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    Re: Bees moving to neighbors hive?

    OAV is not effective in the fall and is only effective in the winter when there is no brood. I had to switch because of it's ineffectiveness when brood are present. I treat with a thymol product...
  2. Thread: Spring nucs

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    Re: Spring nucs

    IMHO if you start seeing drone brood being raised, start to get ready to split. When those drones emerge, it is time to split. If you see the bees making swarm cells with royal jelly in them, SPLIT...
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    Re: Buckets or Jars?

    I just saw this. I wish I had one of the blankets versus the metal band that I have. When I first got my bucket heater, I melted a bucket when the honey level got too low.
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    Re: Buckets or Jars?

    I keep my honey in 5 gallon buckets. Before dumping into the bottling tank, I warm the bucket with a bucket heater for 5 hours to make sure the honey is de-crystallized. Plus, the warm honey drains...
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    Re: What are the bees doing all over my house?

    What was the temperature when you took the video? Could it be that the bees were just getting warm before flying back to the hive?
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    Re: Weak hive and wax moths

    Nursing a weak hive through the winter isn't worth the effort. If you have another hive, remove the queen from the weak hive and do a newspaper combine. If you don't have another hive to combine...
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    Re: Telling the bees - can be therapeutic

    Way too young to pass. I'm sorry and pray the Lord gives you peace.
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    Re: Is my Yard OK?

    Join a local club and get your bees from them. Also, I would suggest starting with nucs instead of purchasing packages. Most beeks that supply nucs are much more helpful with questions than package...
  9. Re: Advice on finding properties to place beehives?

    I have gotten a couple yards from word of mouth at church. Also, when I finally harvested enough honey to sell, anyone who came by the house to buy the honey, I would ask if they were local...
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    Re: I need to move my hives. When is best?

    FWIW, a speaker at our club commented that it will take a hive up to 4 hours to recluster after being disrupted. If you move a hive on a cold day and the cluster is broken, at the very least, you...
  11. Re: How to store pulled Supers for the winter in warmer climates.

    According to the Certified Naturally Grown requirements (if that certification is important to you), you cannot use moth crystals. Bt on the other hand, is perfectly legitimate. Vegetable growers...
  12. Re: How to store pulled Supers for the winter in warmer climates.

    NEVER USE MOTHBALLS!
    They leave a residual trace amount in the wax that will never decay. Your best bet is to use a Bt/water mixture and spray both sides of the frames. Here is a link for...
  13. Re: new beehive designed to stop bees from dying over winter, and to have 24/7 monito

    Yes, KickStart emails should be banned. If the poster is looking for money, they should pay to become a vendor or pay the fee for posting in a For Sale ad.
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    Re: Any beekeepers in northern Utah?

    What do you mean by "medicating"? If you mean a mite treatment, you are way too late IMHO. I would move it up to August at the latest. That is probably why you are having difficulties getting a...
  15. Re: Taped seams created moisture buildup- hopefully removed it in time

    I agree. I re-read your post and think you really don't have an issue. If it rains, water will get between the cozy and the hive. I use insulation boards instead of bee cozys and there is...
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    Do you have upper entrances? Do you have insulation on the inner cover?
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    Re: Wax moth prevention in storing

    That's why let them dry for a couple of days before storing.
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    Re: Wax moth prevention in storing

    I use 3 teaspoons per gallon of water. I purchased a new sprayer instead of using a previously used one to prevent any problems. I lightly spray each side. You don't have to get it soaking wet. ...
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    Re: Strange Comb Honey Wax Color

    A related cut comb question. Is it okay to sell cut comb with a majority of uncapped cells? I always crush any cut comb that is not capped. Am I discarding a valuable product?
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    Re: Wax moth prevention in storing

    Thanks for pointing to this thread. The Lot Number's first 3 digits indicate manufacture date. They are as follows:
    2016 249-260
    2017 261-272
    2018 273-284
    2019 285-297

    My Lot...
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    Re: Wax moth prevention in storing

    Yes, I sent a request to Valent Biosciences with the lot number and never got a reply. They really need to amend their label. I submitted another request, so we will see if they reply.
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    Re: Wax moth prevention in storing

    I bought 2 bags of it from the link above. My honey super frames were treated and haven't had a single wax moth problem in the 2 months since it has been applied. I use 3 teaspoons per gallon and a...
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    Re: Wax moth prevention in storing

    This place is much cheaper. https://www.7springsfarm.com/xentari-df-biological-insecticide-bt-1-lb-bag/
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    Re: Winter configuration question

    At this time of year, the last thing I would do is to rearrange frames in a hive.
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    Re: No harvesting?

    This is the third season since i changed from OAV exclusively. Now I use ApiLife Var in the first week of August after supers are pulled and OAV mid-December. I have gone from 60% losses in my...
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