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    Re: Winterizing Ventilation

    I am a little south of the canyon and get small break on the winds. I have over-wintered all of my hives in 2010-11.....but lost all four in 2012! I believe my cause was due to my fault of not...
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    Re: Winterizing Ventilation

    I live right around the corner from you and wanted to share with you what I am doing this winter. I went to a local beekeeper’s meeting and a gentleman talked about how he used “Quilting boxes” on...
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    Re: Went bare handed last night - got stung

    I use rubber nitrile gloves (9 mil thick) everytime I work with my hives. I buy them in boxes of 50 from Harbor Frieght Tools for under $8.00 a box. My bees haven't stung through them yet, plus I...
  4. Re: Newbee with package here, in need of your advice!!!

    Hive your bees! I just hived 5 packages two weeks ago in the same temps here in Utah. My bees are doing great now. Your bees have a better chance in the hive than in a "Stressful" package...
  5. Re: Just hived new packages in cool weather...

    I bet you $10.00..I got my bees at the same place! Harvest Lane Honey? :D

    I experienced the same temperatures as you, obviously. You should wait a full five days before opening the hive to check...
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    Re: First install - POO everywhere!!???

    Dallas, I received my bees from Harvest Lane Honey also. I had the same amount of poo all over my hives. As the posts have already stated, this is quite normal. I just wanted to confirm this, as I am...
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    Re: Look at this Hive Stand

    I think the PVC stand is very cool, but I also use cinder blocks since I can run a strap through them to hold my hives in place.
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    Re: Starting out in treatment-free beekeeping

    Well said!! I completely agree!
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    Re: Do I really want to keep bees?

    How about this reason???!!!

    http://i1083.photobucket.com/albums/j395/big-sarge/IMG_0177.jpg

    http://i1083.photobucket.com/albums/j395/big-sarge/IMG_0178.jpg
  10. Re: Utah highway shut after 20m bees escape from lorry

    Here is the story from our local news.

    http://www.ksl.com/?nid=157&sid=17796649&title=semi-with-millions-of-bees-crashes-insects-escape
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    Re: Winterizing help?

    This is a subject with so many opinions it hard to sort out what is the right or wrong way. The bottom line is every area in the country requires different winterizing. I am in Utah and winterize by...
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    Re: Winter placement

    I built a stand for my hive that is 18 inches off the ground. It's made of redwood that I purchased at the local home improvement store. See attached photo.
  13. Re: Rookie oversight -- will my plan work re: wintering ??

    From one Utah beekeeper to another - I agree with Kincade....we had a crazy long winter last year and I would keep that super on to give your bees a fighting chance. Sugar is ok to feed...but your...
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    Re: bees on outside of hive, my hypothesis.

    I personally think your bees are hot and in fact they are bearding. I had the same thing happen to my hive when the weather was warm and I had the board installed under my screenboard. I pulled the...
  15. Re: WARNING: Honey extractor - Betterbee vs. Brushy Mountain

    Hummingberd....You are not alone on this one, I bought the same extractor and was quite disappointed when I took it out of the box. I have the same 1/4 inch gap between the extractor and bottling...
  16. Thread: Smoker Fuel

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    Re: Smoker Fuel

    I use dried pine needles from around my property to get the smoker going then add fresh cut grass to get the smoke. I have Italian bees that react very well to this smoke. They are as calm as can be,...
  17. Thread: Betterbee

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    Re: Beware of Betterbee

    Not according to "Stephan" at Betterbee. He told me they make all their own Woodware....so if you are correct. They are lairs too!
  18. Thread: Betterbee

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    Re: Beware of Betterbee

    Wish I would have read this thread before I place a $800.00 order with Betterbee. I just received an email saying my hive boxes and frames were on backorder. I called to have the rest of my shipment...
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    Re: Brick stand for a single hive

    Here is a picture of my hive stand. I made it out of untreated redwood so it wouldn't hurt the bees if they drank any fluids off it.

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  20. Re: Anyone running all Deeps or all 8 frame deeps?

    I run all 10 frame deeps so I can move frames anywhere I want. I know...I know they are heavy, but I am strong! The number of deeps needed really depends on the nectar flow that year and if the comb...
  21. Re: Too cold/windy to check queen til 1 week after install - will she be O.K.?

    Your queen will be totally fine, please don't risk chilling the hive by opening it in cold weather. You also should always wait a full 7 days before opening the hive after installing new bees. If...
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    Re: how to to position the bee cage

    First let me say that Michael Bush is my "Beekeeper" hero. His website is one of my favorites. Having said that; my opinion on putting the queen in the hive differs. I hived my bees yesterday. My...
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