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  1. Diseases and Pests
    So this year in mid-August I ended up getting sick and in the hospital for 2 weeks and missed my normal treatment window. I normally do my treatments as follows: Spring - Oxilic Acid - Completed August (MAQs) - NOT DONE Early November - Oxilic Acid - NA Am I too late to do the MAQs and then...
  2. Beekeeping 101
    I recently built a resource hive which I am planning on using to raise replacement queens, make brood/resources to transfer to other hives, and to over-winter some smaller colonies as a hedge against winter losses. Just to clarify, by "resource hive" I mean the type of hive where you split a...
  3. Beekeeping 101
    I just finished a round of MAQS and after my first inspections at 11 and 13 days, I'm seeing hives with decent numbers of bees, but no eggs, and just a handful of perforated capped cells. I am wondering if the perfed caps could possibly have been caused by the MAQS, in addition to killing the...
  4. Diseases and Pests
    Hello, I'm new this year. I have two hives that are located together, but due to circumstance, it seems it may be better to treat them with either different treatments, or at different times. The hives were split 23 days ago, so I have one smaller hive (#2) thats just starting to fill it's...
  5. Treatment-Free Beekeeping
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  6. Observation Hive Forum
    So, MAQS has a max ambient temp of 85f for application. In theory it could be applied any time in an OH. Has anyone tried this? Too fumy in the house? Any ways around it? I have one that's 8 frame and one that's 9 frame indoors. Another that's 9 frame on a window (my WindOH) and in part shade...
  7. Diseases and Pests
    Trying to be TF but willing to be reasonable this second year after losing 2out of three hives. I checked drone capped brood mid summer and there were 2/20 mites. Queen shut down briefly in summer. Two weeks ago did the same the number was quite higher 9/20 with more than one with 2 mites and...
  8. Diseases and Pests
    We had a cold snap here in NY about a week ago and I lost a lot of bees (couple of hundred). Hive still seems to be surviving since only a few days later on a day in the 50's, there were plenty of bees flying about. I haven't opened the hives this winter and have pretty much left them alone. On...
  9. Diseases and Pests
    My mite count with a sugar roll was 17 per 300 bees before my recent treatment with 2 Mite Away Quick Strips. After treatment the count dropped to 8 per 300. That's below the 3 per 100 threshold I have been using as a guideline so that seemed fine. Well, I checked them today and had 19 mites per...
  10. Bee Forum
    Great weather here today in the SF Bay area. I went out to the coast to check 3 hives that have overwintered successfully thus far. All Carniolans with 4-5 frames of solid brood (mediums) with a dappling of the first round of drone brood for the year. I thought, "Well, let's see what's in...
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