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    Re: Queenless in October?

    As in "pre-menstrual syndrome"? Recall that as to my wife, but less so as to the girls out back.
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    Queenless in October?

    I have two hives that I considered very strong. My last inspection was three or four weeks ago. yesterday I went in, tan the first thing I noticed is that one of the hives had very little capped...
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    Re: Which battery for oxalic acid vaporizer?

    I use a car jumper/charger. Costs $125 +/-, but it's easy to carry around, has A/C and D/C and USB ports, tons of power, and it may come in handy with your F-150 some day. Just keep it charging...
  4. Re: Queenless but lots of queen cells; then still queenless, all q. cells gone (???)

    Thanks, all. New queen is now laying. I added a frame of capped brood from another hive--hopefully that will produce the nurse bees she will need.
  5. Queenless but lots of queen cells; then still queenless, all q. cells gone (???)

    Can anyone read these tea leaves: An overwintered hive, busting' with bees, suddenly went queenless. One inspection lots of brood in all stages, two weeks later, there were no eggs, no uncapped...
  6. OAV with sealed brood--how many treatments?

    I have hives with sealed brood which I plan to treat with sublimated oxalic acid. That sounds like I need OA crystals in the hive for 2 weeks, likely 16 days to be safe, to account for all emerging...
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    Re: Doing splits

    Thanks for this--seems like excellent advice. I think I'm going to leave them well enough alone and think about splitting next year, and do more reading in the meantime.

    I appreciate your...
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    Doing splits

    I have a hive colony that shows great promise. It came out of a package in spring of 2016, was a little slow to get going. Its sister hive, also from a package at the same time, came out of the...
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    Re: Bees Attacking

    Boy, I don't know. Being chased for 30 min 100+ feet from the bee yard sounds like these are some hyper-aroused bees, and yes, I would call that "attacking" and not "protecting," depending on how...
  10. Thread: Alabama

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    Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    June 4, Morris County (north central) New Jersey.

    Small swarm, most likely from my own hive and likely from a first-year package of Italians. Formed a mound in the grass in front of the one of my...
  11. Re: Help--Swarm in the grass! How to capture?

    The queen was marked neon greenish
  12. Re: Help--Swarm in the grass! How to capture?

    DaisyNJ: Holy cow! And thanks. Between posting and seeing your response, I did basically that. I had an empty hive body with drawn frames from a dead-out last winter. I put the whole...
  13. Help--Swarm in the grass! How to capture?

    Any advice mucho appreciated. Figuring this out in real time
  14. Thread: Bears

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    Bears

    I have a weekend cabin in the woods in northwestern NJ. Black bears rambling through the woods are not an unusual sight. We have a little balcony off our bedroom that we don't use for anything. ...
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    Re: Help! Nosema

    Thanks. I've sent a sample to Beltsville and will await their results. On Monday, temperatures reached into the 60s, and I took a peek under the cover. The sick colony was clustered at the top of...
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    Re: Help! Nosema

    "Foundress" was the term I was searching for. The literature says the adult females are as much as twice the size of adult males.

    See http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/misc/bees/varroa_mite.htm...
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    Re: Help! Nosema

    Very helpful, thanks. So maybe there is hope. To clarify, I did two courses of OAV (one strike every five days), with MAQS in-between (MAQS for a week, take them out and check the results, then...
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    Help! Nosema

    "Newbie mistake dooms a hive," I suspect. My first year, I had two hives. One built up very quickly, the other sputtered at first and then took off. In late September/October, the stronger colony...
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    Re: fall box reversing?

    Different situation: Two colonies. Both have two deeps with more brood than I would have expected this time of year (tho this is my first year so what do I know to expect). One of the hives has NO...
  20. Re: Oxalic Acid Vaporization - Questions and Answers

    Fair enough. I am a hobbyist and only have two hives, so the time commitment is not really a factor. I don't like to take the hive apart to put the strips between the two brood boxes, and OAV is...
  21. Re: Oxalic Acid Vaporization - Questions and Answers

    OAV treatment sounds like an obvious remedy, with the only drawbacks being (i) you can't treat with honey supers on and (ii) as it kills only phoretic mites, if you have brood you need to treat three...
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    How much is enough honey?

    Two hives from packages this past spring. One is going gangbusters and has filled-up deeps and supers with approx 90 lbs capped honey. The other is a little lighter. I was originally inclined to...
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    Re: Help, they're swarming

    Snaggy, you are my kinda beekeeper/guy. Stumble into it, read about it, screw it up from time to time, but get up and keep going. Rock-on, dude (and that from a 60-yr-old, first-year, kindred...
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    Two Hives Runnin'

    New guy, here, in central NJ, first year bk. Two colonies from packages hived in late April in standard, 10-frame, Langstroth hives. One (hive 1) is busting' out. Foaming out of the entrance. ...
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    Re: Oh, no! Queen cups!

    Thanks, all--reassuring. Should I go back in and make sure I didn't put brood up into the upper deep? I had known that when I put on the new deep I could/should move a few frames from the lower...
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