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    Re: Keeping Bee Hive Records

    I use a piece of blue painters tape on the lid and write on it with permanent marker. I add new tape when needed. I am not real concerned with lineage or what got combined with what. I am concerned...
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    Re: Oxalic acid vaporizer

    SeaCucumber,

    Can the first dose kill mites in eggs and larvae? Mites do not bother with eggs and only hook up with the larvae just before it gets capped.

    Drone cells are capped for about 14...
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    Re: Oxalic acid vaporizer

    I use a "3M Safety 142-5303 Safety Half Facepiece Disposable Respirator Assembly, Organic Vapor/Acid Gas, Large" Search on Amazon for that and you will be just fine. I use standard safety glasses...
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    Re: Nicot Laying Cage - complete success !!

    I have raised queens through Nicot and grafting and have of course gotten queens through splits at swarm time and supercedures. I have never noticed any difference in quality based on the way they...
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    Re: Strange Bees in Hive

    The picture is pretty fuzzy but they look like drones to me.
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    Re: one-two punch using Apivar and OA dribble?

    Devil's advocate here. If you are concerned with Apivar not working, why use it at all? Wouldn't you be better off saving the money and using something you know works?

    I too have heard on this...
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    Ball of bees just outside the hive

    I had a small ball of bees just outside of one of my top bar hive for the last 2 days. There is a piece of wood slid over that I use to regulate the size of the opening and they were clustered on it....
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    Re: Oxalic acid vaporizer

    When I first got my vaporizer, I did not use a respirator. I would stand far from the hives and when I did go to pull the vaporizer out of the hive, to be safe I would hold my breath. Once I got my...
  9. Re: After Extracting, what to do with the frames?

    Very good advice. I stored a few frames in the house a while back and it took years to get all the wax moths out of the house. There were cocoons everywhere. Now I store them in an out building and...
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    Re: Trumps approval of pesticides

    Every president has plenty of things they get attacked for. It goes with the job. With a population as diverse as you find in the US, it is almost impossible to get 60% of the people to agree on...
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    Re: Moving frames of uncapped honey

    That is the problem in a round about way. Most of the honey is not capped and never was. I have hives with 13 or 14 frames of mostly uncapped nectar/honey. If I wait until the flow is over, it will...
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    Re: Moving frames of uncapped honey

    The blackberry flow in a really good year will give you a maximum of 2 supers. Most years one. Where my hives are, come the end of the flow, they will be fed until November or they will starve. We...
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    Moving frames of uncapped honey

    In the past when the blackberry flow in my area ends, there are often hives with numerous frames of uncapped honey. I have seen over and over that if you leave it there for about a week or so, the...
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    Re: Inner cover screen?

    I have never seen bees build in the space between the inner cover and the telescoping lid. You can skip adding the screen.
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    Re: What is this

    Yes, blackberry pollen is grey.
  16. Re: Best Time and Conditions to Introduce New Queen

    I don't think there is a bad time to introduce a new queen as long as the hive is queenless. The best advice I can give you is to read Harry Vanderpool's queen introduction thread in the queen...
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    Re: Some misc Nicot chat ...

    This is my final report on my Nicot queen rearing for 2019. I moved 9 beautiful queen cells from the starter/finisher to mating nucs today. The cells were huge and I cannot say I have ever seen...
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    Re: 1: 1 sugar syrup recipe?

    I am lazier than most and I really do not have the time to be so precise and actually weigh or measure anything. I generally use quart size mason jars and fill it half way with sugar, fill and stir...
  19. Re: seeking opinions about returning wet supers to hives after extracting

    I do like Ravenseye does. By putting them above the inner cover, the honey is not considered part of the hive so they bring it into the hive very quickly. There is no robbing because there is no...
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    Re: squaring box corners

    Buy an aluminum square from Lowes or any other hardware store. https://www.lowes.com/pd/Swanson-Tool-Company-16-in-x-24-in-Aluminum-Square/1006205
    That is what I use and it works perfectly every...
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    Re: Rotating Treatments Question

    I rotate OAV, formic acid (MAQS or Formic Pro) and Apivar. None of the three work the same way so I feel it is a good way to rotate. As far as Hopguard II goes, I am still mad at them for bad...
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    Re: What do you use to help see when grafting

    Those are exactly what I use. I have to remove my glasses to make it work right and only use one eye. For light I use a small LED flashlight in the other hand.
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    Re: Some misc Nicot chat ...

    With grafting, the weather can still screw you. The day you do the grafting may be perfect but the day you move the queen cells to the mating nucs may have pouring rain. At least with grafting, you...
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    Re: Some misc Nicot chat ...

    I finally got to the good part. I moved the larvae with the cups from the cassette to the queen rearing frame. When I looked at it earlier today I saw 10 or so that had larvae and was hoping for more...
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    Re: Some misc Nicot chat ...

    An update on my Nicot attempt. As stated earlier, I put the kit in the hive last Friday to "warm up". I placed the queen in the cage on Monday. Today, I have numerous eggs in the cups but no larvae...
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