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  1. Thread: robbing?

    by Kevtater
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    Re: robbing?

    22's description is accurate, but it's quite scary if you ever see a full on frenzy. 10's of thousands of dead bees, dead hives, and it goes on for days. Avoid it at all costs, and take immediate...
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    Re: No ice for bee sting

    Ice makes them swell instantly for me. Pain isn't usually an issue for me as much as swelling. I got stung between the eyes a couple weeks ago, no ice, no swelling till the next day. I had to prove...
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    Re: Let's hope this year they thrive

    They're probably supersedure cells. Very common for package bees to supersede the queen. It's not because there's anything wrong with her but because the workers perceive her as failing due to the...
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    Re: Should I re-queen this hive?

    I'm sure there's lots of exceptions, and others will point those out, but in my experience the queen less half of a hive after splitting is sometimes grumpy till they make one and she's laying. I'm...
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    Re: New Package Installed ... Now What?

    You're feeding them aren't you?
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    Re: What is this? (Half bee)

    Found one the other day myself, crawling on the hive stand. Consensus on here is that they're getting their butt pinched off
    when doing an inspection. I did not damage this bee, hadnt even opened a...
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    Re: Be careful when you light your smoker!

    I wish fire was all it took to kill Bermuda grass. Ive been battling it for years. It was trendy to plant around here in the 50's because it took so little water to stay green. We're still paying...
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    Re: How early do/can you split?

    Here in southern Colorado the rule of thumb is April 15th. Still have to check hive strength, stores, drones, etc but that's my starting point. Some fruit trees will be blooming very soon,...
  9. Thread: Frustrations

    by Kevtater
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    Re: Frustrations

    I know how my comments sound but I can assure you I'm not a hippie, just a guy with plenty of stress at work and I refuse to have a hobby that adds more and that way of thinking has led me to success...
  10. Thread: Frustrations

    by Kevtater
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    Re: Frustrations

    Relax.

    From MB's site "Everything works f you let it". Best little nugget of advice I've seen as it relates to beekeeping. Read the "Lazy Beekeeping" part of Michael Bush's site. Quit doing...
  11. Thread: Skull Hive

    by Kevtater
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    Re: Skull Hive

    Looks cool! Hope it's not bad luck. I use playing cards to identify my hives; two years in a row, the hives I stapled the ace of spades to died. Not using that card anymore.
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    Re: Ideas for hive numbering.

    Playing cards, laminate them or get the pool ones.
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    Re: Pollen being brought in Denver

    Maple and elm pollen coming in down here.
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    Re: my favorite hive tool

    Ditto! Good old J hook. I prefer the tried and true hive tools, nothing exotic for me.
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    Re: Silicone to seal feeder?

    I don't know if silicone will hurt them, doubt others will know for sure either. There's pictures of honeybees chewing silicone off camper trailers and hauling it off in their pollen baskets. Why...
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    Re: Queen release into a package

    Pull a frame out, dump the package in. I pull the cork/candy and shove a marshmallow in, they'll eat it in 8-12 hrs and release her. There's probably a metal tab on the cage, if there isn't one,...
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    Re: Michael Palmer double nucs

    Thanks Scorpion. I was thinking of giving it a whirl anyway. Think I will.
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    Re: Michael Palmer double nucs

    Thanks guys, I'm pretty clear on how to make them, been doing it all winter, I'm just sick of building them and sick of the saw dust, thought I'd buy the last few if they were available anywhere. ...
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    Re: New beekeeper in Englewood Colorado

    Mark, check out apishive.com. Chad sells good bees with good mated queens, I've had way above average success with his package bees. He does a Denver drop in late April/early May.
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    Michael Palmer double nucs

    Anyone know of a place to buy them other than Better Bee? I'm tired of building for the winter and Better Bee is back ordered. Wish MannLake had them, shipping sucks.
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    Re: Pollen Grinder

    Mortar and pestle.
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    Re: What is this junk?

    Recrystalized sugar syrup.
  23. Re: How do I determine what kind of bee I have?

    They look pretty Italian to me...
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    Re: bees wont go up in hive

    But I guess to answer your question, it seems to me bees need a good reason to go through an excluder, you won't usually convince them.
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    Re: bees wont go up in hive

    Ya that's what I'm saying, queens usually don't. However if those center frames in the second brood box are brood, top to bottom, you don't have that honey barrier. I'm glad burns chimed in. Queen...
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