honey straws to try to develop...
  8. Re: Antibiotics - The FDA changed a rule to help beekeepers

    I will try to clear things up for you. I wrote an article about this that you can find here:

    http://www.beeculture.com/do-i-need-a-vet-for-my-bees/

    As of January 1, 2017, in order to legally...
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    Re: Honey Ice Cream?

    The Betterbee Field Day has featured honey ice cream for a number of years. This was set up by the Stevens' before we bought the company.

    The Ice Cream Man is the one that makes the honey ice...
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    Re: Wood estimate for 200 beehives

    Keep in mind that grade of wood will affect your output dramatically. Depending on the joints you use and the quality of product you are willing to accept, knot spacing can make or break your output...
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    Re: Newbie with candle making question

    The stock that the needles is made from comes very long. We cut them. The needles are needed to push the wick through the rubber. If you have a 12 inch taper mold, you will need something very...
  12. Re: Veterinary Feed Directive - Olly olly oxen free?

    I think that flyer came from a Bee Culture posting that Kim Flottum sent out. That posting came right after the FDA announced a change in the rules. The old rules stated any VFD antibiotic that had...
  13. Re: Holst milk test and difference between AFB and EFB

    What was the varroa count in this hive? It looks like you have a mite in the milk test. Is it or is it other debris?

    This looks more like a mite issue with the brood death they bring as...
  14. Re: Veterinary Feed Directive - Olly olly oxen free?

    Mbeck,

    It will be interesting to see how it develops. Hopefully the veterinarians offering services will learn about the diseases of bees and be able to provide a lot of value in disease control....
  15. Re: Veterinary Feed Directive - Olly olly oxen free?

    A few comments, Deb, about this.

    When you are picking out a frame to take to a veterinarian to show them and hopefully get help with a diagnosis, the frame should be wrapped and then the...
  16. Re: Veterinary Feed Directive - Olly olly oxen free?

    Hi Deb,

    You are correct, it is against the letter of the law, but I doubt there would be anyone to block you from seeking professional medical care. The state inspectors routinely send samples in...
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    Re: Who sells this uncapper?

    Betterbee will be carrying the one like shown in the YouTube video as well a the ones Ray showed links for. We used it this year and were very impressed. I don't have pricing yet, but it will be in...
  18. Re: Veterinary Feed Directive - Olly olly oxen free?

    Nancy and Jim have very different operations. Jim is running a large number of hives across many yards. Nancy has a few hives at home and is helping a number of backyard beekeepers to learn about...
  19. Re: Veterinary Feed Directive - Olly olly oxen free?

    I meant to add here too that a lot of times when making up this protocol list, the veterinarian will ask what you do and see if that seems reasonable and then document it if so. If not, we would...
  20. Re: Veterinary Feed Directive - Olly olly oxen free?

    There is still some flux in how things are to be done and how different veterinarians might work. Please keep that in mind. There is a group of veterinarians working in the American Veterinary...
  21. Re: Veterinary Feed Directive - Olly olly oxen free?

    There was a mistake in the Catch the Buzz article.

    There is NO change in the need for a beekeeper to have an order from a veterinarian so they can use antibiotics on their bees. This part of...
  22. Re: Antibiotics - The FDA changed a rule to help beekeepers

    Hi Joe,

    I'll try to keep it short, but who knows.

    Starting January 1, 2017, all of the antibiotics that are delivered in feed or water are going to change from being over the counter (OTC) to...
  23. Antibiotics - The FDA changed a rule to help beekeepers

    I am sure some will say this is too little of a change, but it is a big change and demonstrates the FDA is listening.

    I gave a talk at the American Veterinary Medical Association about...
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    Re: January 1st, 2017

    I am the one that is setting up the BeeVets.com website, and will say I have a bug that I cannot fix until I am home, so hopefully by Wednesday it will be working.

    I am now in Texas at the...
  25. Thread: Sacbrood or...?

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    Re: Sacbrood or...?

    Glad to hear you say the OAV was going to be used to kill the mites. Oxytetracycline (Terramycin) is an antibiotic that is used to kill bacteria like EFB, not mites nor viruses.

    The antibiotic...
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