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Package bees?
« on: February 08, 2017, 09:37:57 PM »
 Ok so with the season fast approaching, I have a couple packages of bees on there way come April. I think I have everything need to have a good start . I have studied for almost a year now. After watching a year in the life of an apiary. Keaith Delaplane treats his bees as he installes the packages. I know these Videos is old and a lot could change over time. Should we still follow his guidelines as acceptable or is there better ways or other things that need to be done?  Thanks for any and all advise. I really want to start off with all the advantages I can get ( I'll need all the help I can get to) ;D ;D
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Re: Package bees?
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2017, 09:45:20 PM »
I got the book and accompanying video series of Delaplanes as well when I first started. :) It is a little dated but still relevant.
I would consider Oxalic vapour for a first treatment of a package (no brood cells for varroa to hide in), but I have never used packages so take my advice for it's worth.
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Re: Package bees?
« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2017, 10:11:46 PM »
I would agree with Perry. Even if the seller says they were treated an oxalic acid treatment would start your record with a clean slate so to speak.
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Re: Package bees?
« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2017, 11:29:35 PM »
Should I also treat for nosema?
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Re: Package bees?
« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2017, 07:06:19 AM »
That is a personal choice. Given that you have no idea regarding the health of the packages, you could add some to your first sugar syrup solution. Your bees should easily consume it pronto (good) as they will be drawing comb. Beware that there is a post feed time period before you add any honey supers, but I don't expect that will be a problem for you.
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Re: Package bees?
« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2017, 08:16:13 AM »
Good luck on your beekeeping adventure, Green Bee!  The more I learn the more I want to learn.  It's fascinating.

Last year I got a package of bees that displayed signs of nosema and I had to treat with fumigilin.  That has been my only package with problems.  It is possible to have a package come with a dead queen or a queen they won't accept.  They is a chance a package will contain varroa.  Stuff happens.

I have an opportunity to hear Keith Delaplane speak in mid-March over a 3 day period.  I don't believe he is speaking about package installation though. Over the years, the big changes have been in varroa, small hive beetle and Africanized Honey Bees.  Unless you area is prone to AHB, that's probably not a big concern.
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Re: Package bees?
« Reply #6 on: February 09, 2017, 05:47:53 PM »
Thanks guys, i guess I could just give them a few weeks and do a mite count and watch for any signs of nosema and treat as needed. I'll ask some locals who have got packages from the same place and see what there track record is and go from there. Don't sound like a treatment for nosema would be to hard on the bees so I might take perrys advice and treat them anyway. Could I do a mite count a few weeks after installing them and be ok or should I give them a bit of time  to get stronger and more established?
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Re: Package bees?
« Reply #7 on: February 09, 2017, 06:06:46 PM »
If you are going to treat for nosema it is no big deal as you would be feeding 1 to 1 sugar syrup anyways. As for using oxalic acid vapour, you would want to do it before the bees start capping any brood cells where the mites had gone to reproduce.
#1 - Install bees on arrival
#2 - Bees must draw comb for queen to lay in.
#3 - Once drawn, Queen lays eggs
#4 - Eggs are not larvae until day 4 and are not capped until day 10
I would say you could safely treat after they have been hived for a week to 10 days. (just my opinion).
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Re: Package bees?
« Reply #8 on: February 09, 2017, 08:44:44 PM »
I have an opportunity to hear Keith Delaplane speak in mid-March over a 3 day period.  I don't believe he is speaking about package installation though. Over the years, the big changes have been in varroa, small hive beetle and Africanized Honey Bees.  Unless you area is prone to AHB, that's probably not a big concern.

    I hope you get to attend, I would be interested in hearing him speak myself, if you go I'd love to hear some of the highlights! :yes:
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Re: Package bees?
« Reply #9 on: February 09, 2017, 08:49:53 PM »
If you are going to treat for nosema it is no big deal as you would be feeding 1 to 1 sugar syrup anyways. As for using oxalic acid vapour, you would want to do it before the bees start capping any brood cells where the mites had gone to reproduce.
#1 - Install bees on arrival
#2 - Bees must draw comb for queen to lay in.
#3 - Once drawn, Queen lays eggs
#4 - Eggs are not larvae until day 4 and are not capped until day 10
I would say you could safely treat after they have been hived for a week to 10 days. (just my opinion).
this sound like sound advice to me Perry. I have never done a oxalic acid treatment but I have seen it done. I think Keith down at beez needz would come out and show me how to do it. It may be some equipment I need to consider investing in.
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Re: Package bees?
« Reply #10 on: February 09, 2017, 10:29:52 PM »
Go get 'em Green Bee!  You already have a leg up on when I started... this forum! I am sure you will be great! Two words of advise, keep your smoker lit, and try not to study yourself into confusion.
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Re: Package bees?
« Reply #11 on: February 09, 2017, 11:08:49 PM »
Go get 'em Green Bee!  You already have a leg up on when I started... this forum! I am sure you will be great! Two words of advise, keep your smoker lit, and try not to study yourself into confusion.
I am easily confused. There is so much information out there you really have to put your blinders on and rely on those with experience. And there's plenty of it here for sure!
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Re: Package bees?
« Reply #12 on: February 10, 2017, 12:20:40 AM »
I have never treated for Nosema... I am not sure fumagillin is as effective on the new strain of nosema.
From SA---
Treatment
O.K., so let’s say that you have found out which of your colonies (or yards) are actually infected, and that you’re uncomfortable with the spore count. You ask, What treatment(s) will actually work, and how best to apply them? At this time, the only well-documented successful treatment for N. ceranae is fumagillin, sold as Fumagilin-B®. If it is given to infected colonies at normal label rates in gallons of heavy syrup, it is generally effective against ceranae. But not as consistently as it was against N. apis. Also, be aware that since N. ceranae thrives during summer, it can fairly quickly rebound after treatmet

As far as OA the package can be treated under a cardboard box after removing the caged queen. I would use 1/2 dose or 1/2 gram.... no I have not done it because I have not had a package in years but that is what folks are recommending.

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Re: Package bees?
« Reply #13 on: February 10, 2017, 06:25:21 AM »
As far as OA the package can be treated under a cardboard box after removing the caged queen. I would use 1/2 dose or 1/2 gram.... no I have not done it because I have not had a package in years but that is what folks are recommendin

    I was wondering if they could be treated in the package, Do some suppliers treat like this before shipment? And boy sc-bee I'll have to study your comment some to get the true understanding of what your saying in the rest of your post I am just an old country hick :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: thanks for your thoughts :yes:
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Re: Package bees?
« Reply #14 on: February 16, 2017, 03:41:11 PM »
And boy sc-bee I'll have to study your comment some to get the true understanding of what your saying in the rest of your post I am just an old country hick :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: thanks for your thoughts :yes:

Notice the From SA it should have said From SB Scientific Beekeeping not my words  :o ... I am definitely in the same boat with you. You just don't see me because I am on the BACK SEAT  :laugh:

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Re: Package bees?
« Reply #15 on: February 16, 2017, 04:18:12 PM »
Green bee--don't panic about an initial round of bee poop as you install your packages.  Remember that they have been shut in for at least a couple of days and probably were not given any warning about taking a bathroom break before being shaken into the package.

If you seen ongoing evidence of excessive poop in the days after installation or bee poop on the tops of frames when you go into the hive to make sure the queen has been released, then you can consider a nosema treatment.

Just my opinion.
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Re: Package bees?
« Reply #16 on: February 17, 2017, 03:28:39 AM »
Green bee--don't panic about an initial round of bee poop as you install your packages.  Remember that they have been shut in for at least a couple of days and probably were not given any warning about taking a bathroom break before being shaken into the package.

If you seen ongoing evidence of excessive poop in the days after installation or bee poop on the tops of frames when you go into the hive to make sure the queen has been released, then you can consider a nosema treatment.

Just my opinion.

Good point, Jacobs.  I have been caught in the shower when installing a package of bees.   :D 
The package that I was referring to displayed signs of diarrhea about 1 week after installation.  There were tell tale signs of brown streaks on the front of the brood boxes.  Here is a picture I took of the hive I am talking about.  I took this about 1 week after installing the package.

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