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  1. Re: Topic: Expectations and Realities of Beekeeping (The First Two Years)

    Thanks. It is my hope to post a video. As a one shot thing though, they don't always work out. I plan to record it and will see if it is fit to edit and post on youtube.
  2. Re: Topic: Expectations and Realities of Beekeeping (The First Two Years)

    The talk is scheduled for next Thursday, Feb 20. I worked on the powerpoint a bit today. Mites are definitely one of the topics. I only have about 45 minutes and there are a number of things I need...
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    Re: Applied Apivar today

    I've seen a thousand mites drop in the first week.
  4. Re: Topic: Expectations and Realities of Beekeeping (The First Two Years)

    Would you allow me to use this? I promise to give you credit.
  5. Re: Topic: Expectations and Realities of Beekeeping (The First Two Years)

    A sincere thank you to everyone who has replied.
    There are a number of thoughts in your posts that I hadn’t considered that will be incorporated in my talk. Some of your ideas will allow me to...
  6. Re: Topic: Expectations and Realities of Beekeeping (The First Two Years)

    I might *borrow* Randy Oliver’s list.

    I believe that I indirectly address this. When I advise new beekeepers to seek a successful beekeeping mentor who keeps bees with a philosophical method that...
  7. Re: Topic: Expectations and Realities of Beekeeping (The First Two Years)

    My vision for this talk isn’t about the nuts and bolts of beekeeping. Many of these folks will have just completed a short course. For me to come along and give them another 45 minutes of ‘how to’...
  8. Re: Topic: Expectations and Realities of Beekeeping (The First Two Years)

    We're on a similar thought plane. My first slide so far is 'Harden Your Heart'. I plan to speak to being prepared to accept losses without losing heart.
  9. Topic: Expectations and Realities of Beekeeping (The First Two Years)

    I have been invited to do a talk at a nearby bee club later this month. They had a beekeeping short course in January and had about 90 attendees. Each year, following their short course they get a...
  10. Thread: Acorn frames

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    Re: Acorn frames

    I’ve made the same argument myself. Why would anyone produce a wax coated piece of foundation that they knew was incompletely coated? Obviously, the answer is money.
    I used to assemble all of my...
  11. Thread: Hive swarmed

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    Re: Hive swarmed

    Even in Australia an abandoned hive full of wax moth larvae doesn't indicate a swarm.
    On the other hand, since Australia isn't supposed to have mites....a mite crash probably isn't the answer...
  12. Thread: Acorn frames

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    Re: Acorn frames

    In my case, I only have Pierco. I am hoping to do a comparison of the triple waxed Pierco vs standard coated Mann Lake vs wax foundation. I have 300 sheets of the Pierco, about 100 wax and about 300...
  13. Thread: Acorn frames

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    Re: Acorn frames

    I ordered some triple waxed foundation from Pierco. On the day I wanted to order, for some reason the Acorn website wouldn't load and I ended up ordering from Pierco. $1.52/sheet when ordering a...
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    Re: How to keep honeybees alive and thriving.

    I enjoyed your splitting video from last June.
    I, too, believe that the only way to make a split it to make it strong. Regardless of time of season, they must be able to defend against robbers,...
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    Re: Treat mites all the time?

    Regardless of where your bees come from….except Australia or Pitcairn Island….they will have mites. The only treatment that might eliminate all the mites from your hive would also likely kill all of...
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    Re: first dead-out

    I understand the potential for confusion. On the other hand, there are any numbers of homebrew delivery methods for Amitraz. And thymol, in addition to homebrew, can be delivered by Apilife Var as...
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    Re: first dead-out

    Just curious. How did you deliver the Amitraz?
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    Re: 2019 Winter solstice

    I did some quick inspections during a warm afternoon last week. I saw a number of frames of capped brood with new workers emerging. Evidently some of mine started brood rearing in earnest before the...
  19. Thread: Dead bees

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    Re: Dead bees

    What kind of mite treatment?
    When you say 'lots of honey'...do you mean going into winter or now?
    My best guess is mites or starvation or some combination.
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    Re: Abandoned .. mouse ?

    I find mice in some of my hives every spring. They tend to damage some comb but otherwise don’t do any harm. They don’t bother the bees. I’ve had them move into hives that had failed already but...
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    Re: Credibility of Scientific Papers.

    Totally awesome, isn’t it?! Who needs peer review? Formal materials and methods? Controls?
    One has to wonder how ‘science’ ever progressed without the internet and youtube.
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    Re: Credibility of Scientific Papers.

    I thought this had all been resolved with the advent of youtube. There’s no longer any need for conventional science when one can find a youtube source that will ‘prove’ anything you choose to...
  23. Thread: Dead outs

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    Re: Dead outs

    Much of the time....but...maybe not so much in December. ;)
  24. Thread: Dead outs

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    Re: Dead outs

    I don’t have any confidence in mite washes on dead bees.
    Do you figure that when the bee dies….the mite continues to hang on? I’ve never done an alcohol wash on a deadout. I can’t imagine it would...
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    Re: Winter mite treatment results puzzling

    What were the drops like following the initial treatment?
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