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    Re: Moisture Board versus Quilt Block?

    I meant what I said and I appreciate the "heat sink comment". In the world of relative values I will resort to the Wikipedia Honey site comment: " Unlike many other liquids, honey has very poor...
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    Re: TIN FOIL HAT or REALITY?

    " We really should establish that there is a difference between education and conditioning."

    In my life time I have see the definitions applied in real time. Conditioning is not easily...
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    Re: Moisture Board versus Quilt Block?

    FYI: Look up Specific heat of water, vaporization requirements, etc. Condensing vapor to water releases 2,261 J/g which is about 5x more than energy than to heat the one gram of water from 0 to...
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    Re: Moisture Board versus Quilt Block?

    Bee careful of Computational Fluid Dynamic models - the modeling parameters and constants are everything. I have seen a couple of strange events while instituting my no-top-vent approach, one was...
  5. Re: How many OAV treatments in winter can they tolerate?

    FYI trishbookworm: I got a fairly good plot of Fall Varroa affects by counting dead Varroa on a sticky board. Connecting the individual hive plots with hive history made sense. Fall Varroa...
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    Re: Moisture Board versus Quilt Block?

    FYI Crofter: I think I understand the problem you are dealing with in deep snow country. I have not had to deal with that issue - so far. Sometimes we get a real blizzard or smaller Nor'Easters. I...
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    Re: Moisture Board versus Quilt Block?

    When you evaporate you cool or remvoe energy form the source of the vapor. Energy in the form of heated mass is added to the air and removed from the wet shavings. I have run insulated,...
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    Re: Global Warming

    I like your approach. I have switched from buying rough sawn pine, for a while, to re-cycling fence boards. It seems many board sections are still viable and cheap. Plane one side, cut-up, dove...
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    Re: TIN FOIL HAT or REALITY?

    I am not sure this is pertinent to the thread but I think it is relevant.

    I do not know what to make of the "crowd control" information and influencing by redirecting via fabricated stories....
  10. Sticky: Re: clong 2018-2019 Treatment Free Experience

    CLONG: Yes, the temperature of 100F was at the top of the hive. The cluster stayed at 95F. It is fundamentally about managing humidity via temperature control. The toiugh day for a colony is...
  11. Sticky: Re: clong 2018-2019 Treatment Free Experience

    CLONG: FYI - I have 9 hives now which have not had a top vent for two years plus, winter and summer but do have insulated top covers. This past year it was no top vent and a 2-inch XPS top cover. ...
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    Re: High mite load opinions

    JwPalmer: I have one mutt queened hive out of nine in the apiary which has had extraordinary phoretic mite loads for two months during nine OAV treatments. I am keeping the hive and queen to see if...
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    Re: Thermal with VOA ?

    One more thing LJ, if you do attempt this thermal approach, please install an adequate array of thermocouples to verify the elimination of temperature gradients above and below your target kill...
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    Re: Thermal with VOA ?

    Comments for LJ: Using heat to raise the temperature is feasible - maybe. I do not see any requirements spelled out. I do see remove the brood from hives and leave the bees behind with their Varroa...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    mischief and Lalldredge: Dumb mistake i make on one OAV treated hive - I did not seal the sticky board until the 3-day DDC count. It was licked clean by mice ( I believe). I always seal the sticky...
  16. Sticky: Re: treating vs. not treating for mites: opinion thread

    Yet this colony, one of nine, stands out when when counting dead varroa. Eight hives showed the significant impact of fall migration, peaks >500 per treatment, including one that had a brood break...
  17. Re: How many OAV treatments in winter can they tolerate?

    Thanks for posting "msl", that's the source of my 2X, 14 days apart winter OAV. It works as I did not have to treat again until the fall Varroa invasion arrived.
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Upgrading my Beekeeping-Honey Extraction room - lucky me - so I can clean it easily. Snow on the ground, building 5-sided insulation boxes next and waiting for winter solstice to perform the final...
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    Re: OAV, putting the risk in perspective

    Lamarcarama: Some special advice when handling oxalic acid OA - wear eye protection. I use my bee jacket veil and wrap around prescription sunglasses. I have taken people to the hospital for lack...
  20. Sticky: Re: treating vs. not treating for mites: opinion thread

    Has anyone in the TF or treatment community noticed a trait whereby the colony appears to not participate in robbing? The effect I have noticed is a very low Varroa count measured by counting dead...
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    Re: Bottom Board Mite Counts

    I assume you mean alcohol wash for " mite counts". I'll take a factual post treatment Dead Drop Counts (DDC) and interpret over lagging, highly sensitive statistical analysis methods any day. This...
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    Re: OAV overdose?

    Hi Biermann, Feeding my grandkids my honey is not a science experiment ( my daughter would disown me) but it is a vote of confidence. I agree with the "lowest risk" comment for OA treatments. I...
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    Re: OAV overdose?

    Hi Biermann, Feeding my grandkids my honey is not a science experiment ( my daughter would disown me) but it is a vote of confidence. I agree with the "lowest risk" comment for OA treatments. I...
  24. Re: Is it feasible to control swarming without performing a spring split?

    Worth reading Wally Shaw for Swarm prevention and increases plus other options for managing bees. I cannot find queens, old eyes, so I move all brood and queen cells above a QE early in the day. ...
  25. Re: Is selfishness hardwired in homo sapiens?

    I have had similar thoughts but have focused it on honey bees for now. It seems honey bees are extremely efficient and altruistic. That is until the end of the "flow". After 35 million years they...
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