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    Re: First Frost Thread.

    Do light frosts affect the fall flow?
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    Re: Your favorite queen supplier

    I would take a queen grafted from a random local colony that survived the winter over one produced in florida, california or hawaii.
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    Re: Checked hives....already one starved

    I noticed that mine are also eating their honey and fondant faster than usual. I think its the lack of insulating snow and all the warmups this year. Glad I fed extensively last fall.
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    Re: Best Varroa Treatment

    Oxalic acid is definitely the cheapest. Best? I like it since it doesn't contaminate comb and doesn't seem to affect the bees all that much. The downside is it usually requires several applications.
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    Sticky: Re: Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    Our individual actions can make a difference at the population level which is what OP is going for. However the way he plans to go about doing so seems dubious. I don't think he can depend on an...
  6. Re: Greetings! First winter coming and I知 feeling anxious about what to do!

    If youre seeing mites there are far too many. You 100% have mites. If you dont want to kill a bunch of bees then dont use formic.
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    Re: best way to reduce bee mortaliy with OAV?

    I use top entrances and a 12v vaporizer. It doesnt seem to kill unless some unlucky bee falls into the heated acid tray.
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    Re: Best Varroa Resistant Breed

    You have more leeway with mite counts than I do. However I think the long winter and spring splits can reset my mite counts to near zero, if only the bees can keep them down through the fall.


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    Re: Best Varroa Resistant Breed

    Recommendation is as close to 0% infection as humanly possible going into winter. These mite levels (3 -4%) is the highest recommended treatment threshold for summer.
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    Re: Best Varroa Resistant Breed

    1) I monitor with alcohol washes, about every month.
    2) No, they are pretty isolated as far as I am aware.
    3) treated hives are about 15 miles away so I dont think it affects these ones.
    4) comb...
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    Re: Best Varroa Resistant Breed

    no actually, I have not seen a single case of dwv this year. The hives seem very healthy and the population is peaking, but the mite counts indicate I was on the verge of mite outs.
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    Re: Best Varroa Resistant Breed

    The majority of my treatment free hives, have had the typical 'mite explosion' over the last month. Before I blasted them with oav this morning they averaged 3-4% mite infection. I still have a...
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    Re: Best Varroa Resistant Breed

    I was hired to try and save/treat some hives that were established from packages in the spring. A few had already perished and the ground was covered in workers with DMV and numerous mites. The...
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    Re: Best Varroa Resistant Breed

    Typically I end up doing several treatments on the buckfast/italian stock I have. They always need treatment around this time of year.
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    Re: Best Varroa Resistant Breed

    I will most certainly be testing again in september and october. The plan is to treat if mites get over 2% because a hive needs to be in excellent health to even have a chance to overwinter.



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    Re: Best Varroa Resistant Breed

    The majority are from Sam Comfort or are daughters of those queens. Two queens came from Warm Colors Apiary and last month I bought a queen from Mcfarline Apiary.
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    Re: Best Varroa Resistant Breed

    I shook the bees off a couple open brood combs, mixed them around and got my half cup, dumped the remaining bees back in the hive and did a standard isopropanol wash. The big hives have been running...
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    Re: Best Varroa Resistant Breed

    Yes.

    Strong hives: 3/300, weak hives 0 or 1 / 300
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    Re: Best Varroa Resistant Breed

    Yeah thats true. Mental math mistake. They were either 1 or 0 mites per 300
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    Re: Best Varroa Resistant Breed

    I ended up buying 'treatment free russians' because they were the same price as normal queens - I wouldnt be any worse off if they didnt suppress mites. After doing a mite wash of all the hives in my...
  21. Re: Very disappointed with this years package bees/queens in Wisconsin

    I bought three early packages this year and I noticed two weeks later that one queen was a drone layer and another couldn't produce a decent pattern. I requeened them all with northern stock and now...
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    Re: Too late for nucs?

    Seriously I would demand my money back. Bees in the spring are worth so much more than early summer. I had an early russian package that is now three medium sized hives.
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    Re: Is having only 1 hive manageable?

    Your local beekeeping association can probably hook you up with someone nearby who wants to host bees. My association gets lots of requests from landowners and small farmers.
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    Re: Is having only 1 hive manageable?

    If you put up a privacy fence, who is going to know you have more than one?
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    Re: Best Varroa Resistant Breed

    Considering the drones, there must be a continuum of expression from hive to hive. All the posters saying that the success of a treatment free operation is highly dependant on location leads me to...
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