We have over doubled our colonies to support nuc and queen production. We are increasing our queen rearing to 250 mating nucs. We have added Minnesota Hygienic and Michael Palmer queens to our genetic stocks. This year the pickup dates will be weekly instead of one large date to improve our ability to provide quality and timely nucs. Mite counts this year have been very low with New York state inspection have 4 zero Mite counts last spring. There are also no small hive Beatles present in hives. The only treatments used are organic acids for mites. We will also be offering nucs on medium frames and limited number of 3lb packages. We have had great over wintering success and very few losses with our local Northern raised bees and am happy to be offering these nucs to our area with many happy customers. Thank you!
How nice it was to use this vaporizer compared to Varrox vaporizer for anybody with more than 50 colonies it was a breeze to use. With the Varrox it took me about 6 minutes per colony and I used 2 of them that took it to 3 minutes, but was very intense and easy to get messed up with 2 going at once and 2 timers. With the Provap once you are set up and your holes drilled (1/4″) its just load and insert, with plenty time to load second cap and keep covering the entrances then opening them as needed. Only using 1 timer to get the 10 minutes coverage time and at 1 minute per colony its very easy to cover 100 colonies in multiple yards in 1 day by yourself. Great investment as I feel mite control is very important with the environmental impacts and nutrition are already cause too much stress on honey bee colonies, for better winter survivability. I would recommend this product to anybody. This is the time of year to make sure your mite counts are low as bees are making there winter bees soon. If local sideliner beekeepers would like to get there colonies treated for mites and are in need of assistance, I am also offering that service you can call me and set up an appointment.
Did some mite counts on my established colonies that are not Hygienic with some counts in the 4-5% area so I’m going to start my Oxalic Acid treatments this weekend and for the next 2 to make 3 total treatments for the 21 day cycle. I have got the new Provap vaporizer all set up and ready to go with a mini Harbor Freight generator. I’ll let you know how it goes.
Cant wait to get some grafts from these new queens this week and see how they can improve my genetics in the bee yard. Have done some mite counts from the Minnesota Hygienic queens and getting zero mite counts with a alcohol wash the first week of August. I need to test some of my other colonies to get some comparison on the mite counts.
8/11/2017 Got some nice grafts from round 1.