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    Re: Bees bulid up faster in deeps

    Yep, it's a bit more money, but my back is worth it. What's a few extra hundred or thousand dollars in the long run? Do you mean more labor in building the needed equipment to equal deeps? I would...
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    Re: Bees bulid up faster in deeps

    I run only mediums. I caught a swarm from one of my colonies last year on March 6th. I shook them into 2 mediums with drawn comb. They proceeded to net me 160lbs of honey by June 10th, and drew out 3...
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    Re: Grafting from Foundation less Comb

    I run all foundationless. The real problem you'll run into is whatever tool you use(I use the chinese grafting tool) will dig into the wax at the back of the cell, making the scoop difficult. Try and...
  4. Re: Anybody Keeping Bees in Lake Tahoe/Sierras?

    I've got a nice spot with creeks running though the property outside of Sierraville. Should be plenty of water. We shall see how it goes!

    Honey4All, would you say my timing is close if the...
  5. Re: Anybody Keeping Bees in Lake Tahoe/Sierras?

    Thanks michkel. When does your main flow start/end?
  6. Anybody Keeping Bees in Lake Tahoe/Sierras?

    Thinking about taking 20 or so colonies up to Tahoe around the beginning of June. I am down in the SF Bay Area, and my nectar flow will end right around there. My thought was maybe I could put on a...
  7. Breaking up a Queenless Colony for Mating Nuc

    I've always used a frame of brood and larvae to make up my mating nucs, but I have 16 cells ripening up and 2 queenless colonies that I just busted up into 2 framers. They're in medium bodies with a...
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    Re: Torn-Down QC's In Mating Nucs

    Mean bees... so now I know they like to keep it in the family. I've got another round of cells ready in a week, so I'll tear down their cells and make them hopelessly queenless. Interesting to note...
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    Torn-Down QC's In Mating Nucs

    I busted up a particularly feisty colony (no known lineage) into 6 queenless nucs. I moved them to a new location, let them be for 24 hours, and then added ripe queen cells. Some of the frames had...
  10. Re: Will a Poor Performing Queen Make Bees Mad?

    That's what I was asking, but worded poorly. Lack a pheromones from a deficient queen making the. She's been re-queened.
  11. Will a Poor Performing Queen Make Bees Mad?

    Had an emergency cell made a month ago, and the queen was a runt. I went in today to break it up and give new queen cells, and they were pissed. Bees bumping off my veil time and time again with a...
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    Re: uncapping for 100 hives

    If my apiary was any bigger, I would look (well, I have looked ;) at the Lyson Uncapper/Auger system. BetterBee can source them. You get the cappings pressed and ready for melting with the honey...
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    Re: uncapping for 100 hives

    I am thinking of pulling the trigger on the Jr Cappings Spinner + Chain Uncapper through Mann Lake. They have their 11% sale right now. It's not gonna get any cheaper than that.
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    Re: uncapping for 100 hives

    AstroBee, did you end up purchasing a Maxant system? Would love to hear your experience.

    Thanks!
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    Re: foundationless frames in langstroth

    I also use all mediums with zero foundation or wires. I just extracted 200 pounds of winter honey here in SF and didn't have a single blowout. Combs older than a year are solid. Even if it's not...
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    Re: Small Absconding Swarm Dies

    Not too confused. Queen was from my hive - I know it was her. The original hive didn't supercede because they absconded. No bees left in colony, they flew the coop. This all happened in a few...
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    Re: Small Absconding Swarm Dies

    No supercedure, as they absconded. It was dry comb. Maybe robbers were attracted to comb anyhow. Oh well...
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    Small Absconding Swarm Dies

    My neighbor came over and said he had a small swarm in his backyard. Sure enough it was from my hive, as I could see my marked queen. I captured the queen and placed her in a small nuc with drawn...
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    Re: Source of Late Fall Varroa Load

    Just adding 2 cents from a friend who is very close contact with Randy Oliver - actually went to him for help after losing colony after colon and has seen 1st hand issues with varroa migration.
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    Re: Varroa? Yes. But What Else is Going On?

    Thanks for the info. I had thought about the bug zapper idea, but never implemented it. I wondered if the bees would bee attracted to it, but I suppose it isn't a problem?
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    Re: Source of Late Fall Varroa Load

    I know of a beek in SF who runs lots of rooftop hives. He has had major issues with varroa infestations from collapsing hives. As you know SF, is very "sustainable/treatment free". He'd do tests...
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    Varroa? Yes. But What Else is Going On?

    Opened up this hive the other day. They had a brood break this year in the form of a swarm, probably in June sometime if I remember correctly. I pulled 2 other frames near the center of the brood...
  23. Re: Pros and Cons of leaving a supper on over winter

    Do you mean an empty super or full?
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    Re: Last graft--August queens

    Well, I am definitely pushing the limits, as I just grafted some larvae in today. I was going to be finished a 2 weeks ago, but I had a rogue queen emerge and tear down all but one cell. I was so...
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    Re: Bees Chase Away Swallows

    These were definitely workers. It was pretty cool. Neat to hear other people have seen the same. Now if they would just go after the wrens :)
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