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    Re: Formic Pro deadouts

    I used Formic Pro on a number of hives last year with success. In a number of cases tall grass in front of the hives was burned. I've heard that formic is heavier than air so it will concentrate...
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    Re: What do i call my queens?

    When I first saw the title of this thread I thought, "Martha"!
  3. Sticky: Re: treating vs. not treating for mites: opinion thread

    if you always do the same size sample (eg- 1/3 cup, or 1/2 cup) you can establish a baseline for the number of bees you're sampling.

    Also, it is generally accepted that samples be taken from the...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Isn't that the truth.
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    Re: Source for equipment dipping.

    Kamon- Check with Strahl and Pitsch, Inc in West Babylon, NY That's where I purchased paraffin and microcrystalline to start dipping a few years ago. Not sure what the price is now, but back then...
  6. Thread: Varroa

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    Re: Varroa

    Learn to do mite counts so you don't get caught in a particularly bad year and end up losing a significant number of colonies. I was treatment free for 9 years and expanded from nothing to about 240...
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    Re: Where to buy Cardboard Nuc boxes

    I've been getting the waxed ones from Brushy for 5 or 6 years and they by far have the best ventilation.

    Mike- Mel has the waxed ones as well. He's pricing them with shipping for me now. You...
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    Re: Dearth over in Virginia?

    Joe Pye Weed. I saw some coming east on I-64 yesterday.

    In western VA we haven't had much dearth at all this summer, there's not a lot of nectar saved, but at least they haven't gone down in...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015-2018 treatment free experience

    I've heard that there are about 17 different varieties of the solidago family in Virginia, but here- ...
  10. Re: Mann Lake Large SS Uncapping Tank v. Maxant SS Uncapping Tank (MUTT)

    I have the Maxant MUTT. It's well built and very handy. 6 years of use and no dents or damage.
  11. Re: possible to save a weak hive with SHB maggots running rampant?!

    You've got to wonder why the colony never expanded. March was a long time ago. Queen problems, disease, varroa?

    At this point you could pinch the queen and combine the bees with a strong...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015-2018 treatment free experience

    square- I have no trouble wintering double and triple 5 frame medium nucs here in the mountains of VA at 2100' elev. I can't imagine that you are as cold, or colder, in winter than we are. The...
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    Re: How many Hives needed for sustainable apiary?

    If you want to be sustainable and keep your bees alive, one thing I would suggest is to requeen those packages by early summer with some better genetics like hardier northern, and hopefully mite...
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    Re: Just found our queen dead outside the hive!

    Once they start raising brood, they will go through stores more quickly. Do some emergency feeding if necessary, like fondant or granulated sugar.
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    Re: Photos of my dead hive

    That's a small cluster. When they dwindle down, they can't survive the cold because they don't have enough bees to stay in contact with the honey. The main question is what caused the cluster to be...
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    Re: Winter Hives - Split Cluster Question

    Wait until you have mild weather. It will not hurt the bees to have them in all those boxes, especially if it a large cluster(s). Beekeeping will start up when they're flying and bringing in early...
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    Re: About defensiveness of AMM...

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    Ingvar Arvidsson and his Northern Brown Bees, Apis mellifera mellifera

    sorry the picts are so small
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    Re: About defensiveness of AMM...

    I guess I should read the thread first. Juhani is talking about my friend Ingvar in Sweden in post #36.
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    Re: About defensiveness of AMM...

    I have a friend in Sweden that has been keeping Amm, known as the Northern Brown Bee there, for 20 some years. They have an isolated mating yard on an island in a large lake. His bees are super...
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    Re: Treatment Free forum slow down?

    I see absolutely no difference in the forum as seen on my computer.
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    We had a real nice visit with Erik, his wife, and another beekeeping family in Sweden in November. I've communicated with Erik occasionally about his beekeeping methods. One of the more important...
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    Re: Just found our queen dead outside the hive!

    Here is a deadout from yesterday. Two queens. 37226
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    Re: Just found our queen dead outside the hive!

    Here is a deadout from yesterday. Two queens. 37226
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    Re: Just found our queen dead outside the hive!

    Agreed. I've seen this happen many times in the fall.

    If you crack the top at a time that is too cool for robbing, you should see the cluster, dead or alive.
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    Re: Dark Comb and Package Bees?

    There's nothing wrong with old comb unless it has AFB spores or pesticides in it.
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