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  1. Re: Denver area beeks - how does your honey production look for 2014?

    I can see how high mite numbers would negatively impact the honey surplus. However, for myself, my mite number weren't bad, and I still had an exceptionally low harvest.

    The late Spring frost we...
  2. Re: Denver area beeks - how does your honey production look for 2014?

    (Just trying to make sense of what went wrong here in the Denver area) - except we had more moisture this Summer than typical. Meaning, the dearth wasn't as bad as most years . . . ?
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    Re: The End of F.W.JONES beekeeping supplies...

    Michael Palmer has huge amounts of credibility. When he says something, I believe him.
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    Re: Drowning bees in top feeder

    What type of feeder are ya'll talking about? Can anyone provide a link or a photo?
  5. Re: This is as close to Robbing as I want to get.

    A robber screen. A water spray. A wet sheet drapped over the hive.
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    Re: Buying a hive?

    I bought a hive last year from a new beekeeper who decided at the end of his first season he didn't like getting stung. The hive was two 10-frame deeps that started from a package that same year. ...
  7. Re: This is as close to Robbing as I want to get.

    I wouldn't be standing there calmly making video if that were my hive. I'd be stopping the robbing.
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    Re: Advice for Package Bees

    +1

    I acquired a first-year hive second hand that had originally come as a package from Prairie Wind. It is only one data point, but it has done really well.
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    Re: Bee yard contract?

    Not a problem - if they are heirs, then they would know the deceased well enough to know he did not keep bees. Plus:

    Your name is on the hives, you're regularly working on the hives without...
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    Re: how to kill hive of bees

    Maybe it is just me, and I know it works for some, but I have never had much of a success rate re-queening a laying worker hive by shaking it out.

    IMHO, once a hive goes laying worker, getting rid...
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    Re: Oxalix Acid with Screened Bottom Board

    Yes, the SBB must be closed.

    My SBBs have a slide-in Cloroplast sheet for catching mites and sealing off the bottom. Maybe slide in piece of sheet metal through the front entrance?
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    Re: Found a V Mite on a drone - Treat?

    All hives have varroa. Thus, seeing one mite tells you nothing.
  13. Re: Denver area beeks - how does your honey production look for 2014?

    I extracted 3 days ago. My yield was 10 lbs per hive. And that was with some pretty severe robbing by me, something I prefer not to do since I would rather the bees overwinter with honey rather...
  14. Re: Denver area beeks - how does your honey production look for 2014?

    So how much was your yield per hive?
  15. Re: Robbing bees came today...take a look...what are they? Beautiful colors

    Now that is splitting hairs! (read the article in Post #7 to get the joke)
  16. Re: Robbing bees came today...take a look...what are they? Beautiful colors

    Personally, I think robbing bees are ugly, no matter how pretty they may be.
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    Re: Medium foundation in a deep frame?

    How is more drone comb good for hive health? As a drone trap? Something else? Please explain.

    I started this Spring expanding the brood nest by inserting foundationless frames. Worked like a...
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    Re: Jar feeders prone to robbing?

    I use top feeders. It discourages robbing because a would-be robber has to transit the entire hive in order to rob. That being said, I also use a robbing screen whenever I feed a weak hive as a...
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    Re: Does syrup ratio really matter?

    Picking up on what Michael Bush said about sugar comes packaged by weight:

    I buy sugar by the 25lb sack. One 25lb sack of sugar combined with 3 gallons of water produces almost 5 gal of 1:1. ...
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    Re: propolis solvent?

    I tallied up the solvents I have tried for dissolving propolis:

    toulene
    tetracholoroethylene
    acetone
    petroleum distillate
    heptane
    xylene
    lacquer thinner
    denatured alcohol
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    Re: Newbees, Mediums and AFB -- a cautionary tale

    The cause of the problem described in the Original Post was an ignorant beekeeper, who's bias against corporations was so strong that it blinded her to what was really going on in her hives.

    In...
  22. Re: Who would ship queens to war-torn countries?

    Wonderful photos! Some of those bee operations are quite beautiful in addition to looking very professional. Thanks for sharing.
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    Re: To Mark a Queen or Not to Mark

    Another informative post by Lauri with lots of photos and great detail.

    Lauri should have her own sub-forum.
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    Re: propolis solvent?

    The holes are so tiny, I am not sure the hardened propolis could be knocked out after freezing, but I will give the freezer a try.

    Bleach and hot water sounds like a good combination to test, as...
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    Re: propolis solvent?

    Everyone, thanks for the replies.

    I've got about 30 of these lids to clean and each one has about 50 holes, so I am looking for a method that doesn't take alot of time. Especially since the lids...
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