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    Re: Top Bar Mite Treatment Options

    Apparently, all that old school learning isn't working. If you would start reading, watching YouTube videos and start reading internet sites, you might be able to figure out why they keep on dying. :)
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    Re: Basic Queen Rearing

    Off of the main Beesource page in the Resources section and then in the Elements of Beekeeping is a article from Oldtimer on queen rearing. From that article, I loved the idea about sequestering the...
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    Re: Basic Queen Rearing

    I do small scale queen rearing once or twice a year. I do 10 - 15 cells at a time in a 5 frame queenless starter-finisher. This is what the starter-finisher looks like right after adding the grafts....
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    Sticky: Re: Want Swarm Prevention? Try the OSBN Method

    I did try it again this year and you can see some of my pictures on this thread from 4/9/19. The method does work quite well.
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    Sticky: Re: Want Swarm Prevention? Try the OSBN Method

    Matt, What does a typical season look like where you are located? In my area coming out of winter the first blooms start about the first of April. During the month of April, the following all bloom....
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    Re: OAV, putting the risk in perspective

    It is all very nice to point out that OA is in most of the foods we eat and that in can be a pretty harmless compound. But using it in the manner we do as a vaporized acid or in a concentrated...
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    Re: Top Bar Mite Treatment Options

    I currently have 6 top bar hives. I use the Provap 100 for treatment. I separate the treatment for each hive and do a 1/2 dose about 1/4 of the length from each end. The fumes do not travel very well...
  8. Re: How much honey could one expect from one hive? Spring

    Somehow, I cannot imagine peasant families in 1835 having any possibility of caring for 1,000 beehives. There were no cars so the hives had to be fairly close to home. It seems to me that having that...
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    Re: Queen Flew Away Today (Nov 30)

    I have had a queen fly away on 3 separate occasions and the next day, all three were back where they came from. It is not a lot of experience with the issue but I don't worry about it too much based...
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    Re: Best Queen rearing books

    If you are looking for books, those already listed are excellent and I would recommend all of them. If I could only recommend one, I would go with Queen Rearing Essential by Larry Conner. I started...
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    Re: Definition of "Artificial Swarm" ??

    I have always considered an artificial swarm to be removing the queen and a bunch of nurse bees along with some food and empty comb to create a new hive from one that is about to swarm. All of my...
  12. Re: Combining queenless packages into existing hives?

    I believe trying to add bees from a package in the spring would be a total waste of your money. All colonies of bees come into spring with the goal of colony reproduction (swarming). To achieve that...
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    Re: randy oliver article in january '17 abj

    The older I get, the less I appreciate mankind's job of artificial selection in other species. One of the purposes in having a wide gene pool within any species is to create differences in the...
  14. Re: Top Bar Package Install Schedule Feedback Requested

    I am not sure that OA dribble is recommended for packages or recently installed packages either. I don't find OAD to be real easy with a top bar hive and if I had to recommend using it on a new...
  15. Thread: Sourwood trees

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    Re: Sourwood trees

    I planted a couple of sourwood trees at the same time I planted 20 black locust trees about 5 years ago. All the trees were about the same size when planted, about 3 feet tall. The black locusts are...
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    Re: Planning for my first bee's come spring

    I would take an opposite approach than recommended by Litsinger. Italians and Carni's react differently to weather, nectar flows and general conditions. If you have two or more different varieties...
  17. Re: How much honey could one expect from one hive? Spring

    To get 80-100 pounds per hive and sell all of the honey, you have a lot of "if's" to get through.

    If you can keep them alive over the winter
    If you can keep them from swarming in the spring
    If...
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    Re: Weighing Beehives-Winter Weight

    I have used quart mason jars for years and have never seen bees take the syrup that fast. The most I ever see taken is 2 quarts a day and that much is pretty rare. Is it possible that the holes are...
  19. Thread: queen excluders

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    Re: queen excluders

    I find they are really handy for queen rearing and helping to locate sneaky queens but never use them to keep queens out of the supers. I prefer the metal ones.
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    Re: Maximum Crop & Earthquake Proof Hive Stand

    If you really want to add sophistication, the feeders need to have Dom Perignon and the protein patties will need to be made from real Kobe beef imported from Japan. The bee suit needs to be...
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    Re: Maximum Crop & Earthquake Proof Hive Stand

    I would be really impressed if you did chainsaw carving into the hive stand and made it really artistic. You would have to do it yourself, no hiring an outside artist to do the work. Carvings of bees...
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    Re: Two different bee races in one colony.

    You do not have 2 different races of bees in one colony. All the bees are the daughters of the queen and the difference in the looks of the bees is because they have different drone fathers. All of...
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    Sticky: Re: Hive designs and their advantages and disadvantages

    I live in the beautiful Pacific NW that is well known for being extremely rainy and humid throughout the winter. It does not get real cold (freezing temperatures) most of the time and we get very...
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    Re: Double queen colonies for honey production

    We have beekeepers in this area that raise one hive on top of another and separated with a double screen. Just before the blackberry flow, one queen is removed and the hives are merged together as...
  25. Thread: OAV or Apivar?

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    Re: OAV or Apivar?

    It is not correct to OAV with supers on the hive unless you remove the supers during treatment or provide a barrier to prevent the vapor from entering the supers. The barrier for the supers can be...
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