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Hi appreciate some wisdom. Have a very busy single brood hive with two honey supers that want to treat with oxalic acid as usual but its so big I am worried if I suppress it down from the honey supers into a single brood box to treat it,  it will swarm quickly. I am trying to avoid treating while the honey supers are on and if I use a separating board there will be bees that arnt treated in the top supers,

any thoughts appreciated

cheers Ken 

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with that question, I want to question your semi commercial tag.

If you want to harvest the honey, do it then treat the hive.

If you want to keep the honey on the hive for feed, do it then treat the hive.

Regardless of what you do use enough treatment for the size of the hive.

Rule number 1, Keep the hive alive, do something and treat the hive.

 

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Your bees will not swarm of you squeeze them down into one box in the autumn .

I agree with @Dennis Crowley with the  rest of the advice .

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5 hours ago, Ken said:

Hi appreciate some wisdom. Have a very busy single brood hive with two honey supers that want to treat with oxalic acid as usual but its so big I am worried if I suppress it down from the honey supers into a single brood box to treat it,  it will swarm quickly. I am trying to avoid treating while the honey supers are on and if I use a separating board there will be bees that arnt treated in the top supers,

any thoughts appreciated

cheers Ken 

 

Just to confirm - is this with OA via staples?

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