OA treatment - when?

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Heather 

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Oh Ben are you sure??....heard that one before.

I have just done as there was 4 weeks of cluster and very cold so pretty sure no brood. Get it done, let them regroup, and I seemed to have no bee loss above the norm for this time of the year.
 

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Hi all

Did mine yesterday, very cold with no wind, girls been in tight cluster for about 3 weeks.

Hive 1 over 5 seams

Hive 2 over 8 seams ( still has drones)bee-smillie

Hive 3 over 7 seams

Fed fondant, now it's wait and see

Hope you all have a great Christmas

One of the fools?

akaTazbee:xmas-smiley-033::party:
 

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I was intending to do it about 1 week ago, but too b****y cold.
 

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Tazbee - drones at this time of year is not a good sign. Queen probably on her way out I fear.
 

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OA sublimated on 11th December - temp climbed up to around 7C locally and that loosened up the cluster thus making OA treatment more effective. My 2 colonies were treated, 2 colonies belonging to one friend, 8 belonging to another plus a few others. No mite fall from one of my hives so far - no doubt someone will tell me that means I didn't need to treat - and the other colony produced a grand total of 32 dead mites over the course of 7 days.
 

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Did mine ,fed fondant.
Not happy about it but can't afford to let nature run riot especially when the odds are stacked in favour of the varroa mite :cuss:.
Next year I hope to follow HMs routine which involoves IPM but no OA treatments . Formic acid if absolutely necessary :coolgleamA:.

If Pete makes it work you can bet he's worked it out by observation and practice rather than following advice blindly !

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I did mine the other weekend when it warmed up, also slapped on a slab of fondant.

Job done, no more messing about for me until spring.

I do not see what difference it will make between 1 week ago and even 2 weeks time.

So your mention of opps or around xmas/boxing day or around new year or even sometime later in january are irrelivent as they are all so close.
 

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Going to do mine nearer to the end of this month, as looking at the forecast in my area it starts to warm up from around the 28th.
 

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I usually treat between Christmas and New Year, however as we have had 4 weeks of very cold weather I think there will be very little/no sealed brood. As the temperature yesterday recovered to 7C They were dosed yesterday. I will monitor mite drop for the next 7 days to see how effective it has been.
 

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I am at the mercy of the elements, the business and oh yes... GOING on HOLLS!

Yippee....


Sorry...

Down boy..

Anyway on my return from sunny Cuba in late Jan I will be doing the deed.

:)

PH
 

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Boxing Day I hope :)
 

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