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    Re: Urgent Varroa Mite Question

    The temp above 37 degrees is a guide line with the assumption that the bees will not be in a tight cluster allowing the Oxalic vapor to cover more bees. Also the bees will be more active and act as...
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    Re: Urgent Varroa Mite Question

    OAV treating is cheap and you have nothing to lose and everything to gain by treating

    By testing for mites I will know where my hives stand, less stress on the bee keeper (me). It saddens me to...
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    Re: Urgent Varroa Mite Question

    I doubt that your bees are made of sugar. You have a 4 day window here in Iowa where the temperatures will be in the upper 40's to lower 50's. I would tip up both of the hives and take a 300 bee...
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    Re: Bee Escape Not Working

    I know nothing, so consider that when you read what I would try.

    I would place an empty super between the brood boxes with a quart jar of 2:1 syrup on the top bars of the brood. Then on top of...
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    I was afraid Scooby might be a one shot wonder, I was hoping he would make it to 10,000 so I could learn from him.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUfOZzp1ih4
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    Re: Wintering loss Survey

    I would be interested in the number of hives total that lived and total number that died. If a person had one hive and it died that would be a 100% loss, if they had two hives and one died it would...
  7. Re: My first two hives of 10,000 have been ordered :)

    JWChesnut,

    Thanks for the update. Only 9,988 more hives to go. It won't be long now; the almond orchards will soon be over run with pollinating hives. I wish him well.

    Does the acronym SHB...
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    Re: Repeated queen fertilization

    I think that the swarm old queen that is attractive to drones would be called a "Cougar" queen here.
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    2. Once the brood is expanded into two (or more) boxes, additional boxes with new wax foundation or foundationless are added just above the bottom box and the process is repeated until the Summer...
  10. Sticky: Re: treating vs. not treating for mites: opinion thread

    This is how my statistics professor explained averages to me. If you have a beekeeper that is barefooted and has one foot in a 5 gallon bucket of boiling water at 212*F and the other foot in a 5...
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    Re: How’s everyone’s bees look this winter?

    I was talking with one of our state's bigger beekeepers with 40 years experience and he was sending a semi load of hives to almonds for the first time ever this year. We had Mother Nature against us...
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    Re: I am thinking about switching to all deeps

    Outdoor N8,

    How dare you actually question common legends by actually weighing supers. Next, I suppose you are going to test to see if the earth is still flat. You may end up being tied to a...
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    Re: Mouse In The House?

    When you check the hive in the spring you may find a mummified mouse encased in propolis. I once removed a hive that had taken over a wood duck house. Inside I found a wood duck mummy completely...
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    Re: Nothing but expanding

    Following for answers.
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    Re: Harvest my first honey

    Honeydew honey.
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    Re: Too many questions....

    Yes, it works, but is slower than band heater vaporizers that are the same price. Look at Johno's band vaporizer here on this site.

    Oxalika takes about 5 minutes per hive give or take. It...
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    Re: Johno's Easy Vap - Vaporizer

    I run mine off of a 750 watt inverter similar to this:

    ...
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    Re: Too many questions....

    Ok, I think he started around Fairfield originally. Still close to our neck of the woods.
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    Re: Too many questions....

    Yes, we are. Do you get your bees from Charles N.?
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    Re: Too many questions....

    springersports,

    Iowa does indeed have bee inspectors. They will inspect hives free of charge.

    Andrew Joseph, State Apiarist
    IDALS – Bureau of Entomology & Plant Science
    Iowa Laboratory...
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    In all honesty, it was a slight poke at his aggressive plans for expansion, but if he was successful to some degree I am open minded enough to listen to his methods. I do have a goal of 50 hives...
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    Scoobertdoo,

    I see that in March 2018 you had planned on having 100 to 150 hives by years end. I was wondering if you had an update on your hive expansion from the two hives in March. My...
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    Re: Nucs winter preparation

    Yes, quilt top with extra sugar/candy with top ventilation. I would reduce entrance size and add mouse guards. On a warmish day in Dec. I would do an OAV to clean up any remaining mites.

    I am...
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    Re: Need a straight bevel gear for my extractor

    I think I would try using Loc-Tite Super Glue Gel instead of a soldering iron.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbHaP1TsxIk
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    Re: What does Doolittle mean by Retrenching?

    I think he means that the bees do not need to be reduced or cut down in numbers, but I may be wrong.
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