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  1. Re: When to remove entrance reducer with variable temps

    My approach is better 2 weeks late than 2 weeks too early. Wait until you see serious traffic jams at the entrance most of the time before removing it.*


    *Texas beekeeping has little to do with...
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    Re: VarroMed...something new coming

    My thought is that I wish I hadn't gotten rid of all the dried eggs we had in the freezer to make space. Our chickens are prolific in the summer and at one point we had 90 eggs in the fridge.


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    Re: Building vs. Buying

    I build my items in the winter when there is nothing else going on. I only use my spare time so the actual value of my time is watching sportsball vs playing in the woodshop. Economically from a...
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    Re: VarroMed...something new coming

    Thank you for the information! I had assumed that since it is the successor to HiveClean that it also was a sugar solution.

    Hive Clean Ingredients: Water, Saccharose, Citric acid, Oxalic acid,...
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    Re: VarroMed...something new coming

    Maybe. Or, not many people do dribble instead preferring to OAV. I think I will try it with a small number of hives this spring. Reading the active ingredients it seems to be a weaker version of...
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    Re: VarroMed...something new coming

    Has anyone tried VarroMed or have reviews? I very much prefer using the dribble/trickle to Vap. I am not trying to open that debate but rather I am thinking about giving this a try and looking for...
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    I have the 4/8 frame non-electric one with the...

    I have the 4/8 frame non-electric one with the red handle. It has served me well for 3 years. When time comes to replace I will probably upgrade. But, early on I didn't see the wisdom of tying up...
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    Welcome... I think you may be misinterpreting...

    Welcome...

    I think you may be misinterpreting what he is saying. Yes, you can safely assume that your bees will always have mites but that is not to say you must always be treating them.

    If I...
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    I would say not only does that happen, it is the...

    I would say not only does that happen, it is the majority of nucs sold in PA. Many are nucs made after they come back from oranges.

    I only have my overwintered open mated mutts that do well. A...
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    Re: Hello from Pittsburgh, PA.

    Good luck!
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    Re: Where did my bees go?

    Same happened to me this year. Just chalked it up to "one of those things" and am moving on.
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    Re: What would you do?

    I'm partial to flyback splits. I would flyback split the hive, then when the original hive makes cells divide those between 2 nuc boxes and call that another split. I've done that before during our...
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    Re: What to do with old, dark brood comb

    I'm culling old brood frames and wax right now. I plan to make candles. Mine is the color of butterscotch. I have red candle dye that hides it will but I'm probably just going to leave it as is.
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    Candle Wick Size?

    I am cleaning up some old frames of brood comb to cycle out the old stuff. Since the wax is less than ideal I won't be making anything cosmetic with it. When I last made candles I bought #3 square...
  15. Re: Respirator suggestion to use with Easy Vap

    I don't always wear a mask for OAV, but when I do I use the 3M half mask with the pink cartidges. I use them for car painting and they are only good for a limited number of hours around the...
  16. Just did some of mine today. 5ml per seam of...

    Just did some of mine today.

    5ml per seam of bees/50ml per hive max. You won't have 10 seams of bees this time of year.

    What concentration are you using?
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    Re: Queen Bee dead in Winter

    That is incorrect. Look for threads about a Screen Combine by Flower Planter on here. I've done it with success. I don't think you need to worry about a combine right now, just get them through...
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    I'm cleaning up boxes. The daughter hive I...

    I'm cleaning up boxes. The daughter hive I mentioned above was knocked over a few days ago and had laid open. I think they will make it but I shrank them to a deep & medium.

    Looks like she will...
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    Re: Prolific Propolisers W/Photo

    I will probably purchase one soon. I am downsizing and have been using dribble method lately. Spring will tell if it was a good idea, but that is a whole thread in itself and would sidetrack your...
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    Re: Prolific Propolisers W/Photo

    For mine it was like that all year. The picture I posted was about a week after I had broken it up so I could get the OAV wand in. That's another reason she is soaking in alcohol, it was too hard...
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    Re: The right number of hives to keep it fun

    It seems the consensus would be 10-ish and I concur. I learned grafting and went crazy this past spring. I'm selling many of whatever overwinters and trying to get back to 10 in spring. I may go...
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    Re: Prolific Propolisers W/Photo

    I had one just like that. They would glue the front closed down to a 1/2" hole. I gave the queen 2 summers to make honey but her hive never seemed to make extra.

    She's in a jar of rubbing...
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    Re: Bees filling mason jars with honey comb

    You wouldn't even recognize the place. I graduated there 20 years ago and it is very disorienting to go back now.
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    Those are Laurie's pictures. If you search on...

    Those are Laurie's pictures. If you search on here I believe she had a thread dedicated to the project, including the notes when someone stole her pictures & method to sell commercial kits.
  25. Re: Advice on finding properties to place beehives?

    I was talking about my bees at work. A few days later a coworker offered his farm. Then a month later another coworker offered his farm. Neither was there during the bee discussions. The rest of...
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