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  1. Erichalfbee

    Treatment Free

    I’ve never had my bees rob each other but I had 12 in a row once and the one at one end had lots more varroa than the one at the other. Lots more bees too. And I have a leave alone beekeeper a mile away. I know that’s not the same as TF but that is how he describes himself.
  2. Erichalfbee

    Treatment Free

    Yes
  3. Erichalfbee

    Should I be expecting more?

    Yes because that would have been accurate.
  4. Erichalfbee

    What did you do in the Apiary today?

    I’ve done that with a couple already.
  5. Erichalfbee

    Should I be expecting more?

    You can actually. Not that Mumph should but it’s a nifty trick to get new drawn frames of brood for winter. A strong colony will easily draw a frame in the middle of the brood in a matter of days and the queen will lay it up. You can do it a few times at weekly intervals.
  6. Erichalfbee

    Treatment Free

    That’s easily explained by the bees robbing collapsing colonies. Some years (maybe three) ago I had one colony that dropped nearly 8K mites in a month of repeated oxalic. It’s documented here somewhere. They had 7 vapes before I gave up and put in Apivar. I did count every mite too. I was...
  7. Erichalfbee

    Should I be expecting more?

    My point was simply if you had a swarm with a virgin queen she would have had to get mated first. If a prime swarm then you would have had a couple of weeks or more head start in building up the colony. I had a prime swarm in a bait box on May 19th and they drew the whole of a 14x12 box in 2...
  8. Erichalfbee

    What to do with honey super while treating with Apivar.

    My poly hives often have a couple of frames solid with syrup in the spring. They come out and are replaced with drawn comb.
  9. Erichalfbee

    What's flowering as forage in your area

    Knapweed honey....now that I would like to try Lots of pollen coming in from those
  10. Erichalfbee

    Booming hive, what next?

    Yes. sorry a bit more info. Likely a June nuc is not strong enough to split and at this time of year you would be adding a mated queen if you were making a nuc to over winter
  11. Erichalfbee

    Booming hive, what next?

    More info. size of box type of bee frames FULL of brood frames of stores is there a super.
  12. Erichalfbee

    Apivar question

    Yes and even rolling around in the floor of his truck for a year in the heat it did just as well as a fresh strip.
  13. Erichalfbee

    Extraction Room Plan

    Here’s something to aspire to https://beekeepingforum.co.uk/threads/extracting-set-up.44545/
  14. Erichalfbee

    Missing abdomen

    Locking this before we start debating the Halal slaughter of Drones.
  15. Erichalfbee

    Missing abdomen

    Why do men gave to find messy ways?
  16. Erichalfbee

    Apivar question

    Well then be generous and offer it to a fellow beekeeper ?
  17. Erichalfbee

    Missing abdomen

    Yes. And some respect for a once living creature. No life is worth joking about.
  18. Erichalfbee

    New Moderator Jenkinsbrynmair

    Hooray. Beeno you are reborn. 😉
  19. Erichalfbee

    DIY... Oxalic acid strips

    Can’t be bothered. Abelo sell them.
  20. Erichalfbee

    What to do with honey super while treating with Apivar.

    Why would the honey fall out? It won’t evaporate with a crownboard top and bottom either If you’ve put them in the freezer before then do it again and put back when the strips come out.
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