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    Re: Hive swarmed

    So, the ultimate question - how often to get into the brood nest, especially when collecting honey? ;) those supers are a pain to lug off. And what are ya looking for in there anyways?!!

    I don't...
  2. Re: Fed water droplets/ landing board- they went nuts

    Here is an article from Randy Oliver that describes itself as being about Nosema, but clearly makes the case that the symptom we link to Nosema, dysentery, is due to _excess_ water in the bees'...
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    Re: A VERY hot hive - what next?

    I have found that a hot hive, even hopelessly queenless, is not keen to accept a new queen.

    It is ideal to get another base, take one box and move to that new base, and find where the queen is....
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    Re: Winter mite treatment results puzzling

    Oh I'm going to get that one soon. I've caught up with the rest of the bee podcasts I subscribe too. ;) My take on neighbor's hives being a source of mites: I plan for it. If they are willing, I...
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    Re: RIP little bees...

    It's so frustrating when we do things we think are working... and the bees die anyways. It's not much solace to say "you're not alone".

    Keep in mind, it is possible to answer for yourself whether...
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    Re: New England beekeeper's winter journal

    For those in the north, if you do find a deadout - First I should say that you ought to bring your veil out when you go to check out your "deadout". That's a good surprise to find you were wrong, but...
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    Re: New England beekeeper's winter journal

    +2 to the observation that some hives just wait awhile before going out.... First fly day, 20 hives (of 26) were out. Hi of 45 after cold enough temps that the ground was frozen (top). Don't forget...
  8. Re: How many OAV treatments in winter can they tolerate?

    When I do OAV in non-flying weather (so, below 45, and cloudy, or below 40 and sunny), I can hear a "roar" during the treatment, and for about 20 min after. Then they behave like a non-bothered...
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    Re: Is the Bee-Space necessary ?

    I really want to give the bees foundationless frames in a super (I do box hives now) just for the very purpose of letting bees do what they want - draw comb.

    But that raised an interesting...
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    Re: Trouble w/double deep horizontal

    Sounds like the space between the top level and bottom level is less than bee space - so less than 3/8". Bees propolize gaps like that.

    The bees will keep propolizing the frames together......
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    Re: Should I treat anyway?

    In my area, I found that when my hives started the spring with a high mite population, they did not build up in population enough to cover a double deep, and of course did not make honey. 50% died. ...
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    Re: Bottom Board Mite Counts

    To the OP: I have had mite drops of 500 in a 5 day period, multiple times this fall. Up to a week after an OAV treatment. I know my hives are broodless at the beginning of Nov, so those mites were...
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    Re: OAV overdose?

    Thanks Robert Holcombe for sharing your mite management experiences with recording mite drops post treatment, and tracking through the years.

    This is my second winter using the _prior_...
  14. Re: This is getting ridiculous (Varroa and OAV treatment)

    i have 16 colonies that are sisters and half sisters, all with midsummer brood breaks and new queens by july. Full sized hives. i started oav oct 10th or so - first drop ranged from 50 to 2000. Now...
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    Re: Planning for my first bee's come spring

    I would say the best bees are local bees, from a beekeeping buddy or from your bee club. By June, someone there will have too many bees, I promise. One day, you'll have that problem too. ...
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    Re: Think I messed up big time

    The boxes typically don't kill bees. ;) still there does seem like a lot to worry about!

    I would recommend sanding the tops/bottoms of the boxes. When they sit edge-to-edge, the dry/cured paint...
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    Re: I need to move my hives. When is best?

    So... the bees who fly right now, and through the early spring, are oriented to the hive location. And there are enough to be a problem for any penned in critters, or people, so try to picture a...
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    Re: MAQS failure

    Another take on the situation here.... Up the road from me, a buddy had mite counts at 0/300 in July. He decided to do MAQS anyways in Sept, then again in mid Oct. Before the Oct treatment, his...
  19. Re: Down with Double Deeps! Fess up, you alternative hive-style followers!!!!

    I use 2 mediums glued together as the brood chamber. The frames are 12 3/4" side bars. They fit in the two mediums with the same clearance as a deep frame would fit into a Langstroth deep - so about...
  20. Down with Double Deeps! Fess up, you alternative hive-style followers!!!!

    I'm not really that militant; but I do want to confess that I use Dadant deep hive bodies, 10 frames. The frames are 12.5 inches deep, but otherwise identical in dimension to a Langstroth deep...
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    Sticky: Re: 8 frame vs. 10 frame equipment

    Using a Langstroth hive is different from using a 2-hive body, 10-deep configuration. Really, we ought to call them "tower hives", as you can make towers with the boxes.

    You can use Langstroth......
  22. Re: weird thing,.. curious if there's an explanation

    I can only tell you about my experience; in 2018, I had 8 queens, all sisters. All born in June or so. 6 of them swarmed (or tried to) in fall 2018. Come spring 2019, 1 of the fall swarmers was a...
  23. Re: Hands off Beekeeping.....for the most part.

    Wouldn't it be nice if we could glean all of the info we need about a hive from watching the entrance? Here is a book about that: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bx7DrOGMiXtlV2MyNTJpN2NqeVk/view
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  24. Re: weird thing,.. curious if there's an explanation

    If there were queen cells, there was a queen replacement. I have found that if the bees put up queen cells, then it is very difficult to change their mind. It could have been a swarm - if the queen...
  25. Re: Re-orientation if moved in the winter?

    Some winter bees are oriented to their current location. I have moved bees in the winter, about 20 feet move. A tale of 2 hives....

    The first hive was facing north (it had a tremendous...
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