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    Re: Battery size for VarroVap?

    Thanks for all the input guys, I do appreciate it. When the unit was removed from the hive, there was a a bit of liquid smoking. But I don't think we ever ran it "Dry". I guess there is a learning...
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    Re: Battery size for VarroVap?

    Hmmm....the test (put in amount, hook up and time) to see what the neccessary time frame to vap the dose. I guess if it was user error, I cant hold you responsible. Thank you for such a quick reply....
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    Battery size for VarroVap?

    I just got the VarroVap (I only have 2 hives and no need for a super type Vaporizer) after 2 uses I noticed the wire coating had bubbled up and in some places there were bare wires showing. Like...
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    Re: Gloves for a new wimp

    I started out barehanded, without too much hassle. Only time I got stunk was me being stupid and not paying attention (pinching bees between finger and frame). First time stung, no big deal a bit of...
  5. Re: Crazy Winter Weather, and its effect on Colonies

    Will do a re-check in a week or four if weather permits, I didn't want to tear the hive apart looking for the cluster. I am thinking that since I am using Medium hives ( 3 bodies as a Brood chamber)...
  6. Re: Crazy Winter Weather, and its effect on Colonies

    Thank you again for all the input.

    We got a warm dry windless time today (40 degrees) the bees were flying and cleaning (as usual) so I put a sugar block on the top medium (which is still 80%...
  7. Re: Crazy Winter Weather, and its effect on Colonies

    Thank you all for the input, it's good to know there are guys around willing to help out and give advice as needed. I appreciate you all taking the time to respond.

    TG
  8. Crazy Winter Weather, and its effect on Colonies

    In Michigan, we seem to have been getting some crazy weather.

    Temperatures are 20 degrees and cloudy (or snow/ice) with 20 mph winds for a few weeks, then turns to mid 40's (my bees are cleaning...
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    Re: Spring feeding in Michigan

    I would think (since it is a dry/solid patty) you could put them in now if you wanted, that way if they started to run out of reserves they would have the backup already available. And it might help...
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    Re: Spring feeding in Michigan

    It depends on what you are planning on feeding and how you plan to feed them (frame feeder, top feeder, etc.) I believe dry gran sugar can be placed on the top bars (on paper) anytime, sugar water...
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    Re: Varroa test with Alcohol Roll

    Put on the MAQS this afternoon. Temp was a warm 67 degrees with forecasts into the mid 70's this week. There wasn't much of a issue using the product (except for the heavily propolised hive bodies....
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    Re: Varroa test with Alcohol Roll

    I appreciate the advice, but I am having a tough time justifying buying a $165 vaporizer for 1 hive....{Little voice in head is saying....I know if it saves just 2 colonies in its lifetime it has...
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    Re: Varroa test with Alcohol Roll

    Thanks for all the help. I think I will do MAQS this week and then depending on mite count. Then between Thanksgiving and Xmas do a OAV treatment (...
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    Re: Varroa test with Alcohol Roll

    I am wondering if I am better with the knockdown { http://nodglobal.com/application-usa/ } ( 1 strip now another in 14 days for a total of 21 day treatment ) as the mite levels aren't critical at...
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    Re: Varroa test with Alcohol Roll

    Already found a close purchase for MAQS so will have in in the hive by Wednesday. I wanted to say thank you for the help and advice.
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    Re: Varroa test with Alcohol Roll

    Just did the alcohol wash....and it doesn't look good....got too small of a sample (180 bees ) and had 5 mites....did the first wash with alcohol and second wash with water just to make...
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    Re: Varroa test with Alcohol Roll

    Thanks for the input guys, I do appreciate the help. I plan on testing this afternoon once the bees are out and about. It is a first year colony from a package ( I know boo hiss on packages) so I...
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    Varroa test with Alcohol Roll

    I am a new Beek, My Grandfather and Great-Father both were beekeepers (one for extra money the other as a retirement hobby {tho his hobby got him running 120+ hives per season}. I have some base...
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