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    Re: Mites finally got me

    It seemed excessive to me too Jim but if he said that's what he did I take him at his word. When I've worked with him in the past the mite treatments were administered when he migrated back here...
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    Re: Mites finally got me

    Sakhoney are you using metal excluders? I've only ever used the plastic excluders and only when I've done splits i.e. I shake all the bees into the bottom box, distribute resources, put on excluder,...
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    Re: Mites finally got me

    I finally got a chance to talk to the commercial near me and told him of my bad luck last winter. He told me that mites were at the highest levels that he's ever seen in his life last year and that...
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    Re: Front Range Roller Coaster, April 2016

    Found the queen, she's a tiny little thing and I don't know if she's mated or not. She was poking her head into cells checking them but I didn't see any eggs. I'll keep her banked for a week to see...
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    Re: Front Range Roller Coaster, April 2016

    I'm going to make a queen bank frame and I'll have to check my nuc to make sure a virgin queen isn't out getting mated then coming back to destroy our grafts. The bees were festooning on and...
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    Re: Front Range Roller Coaster, April 2016

    I haven't had access to the internet for a few weeks so I haven't been on Beesource during this time. However I am grateful I logged in to find out about the queen rearing class that was being...
  7. Re: Colorado Front Range - February, 2016 - Off to a roaring start

    Both of my computers fried so I haven't been on for a few days. Congratulations to Colo on a new member of the family. We got snow, wind, cold, etc. but it only lasted a few days. I caught a 3...
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    Hey Steve, is this grafting class open to the public? I would like to attend. I taught myself but being around those that have done it never hurts, I always learn new tricks.
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    I'm making some "fingers crossed for good mating weather" queens. It's still early enough to make queens several times even though it really looks like there's going to be early swarms here. Mid...
  10. Re: Colorado Front Range - February, 2016 - Off to a roaring start

    I re-inspected hives and I'm hoping my hives in the county will be ready to split in a few weeks, my hive in town has gone from a well built up hive to a monster in the past week. I'll split it and...
  11. Re: Colorado Front Range - February, 2016 - Off to a roaring start

    Theres lots of stuff blooming, pear trees for the past 2 weeks, crab apples, dandilions, i forget the name of the stinky weeds on ditch banks, some junipers are ready to bloom. I want to have stong...
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    haha I had completely forgot about that. I split and most of the virgin queens didnt get mated due to all the rain. It was a bit of a mess lol The splits I did a week before all got mated. All my...
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    Sticky: Re: Extractor-less honey by Flow Hive

    I agree the genius of the flowhive was the marketing aspect of their product. As has been pointed out numerous times, a very similar device was around back in the day and it didn't take off. I...
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    Sticky: Re: Extractor-less honey by Flow Hive

    Hahaha that's the truth. They were producing knock offs soon after the flow hives made so much in their startup. We know China's track record for food safety and unadulterated honey is impeccable...
  15. Re: Hive died - can I use the frames for new bees?

    The best resources for starting a new hive comes from a dead out in the form of drawn comb/s :) I see a loss as an excellent jump start for a new colony.
  16. Thread: Alfalfa field

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    Re: Alfalfa field

    Around here alfalfa is exclusively grown for animal feed, not seeds. I've been told that rather than spray, a first cutting is an excellent control for weevils. The spraying of alfalfa here is...
  17. Re: Equipment suppliers and other trivia for winter discussion

    Nice list Fusion. Good resource list.
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    Re: Gaiters for $5, free shipping. Cheap gloves?

    Only time I wear gaiters is when I'm moving hives or helping the commercial near me. I got a few pair of the Norwegian canvas gaiters for about $10 a pair. I use them during the winter too, they...
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    Re: I'd post more if not for Mann Lake

    I don't know how many times I've unsubscribed from their emails. Every time I order I'm resubscribed lol Easy enough to fix :)
  20. Re: Colorado Front Range - February, 2016 - Off to a roaring start

    I took a giant hit this winter true. One nuc and 6 regular hives survived which I spent last weekend blasting with OAV which reminds me I should give them the second round this weekend. The hive I...
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    Re: Poison Hemlock

    Plants with poisonous resins would make me more concerned about the propolis coming in from them if in fact I was harvesting propolis. However I don't know if there's any foundation for that concern...
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    All my hives that made it through winter have been flying furiously every warm day we've had for the past month. I haven't looked in the boxes but all the hives are using their top entrances now...
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    Re: Stung On the nose today

    Being stung on the nose is extremely painful in my experience, makes my eyes water and the air turn blue.
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    Re: Huh? Bee flew in ear

    Worst sting I ever got was in my ear canal. I was actually able to grab it and pull it out and then she flew right into my sons ear, pulled her out and pinched her.
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    Re: Mites finally got me

    Well, lost 1 more but I got all the remaining colonies blasted with OAV. I didn't have my phone or I would have taken some pics of bottom boards before I cleaned them off. Yikes, mites. I think...
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