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    Re: Queen Selection

    3rd yr 6a- From my personal experience Ii think Greg is spot on. My most productive, best overwintering hive, most mite resistant and most prolific queen is a Russian mix. That hive has taught me...
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    Re: pollen bound

    3rd year 6a- You're on to the solution. I would remove (and have) pollen frames and set them aside for my inventory. Not sure if there's any real way of extracting it in a way that doesn't destroy...
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    Re: Mite count board (home made)

    The easiest thing to do is pick up a 4 X 8 sheet of coroplast at your local Home Depot. Cut it to fit within your bottom board. You can also fashion a piece of wood at the end and use wood glue to...
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    Re: SBB question

    Standard equipment for me are SBB's over the top of solid BB's. Best of both worlds. Leave them on all year.

    Also use BeeSmart robbing screens until beginning of winter when they are switched...
  5. Re: Ugh, think I'm losing a six week old nuc hive. Did I do the right thing?

    3rd year 6a-
    My style is to get very proactive about saving them. Since mites are #1 I would drop Apivar strips in them and leave for the treatment period. They are easy and not temperature...
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    Re: Foundationless..are my drones bigger?

    Hey Crofter- The partial frames are really fun. Read outstanding posts from Lauri Miller and decided to try it. BTW- these drones are "take over the world" strong. So far their demands are to...
  7. Re: Leaving honey super on for winter dilemma

    3rd year 6a- Trying the idea of rotating the top super under deep to store pollen. Also known as the pollen box idea. You have to let the queen lay into the super, then rotate it down in spring...
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    Foundationless..are my drones bigger?

    Weird question- Alternating partial sections of plastic foundation on deep wood frames in the brood box. These frames have 1/2 foundation in the middle with each side left open. The idea is to...
  9. Re: In need of advice on failed requeen for aggressive bees

    Boomers are like that. The cover cloth is exactly what you need. After you drape the cloth over your box you won't have to smoke them again if it's a super. You just set it aside with the cloth on...
  10. Re: In need of advice on failed requeen for aggressive bees

    Scott Hendricks on YouTube gets full credit for the idea. He has a video on how to build a quiet box. I have very rudimentary carpentry skills and managed to build one out of a nuc box. It's also...
  11. Re: In need of advice on failed requeen for aggressive bees

    An idea for working a big hive-
    consider using cover cloths (large flour sack cloth dish towels) to drape over boxes. It keeps the bees in the box and calm instead of smoking them non stop. I...
  12. Thread: Feeding

    by LAlldredge
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    Re: Feeding

    Keep feeding 1:1 until all of their brood boxes have built out comb. You will want to shift frames on the outside in to get them drawn. Consider watching “Comb Building” from University of Geulph...
  13. Re: Walkaway splitting double deeps...keep the queens? Throw on honey supers?

    3rd year 6a- Boy, I wouldn't want to kill a queen if she had a great laying pattern. She could be the future of your apiary. I might move her to a resource hive and allow the original hive to make...
  14. Thread: What to do?

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    Re: What to do?

    I'm with Radar- Until this year I was sold on QE's. I'm being flexible in a cold weak flow. Took QE's off a couple of weeks ago and may leave them off this year. They need every advantage to build...
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    Re: Oxalic acid with Glycerin dribble

    Those are the articles I read when I decided to try it. As much as I like and respect Randy Oliver, I think he's dead wrong on this one.
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    Re: Oxalic acid with Glycerin dribble

    I don't recommend an OAD series with brood. Ever. I didn't want to spend the money on a wand and the OAD series led to the death of my first two colonies. There was a big population decline.

    I...
  17. Thread: hive issues

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    Re: hive issues

    3rd year 6a- I'm not aware of a temp requirement for OAV except for 37 minimum F. Young queens can take some time to get going. The multiple eggs should level off as long as she's properly mated. ...
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    Re: Entrance reducer

    As mentioned I love the BeeSmart design for robbing screens (eBay). The other added benefit is- the design seems to confound wasps. The reason I'm urging you to add them is trying to spare you from...
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    Re: Entrance reducer

    I had a robbing situation and wasp invasion in my first year so I have zero tolerance for it. I use BeeSmart robbing screens (Ebay) from early spring until late fall after robbing season. After...
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    Re: Dwindling hive post Apivar

    I have never known Apivar to be that harsh on a colony. I would have used the same treatment. The queen will only lay according to her population so if her colony is small she has cut back on...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Well hello my dear. New queen has made it back and started laying. I didn't even need to look. The bees were as mellow as could be which told me everything. There are days in the bee yard when...
  22. Re: Losing honey and dead drone brood in the cells? Starvation...?

    Yes. The good news is- if they are raising brood with it your colony is growing. You want that.

    That's why starvation is more common in March for over wintered colonies. It's when colonies...
  23. Re: Losing honey and dead drone brood in the cells? Starvation...?

    3rd year 6a- If honey is gone and you're not seeing any signs of robbing then they did indeed eat it. Still no problem there. When you have baby hives they are consuming a lot and building their...
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    Re: extreme heat question

    It's a good thing we're talking. I killed my first two colonies doing oxallic acid dribble treatments. I didn't want to spend the money and instead read enough that I felt it was safe to do. It...
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    Re: extreme heat question

    The only thing to really worry about in my mind are mites and nutrition (starvation). They are the #1 and #2 causes of death. As long as you're aggressively getting after each of those the rest...
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