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    Re: Wintering nucs in a garage or shed

    That's intresting- I wrapped all my hives and double Nucs. Temps ranged from mid 70s to - 28 below zero. Wintered 100% of the hives and nucs. Winds of 75 mph are not uncommon. I lost one Overwintered...
  2. Thread: Crane lift

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    Re: Crane lift

    I just find good locations and leave them their. It's much easier then moving hives. Lots of folks move hives by hand- it's just not for me.
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    Re: Crane lift

    Slide the hand truck nose under the migratory bottom board, tilt up and wheel the hive on to the deck. I have the trailer setup to secure two hives together with ratchet straps. As I said- the...
  4. Thread: Crane lift

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    Re: Crane lift

    I know someone who is using a pickup with similar setup. It's really a two person job. He runs all single double deeps on migratory bottom boards. You might be able to get away with a 2 way pallet. I...
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    Re: Surplus population after pulling supers.

    August: I place the hives/ Nucs in an alfalfa yard that still has a flow.
  6. Re: Correcting a Honey Bound Brood Box, Langstroth Hive

    Mine fill the upper brood box this time with honey. I'm not sure why you want to exctract-That's their winter food supply. Most of time bees know best how to setup the hive- I found that leaving them...
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    Re: Surplus population after pulling supers.

    I ordered mine from Strachan's. I've been really happy with their NWC queens.
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    Re: Surplus population after pulling supers.

    No with the mated queen. I added the queen and brood after I moved the bees to another yard. I also used a method where I added a mated queen, a deep above the the brood boxes that was divided by 2...
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    Re: Surplus population after pulling supers.

    Vance: I have had really good luck this year putting spare deep with foundation under the double deep with a queen excluder dividing the two. They drew out foundation fast. Then harvested the excess...
  10. Thread: success!

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    Re: success!

    Im not sure I would gage what your doing as a sucess. At some point in colder areas the bees decide were not drawing anymore comb. If you don't have drawn comb you could be setting them up for...
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    Re: Honey price in your area

    Averages around $8 a pound in this area.
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    Re: Front Range Snow & extended Swarm Advisory

    Bears: Up north here bears have been ranging far and wide. I had 2 yards hit with minimal damage that are out in the agricultural areas of Boulder County. I've been moving the hives to electric...
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    Re: Front Range Snow & extended Swarm Advisory

    Most all my splits from May took the entire summer to build up. Brought in about 500 pounds at the end July. We will likely bring in another 400 to 500 pounds.
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    Re: 1x6 wood for 4 way pallets

    Well so far I have been able to find a 1x6 PT AC2 rated board. Not much luck with anything else- yet.
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    Re: Feeding/protecting new Nucs.

    I put robbing screens on and gate down the entrances to one bee in/ one bee out.

    If your in a dearth- they need to be fed.
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    Re: Wintering nucs in a garage or shed

    Bees do very poorly confined like that- Nucs winter well outside.
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    1x6 wood for 4 way pallets

    I'm in the process of building 4 way pallets. I looked at 5/4 PT lumber, but the cost is high. I found a pressure treated 1x6 picket fence lumber which is very reasonable. It will not have the...
  18. Thread: Moving hives

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    Re: Moving hives

    If you can't contact the owner I would contact the law enforcement agency that has jurisdiction for that area. Otherwise you could end up with a court appearance.
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    Re: Over wintering 4 way pallets

    The ones I've overwintered were on two way pallets with U clips. The hives all had 2 inch shims for sugar bricks. They also have a 3/4 inch auger hole for an upper entrance. I wrapped the hives...
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    Re: Blood Curdling Scream

    My vote would be a rodent
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    Re: Yellow jackets trying to get in hive.

    Yes: I reduce my entrances with hardware cloth. Usually about three inches on strong hives and if a hive is weaker I use about 1 inch. Nucs are 1 bee in/ 1 bee out with robbing screens.
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    Re: split a double deep with queen available?

    One thing you need to learn- is to leave them alone! This time of year the bees are beginning to set themselves up for winter. Give them the chance to do that.
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    Re: Oxalic acid use in Colorado

    Has anyone heard if CO is moving to register OA for Varroa?
  24. Re: Make 15 year old help with sideline business?

    As you know beekeeping is not for everyone. I don't think forcing your son to work bees is in anyone's best interest. Maybe a little time away will reignite a flame in him.
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    Re: Dusting Hives for Varroa Mite control?

    I can tell you from expirence bees hate being dusted with sugar. I tried it last year and saw a slight decrease in mites. After that about 35% of my hives became very defensive to the extent when I...
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