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    We get nice crops of comb honey. You basically...

    We get nice crops of comb honey.
    You basically need 3 things:
    1. A strong ambitious hive.
    2. A good honey flow. If the nectar is coming slow and steady, go for extracted.
    3. Timing. I usually...
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    That's pretty cold, Vance. Here in the Denver...

    That's pretty cold, Vance.
    Here in the Denver area we had 70 degrees yesterday and it was 13 this morning.
    Tomorrow will be 60's.
    How the bees manage to deal with all that is beyond me.
  3. No. If you have killed the mites and your hives...

    No.
    If you have killed the mites and your hives are pretty heavy (top brood box full of honey) you should not even need to wrap them.
    I see you are in central Indiana, zone 6.

    I'm in zone 5....
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    Steve, If you ever want to talk comb honey shoot...

    Steve,
    If you ever want to talk comb honey shoot me an email. We'll figure out a time to call and talk.
    Good luck this winter.
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    I would do this: As soon as you can, give them...

    I would do this:
    As soon as you can, give them an OAV treatment. Make sure the insert for your bottom board is clean. 3 days later count the mites on the insert. If you have hundreds treat them...
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    Hi folks. I've been off Beesource for a while, ...

    Hi folks.
    I've been off Beesource for a while, but still have bees.
    Last winter was rough on us because I tried using a Lega hot air vaporizer which I just never got the hang of it.
    Lost a bunch...
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    JWP, have you made honey moonshine? I have...

    JWP, have you made honey moonshine?
    I have thought about trying to. Is there a recommended thread for that?
    I don't want to hijack this thread
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    Alfred, The OA is not confined in the EasyVap. ...

    Alfred,
    The OA is not confined in the EasyVap.
    The vaporized OA exits via the small outlet tube.
    But whatever. This discussion pops up from time to time and it seems the folks who like arguing...
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    Alfred, Water boils at 212F. If you put a pan...

    Alfred,
    Water boils at 212F.
    If you put a pan of water on the stove for a cup of tea do you set the burner at 212 degrees or do you turn the stove on 'high'?

    When the OA drops into the...
  10. I don't know if it counts, but I switched to 10...

    I don't know if it counts, but I switched to 10 frame mediums after I dealt with some back issues.

    Started with 3 mediums but found I like 4 better. I make up a few nucs every year so having 4...
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    So now honeybees, like baseball players, will...

    So now honeybees, like baseball players, will need to be randomly tested for PED's?
  12. Glad you see the humor in it. "Beekeeping made...

    Glad you see the humor in it.

    "Beekeeping made easy!"
  13. I just can't get the image of Rube Goldberg's...

    I just can't get the image of Rube Goldberg's Self Operating Napkin out of my head while reading this thread.

    An image of a stainless steel hive fitted with wires and sensors and electronics and...
  14. Lowell, There is a specific problem i have...

    Lowell,
    There is a specific problem i have noticed in the last few years:
    Sudden queenlessness.
    A hive can be robust, populous, bringing in pollen and putting up some nice honey.
    Next thing...
  15. I have tried insulation and the bees do not come...

    I have tried insulation and the bees do not come through winter any better. So I no longer waste my time wrapping hives.

    Not saying it would be a bad idea in extremely cold places, Alaska and...
  16. If you wouldn't mind, can you please design an...

    If you wouldn't mind, can you please design an app that would electrocute the mites.

    Here in Colorado our bees don't suffer from cold. They don't need the extreme insulation.

    As long as I...
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    I find a twig about 1/4 inch diameter, break a...

    I find a twig about 1/4 inch diameter, break a piece an inch long or so. That I place on the outer frame of the inner cover so that the telescoping cover will be raised ever so slightly.
    Year...
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    Sticky: I've been off the forum for a while but i always...

    I've been off the forum for a while but i always enjoyed this thread.

    Sorry to hear about this turn of events for you. If anyone deserves to be successful it's you, sp.
    You work hard with your...
  19. Thread: Queen issues?

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    Thanks for the info Trish. Your scenario where a...

    Thanks for the info Trish.
    Your scenario where a queen might not have enough drones to mate with could explain my backyard problem last summer.
    Queen was still in the hive but not laying. Why she...
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    Thanks for the reply RangerLee. I'll look for...

    Thanks for the reply RangerLee.
    I'll look for that article in ABJ.

    I just heard today from another beek who says he has the same problem.
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    Glad to hear you're doing well. I'll try to...

    Glad to hear you're doing well.
    I'll try to find out about the virus.
    Perhaps I will start a late spring oav regimen. Keep them cleaner going in to honeyflow season.
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    Hey wildbranch, my friend. How are you? These...

    Hey wildbranch, my friend. How are you?
    These are home raised queens. They are heading up large prosperous hives.
    For instance, early this year we had a hive going gangbusters putting up some...
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    by Arnie
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    Queen issues?

    A little history:
    I started beekeeping in the 80's with about a dozen hives. Had a great time, we had excellent yields in those days. Mostly the bees took care of themselves, I raised a few queens,...
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    Re: Lega Heat Gun Vaporizer

    I still use mine. The OAV treatments have eliminated mite-caused loss of hives for us the last three years.
    So far so good.
    The only issue I had with the Lega was getting a routine in place so I...
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    Re: Never seen this before

    This hive is doing quite well. The Terramycin did the trick.

    As far as I know the queen is still in there(she isn't marked) and still doing her thing. Gentle bees, not swarmy. Not overly ambitious...
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