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  1. #21
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    Quote Originally Posted by thehackleguy View Post
    OAV
    I've been giving mine a last shot. Mice come shooting out of some. Then the mouse guards go on.
    Buy the ticket, take the ride. -H.S. Thompson

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    Quote Originally Posted by Acebird View Post
    I had a nightmare that my three hives will produce 3 boxes each of honey next season. It is starting to feel like work not fun.
    Sounds like a pleasant afternoon to me..

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    My thought about a few weeks doing an OAV treatment in dead of winter. If the bees are in a tight cluster and you spray OAV on them, they will break cluster to clean themselves. Now the issue is after they cleAn themselves, can they reform the cluster that was keeping them warm, and alive. Have you watched a cold bee, they are like watching a drunk. There is no way if they get cold the cluster reforms. So, is a mid winter OAV treatment worth it. But I could be wrong, but if I'm right your bees are dead

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    OAV is not "spraying" anything on the cluster. OADribble is a different method. If OAV killed the winter cluster a whole bunch of beekeepers would be without bees in the spring. Temp needs to be about 40 degrees F at time of vaporizing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwcarlson View Post
    Temp needs to be about 40 degrees F at time of vaporizing.
    This is the key, my bees were flying the other day at 41 degrees. No need to break up the winter cluster.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thehackleguy View Post
    my bees were flying the other day at 41 degrees.
    I would bet that most were clustered and the ones that took flight were on a poop run or an end of life run.
    Brian Cardinal
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    Quote Originally Posted by Acebird View Post
    I would bet that most were clustered and the ones that took flight were on a poop run or an end of life run.
    Maybe a loose cluster but there were LOTS of bees at both entrances hauling out dead and coming and going. Nothing that I'd worry about treating.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Acebird View Post
    I would bet that most were clustered and the ones that took flight were on a poop run or an end of life run.
    Yeah it's poop runs, they are more loosely clustered though so the vapors can penetrate better.

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