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  1. Re: New to beekeeping in Southern California USA

    Hi Ladybead. I am right down the highway from you. Beekeeping in the High Desert is a very interesting hobby. Let me know if I can help you out, I'll do my best.
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    Re: Saw pollen today!

    It would be great for you to see how the population of the colony is holding up. If the bees are flying and the sun is shining I would make an inspection.
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    Re: Saving boxes and frames after wax moths

    If you have plastic foundation, I suggest that you scrape a majority of the wax off of the foundation and then apply xentari BT to both sides of the frames and the inside of the boxes. I have not had...
  4. Thread: Nosema cures?

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    Re: Nosema cures?

    As a preventive routine I feed Fumagilin-B syrup in Mid-January, drench with it in Mid-February and drench with Nozevit in August. I have had better survival rates since starting this regime.
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    Re: Slatted bottom rack question....

    I purchased my slatted bottom racks from Brushy Mountain. They also run parallel to the frames. The idea of debris and possibly mites falling through is greatly increased if you are running screened...
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    Re: Just starting out! CA foothills.

    Welcome Mike! Beesource is a great place to get a lot of information.
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    Re: Question about syrup.

    "These were nucs 5 on 5, I guess I did say hives.

    In this case would a good option be to put syrup directly into empty drawn frames? I have seen some recent activity from another member using a...
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    Re: Question about syrup.

    I agree, hopefully the bees would not be taking the syrup if it is too cold. Thank you for the link, now I understand the conditions that cause the bees not to take cold syrup.

    What I was meaning...
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    Re: Question about syrup.

    It sounds like Neil has given you some excellent advice. You do not need to plug up the hive with sugar water.
    I think the most common reasons given about feeding at 50* or below is, for one, the...
  10. Thread: Paint Sprayer

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    Re: Paint Sprayer

    I bought a little Graco unit from the local home improvement store that stands on the ground with a suction hose that sits down in a bucket of paint. The sprayer is on a hose so it is maneuverable...
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    Re: Top entrance size

    I have a 2" x 3/8" notch in the inner cover for an upper entrance and a 2" x 3/8" lower entrance and that's it, year round. Oh, and three 3/8" holes on the lower half of each super but they are not...
  12. Re: When are my package bees no longer a 'package'?

    I gleaned this from another thread at some time and kept it for personal interest. I share it here with you, I cannot account for its accuracy.

    Bee population of package bee installation:
    Day 23...
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    Re: Do you reverse hive bodies?

    No, but I do take the two darkest combs, move them to the two outside positions in place of the ones I moved last year and backfill the space with frames of foundation placed between drawn comd. For...
  14. Re: Ag commissioner of Ventura county forces bee hive to move! Help needed

    Why do you suppose they moved out the old hives in October? Were they pressured by the county too? It all just doesn't add up. Someone must have a personal interest of sort. I know it has only been a...
  15. Re: Ag commissioner of Ventura county forces bee hive to move! Help needed

    Maybe it would be helpful if you sat in on a local beekeeping association meeting or contacted a crop farmer in your area and ask for some advice? There are plenty of commercial beeks in Ventura...
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    Re: Bee Yards, post a picture of your bee yards.

    I guess that my pics must have fell off of my original post. I painted them with an american flag theme. It was meant as a pun.

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  17. Thread: Which feeders

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    Re: Which feeders

    I have used both deep frame and hive top feeders.
    I tried the first frame feeder without ladders and had a lot of drowned bees, with the ladders there are few.
    I had trouble with the syrup...
  18. Re: Bees are gone and now what to do with beehive for winter?

    +1

    I would spray the empty combs with BT prior to storage. In my area that is good enough to kee the wax moth larva from messing up your comb.
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    Re: Slatted Racks.......

    I think everybody has it covered here. I would like to mention also on the Betterbee parallel slatted rack there is a solid wood piece that is oriented towards the hive entrance that is designed to...
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    Re: Diagnosing a Queenless Colony

    Thank you for the video lesson. This forum is a great tool.
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    Re: New member from central Arizona

    Welcome from the High Desert of SoCal.
  22. Thread: First Timer

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    Re: First Timer

    Welcome from the High Desert of Southern California.
  23. Thread: ? swarm

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    Re: ? swarm

    Boy is there a lot of truth in that statement! We are observers. I often do not locate a queen so I look for evidence like brood and eggs. This time of year it is hard to interpret between...
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    Re: Sealing the inside of hive bodies?

    Ditto, let the bees take care of it
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    Re: Help! Weakened hive

    A big part of learning how to keep bees in your particular climate and specifically in your apiary is through trial and error. If you save them, good if not then lesson learned. You would likely have...
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