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    Re: Nectar Flows in Northern California?

    Hey y'all, it is Feb 22-2013 and the bees have a FULL med super on top. They will not use the patties I add and will not use the 1x1 at all. The honey is VERY dark and tastes like medicine. Is this...
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    Re: Got a Visit from the Bee Inspector.

    wow, all those replies and nobody answered your question .

    "What is the best brand of mite treatment. Maybe one with the least impact??? Organic??? "
    may be DDT?
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    Re: mineral oil for mite control

    http://www.apiservices.com/articles/us/mineral_oil.htm

    increased?
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    Re: Bees eating all stored honey

    WW, stupid is the kindest thing i have called them this season. lol i think they are given too much credit. there are guy's at the beekeepers meetings that call them "girls and gal's" LOL!
    thanks, o
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    Re: Bees eating all stored honey

    hey yall,
    only one hive of the 4 had brood. i did not look for queens other than look for brood. they did not sound queenless.
    i took off the empty supers and left only 1 on each hive, (less area...
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    Bees eating all stored honey

    I have 4 hives in nor cal (sonoma county) and when i last checked them on sept. 20 12 they had at least one med super with at least 7 frames of honey on each, some had 2 or 3 supers.
    I checked them...
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    Re: ACK! My Honey Tastes Horrible!

    BT, In North Marin county not far from 101, there are A LOT of assorted nut trees that are in everybody's yards fields and just growing in random places all over Novato. I have seen a lot of the...
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    luring a swarm

    hey D,
    I meant deep box.
    http://humbleabodesinc.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=3
    if you use this to HUMBLE ABODE INC you will see that the 9 1/2 budget boxes are $9.35. ...
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    Re: Advise on luring a swarm

    As far as building hives goes, it is FAR cheaper to buy them than to build them. I built 2 hives using new wood that I bought from Home Depot and it cost about $40. You can buy unassembled hives from...
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    Re: How long is Queen good in mail?

    did you happen to order from a place in South Georgia ? Day 4 for me and today is Saturday.
    If there is perfect weather, attendant bees and the drivers don't stack TV's on top of your queen. The...
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    Re: Cold start for 2011

    MSD,
    Were you happy with the queens that you got from California?
    I live in NOR Cal and bought 6 packages and they ALL had bad queens. I was told that I should 'give them a month....'
    I got them...
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    Re: Mother Lode feeders

    try using a piece of nylons and a rubber band. works fine cheap fast and easy.
    Good luck, otto
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    Re: Bee Brief

    Too bad there in no room for a proper feeder?
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    Re: Is dwv contagious?

    OK say they have a lot of mites, how can I bring the mite level down? Powdered sugar? o
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    Re: Is dwv contagious?

    I dumped all the bees out of the hive except what were in and on the frame feeder so I can get rid of them PDQ. I got a smallish swarm today so I will dump what is left of them and put the swarm in...
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    Re: Is dwv contagious?

    So, it is not the kind of virus where I would have to burn the hive and frames... good to know.
    This colony is dead. So if there were any brood left in whatever is left in the frames, would it hatch...
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    Is dwv contagious?

    I have a queenless drone hive that most of the bees inside have shriveled up wings and have trouble walking and flying.
    This hive is a goner so to empty it I just took it apart frame by frame and...
  18. Re: What to do weak hive with laying workers or drone laying queen?

    Re: What to do weak hive with laying workers or drone laying queen?
    >what does one do if all your colonies are one month old? I mean you can't pull out frames from young hives can you? ?
    THANKS MB,...
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    SO easy,
    what does one do if all your colonies are one month old? I mean you can't pull out frames from young hives can you? ?
    re: There are few solutions as universal in their application and...
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    Where to get 'bulk' Royal Jelly?

    I have seen videos of a 2 man queen grafting operation where one guy is holding a shot glass size container of royal jelly and priming rows of cell cups while the other guy is grafting larvae into...
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    Re: Frames from dead hives?

    Hi,
    Thanks Fuzzy & scdw43 for the suggestions.
    Speaking of ventilation, It was suggested by the bee store that I use tops that are are 1 1/6" plywood that have a screened opening in the back that...
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    Frames from dead hives?

    I had 5 hives, 4 are dead. Some of the frames have dead larva in open cells and some sealed brood. There is sealed honey in a lot of the frames.
    While it has been a wet winter here in NorCal it has...
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    Re: Chinese Junk Feeder!

    hev
    That sounds like a great idea. THANKS! otto
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    Re: Chinese Junk Feeder!

    It was a joke dude
    I got nothing but time. I'm in a prime swarm zone in Novato, CA so the bee don't cost too much. I bought 2 out of 5 at the bee store. 3 were free.

    thanks, otto
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    Re: Chinese Junk Feeder!

    GEEZ Fuzzy, Now I got to monitor their food handling strategy!?
    If they are not flying away or dieing they are overstocking! Thanks, Otto
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