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  1. Re: OA vape 5 days vs. 7 days apart - what do you recommend?

    I do not do OAV with supers on.
  2. Re: OA vape 5 days vs. 7 days apart - what do you recommend?

    These videos I made recently regarding OAV injected into the bottom vs top of a colony might be of interest to this thread. The second one shows the crystals that form.
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    Really need to feed during dearth?

    I am in mid-MD with 20 colonies. Doubles and triples. 10-framers. About this time of year with the dearth setting in I read a lot about feeding during the dearth. I experimented a week ago and open...
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    Re: Oxalic acid & honey super

    I did some experiments earlier this year regarding OAV. I think you might find these interesting.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5dk52VMUB8
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpTjPWW9Pe8
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    How to treat OH for mites?

    In mid-MD I maintain two OHs. One at Earth Space & Science Lab. One at a Nature Center. Single layer. Shallow frame over three deeps.

    I have never treated for mites. The ESSL swarms every year....
  6. Re: I just put 5x5 nuc into double 10-frame deeps: observations; the right thing to d

    Yes, that is what I figured. Thanks for confirming the difference. All nucs are not the same!
  7. Re: I just put 5x5 nuc into double 10-frame deeps: observations; the right thing to d

    OK. I understand. I have moved two 5x5 into two double deeps, keeping upper box frames from the 5x5 in the upper box of the double deep. And vice versa for the bottom frames. The third and last 5x5,...
  8. Re: I just put 5x5 nuc into double 10-frame deeps: observations; the right thing to d

    My only concern was that when I tried the follower board/foam board this first time, I found 6 of the 10 frames full of capped brood! Scared me. So many bees already there. And now with 6 frames...
  9. I just put 5x5 nuc into double 10-frame deeps: observations; the right thing to do?

    I made several 5-frame deep nucs early spring here in mid-MD. Taken from overwintered colonies, they all made their own queens, are now in double 5-frame deep nucs and are very strong. I have used...
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    Re: Single deep hive or 5 over 5 for winter??

    I am really enjoying this thread. It all makes sense. Yesterday I made 2" foam insulation inserts. I made them long though (19"x18") to fit all the way down in a 2-deep (10-frame) brood box set-up. I...
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    Re: Single deep hive or 5 over 5 for winter??

    Thanks for this. Just what I was looking for. Do your insulation boards have any foil covering on the sides? Will they chew sides of the panels as well as the edges? You emphasize putting foil tape...
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    Re: OH Change locations

    Three weeks ago in mid-MD I moved three triple deep colonies 20 yards on a cold day. Because it was cold, the bees were all inside. I plugged the entrance with 1/8" wire cloth and left them in the...
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    Re: In mid-MD OBH packed with bees! What to do?

    Oldtimer, can you explain how you trap out bees to reduce the population in an OH? Do you attach a cone to the entrance? Don't bees that leave just cluster on the wall trying to get back in? Do you...
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    Re: In mid-MD OBH packed with bees! What to do?

    Johno, I am in mid-MD. Is this a good time of year for the bees to be drawing comb? If we stop feeding, which I think we should, they would not have a source of carbs to make wax, right? I have some...
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    Re: In mid-MD OBH packed with bees! What to do?

    ruthiesbees, yes, I agree. I overlooked the problems with constant feeding. There is only one queen cell that has been spotted so far. They are still looking. Swarm cells are usually plentiful, so...
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    In mid-MD OBH packed with bees! What to do?

    This single layer (shallow frame over three deep frames) is in mid-MD at the Earth, Space & Science Lab. Has a marked red queen from this year. It is packed to bulging with bees. All three deeps have...
  17. Dying bees on ground twitching - not nosema or mites

    I am in mid-MD. I posted about this hive recently on a FaceBook forum, but at the time mistakenly thought these dead bees were all drones being kicked out. They are not. They are workers who have...
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    Re: Varroa Mites - test or treat?

    Thanks, Oldtimer, I understand what you are saying and it does make sense. I did notice several of the colonies with many frames of capped brood, so understand that a rapid increase now in mites is...
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    Re: Varroa Mites - test or treat?

    This is a very timely discussion for me. I am in mid-MD. I pulled supers a week ago and just did an alcohol wash on eight triple deep colonies. 10-framers. Six tested less than 1%. Two were about 7%....
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    Re: Confirm Varroa in this pic please

    For two years in a row, Tim, the NJ State Apiarist, recommends Apivar, but cautions against waiting to begin treatment until August. Rather, he says put Apivar on as soon as the honey supers come off...
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    Re: Advice on managing deadout frames

    I'd fill a large cooler with hose water. Add few squirts of Dawn dish soap. Brush junk off the comb as you say. Then plunge frames with open and skanky comb up and down in the cooler of soapy water....
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    Re: Too late for nucs?

    Thanks tech.35058. Like the idea of putting the coroplast under the nuc to form a porch. JWPalmer, all went well. Odd story, though. I had a queenless triple deep. Totally queenless. No eggs. No...
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    Re: Too late for nucs?

    OK. Now I think I am well prepared to give it another try. Thanks! Also, glad to hear that you are still making nucs and that it is not too late.
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    Re: Too late for nucs?

    Thanks, again. Now it all makes sense. That's the last time I do that! But can I just shake nurse bees into the nuc from a nurse-laden frame of brood? I do not have the room to add another frame and...
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    Re: Too late for nucs?

    Thanks for this. One more question. I have some excess bees in other colonies, and I would like to boost the population of nurse bees in my nucs. Some 5-nucs still have the caged queen being...
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