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  1. Re: Dang! my small cell russians absconded or died after three years

    All my are hives are now Russian. I find them to survive winters better, on less stores, and fly at lower temperatures. Usually they come out of winter with a surplus. They produce the same as the...
  2. Dang! my small cell russians absconded or died after three years

    They made it thru the winter okay and were building up using the pollen supplement feeder and sugar water in the feeder (drought conditions here) when I checked on them in May. Today, was going to...
  3. Re: What is the lowest temperature bees will forage at?

    On a still day
    - 45 degrees for my Russians
    - 55 degrees for my Italians
  4. At what temperature does 1:1 sugar syrup freeze?

    At what temperature does 1:1 sugar syrup freeze? I accidentally left a feeder outside, in the morning it was 15F degrees and the sugar syrup was not frozen. A little slushy, but not frozen.
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    Re: double-wall construction?

    I have thought of gluing 2" blue foam insulation to the outside of my hives with thin plywood on the outside of that for wear and tear. I used to put a large blue foam box around the sides and on top...
  6. Re: Grooming behavior after ingesting HBH sugar syrup

    Put top feeders on and it cut the population down some at the open feeders. Bees still spend lot's of time after feeding doing grooming before flying back to hive. Population of Russian hives...
  7. Grooming behavior after ingesting HBH sugar syrup

    Had to start feeding early due to dearth of nectar sources. Been watching bees suck down gallons of HBH syrup mixture. Noticed they spend quite a bit of time grooming after the sucking down the syrup...
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    Re: Bee Humor - Post funny bee stories

    I had to drive through town and out to my place wearing a bee suit because the box a swarm was in had a hole. Result was a car full of bees. A County Sheriff gave me the weirdest look as he passed me...
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    Re: No Honey In Hive Bodies....rats!!

    I had the same problem this year. Beginning of spring one hive of russians on HSC had plenty of leftover stores from the winter. Put some supers to make sure they had plenty of room to expand and put...
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    Update on the hives. HSC hive building slowing,...

    Update on the hives.
    HSC hive building slowing, no drones (yet), LOTS OF BURR COMB between frames and feeder when it was removed (real hard to twist off). They were not happy when removed the burr...
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    Mine went over in a 65 MPH microburst 2 years...

    Mine went over in a 65 MPH microburst 2 years ago. Nothing like getting suited up and going out in a Thunderstorm to meet mad bees.
  12. This morning I swept the clump of bees hanging...

    This morning I swept the clump of bees hanging outside the hive into a Nuc. Went to bed, got up and a new clump has reappeared at the same location. Released bees in Nuc.

    Why are they doing this?...
  13. Well, the clump of bees outside the hive survived...

    Well, the clump of bees outside the hive survived the night. A bit slow this morning, but picked up in activity once they warmed up. Is it possible a extra queen got stuck into a package? I'm going...
  14. Mini swarm outside hive after hiving package

    Ok, here is one I have not seen before, I hived some Russians Saturday and a approximately 150 or so bees decided they like it outside better clumped at junction of hive top and the hivetop feeder....
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    Yes, the Megabee and Syrup mixed very easy. Too...

    Yes, the Megabee and Syrup mixed very easy. Too early to see if fermentation is higher. I just put some dry pollen out to see if they take it. Both hives seem more interested in plain water right...
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    Right now, the HSC Russians are sucking the 1...

    Right now, the HSC Russians are sucking the 1 gallon hivetop feeder dry (Mixture of Megabee, Sugar water and HBH). Strangely there is a swarm like cluster at vent holes of feeder, hopefully they go...
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    Hived russians on HSC today

    Put a package of russians on HSC today. Installed queen includer at entrance. Interested to see how quickly they build up compared to a package of Russians I installed on pierco at the same time.
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    ~65 mph has been the limit on my hives before...

    ~65 mph has been the limit on my hives before they start blowing over. Fix is screw in ground anchors and ratching cargo strap.
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    Bought 2 hives worth to put some russian packages...

    Bought 2 hives worth to put some russian packages on.

    Any spring HSC success/disaster stories yet?
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    Currently use 2 2x12 8' ft PT separated with two...

    Currently use 2 2x12 8' ft PT separated with two 18" (or is 19") 2x12 pieces. Works better in high wind than my first stand that was on 2x4 legs (60 mph winds snapped legs). Plan on trying cinder...
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    Small cell queens vs queen excluder

    What queen excluder's work well at keeping small cell queens out of the supers?
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    So even in a isolated area with 10 hives with...

    So even in a isolated area with 10 hives with queens from different breeders, after several years you will get inbreeding? So I will have to plan on bringing a few new queens every year?
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    # hives to maintain genetic diversity ?

    What is the minimum number of hives required to maintain genetic diversity and prevent inbreeding.
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    Sounds like someone should try building some...

    Sounds like someone should try building some brood boxes out of Structural insulated panels and see what the heat loss/survival rate is.
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    A 12' 2"x12" board with two 18" 3/8ths sections...

    A 12' 2"x12" board with two 18" 3/8ths sections cut off, remainder is cut in half. Use metal connectors to connect after painting. Result is a very stable platfom for two hives. I tried the nice...
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