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  1. Re: healty hives that refuse to store food

    You are probably not going to be able to do anything to change this, sounds like genetics. A package producer in the the south would love to have one of those queens but they don't work out so well...
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    Re: How do I relax w/bees?

    This is probably the most important time to implement the zen philosophy that's been suggested. Relax,"slow down", and don't rush. Wear whatever amount of gear you are comfortable with. I've been...
  3. Re: Question: Hive orientation for winter

    If you would like to turn them around at some point so they are all facing south my preference would be to do it in early winter when the bees are clustered and not flying. When they do come out on...
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    Re: Stores Question

    If you plan to use Formic Pro you will want to have a super on each hive during treatment to give the bees space to spread out, per Formic Pro instructions.

    Post treatment I would plan on going...
  5. Re: Is it tougher and tougher to control mites with OAV?

    Ten years ago most beekeepers were using the "other" standard products to combat mites. Today, OAV has become the prime method and everything else is being compared to OAV.

    I think you are seeing...
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    Re: REMOVING HONEY SUPERS

    I think you should probably have a 2 deep brood set up on each hive in your region. I'll let the Canadians chime in, but double deeps is pretty common here.
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    Re: REMOVING HONEY SUPERS

    That's typical late in the season when the queen slows down egg laying and the colony is preparing for winter. Make sure that you actually are in that mode and the fall flow is winding down. Crowded...
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    Re: OAV and Brood damage

    If you have a very tight cluster when applying OAV some of the bees deeper inside the cluster might not be coated with the crystals. With a tight shell of bees surrounding the cluster the vapor might...
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    Re: OAV and Brood damage

    http://nodglobal.com/frequently-asked-questions-formic-pro/

    Based on this it doesn't sound like a waiting period is needed following treatment. Nobody is perfect, but it sounds like this speaker...
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    Re: OAV and Brood damage

    I think it might actually be the opposite. OAV should be administered when the cluster is loose. Dribble is usually used during the late fall/early winter months when the cluster is a little tighter...
  11. Re: Fall Extraction Blues

    I'll second aran's suggestion. I've had the same issue with too much uncapped honey in the supers late in the season including this year, but putting off treatments is risky if you want to get your...
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    Re: Liquid form of BT Aizawai

    Based on some of the literature I've read the main reasons for the rapid breakdown in field application is due to sunlight degradation and wash out from rainfall.

    Never thought about the toxicity...
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    Re: Liquid form of BT Aizawai

    http://npic.orst.edu/factsheets/btgen.html

    This is nonsense, has to be an error. I, along with many other beekeepers, have been using the BTA strain safely for many years with no toxicity to our...
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    Re: Bees Returning to Nuc Boxes

    Late in the evening, before sunset, pop the top off the nuc and take a look. You'll have your answer one way or another. If it's just robber bees you will know when you look inside. If a swarm moved...
  15. Re: Can freshly extracted frames get diseases from cleanup bees?

    I wonder if that is still true for someone storing wet supers in an environment with high humidity. Could the honey residue on the comb absorb moisture from the air, ferment, mold ... ?

    I always...
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    Re: Late Swarm in Ohio

    I've overwintered nucs just fine in 4 - 5 frame medium nuc boxes. If you add a couple medium nucs above your deep nuc it should work out. You will need to put together a feeder rim and keep sugar...
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    Re: Combine colonies in August?

    Back to the original question. I'm still very confused about what your ultimate goal might be. You are asking about combining two queen right colonies, but it also sounds like your goal is 2...
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    Re: Failed OAV treatments?

    You should be able to purchase OA from a local hardware store. Many beekeepers use the Savogran Wood Bleach OA. Like this.
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  19. Re: Is fall treatment for varroa obligatory?

    This time of year my sticky board mite counts can be deceiving after an OAV treatment. If I had 50-100 mites following my "broodless" OAV treatment after Thanksgiving I would be satisfied and...
  20. Re: Is fall treatment for varroa obligatory?

    It sounds like you might have just a slight shadow of a doubt that your shake results are totally reliable, or you wouldn't have posted this. Everyone has their own level of tolerance for risks,...
  21. Re: OA vaporization is probably safe with honey supers - here's my calculations

    I'm no scientist for sure, but it seems this would be a fairly simple test to perform with the appropriate testing equipment available.

    Pull an uncapped frame of honey/nectar and remove the liquid...
  22. Re: OA vaporization is probably safe with honey supers - here's my calculations

    After decades of use in Europe, and 9 years since approval in Canada I find it hard to believe that this question has not been looked at closely and tested already. There must be a reason that the...
  23. Re: Costco 100% Raw unfiltered honey for $2.98 lb

    I wonder what it tastes like. Might be a partial answer to the question.
  24. Re: OAV with honey supers

    I know what you mean. I don't think there is a definitive answer yet on this, at least not that I'm aware of.

    Arsenic is found naturally in some foods we eat. Does that mean that it's OK to add...
  25. Re: OAV with honey supers

    The crystals coat all surfaces inside the hives. The bees clean up all of these crystals and remove them in fairly short order. Crystals landing on capped frames will not penetrate the brood or honey...
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