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  Topic: Organic acid resistance?
EricConcE

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PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Sat Mar 28, 2015 5:24 pm   Subject: Organic acid resistance?
chaga tea, having rotting wood chips in the hives vicinity to encourage micelium growth.

This is new to me but a pretty amazing concept - I have pounds of wild chaga in my herb collection for it' ...
  Topic: Varroa Control: Areas w/ year-round brood rearing
EricConcE

Replies: 15
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PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Sat Mar 28, 2015 5:14 pm   Subject: Varroa Control: Areas w/ year-round brood rearing
I have taken out brood and making shook swarms and letting the bees rear a new queen as my only forms of "treatment" and i dont loose more colonyes than the hard treaters. I was actually lea ...
  Topic: Varroa Control: Areas w/ year-round brood rearing
EricConcE

Replies: 15
Views: 23772

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Fri Mar 27, 2015 4:18 pm   Subject: Varroa Control: Areas w/ year-round brood rearing
Living in a region with brood rearing lasting year round is proving to be difficult in regard to managing varroa levels. I'm eager to listen to more experienced apiculturists who would like to discuss ...
  Topic: Organic acid resistance?
EricConcE

Replies: 10
Views: 14467

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Fri Mar 27, 2015 4:10 pm   Subject: Organic acid resistance?
Che, I would love to go completely treatment free in my area, but with consistent brood rearing year round I find this to be nearly impossible. After moving I was hopeful to find treatment free beekee ...
  Topic: Organic acid resistance?
EricConcE

Replies: 10
Views: 14467

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Fri Mar 27, 2015 8:05 am   Subject: Organic acid resistance?
While many apiculturists in Europe have been using Formic acid for years, there does not appear to be any resistance building within the mite in these areas. As far as other organic acids (such as oxa ...
  Topic: Converting 10 frame National to 11 frame (32mm spacing)
EricConcE

Replies: 2
Views: 8601

PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Sun Nov 02, 2014 7:35 pm   Subject: Converting 10 frame National to 11 frame (32mm spacing)
I'm happy for your response! I've been considering a lot of your writing (I've purchased and read many of your books) and understand that you've opted for a larger spacing (~38mm if I recall) after di ...
  Topic: Converting 10 frame National to 11 frame (32mm spacing)
EricConcE

Replies: 2
Views: 8601

PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Sun Nov 02, 2014 9:40 am   Subject: Converting 10 frame National to 11 frame (32mm spacing)
Hello all,
I'm working on changing some of my Portuguese nationals (10 frame brood box /w 380mm interior spacing) to 11 frame brood boxes. I'm aiming to make comb spacing 32 mm. I'm searching for gre ...
  Topic: Dealing with wasps above inner cover
EricConcE

Replies: 2
Views: 7594

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Thu Oct 16, 2014 10:39 am   Subject: Dealing with wasps above inner cover
Hey everyone
During mid fall I've been noticing several wasps returning above the inner cover of one of my hives in particular. They don't seem to be posing much of a threat as the hive is completely ...
  Topic: Half foundations in Nationals
EricConcE

Replies: 7
Views: 15046

PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Tue Jul 15, 2014 1:33 pm   Subject: Half foundations in Nationals
Great point andy- It's kind of like the effect you would get from full foundation sagging in hotter weather. Appreciated amigo!
  Topic: Half foundations in Nationals
EricConcE

Replies: 7
Views: 15046

PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Mon Jul 07, 2014 8:34 pm   Subject: Half foundations in Nationals
Thanks for the responses and the videos. I definitely want to try out a triangular guide (which I opted against at first since it cost a bit more $ in my area) and the wax starter strips. It looks lik ...
  Topic: Half foundations in Nationals
EricConcE

Replies: 7
Views: 15046

PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Sat Jul 05, 2014 3:12 pm   Subject: Half foundations in Nationals
Hello all,
At the moment I am working with a few Portuguese nationals (Reversivel) which I am running as foundationless. Unfortunately, my bees are big fans of cross-combing. I'm leaning toward using ...
  Topic: Vespa velutina (Japanese Hornet) Prevention - Europe
EricConcE

Replies: 8
Views: 15433

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Wed Mar 12, 2014 7:25 pm   Subject: Vespa velutina (Japanese Hornet) Prevention - Europe
Thanks for the info/advice. The waspinator sounds really interesting- I'm going to do some research on it. If anyone wants to chime in on personal experience that would be very useful as well.
  Topic: Vespa velutina (Japanese Hornet) Prevention - Europe
EricConcE

Replies: 8
Views: 15433

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Wed Mar 12, 2014 1:17 am   Subject: Vespa velutina (Japanese Hornet) Prevention - Europe
Hello all!
I am establishing quite a few hives in central Portugal within the next couple months, but am aware that the Vespa velutina invasion is already in the north of the country. I was wondering ...
 
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