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    Re: Resources on Nectar Flow Timing?

    I would think joining the local beekeeping club and talking to the members would be a really good place to start. As mentioned above, starting a journal and creating your own database of information...
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    Re: Where did my bees go?

    It is like deja vu! Please read the thread in the bee forum section:

    https://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?347723-Anatomy-of-a-mite-crash

    This looks like classic case.
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    Re: Mountain camp vs. honey

    It would not serve bees well to eat all of their stores when other sources of food are available. They will always eat other sources first or they would starve to death in the winter. Sugar blocks or...
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    Re: Mountain camp ingredients...

    I also agree it is not needed. HBH has its uses but not for mountain camp or sugar block feeding. Laurie's sugar block recipe has citric acid added but I never have and plain sugar and water or sugar...
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    Re: Like sending bees to war

    The author does a nice job of pressing every ecological hot button possible.
  6. Re: A new Year. What are your goals for the bees in 2020?

    I want to sell off a bunch of bees with some of the equipment I have collected. I have enough equipment for about 40-50 hives but only want 10, not including the 6 top bar hives that I don't count in...
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    Re: RIP little bees...

    When I first started beekeeping my deadouts looked the same. They were a wet soggy mess of dead bees and mold. I too thought moisture was the issues that killed them. When I got a little more...
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    Re: Winter mite treatment results puzzling

    I am just across the water from you and while it was cold for a few days around Christmas, the average temperatures for December have been way above normal. In fact, until Christmas eve, not a single...
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    Re: My self centering top bars

    He will make money from it by suing me for using his patented ideas in my apiary. Although, I should sue him for stealing my ideas.
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    Re: RIP little bees...

    Paul, I am just south of you in Bridle Trails. It has been a very bad year for mites. I have not lost a single hive to mites over the last 2 years. This winter I have already lost 3 to mites. I did...
  11. Re: Oxalic Acid dribble during a December warm spell?

    A dribble application would work very well this time of year. Do not do the sugar shake, just do the OAD application.
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    Re: Asian Giant Hornet

    It probably came from British Columbia. A nest of them was found just over the border in September.
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    Re: Bees moving to neighbors hive?

    Sounds a lot like what is stated in the "Anatomy of a Mite Crash" thread in the sticky section of this forum. When I see a booming hive late in the season, I take special care to treat for mites....
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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...
  21. 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...
  25. 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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