I raise VSH Queens in Powhatan.
Type: Posts; User: John Davis
I raise VSH Queens in Powhatan.
What JW said +1
There are a bunch of choices, some work over time, some don't have supporting data (make a statistical difference).
They keep getting recycled because they are "feel good" things...
One thing to check is your state inspection requirements. Some states don't have inspection requirements for hives that are yours but may require inspection if you are selling bees, queens, or bees...
What Oldtimer said +1
The queen "in a queen box" may be part of the issue. A nuc is (hopefully) five frames of bees, brood in all stages, with resources.
In short, a functioning mini colony including the queen that has...
A Queens thorax is what is to large to fit through the excluder, it is pretty hard and does not get smaller in prep for swarming. Her abdomen does but it is flexible anyway since she has to fit it...
Resolution in the forum is not good, Google photos is better but still not great, mostly normal trash, a few mites.
Learn to do an alcohol wash, sticky boards can be a visual indicator but are not...
This last post #46 probably should be in the for sale area.
Also not all wands are useless.
Some are much better than others, often you get what you pay for.
Method and application control is...
Your link shows 30 search results, which one were you trying to suggest?
Volume is too small.
Maybe you should requeen it before her drones spread genes around in your area.
Vaporizing through the bottom screen can cause a lot of the crystals to plate out on the screen and not make it into the hive. The screen metal acts as a heat sink, the vapors cool and the...
Ants also carry off mites from drop count boards, another reason why mite counts are not an accurate way to judge mite infestation in a colony.
Gard star under the hives will help a lot with...
Take any wedge top frame, turn the wedge sideways to be the comb guide.
Keep it simple.
2:1 usually needs "extra" heat to get all the sugar to dissolve and it will sometimes precipitate out over time.
Try what Mike Palmer suggests.
Put sugar in a container, note the...
Since we don't know what YouTube videos you followed we don't know if you are making some type of cooked syrup/fondant or sugar brick.
Fondant production is temperature critical just like making...
I would suggest that you start simply and slowly.
Start with a "artificial swarm" by making a small split of the old queen and three frames of brood with stores with plenty of bees because the...
Anybody have access to the two articles linked above without paying 35-40 dollars?
Her attendants clean her
Btk (Dipel, thuricide, etc) also works on moth larvae.
Bti is for mosquitoes.
None of the three (Bta included) are labeled for use on bees, comb or wax moths.
What Jim said.
They use pollen stored in the hive and are raising brood before pollen starts coming in in the spring.
Regular sugar dusting is a feel good but ineffective and labor intensive tactic. See study by Jamie Ellis at the University of Florida.
Drone brood culling does help slow down the mite increase but...
You missed what AHudd said and knowing about mite life cycle is important. Mites do crawl from bee to bee as well as across comb and other surfaces and are remarkablely quick. If you brush them off...
30 degrees low would make it turn out soft (undercooked)
There are also some mites you can see in the third picture.