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    Re: Cost of shipping queens

    "Cost Effective" is what gets them there alive. I ship them Express mail. I recommend that people call their post office and let them know they are coming. Also you should specify if you want to...
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    Re: Weight of 8 frame medium hive

    Open it on a cold day when they are not flying and any frames with bees between count as part of the cluster. Remove boxes until you find the cluster. Assume it goes down as far is it goes wide...
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    Re: Feeding dry irradiated pollen

    I'm talking about an empty hive, not the one the bees are in. You can staple some window screen on a regular bottom board to make one for a pollen feeder...
  4. Re: Mite Count: What is considered "high" for those who do not want to treat?

    >I just don't understand the logic of this. Why can't one go about this (learning about keeping treatment fee bees),,at the same time?

    Everything I would do is much easier to do from the start. ...
  5. Re: Help me get through my first Indiana winter.

    If I think they have enough stores I leave them alone. If I think they are light I might feed them some syrup if the fall flow is up. I give them dry sugar if they are light once it turns cold.
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    Re: Weight of 8 frame medium hive

    I'd look at the size of the cluster and judge by that. In my experience, yes, they will use a higher percentage of the honey they have as they don't tend to leave frames of honey behind because the...
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    Re: Super Hot Hive

    If you can find a good local queen, I would requeen. If not, you might want to wait for spring to deal with it... it's getting kind of late to raise a new queen (it suddenly turned cold around here...
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    Re: Bees in my outside walls

    Frame:
    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/70/Beekeeping_langstroth_hive_frame.jpg

    Top bar with bars (note there is no frame):...
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    Re: Advice for Package Bees

    >Great advice and it will contact PrairieWind Bee Supply in Cheyenne as that is only 90 minutes away.

    I wish I'd known that when I lived in Mitchell, and Laramie... but then maybe they weren't...
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    Re: Changing wrong frame sizes

    How long have they been there? They probably don't have empty space under them anymore if they were there long...
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    Re: Virgin queens

    I can tell you what did not work. A candy cage with a confined queen...
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    Re: Air temperature during extracting

    I usually close all the doors to the kitchen, turn on the oven and the burners and after 24 hours or more of the kitchen (where the honey supers are) being 90 F or so, then I extract. It goes very...
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    Re: Ash content of darker honey

    Aster and goldenrod are our fall flow and what my bees (and pretty much all the bees in Nebraska) overwinter on every winter... but no, I don't know of an ash figure for it.
  14. Re: Opinions Needed (Bee Kill vs Trap-Out)

    Some people have the view that feral bees are pockets of disease and parasites. Other's have the view that they are pockets of survivor genetics that we need. I have the latter view. Your member...
  15. Thread: WWOOFING

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    Re: WWOOFING

    >Woofing is when you take a charcoal grill and soak it with lighter fluid, hit it with gasoline for added insurance, and then attempt to throw a match at it while running away...

    That was my first...
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    Re: Two hives or one to start

    I like Larry Connor's advice... 2 1/2 hives. (2 hives and 1 nuc). That way you have something to work with when you have problems. Yes, sooner or later you will have problems...
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    Re: Swarm cells

    >I noticed what looked like 1 swarm cell at the bottom of a frame in the brood box.....

    I have never seen 1 swarm cell. A dozen maybe... sounds like a supersedure.
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    Re: Winter feeding techniques

    I don't know how much of a winter you have in Ft. Davis, but here you can't really feed all winter. Once the syrup is below 50 F they don't take it and feeding constantly causes moisture issues...
  19. Re: Reduce hive size for winter for late season swarms?

    There is no point leaving an empty box on unless you fill it with food...

    http://www.bushfarms.com/beesfeeding.htm#drysugar
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    Re: Advice for Package Bees

    Well, Gothenburg is certainly closer than Lincoln... I don't know if anyone closer to you is getting bees. Usually a truckload comes to Eastern Nebraska from California and bees get dropped off...
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    Re: Feeding dry irradiated pollen

    I have fed them in an open hive with window screen on a screened bottom board on top of a solid bottom board then pollen then a box then the cover. The screen keeps the pollen from molding as it...
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    Re: Bees in my outside walls

    In my opinion, it's difficult enough to do a cutout with frames to tie the combs into. It's harder with a top bar hive. You have no frame to put the comb into...
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    Re: What can I do about varroa mites?

    >I've read through this entire thread and I am wondering - has anyone started with regular Italian package bees, not treated them for varroa, but also not requeened or done other hive manipulating,...
  24. Re: Mite Count: What is considered "high" for those who do not want to treat?

    >Which is considered VERY high.

    I would not consider it very high in the fall. I would consider it very high in the spring.

    The bottom line is if you keep bees you will lose bees. You will...
  25. Re: Reuse feeder on hive that possibly had EFB or discard it?

    Chlorine bleach is wonderful stuff for such things...
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