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    Re: Cost of 3# package of bees in 1949

    I have been doing some research into early queen and package producers from a small area in South Alabama. A 1922 article in Gleanings in Bee Culture had 22 suppliers from four contiguous counties...
  2. Re: This is getting ridiculous (Varroa and OAV treatment)

    I have always believed that they were in fact gone forever. If they did not hitch a ride on an outgoing bee of that colony, or they did not hitch a ride on the subsequent robbers, I believed they...
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    Re: Idea for Workshop queenrearing

    Agree on the mating nucs. I have a very high percentage success rate with grafts to capped cells. Not near as good on capped cell to mated queen. I could learn a lot from a good seminar on mating...
  4. Re: This is getting ridiculous (Varroa and OAV treatment)

    The paper itself states that a mite can survive on a flower for as long as 6 days. I had always believed a mite would not be able to live for near that long without its host.
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    No doubt that you are correct about mite washes and knowing where you are Astro. It would be better if I did alcohol washes prior to my major treatments once supers come off. But I am a one-man...
  6. Re: This is getting ridiculous (Varroa and OAV treatment)

    My experience with Apivar, which I have used for 3 years now on between 20 to 30 hives, has been excellent. I have not yet completed my mite washes for year 3, but so far i have <1% infestations...
  7. Re: Apivar of Oxalic Vaporization for extreme mite count?

    I would say that if you currently have a 21% infestation rate and are seeing DWV in your hives, your only real option would be a flash treatment like another shot of Formic Pro or Oxalic acid. ...
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    Re: Idea for Workshop queenrearing

    * Large clear pictures that can be projected onto a large clear wall/screen with multiple examples of larvae that are too young (eggs), too old and just right for grafting.
    * Hand out of mock queen...
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    Re: SARE FNE16-840 Conrad/Seeley TF study

    I like and respect Ross Conrad and I do not mean to discredit him in any way, but Ross has a known bias in the TF world. I believe his data and his numbers. I do not believe he intentionally put...
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    Re: SARE FNE16-840 Conrad/Seeley TF study

    Well, I initially found this nit to pick. The nucs were made up in May, 2016. The initial mite count was performed in June, 2016. Results:

    Control: 6.7% mite infestation

    MAQS: 2.8% mite...
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    Re: SARE FNE16-840 Conrad/Seeley TF study

    I am not a northern beekeeper, but if I were, that would be a very significant conclusion for me.
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    Re: SARE FNE16-840 Conrad/Seeley TF study

    Interesting read msl. Thanks for posting. Will download the link for later consumption.
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    I have stopped pre-treatment washes and counts for my major fall treatments (Apivar) that I put on immediately after my supers come off. I know they are going to be over 3% by the end of July, so I...
  14. Re: Is it feasible to control swarming without performing a spring split?

    There is also the issue of my selfishness. I am not a beekeeper because I want to save the bees. I am a beekeeper because I want to keep them, enjoy them, watch them, breed queens, etc. I want...
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    Let's also not forget in this discussion that this is not a one-size-fits-all proposition. I could see where a region that has maybe only 7 to 8 months of active brood rearing, could respond much...
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    If I have 6,000 mites in my hive (60,000 bees with a 10% infestation, both phoretic and under cappings) and I get a 2,000 mite drop from an OAV treatment, I still have a problem. Even if I get that...
  17. Re: This is getting ridiculous (Varroa and OAV treatment)

    bushpilot: You are experiencing exactly what I went through in 2015 and 2016. I switched to Apivar for my late summer/early fall treatment. Trials at Auburn University and the University of...
  18. Re: Should I buy an established hive in Oct in Upstate NY

    Good Lord!! I sold 20 five frame nucs for $115/nuc this past spring. Either I am a sucker or . . . ok, I'm just a sucker.
  19. Re: Is it feasible to control swarming without performing a spring split?

    Selecting a bee that shows reluctance to swarm is probably not the greatest trait to develop for bees in general. Granted, I don't know exactly how much we as beekeepers can "move the needle" on...
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    Re: What is treatment free?

    Glad you cleared that up!! I have eaten graftings of 1 - 2 day old larva with royal jelly. Just ate it off the grafting tool. Almost tasteless to me, and no texture to speak of. I don't think I...
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    Re: Need a Diagnosis

    Could be. I don't do a pre-treatment mite wash after my supers come off. I know I have mites by the end of July that exceed the threshold. So I could have had a good viral load going by the end of...
  22. Re: Is it feasible to control swarming without performing a spring split?

    Agree with CR. That would be an incredibly labor intensive operation.

    Why wouldn't you just pinch your queen?
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    Re: What is treatment free?

    I will sometimes eat drone pupae out of the hives. Not larvae. A fully developed drone pupa is actually kind of tasty. Reminds me of coconut.
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    Re: Need a Diagnosis

    I found this on three frames together on one side of the bottom brood box. There was an Apivar strip on that side somewhere (not sure where). There is a large pond about 1/2 mile away and I am not...
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    Re: Need a Diagnosis

    I have a Medium super full of capped frames above it. But I agree with you both, that is exactly what it looks like.
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