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    Re: Moisture (soaking whet )

    cata,

    I run SBB plus upper and lower entrances year round. Minimize ventilation to gusts at SBB in winter with rags. Works good.

    Steve
  2. Re: Deadout questions - shavings; bees clustered at edge of super away from honey

    My winter approach has been rigid 2" foam all 4 sides plus top outside, tar paper wrapped outside and a loose fitting snow/rain shield on top. Wood shaving filled ventilated QB above IC and below...
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    Re: Platform Scale Up and Running (pics)

    c10250,

    What type of scale are you using? Is it a platform scale like bnatural mentions in Post #1? Or, is it one of the digital scales like outve mentions in Post # 18 ? If the latter, which...
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    Re: Bear Almost Got Em-Lesson Learned

    McBee7: My bears aren't out yet, but two of my neighbors have lost their large breed dogs in the last couple of days to our neighborhood mountain lion. Pieces were found partially burred as a return...
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    Re: bee escape not working

    I have built many of the triangular or "vortex" bee escapes and find that they work quite well for me. Bee sure that it is installed on the hive with the screened side down and no exit/entrance at...
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    Re: Installed first Hogan Today

    Cap,

    Looks exciting. Keep us posted.

    Steve
  7. Re: The ancient tradition of honey hunting in Nepal

    Beedeetee,

    Glad you found your picture of the log bee hive in Nepal. I too have a pre-digital photo of the same from 20+ years ago. Took my wife and three kids trekking in the Annapurna area of...
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    Re: Need ideas for club meeting programs

    Thanks for the ongoing ideas. With a mix of newbbe and oldbees in the membership it is always a challence to keep the programs interesting to all. More ideas and suggestions are always welcome.
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  9. Re: What is your go to pollen substitute?

    CeeBee,

    First, small hive beetles are not a significant problem in CO. I've never even seen one in all my years of beekeeping. I suggest that you join a beekeeping club and possibly go to a bee ...
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    Re: Bee hive on a sloped roof

    shinbone,

    Happy to see your set up. I considered something like that some years ago but I'm afraid of a fall. Be careful up on the roof. Out of curiosity, do you have a bear problem?

    Steve
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    Re: How did THEY "Back in the Day?

    I must be from the "tween" generation. Started beekeeping at age 8 in about 1947 when my father gave me one of his colonies. Had the good fortune of the head of the entomology department at PSU as...
  12. Re: Mobile Apiary - Does Moving Hives disrupt them much?

    H4A,

    Seems somewhere between long shot and negligible.

    Steve
  13. Re: Mobile Apiary - Does Moving Hives disrupt them much?

    Longtom,

    I've been considering the same concept for several years but haven't tried it yet. I've even established several handshake deals with land owners to park my trailer at their location. I...
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    Re: How cold can they stand it?

    Ian & Talon,

    I do believe that the "packed" version of "The Thermology of Wintering Honey Bee Colonies" is beneficial and I have been doing it or a variation of it for a number of years. 8794
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  15. Re: Simultaneous top and bottom entrances?

    shinbone,

    I run both pretty much year around plus a SBB. Ten frame Langs and no QE.

    Steve
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    Re: Bear Cleanup

    Widdy,

    A bear fence in bear country is worth every penny it costs, guaranteed. However it must be well designed and well built and properly maintained.

    Adrian's comments are absolutely...
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    Re: Bear Cleanup

    Ski,

    Good job !

    I've had a solar powered electric bear fence in place for about six years and never had a problem in the yard. Mama bear did hold a sliding door open in my honey house and...
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    Re: Bear Cleanup

    ski,

    I would recommend that you do all of the above. Definitely salvage all of the equipment that you can. If the frames with comb are not too structurally damaged the bees will correct the...
  19. Re: First big cold front of the year arriving right now

    TUCKED IN THEIR BEDS FOR A LONG WINTER'S NIGHT......................

    8415

    White stuff is still coming down!

    Steve
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    Re: Old School idea for winter?

    Cascade,

    My #8 hardware cloth is flush with the bottom of my QB and thus about one bee space above the top of the frame top bars immediately below. I do have some burr comb buildup in that gap by...
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    Re: Old School idea for winter?

    SS1,

    Steve here, not Phil. Current snow, in pix, is just a dusting. March is the big snow month in CO.

    Re: Bear fence. Support posts are steel pipe with a sheath of fiber optics conduit or...
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    Re: Old School idea for winter?

    Philip,

    Moisture is a big killer of bees in the winter and ventilation is critical. Varroa mites and starvation are next in line. A couple of pix are attached FYI. One illustrates the...
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    Re: Old School idea for winter?

    Cascade: The 4" high quilt box (QB) rim has a 1" X 3/8" notch on the bottom of the front side. The bottom of the QB is covered with #8 hardware cloth to retain the wood shavings and near the...
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    Re: Old School idea for winter?

    enjambres,

    I have been tweeking a quilt box very similar to the one you describe for the past five years or so. My rim is four inches high and filled with loosely packed wood shavings which I...
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    Re: Screened bottom boards out?

    I agree with Mr. Clean, it depends on where you are located. I'm at 6,800 feet in CO and run open screened bottom boards year round. Last year's winter losses were 12%.

    Steve
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