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    Re: Cant' Reduce Moisture

    Nice to see the numbers going in the right direction; did you stir thoroughly before taking the samples to test?
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    Re: OAV and Brood damage

    On looking through the above link to the research it appears their data collection and control procedures were very objective. I was surprised at the much greater honey uptake of Formic acid compared...
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    Re: OAV and Brood damage

    Yes, and a few other questions, like was that a representative sample of the total honey in the colony or just a surface dip. The figure quoting a 500% increase can be confusing because that increase...
  4. Re: Hive is Creating and Destroying Queen Cells--But Why?

    No bullet nose drone cells there. My scenario doesn't apply here.
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    Re: Formic Pro Issues?

    Yes, bad news makes the headlines!

    I have seen quite a number of instances where people here on the forums reported problems but when all the details were coaxed out there appeared to usually...
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    Re: Cant' Reduce Moisture

    Here is an older BS thread on the subject. https://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?319408-18-25-Moisture-Content-Acceptable

    There are links to the UA dept. agriculture regulations and...
  7. Re: Hive is Creating and Destroying Queen Cells--But Why?

    Here is a scenario that may explain your situation.

    A queen who has or is becoming unfertile will continue to lay in worker sized cells but they will hatch as drone larvae. When capping the...
  8. Re: Combining Queen rite hive with Queenlees hive

    Assuming there were uncapped queen cells at the end of Aug. and they produced a queen (who mated successfully and returned) you should see eggs and brood by first Oct.

    If there was all stages of...
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    Re: Cant' Reduce Moisture

    If you can contrive a tent from cheap poly weave tarps or poly film to create a small room for the dehumidifyer and pails it will increase temperature and drop the humidity of the exchange air. If...
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    Re: #8 Duck Cloth Inner Cover

    With no upper ventilation of any sort you depend 100% on the bottom not getting blocked by ice, dead bees, drifted snow, or a combination. Usually colony heat will keep an air passage open around the...
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    Re: healty hives that refuse to store food

    I put 2:1 syrup to several colonies that I thought were overdoing it with brood production while light on stores. Two division board feeders in each hive in an empty deep. They took a couple of...
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    Re: #8 Duck Cloth Inner Cover

    The reflectix bubble wrap material works well. That is what Ian Stettler uses under migratory tops. Cuts an openable flap in them when he wants to feed. The only problem I find is that they are prone...
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    Re: OAV and Brood damage

    Alcohol can be used to euthanize a colony so it would not be surprising to see brood damage if it was part of the scenario where brood was affected. OA dribble has been grossly overdosed also due to...
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    Re: Lazy bees, too late to re-queen?

    The health of the hive has not been mentioned.
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    Re: How do I relax w/bees?

    Do what you have to do to be comfortable with YOUR bees. There can be a world of difference in the temperament of different bees. What you are doing to the hives makes a big difference too in what...
  16. Re: Is it tougher and tougher to control mites with OAV?

    Below is an example of how results can be misleading. Not deliberately so, but there can often be incidental effects that could be seen to discount the basic premise. Note in the highlighted words...
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    Re: What are your hobbies?

    U Control! I was there! I remember getting one of those old cox .049 s warmed up and tuned, then topping off the fixed fuel tank so I could get a good long flight. I had practiced getting over dizzy...
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    Re: What are your hobbies?

    I have shelved it till this winter. Have the wings covered, control surfaces hinged and servos in. I bogged when I found 3/16 piano wire was a bit too springy for the landing gear. I have the 1/4" on...
  19. Re: Is it tougher and tougher to control mites with OAV?

    There are over one hundred pages of posts on NZ beekeeping forum discussing OA/ gly. The assumption seems to be that the glycerine provides a moist rather sticky mixture with the oxalic acid that is...
  20. Re: wax foundation falling apart in the extractor

    That would be a tangential extractor. The frames need three goes to do the job. First spin very gentle and expect to only extract about half of the outside wall of honey. (Too much spin will cause...
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    Re: Drones Blind Queens with Semen

    I think that the supporting experiment must have been done on a selected group of backward drones prone to mounting from the wrong end:rolleyes: Normally I cant envision much juice getting in the...
  22. Re: Germany to ban glyphosate to save insects, finally!

    No argument on the wastage. Typical supermarket item has an average of 1000 miles of transportation from production to consumption. Much of it arrives questionable and if not used smartly becomes...
  23. Re: Germany to ban glyphosate to save insects, finally!

    Yes, Juhani, it is well to be cautious with simplistic solutions to complex problems.

    As for making people work harder for their living that would be tough medicine to swallow. The public pushback...
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    Re: High mite load opinions

    She might just be a very prolific breeder and kept ahead of a terrific mite load. No thoughts to birth control or wintering population. Eat, drink and be merry! I fear you may be correct about the...
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    Re: OAV with honey supers/Fall Extraction Blues

    Nah, we wouldn't do any of those things! I use one vaporization as a mite counting device before I begin the OAV treatments.;)

    I think the label may be changed or become common knowledge that it...
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