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  1. Re: Fall hive inspections - what should I be looking for?

    What is your planned winter configuration? The reason i ask is you said they are now in "one brood box," I hope you mean there is another box of stores on top of that? I would guess you need either 2...
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    Re: Nucs not taking feed

    I have one doing the same. I swapped out the undrawn frames for drawn a week ago, and hope to see a change tomorrow.
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    Re: How do I relax w/bees?

    More power to those who go suitless, but I wear a full suit anytime the hives the top comes off. Period. Nothing relaxes me better than having a barrier between me and them.

    When they are not...
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    Re: Mite Treatment Cost Comparison Thread

    I have seen far more dead bees with Hopgaurd than I have with MAQS or OAV. I have decided to not use it again in favor of the two above-mentioned.
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    Re: Sugar $0.39 / lb at walmart.com

    .. and I probably have read and/or posted on that thread. My memory is not what I once imagined it was.
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    Sugar $0.39 / lb at walmart.com

    Tonight I bought a bunch of 10 lb bags of Great Value sugar on walmart.com with free shipping, for $3.92 per bag. It seemed a decent price to me, so I thought I would share it here.

    Normally I...
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    Re: High mite load opinions

    I like this idea. (I am not treatment free.)

    I likewise have wondered the meaning of a high mite drop. On the face of it, it means a high infestation, and (it would seem) not good genetics. But if...
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    Re: Formic pro hurting bees?

    That is "normal," not in the the good sense, but not unexpected with a mite infestation in the fall.
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    Re: Formic pro hurting bees?

    It is good to be treating, however, 30-40 mites on the bottom board is not extreme while treating, in fact it is quite low.
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    Poll: Re: Engineering Project

    I think assembling them is fun, and do that in the dark days of winter. I sell them in the spring for a few bucks less than the assembled hives from the big vendors. For that reason, I like that many...
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    Re: When (time of year) to move hives

    Thanks for all the input, everyone. I decided to wait until early spring.

    Nancy, your always-thorough replies are appreciated.
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    Re: Is it just me, or do you see it too?

    Nope. And I too dream about bees.
  13. Re: Winter Broodless Period for Northern Latitudes.

    I cannot give input into when they are totally broodless, because I never open them up in the dead of winter. Is it actually knowable, for all locations and situations?

    I just aim for a OAV...
  14. Re: Applying mites treatment to double nuc box

    My first year, I figured I had magic bees, because I didn't see mites. Of course, I was wrong. :doh:

    Not discounting the possibility that some can go treatment free, but I certainly can't so far.
  15. Re: Applying mites treatment to double nuc box

    I never treat just one hive in an apiary. When I treat, I treat them all, at least initially. Retreating, I might only hit the worst of them.

    Therfore, I would treat both sides of the double nuc....
  16. Re: Feeding with Deep Boxes in the Northwest

    Probably a similar climate to yours. I overwinter in either 2 deeps, or a deep bottom and 2 mediums. I am batting about average on overwinter sucess, but only have had one hive die of starvation so...
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    Re: Varrox: A cautionary tale

    I like slatted racks, for many reasons, but also to help ensure this does not happen.

    Good catching the problem in a timely manner, it sounds like you did all you could.
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    Re: When (time of year) to move hives

    Thanks, I don't see that working in my case. My land is not conducive to that procedure, neither is my wife. :)
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    Re: When (time of year) to move hives

    You don't lose any colonies over winter? I lose a few, probably about average. That is with feeding and mite management, of course. That is a topic for another day, though.

    Thanks for the input.
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    Re: When (time of year) to move hives

    My weather is similar to yours, so I expect my issues would be similar to yours. Also, as I said, they might just be dead by then, making it a non-issue. I am leaning towards late winter-early...
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    Re: When (time of year) to move hives

    Not "questioning" your statement, why is that the case?
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    Re: When (time of year) to move hives

    Thanks for the reminder to get the new site ready!

    The problem with "dead of winter" is that there might be 3 feet of snow! But, then of course, I could always at that time decide to wait a bit....
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    When (time of year) to move hives

    I have a couple of hives that I need to move by spring-ish. They are in a location that was not well chosen, as they fly through the pathway to the garden. They are not an urgent problem (they...
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    Re: Mixing a few (5-12) gallons of syrup

    Today I mixed up more, using 2 gallons of hot tap water with 32 lbs of sugar (8x4 lb bags), and mixed with the paint mixer in the drill. It was about right for the 5 gallon bucket, without making a...
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    Re: Dadant Screened IPM Bottom Booard

    Thank you, that is what I was looking for, another perspective that would help me see the perceived flaws as features.
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