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    Re: Exclusive use of top entrances?

    I have also wondered about that - in nature of course, the bees would be at the top of the comb in spring and would have to move down. But my experience in a managed hive is that they want to move...
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    Re: Exclusive use of top entrances?

    That would be 'L'entrata inferiore e in servizio', accent over the 'e'...;)
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    Re: Weak Hive Coming out of Winter

    Are you indicating that the returning foragers from the strong hive only stay overnight? If the queen does lay a lot as a result, isn't there the problem of there not being a big enough remaining...
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    Re: Cracking Hives The Easy Way

    Yes, it is counterintuitive - but the thinner, unwound strings have two problems: 1. strength, and 2. more importantly, they will tend to slice your hands/fingers on those occasions where you are...
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    Re: Cracking Hives The Easy Way

    Potters use the same thing to cut clay - you can use a guitar string (the lowest 'E' string would be best), and put it through a hole drilled in cut-off pieces of broom handle and tie it off.
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    Re: Cracking Hives The Easy Way

    Great design, glad I saw this - just ordered one!
  7. Thread: Hive swarmed

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    Re: Hive swarmed

    Wow - pretty cool sounding. I guess that I shouldn't be surprised with the state of technology! Voice activated so keeps the sticky fingers off the phone, and converts speech to text. Looks like...
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    Re: Hive swarmed

    I have a little cheepo pocket digital recorder that I talk into as I inspect hives (I know, you with smartphones can use that, but I don't care if I get propolis on my pocket recorder) - then I...
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    Re: What to do with old, dark brood comb

    I always worried that putting it in the compost would attract wax moths to the neighborhood...? tried extracting the wax once - never again!What a stinky mess or little return!
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    Re: Why do Beeks stack supers so high?

    Pretty good list of observations for a novice!
  11. Thread: OAV overdose?

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    Re: OAV overdose?

    Thanks, everyone - your responses are really helpful. It's so good to be able to get information on what others have done/experienced in a case like this.
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    Thanks, Kuro - this is a really interesting study and seems to point the way to a clearer picture of the complexities of what may be going on, especially in relation to the "October mite drift =...
  13. Thread: OAV overdose?

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    Re: OAV overdose?

    Thanks, Michael - I have never done more than 5 previously, which is one thing, but going on 10 seems a different order of exposure, no? Plus, I would think that by this time, here in New England,...
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    Haven't been able to track this down; posted on a local beekeeper's forum - has anyone seen reference to this study?

    "There was a study done where a dying, mite-infested hive was marked. The hive...
  15. Thread: OAV overdose?

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    OAV overdose?

    Does anyone have any ideas on limits of OAV exposure for a hive? I have just given my hives a 9th treatment, with treatments applied every 4-5 days. I feel that this is kind of extreme, but each...
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    Re: Urgent Varroa Mite Question

    Well, just to be clear, ALL of that stuff on the board in the pictures is not piles of mites - lots of cleaned out comb detritus and hive trash, with mites scattered in it. I would be more hopeful -...
  17. Re: This is getting ridiculous (Varroa and OAV treatment)

    This mirrors my experience this year and last (tho this year much worse) here in Mass, so close to you in RI. Gave 4 OAV treatments seven days apart in August/September; last drop was 50 mites over 5...
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    Re: extremely aggressive today?

    Yes to all the above, and a nod to GregV on the robbing aspect. You are not the only one seen as an attacker - you also expose the hive to robbers who may likely be in the area waiting to jump into...
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    Re: Bee Excluder with empty super below a good idea?

    I have always found the triangular bee escape board to work great. I only ever leave it for 24+ hours for fear of beetles having free access to all that unprotected honey/comb. I never have more than...
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    Re: What causes bee paralysis?

    One other clear indicator of the virus, if you see it, is greasy, wet looking black bees wandering on the top bars that seem weak and sickly.
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    Re: What causes bee paralysis?

    Last year had a hive develop Chronic Bee Paralysis Virus (or some variant, but not DW) in early September. They eventually recovered and got through the winter but the symptoms reappeared mid March...
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    Re: healty hives that refuse to store food

    FWIW, all 3 of my hives last year consumed 2:1 continuously starting early September, but peak weight gain was September 15. From then on, they took the syrup but appeared to consume it as fast as...
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    Re: Feeding Newly Installed Package in Cold Weather

    Thanks - I have had good luck with it:) (I'm not eating it, nor are the bees...)
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    Re: Feeding Newly Installed Package in Cold Weather

    I have done exactly this when feeding early in MA, but instead of the tarpaper, I use a larger feeding bucket of warm syrup and wrap it around with a roll of 3" fiberglass insulation to pretty much...
  25. Re: Strange bugs on the bottom board - in winter in NE!

    I was sure that someone was going to accuse me of drawing little cartoon characters.... :)
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