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    Re: Sugar dusting during New England winter?

    Agreed. I use properly timed brood breaks and OAV for my treatments during the season and this made absolutely no sense to me for so many reasons. The beek that suggested it however is very highly...
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    Sugar dusting during New England winter?

    A newbie beekeeper recently posted one of her 4 hives died and that she realizes she should have treated. While I'm not wanting this to become a treat/non-treat debate, she asked what she could do...
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    Re: Wintering configuration

    Also, don't put the quilt box above the inner cover. You want the moisture being absorbed by the shavings in the quilt box. By putting the inner cover underneath it you decrease the likelihood of...
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    Re: Downsizing hives for winter preperation

    Just keep feeding them. Regardless of how much more room they have, I try to make sure I have the feeders off no later than mid October, preferably earlier, so they have a chance remove the moisture...
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    Re: Downsizing hives for winter preperation

    You did the right thing by consolidating the hive and removing the extra deep. If the space is empty there is no need to take it into winter. You do not mention how many frames of bees, brood or...
  6. Re: Found queen on ground, thrown out of the hive

    You do not have time to create a nuc at this late date and tho' I live in New Hampshire, not Norway, I imagine your hives are like mine and have a decreasing drone population, reducing the chance...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Went in to check on the nucs today. 1st nuc is a split and they raised a queen. Saw her on the 2nd frame and was really running which I thought was odd. Wait! 2 frames later, HERE is the queen they...
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    Re: Bears

    We've had bears come into our yard for years after the bird feeders. We have 2 German Shepherds that have free access to the entire 10 ac property. They have never stopped a bear from visiting tho'...
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    MAQS and Internal Hive Temps

    My beekeeping buddy, Rick, and I each purchased Broodminder Hive Monitoring Systems at EAS. The system includes a hive scale and 2 internal monitors, 1 for just temperature, the other for RH and...
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    Re: Oxalic acid use in Summer (August)

    It's great to protect your lungs but your eyes are are perfect portal for the vapors as well! I use a full face mask with organic acid air filters.
    Here is a link on Amazon:
    Mask:...
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    Re: Booming to dead in 5 weeks

    Thanks for all of the feedback folks! I did have significant mite drop from all of my original OAV treatments in the fall and think that starting this is Aug would have been significantly better. I...
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    Re: Booming to dead in 5 weeks

    Winter patties are advertised as winter food, supposedly very low in pollen and high in nutrients so not to induce brood rearing. They are supposed to be used as emergency stores. These were very...
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    Re: Booming to dead in 5 weeks

    Bees were dead standing on the patties. Most of the honey was gone. Will be doing a more thorough check soon when it is a bit warmer. Many of the bees looked like they were in suspended animation,...
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    Re: Booming to dead in 5 weeks

    Late Sept. I did 3 of them with the 4th in late Nov or early Dec.
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    Booming to dead in 5 weeks

    I went into winter with 4 hives and 2 nucs (all Langstroth style). Some of you may recall, I did a lot of posting about OAV and the great results I was having last fall. My last treatment was during...
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    Re: 1st OAV attempt

    Just a thought, did you do red to positive, black to negative? If you only did a 2 minute burn, that should not be too long. My thought is you may have accidentally reversed the wires which burned...
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    Re: Comb in the way of OAV

    I agree with Ray. I have placed slatted racks above SBB on all of my full hives. Absolutely no problem with low hanging burr comb. I use 1 gram per brood chamber. I do not add more for the honey...
  18. Feeding bees with frames of crystallized honey

    I'm about to add frames of honey, some capped, some crystallized to my hives to bolster their winter stores. These frames came from my dead outs last year (mites). I have frozen each of the frames...
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    Re: Suddenly High Varoa Count

    Thanks, Frank. This is very good news!

    John
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    Re: Questions about OAV procedure

    FWIW, I find my mite counts/24 hours increase over several days after using OAV. If you like what you found after 24 hours, just wait! I, too, have only tried it this year and can only reference my...
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    Re: Suddenly High Varoa Count

    It seems to me that you are past the time to use most other treatment methods and your choice now is down to treat with OA or do not treat at all. I was TF for 6 years. Ignoring mite counts last year...
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    Re: Suddenly High Varoa Count

    Hi, Twilsey. I live in NH and had a similar experience this fall. The thread is here if you wish to see it.
    https://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?304050-TF-until-today

    Good luck,
    John
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    Re: TF until today

    Not to extend this thread, however, I said I would post results of the 2nd test and the subsequent hive inspections so here we go.

    Hive 1:
    Pre-treat: 24 hour mite drop of 10 - 12
    1st treatment:...
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    Re: TF until today

    Acebird, please read what I have already written. I already mentioned I would be doing 2-3 treatments. In fact, 2nd one was done today. 3rd is scheduled for next Friday. I will post results of the...
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    Re: TF until today

    Mark: Probably true and I also used to believe that. My personal experience finally led me to believe that if I monitor I have a better idea when to split or queen capture to break the brood cycle...
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