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  1. Re: OA vaporization is probably safe with honey supers - here's my calculations

    Dudelt: I agree with your sentiments exactly. I do not use OAV with honey supers on. I have my suspicions that it would not harmfully impact the honey if I did. But I don't because it is not a...
  2. Re: OA vaporization is probably safe with honey supers - here's my calculations

    Nothing. I think you need some controls in place. You will need similar nectar sources for all hives within a testing group so there is no natural OA differential. I think you would need several...
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    Re: Apivar Dosage question

    aran: I would probably be running something almost identical to you if I could use formic in my climate. Formic with supers on in mid-summer would be ideal, but it is 100F here and I would wreck my...
  4. Re: clarification: varroa mites -> deformed wing virus -> colony collapse

    Thomas: I have absolutely zero scientific background or education, so please take this for what it is worth.

    I have always believed that all of the focus on hygienic bees and mite mauler/ankle...
  5. Re: OA vaporization is probably safe with honey supers - here's my calculations

    I don't think this is the case Mike. There is no money in this. Wood bleach is cheap, its everywhere and you do not need a prescription to use it. The whole bit about getting a label was necessary...
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    Re: Apivar Dosage question

    Before splits in the spring, I do alcohol washes of all my hives and do OAV series treatments of those indicating mite loads with a ProVap 110 (shout out to snl) to try to get my mites under control...
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    Re: Pex pipe for honey

    Bdfarmer555: If you ever do something with pex in your honey house, I sure would like to hear about it and see pictures. I can't think of a reason that it would not only work, but be greatly...
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    Re: my new hive lifter

    Nice. How do I get one? Do they have a website?
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    Re: Apivar Dosage question

    Yep. Unless you can reduce them down to a single box where it will only cost you $6.
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    Re: Apivar Dosage question

    I like AR Beekeeper's response about trying to remove the Medium during the treatment period. I understand that could be hard to do if you have honey that needs to be protected.

    If your three box...
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    Re: Existing Hive, No Brood, No Eggs

    If they are queenless, and have not started producing laying workers, it should work well. However, if they are not, they will kill her.

    That is why I think you should put in the open frame of...
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    Odd Result with Late Season Grafts

    I attempted 22 grafts on July 5 and had 19 successful queen cells (which is a record % for me). I made up 8 mating nucs and took 3 to one yard and 5 to another yard. I inserted cells from the same...
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    Re: Existing Hive, No Brood, No Eggs

    Put in a frame of eggs and young brood from one of your other hives. Check back in 4 days and see if you have queen cells.

    If you have queen cells, you have the choice of buying and inserting a...
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    Re: Oxalic acid fogger

    Fair. Thanks for clarifying.
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    Re: Oxalic acid fogger

    msl, I'm not sure I understand what you are claiming about what the results of this study represent. There were only 2 OAV treatments administered 2 weeks apart. Are you suggesting that mites built...
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    The Hive Butler

    I can see a lot of uses for these boxes. For me, they would allow me to continue to uncap while my extractor was spinning. I have always been disappointed that Mann Lake's plastic uncapping tank...
  17. Re: Do you clean and reuse plastic foundation or throw them away?

    You might have just saved my marriage Terrence.
  18. Re: not new to bee stings, but I just had a real bad reaction

    Anything beyond local swelling and itching would have me concerned. I agree with your wife. Please see someone about that. No sense in taking chances.
  19. Re: USDA Honeybee Count Suspended. Was it Useful?

    https://www.nass.usda.gov/Newsroom/Notices/2019/07-01-2019.php
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    Re: Honey Super and Dearth

    If you have supers on that are partially full or full but uncapped, I would not feed at all. Your bees have resources to support them during the dearth.

    If you intend to harvest the supers that...
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    Re: Queen right hive with laying workers?

    That would be my guess. I pinched one of those last weekend.
  22. Re: USDA Honeybee Count Suspended. Was it Useful?

    If there is reliable duplication, then I would support it's suspension. That could be the case, and if so, fine. USDA has been tracking, in some form or another, hive numbers in the country since...
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    Re: foundation wax spray

    Joy:

    Bees wax is not water soluble, so I am guessing it would be terribly difficult to make a spray out of it (though that would be really nice). There are several methods to getting wax onto a...
  24. Re: USDA Honeybee Count Suspended. Was it Useful?

    USDA NASS has collected and reported honey bee losses since 1943. In 2006, when commercial beekeepers started reporting massive losses, the NASS report reflected these numbers and confirmed the...
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    Re: First shot at marking queen

    I mark them a different way, but I have had a couple get balled when I put them back in the hive. I am assuming that workers cannot fit between the spikes to access the queen while she is in there? ...
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