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  1. Re: Random thought - Seperating boxes during winter in a small/weak hive with newspap

    Other than feeding it seems like every time I've tried to help the bees out this time of year it's come back to bite me.

    Personally I would not try the newspaper barrier now. I understand the...
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    Re: oa dribble freqency

    You should be fine. Those bees are all gone now.

    I certainly understand your concerns about conflicting information. I try to use what little common sense I have and err on the side of caution to...
  3. Re: questions and theories on how OA kills mites

    If it is simply an action of grooming, why would OAV have such a greater efficacy than powdered sugar?

    I lean towards the theory that the acid itself impacts the mites in some way, causing a...
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    Re: oa dribble freqency

    From Randy Oliver's website.





    http://scientificbeekeeping.com/oxalic-acid-questions-answers-and-more-questions-part-1-of-2-parts/
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    Re: Fall Feeding

    Sounds like you are in pretty good shape with your hives. How many frames in the bottom box have honey stores, and how many are empty frames? That will determine if you need to continue feeding or...
  6. Re: When do you add fondant/mountain camp sugar?

    Not sure if there is a general consensus, but I like to wait until after the first hard frost and when foraging activity is very light due to ambient temperatures. I'll add a feeder rim ahead of time...
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    Re: oa dribble freqency

    Based on studies I've read, OA "dribble" is really rough on open brood. Most recommend only using it one time when the colony is broodless. Vaporization can be administered multiple times while the...
  8. Re: Why the heck won't they gain weight (after ALOT of feeding).

    So you had both hives open for 5 minutes, but only one hive is having a problem retaining weight. :scratch:
  9. Re: Why the heck won't they gain weight (after ALOT of feeding).

    In comparison, how much brood is in Hive B ?
  10. Re: Why the heck won't they gain weight (after ALOT of feeding).

    What are the populations of each hive?
    Assuming there is no robbing taking place I'm wondering if the forager population in Hive A is much greater than Hive B. What does the activity at the...
  11. Re: Is it feasible to control swarming without performing a spring split?

    Not sure where you found these numbers, maybe it's an average of data collected from multiple beekeeping sectors.

    Personally, I think that 30% losses are unacceptable if treating for mites. If...
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    Re: Mountain Camp - proactive or reactive?

    That's my preference as well. I'll make up dozens of small blocks and have them ready to go. If I check a hive and see they have eaten most of the blocks directly above the cluster it's very quick...
  13. Re: Is it feasible to control swarming without performing a spring split?

    In theory, this would be a wonderful solution to the problem. The question is, how do we get there on a grand scale. Looking at the broader picture we have to consider the ramifications for...
  14. Re: Is it feasible to control swarming without performing a spring split?

    That was an interesting read.

    I wonder if the underlying reason this technique worked for him would be the resulting imbalance of bee age groups within the hive during the prime swarm period. In...
  15. Re: Is it feasible to control swarming without performing a spring split?

    For some reason my experience has been just the opposite. If I insert empty frames in or around the broodnest when the bees are just beginning to backfill and thinking about swarm preparations they...
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    Re: Bone dry nuc

    What size nuc is it? Can you detail how many frames have brood and the number of frames with "empty" drawn comb.

    You have plenty of time to feed syrup and get them prepared for winter if you...
  17. Re: Is it feasible to control swarming without performing a spring split?

    Really no need to do a "significant" spring split. When the hives are built up and you sense that they could soon be initiating swarm preparations just remove the queen with a few frames and some...
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    Re: Adding capped honey error

    Should be alright, but check next week and make sure you still find some eggs confirming that the queen is ok.
  19. Re: What does Packed for or by on label mean?

    Just a guess but I would assume that "packed for" would mean that another beekeeper or company is filling identical jars with their honey and selling them wholesale to Smokey Mountain Honey, who then...
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    Re: Beekeeping Technique Question

    Not clear what you mean by - "observe hive until about late May..."
    If you are not doing any internal inspections during the month of May it could be that your hives are all swarming during that...
  21. Re: Move bustling nuc to deep for winter?

    If you have another deep nuc box available my choice would be to add it to your nuc, filled with the capped frames of honey. You would also need a nuc sized rim for sugar blocks over the winter. In...
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    Re: Mountain Camp - proactive or reactive?

    I have relatives who lived in Portsmouth for a few years, they had some stories of very unusual weather while they were there. Sounds like a real challenge at times.
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    Re: Buying an Extractor....

    A couple seasons back I finally retired my old dinosaur 55 gallon drum home made extractor and bought a Maxant 3100P. For 10 or less hives it's been a perfect fit. A great investment in my opinion,...
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    Re: Mountain Camp - proactive or reactive?

    With that much moisture in the hive along with such a drastic change in temperature, what would have happened if there was no sugar in the hive? I might be wrong but I'm picturing a large amount of...
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    Re: Mountain Camp - proactive or reactive?

    Yes, that is the ultimate goal. But sometimes life gets in the way and I can't always be perfect. I don't want any of my hives starving out due to an oversight or misjudgment on my part.

    Feeding...
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