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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Surrey, B.C. Canada here, near Vancouver. 8a I think, my bees bringing first pollen of year in today. Cream colored and bright orange. Cream I think is Hazelnut and the orange might be crocus. ...
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    Re: Single Deeps and Swarming

    Well as a beginner I felt it would be easier and I was honestly a bit intimidated at first. This “simple” hobby that I knew nothing about took on a life of its own. As I’ve grown into it the...
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    Re: Single Deeps and Swarming

    I'm going into my 2nd year, my 1st hive so far is surviving the winter but earlier in the summer I was chasing queen cells. My neighbor always had swarm issues with single deeps but he told me as...
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    Re: Winter mite treatment results puzzling

    Same here, I’m just north of you in Surrey Canada. Just finished my 11th oav and it looks like I may now be mite free. No drops last 4 days. 1 hive but neighbors have bees. I’m starting to think...
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    Re: RIP little bees...

    Great post, I found this also. I did Formic Pro late August-early September as my mite count jumped drastically in about a week. The treatment took the mite drop back to almost zero then in early...
  6. Re: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times- wisdom and folly from 2019

    Quiet Box:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_g-OHsyfBQ
  7. Re: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times- wisdom and folly from 2019

    1st year with my bees. The likely most important thing I've learned is I probably worry too much about them. The 2nd most important thing is treat for mites. And don't overfeed, I wanted to make...
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    Re: Still too many mites

    Thanks, I plan to treat through Dec. 1, that’ll cover just over 21 days which should be a full cycle. Bear in mind this is my 1st winter with my bees so I’m not really sure what to expect but it’s...
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    Re: Still too many mites

    I just did my 2nd oav treatment the other day, another one due tomorrow. I may even do an inspection if the rain lets up as it’s still around 12C here in the daytime. My mite drop yesterday was...
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    Re: Still too many mites

    This is what I suspect, too. The Formic pro treatment got the drop down to a few a day, if any, I was a bit surprised to see so many after 3 weeks away. I figured they’d be good after that. Formic...
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    Re: Still too many mites

    Ya it was over 3 weeks, but I’ll treat with oav anyways, I started this morning so I’ll check the drop tomorrow. I fed another gallon today, I’m not seeing robbing and the entrance is reduced so it...
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    Re: Florida bee keepers. what kind of bee?

    Looks like a honey bee.
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    Still too many mites

    I treated with Formic pro in September and the mite count dropped sharply after to almost nil, but still the odd one or two every few days. I just got back from being away for work for 3 weeks and...
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    Re: Startup Company Making "Super Bees"

    Proprietary ingredients=cocaine
  15. Thread: swarm trap

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    Re: swarm trap

    Yes, bees don't care, though where it was salvaged from and what other materials/chemicals it could have contacted would make me leery of using it.
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    Re: Formic Pro Issues?

    The 13 day interval seems a little long, according to the instructions. I don't think the split treatment should have such a large gap. I'm doing the same treatment for my hive right now, just...
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    Re: Interrupt treatment to inspect?

    Well Monday was day 10 so I did a good inspection and turns out there's still a full hive of bees, thankfully :) Most of the drones are gone and only a bit of brood capped in the upper medium brood...
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    Re: Interrupt treatment to inspect?

    Yeah thanks, I did read this and followed the instructions before treating. I fully inspected then treated 3 days after to make sure they would not be disturbed that much. It's gone fairly well I...
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    Re: Interrupt treatment to inspect?

    Only if the temperatures are too warm when you apply. Definitely not a concern for me here now.
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    Interrupt treatment to inspect?

    Iím currently treating with Formic Pro. Tomorrow will be the 10 day split where Iím supposed to put on the 2nd strip. 1st treatment really seemed to affect the bees but it did kill a ton of mites...
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    Re: Mite Treatment Cost Comparison Thread

    $7.50/hive is pretty cheap compared to the cost of a dead hive.
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    Re: Formic pro hurting bees?

    Good to know, it sure seems extreme when I’m only used to seeing a few or none. They seem to be recovering a bit from the initial shock and bearding a bit and flying more now. Since I treated I...
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    Re: Formic pro hurting bees?

    Possibly, was shocked at the amount.
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    Re: Formic pro hurting bees?

    I’ve got them here, I’ll review, thanks for the heads up.
    Edit: instructions say not to feed internally or with top feeder but barrel feeding is acceptable.
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    Formic pro hurting bees?

    To carry on from previous thread but with a different angle now, I verified my hive appeared strong last night. Half full honey super, good brood in both boxes and queen active. My mite count has...
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