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  1. Re: Can't tell if this is robbing or normal...(video)

    Not anything like robbing. Small population though so keep that entrance reduced.
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    Re: "Fall" Hopguard Treatment

    I have hopguard on order, Never needed control till this year. Should be here in 5 days. I see some rather static dates/months thrown out here for treatment but this year everything happened 30 days...
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    Equipment first cut-out

    Making a list of essential and nice to have for my first cut out.
    Log home with bees between foundation and 3 sided logs, looks like a 8 inch tall by ? gap, will find out when we remove the board....
  4. Thread: Dusky bee

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    Re: Dusky bee

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    darker than my Carnies
  5. Thread: Dusky bee

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    Dusky bee

    Not my bee, love to know its origin.
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    Re: Anybody getting any swarm calls right now?

    Have a cutout to do. When is the best time of day to do this?
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    Re: My Systemic Allergic Reaction Experience

    The blanket use/recommendation of the epi-pen is worrisome to me, And I see it often on this forum. It can be worse for the patient than the sting or reaction in many cases. Know what you are doing...
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    Re: Looking for a few hive tools

    "Anyone got any of the following tools that they're not going to use anymore or are getting out of beekeeping ?: Economy Frame grip, smoker fuel pellets and a mini hive tool ?

    Looked at the latest...
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    Re: Fire danger from smoker

    I buy and use vintage and rebuild, if needed.2466
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    Re: Fire danger from smoker

    Stainless (over rated) newish, Tin & copper, both between 75 and 100 years old, only one has an auxiliary intake, leather flapper. All work fine according to me and the bees.
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    Re: Fire danger from smoker

    There is no valve on the exit, there is an intake, often leather a flap on the inside of a hole in the body of the bellows.
  12. Re: The heat is on! Bearding competition, post your best

    Rick, last time i saw beard that big it turned out to be swarm that was attracted to one of my hives. Only reason I knew was because the queen had fallen out and was on the ground in front of the...
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    Re: Electric uncapping knives

    Not in my experience, they just make the work go faster.
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    Re: Fire danger from smoker

    Will ignite well after plastic, it would probably only smolder anyway (the wood), just a well educated observation based on real life experience.
  15. Re: Huge orientation, swarm or robbing - any other options?

    And thats on the mild end. I get this everyday July and August, almost like clockwork.
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    Re: Fire danger from smoker

    Not a design flaw, a material flaw is what I see here. In an effort to keep the price down and combined with little or no experience with fire, what customarily was leather is now plastic. I work...
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    Re: Fire danger from smoker

    I rebuild old bellows with new leather, are there any companies out there that still offer leather and wood bellows?
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    Re: Anybody ever work.. prisoners?

    We have work crews from an "honor farm" minimum security prison come through our property to maintain the irrigation ditch. They always want to do extra work so they can stay out longer during the...
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    Re: How many of you use a queen excluder?

    I wish I knew, I have never purchased a queen excluder yet I have two plastic and two metal.
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    Re: How many of you use a queen excluder?

    An observation I made yesterday is that at least one brand of plastic excluder has such small holes that bees cannot get through. I had a young lady start feeding 1:1 with the baggy method, setting...
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    Re: Working naked!!!???

    Happened today, to me. Second time into a hive, small adjustments both times, radically different reactions on the bees part, I ran...
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    Re: Over-winter in a green house.

    Did you have varroa when you were in Cheyenne?
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    Re: Did you enjoy your bees today?

    Very nice sharing with others, the children especially. I shared some of my meager knowledge with some volunteers at the community garden, search for "pushroot gardens" to see the garden. These were...
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    Re: Over-winter in a green house.

    Where I have them now is a great wind break so the Idea of a shed roof to keep the snow off is a good one, much better than a green house. Just goes to show that an intuitive solution to a non...
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    Re: Working naked!!!???

    Middy, thank you!
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