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  1. Re: How many OAV treatments in winter can they tolerate?

    User, just go with what needs to occur.
    Are you still concerned with mite levels?
    If you are, treat at appropriate temperatures. No harm, no foul.
    If mite counts are low, don’t treat.
    Your...
  2. Re: How many OAV treatments in winter can they tolerate?

    OAV doesn’t kill hives, Queens, brood, workers, whatever.
    To be effective in Winter it should be around or above 6C, (45F?) so the bees aren’t tightly clustered.
    My Varrox manual says to not use...
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    Re: Bottom Board Mite Counts

    To the OP -
    https://www.mitecalculator.com/
    I had a hive over 900 mite drop in early September, hive still heavily brooding.
    Treated every 4 or 5 days with OAV until Oct.26, count dropped to 45...
  4. Re: Bee recovery after bear attack (November 21)

    Don’t give up yet. Sometimes life finds a way....
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    Re: Wintering in Montana

    Yes, feeding ended weeks ago, here. We had a +12C day last Sunday, bees died in the thousands, diving into the snow or onto frozen decks.
    Another 2” of snow yesterday. Hopefully just the end of last...
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    Re: I had an Old school beekeeper check my hives

    All bee keeping is local, right?
    I won’t see my bees for a long time and wouldn’t think about opening the hives for 6 months.
    I’ll pop lids to check sugar boards, that’s it.
    Brian
    53 N, 115 W...
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    Re: Think I messed up big time

    Theresa, 6 months will be fine. Latex paint?
    If you’re worried, do a little sanding on the inside surfaces.
    My bees propolise the painted surfaces where boxes join. Bare wood just helps their...
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    Re: Front Range roller coaster - 2019

    So the roller coaster is on again. We’re up, we’re down, we’ve had snow, rain, sunshine, hellacious winds, and sublime intervals.
    My bees are tucked in, did all I could; fed them, killed their...
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    Re: Looking for reading material suggestions

    Lauri, podcasts are good in camp or on road trips.
    Kiwimana and Pollination come to mind.
  10. Thread: Varroa 12%

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    Re: Varroa 12%

    Try Randy Oliver’s Mite Model!
    http://scientificbeekeeping.com/randys-varroa-model/
    An awesome gift to Beekeepers from Randy!
    Start quantifying your issues. Put your brains to work and save your...
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    Re: Lowest observed foraging temperature

    Up here I’ve seen them forage at +5 or 6 C (40F?) in April for Alder and Willow pollen. Still snow on the ground. Snow turns brown :)
    Brian
    53N, 115W, El.850M
  12. Re: new attempt at passing mandatory bee registration in NY

    So, not knowing what Machievallan things y’all are worried about, and knowing nothing about your political landscape, I’d like to offer up a couple observations from a continent and country away.
    In...
  13. Re: funny story, really short on facts but high on speculation

    JW, thank you for that.
    Brian
  14. Re: Down with Double Deeps! Fess up, you alternative hive-style followers!!!!

    TBW, where I am, best success has been 10 frame triple deep. Sorry, but 6 months of nasty winter means two deep brood boxes and a deep of honey on top.
    2” rigid Styro all around, and on top, very...
  15. Re: funny story, really short on facts but high on speculation

    And they walk amongst us!
    :eek:
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    Re: bees dying off every morning

    Doesn’t visual confirmation of DWV indicate fatal consequences?
    No idea where Orland Park is, but anywhere north of the 49th if there is manifestation of DWV, that is fatal after September 1. Hell,...
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    Re: A question about feeding

    Mead I pitched last year is approaching “bragging” quality.
    When I extract each year, the uncapped frames, or partially capped frames are done last. This is my mead honey.
    Interesting that I did...
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    Re: First Frost Thread.

    Polar Vortex! :D
    Uncomfortable to know that Tuktoyaktuk on the Arctic Ocean was warmer than Drayton Valley a few days ago.
    On a happier note, Lethbridge, Alberta got 2 feet of snow this weekend,...
  19. Re: How long does it take for bees to cure 2:1 syrup?

    So, all my hives have taken 15 kgs of 2:1 syrup in the last 3 weeks and now it’s +1 C . I think I’ll be getting sugar boards ready.
    My concern is they were making bees, not stores from the late...
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    Re: beeswax melting / filtering - need help

    Yes. I use a Maxant spinner and still have to rinse/wash. Another requirement in the filtering is removing pollen and bee parts. Parts happen!
    Just finished my wax rendering. Not show quality, but...
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    Re: First Frost Thread.

    Frost the last 2 nights and very light skifs of snow pellets. Bird baths (bee waterers) frozen over.
    Very much later than last year when we had 11 snow events in September.
    High temperature today...
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    Re: Mountain Camp - proactive or reactive?

    I use Rusty Burlew’s method from Honeybee Suite.
    https://www.honeybeesuite.com/no-cook-candy-board-recipe-for-feeding-winter-bees/
    Works for me. If they consume it all, I can toss in more bricks or...
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    Re: Cleanning out wet frames but.......

    I save a number of ‘stickys’, one for each production hive, to encourage movement thru the QE next season. Wrap in HD plastic bags and store.
    All the rest get put out in the yard to get robbed...
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    Re: Buying an Extractor....

    That’s what I use, Alan. Like JW I corrected my mistake and added the motor drive this year.
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    Re: Volume Of Honey Harvest 2019

    Totally different geography up here, asters and goldenrod are finishing, last of the clovers are finishing. Bees still have a bit of nectar and pollen coming in but not enough. Will start with syrup...
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