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    Sticky: Re: OTS - Treatment Free

    Der, it is possible. However, I am more inclined to believe it is operator error. Last year we had a very early spring and my bees were way ahead of where they should have been and I didn't adjust...
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    Sticky: Re: OTS - Treatment Free

    Squarepeg, I plan to add back some VSH to the mix this year. Providing the 2 survivors stay calm they will likely be split. I don't propagate those that are aggressive.
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    Sticky: Re: OTS - Treatment Free

    By now they are mutts, but there is a mix of VSH and Carniolans and whatever drones are in the area.
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    No problem. It looks sorry too. I am at 2/10.
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    Sticky: Re: OTS - Treatment Free

    For production colonies up to the winter of 2015/16 it was 56% for a total of 35/62. Yes, I believe that I have the ratio about right for most years. This coming year I expect there will be less...
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    Sticky: Re: OTS - Treatment Free

    I don't. I don't know what the others do. The colonies that have gone through a production run often succumb to mites. This usually happens before Christmas, but after the bees have stopped flying...
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    Sticky: Re: OTS - Treatment Free

    I don't get reports as to other's honey production, but my own do pretty well, usually at least the state average. My goal is to make 1000 pounds a year to sell at work. Last year I ran 15 hives...
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    Sticky: Re: OTS - Treatment Free

    It has worked well for me. From the winter of 2010/11 to 2015/16 my overwintering success rate for 5/5 frame nucs has been 86% - that has been a total of 146/169 colonies making it from fall until...
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    Re: sumac for smoker fuel

    I have used it and like it. I don't like the amount of time it takes to collect it.
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    Re: Mini nuc feeders

    I remember reading somewhere about someone using empty spam cans (or another similar size can) and then balling up some chicken wire and pushing that into the can to discourage the bees from building...
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    Re: randy oliver article in january '17 abj

    I believe the answer lies in a different approach for hobbyists and small sideliners like myself. We are not under the same fiscal pressures as commercial beekeepers, and do not need to have a...
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    Re: Plastic frames

    I am happy Mann Lake PF's in the brood boxes, but I find they skip about more in the extractor than wooden ones. I read someone, Michael Bush I think, who said that the reason that they burr comb...
  13. Re: CO2 levels with Indoor Wintering Honeybees

    I had not heard that overwintering bees kept CO2 levels high and was going to ask if there was research on the subject I could read. I googled it and found this abstract of a small experiment that...
  14. Re: Questions about removing supers and storing equipment

    To add to to what Enj. said, I don't worry about SHB here in Wisconsin, but I pay attention to wax moths. I avoid them by storing combs under fluorescent light. Secondly, when extracting the super...
  15. Re: October Cut out. Will it survive in box

    If I had a spare deep of honey or two I would put that above the boxes you put the bees in and let them move up into it. When they were out of the the natural comb boxes I would remove them and...
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    Re: is there an easier way to uncap?

    An uncappings scratcher makes the most sense for small operations.
    http://www.mannlakeltd.com/beekeeping-supplies/product/HD-465.html
    I own 4 of these. It is my understanding that if you use a...
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    Re: 2017 nuc transport box preferences

    I have never used the waxed ones, or tested my unwaxed ones in rainstorms. If rain is a concern wax has to be the way to go. What I will add is that it is very convenient to keep a few of these...
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    Re: 2017 nuc transport box preferences

    The Brushy mountain waxed boxes MP references in post #7 are available in an unwaxed version from Mel Disselkoen - the box designer. I hot glue or tape the inner flaps down and have found that a...
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    Re: Musings on a Survivor Hive

    Good work Tomas. Keep it up. :thumbsup:
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    Re: Bee Pasture

    I wonder how much less diesel is used? Tilling 3000 acres six times is 18000 acres tilled, versus 2000 acres once. If my basic math is right that is 16,000 acres less to be tilled offset a bit by...
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    Re: Trying Michael Palmer's way

    The biggest problem with expanding using MP as an influence is ECD - exploding colony disorder. Another way to think of nucs is as incubators for bees - there is something about the box shape that...
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    Re: Treatment Free Sub-Forum by Area?

    To the original post: There is something in what you say. Those of us is in the North/Midwest have an advantage when it comes to broodbreaks because of that great cold broodbreak called winter.
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    Re: Dutch/German drone brood method

    Splitting is a good way to stay ahead. The benefit of our long cold winters is that we get an enforced brood break as a bonus.
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    Re: Dutch/German drone brood method

    Brood breaks and drone removal.
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    Re: Dutch/German drone brood method

    That is interesting Juhani. His theory about mites being more strongly attracted to drones in a small cell hive is probably testable too.
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