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    Re: Splits -Tips for Finding the Queen

    Have you ever seen one of those pictures where you see one thing at first and then another thing by changing your focus? My method is to scan the frame for the one bee that is different. Usually...
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    Re: Lost Hive: Looking For Comments/Thoughts

    I don't mean to 'pile on' with monday morning quarterbacking advice Cyan......But, the cluster seems to have stuck to that patch of brood, and their unwillingness or inability to move to the small...
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    Re: Lost Hive: Looking For Comments/Thoughts

    I don't mean to 'pile on' with monday morning quarterbacking advice......But, they seem to have stuck to that patch of brood, and their unwillingness or inability to move to the small honey reserve...
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    Re: Best type of feeders..

    Depends on the strength of the hive. Strong hive, no problem. Weak hive, may be a problem. A robbing screen, adapted for the upper entrance might help. :)
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    Re: Best type of feeders..

    The number of holes depends on your purpose for feeding. If they have enough stores and you are just stimulating brood production you can use fewer and smaller holes. If you want to feed a lot in a...
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    Re: Best type of feeders..

    If you must use the frame feeder, there are ways to refill the feeder without disturbing the bees. I have done it like this:
    http://www.beesource.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=16279&stc=1...
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    Re: MY HIVE FELL OVER

    FWIW, I had three hives scattered during 100 mph winds and driving rain, they all lived. :)
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015

    Squarepeg, reading the link in your post #115 was like the dawn of a new day for my understanding of why some bees just never prosper. I lost three NUC sized colonies of bees this winter that just...
  9. Re: Moving hives to a sheltered place during frigid weather

    Welcome Peri :)

    You can take Rader's advice as sage advice.

    I had a weak Nucleus (NUC = half sized hive) last year. I brought it inside my shop during the cold and fed it all winter,...
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    Re: When to give the boot

    Great point Ray!

    This week I'm looking at hives to decide which queens I'll graft from. The Italian based VSH line is going strong (and using a lot of stored honey in the process), but the...
  11. Re: Oxalic Acid ... soon approved for use in beehives

    Can't express how optimistic I feel about seeing this express action by our govt! We are used to slow, feckless action patterns from a polarized nation -I welcome this type of action. Don't want...
  12. Re: Queenless hive with a handful of queen cells but no drones. What to do

    There may be value in waiting to see what happens. You could be surprised. Another frame of brood in a week or so and she could be mated and laying by then. If no eggs by then, pinch her and the...
  13. Re: Oxalic Acid ... soon approved for use in beehives

    Thanks for keeping us in touch with progress on this matter SNL. :)
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    Re: bees and maple trees

    Still good advice! I have some maples ready to pop. Mountain cedars are puffing clouds of pollen now, but nothing coming in the hives yet that I see. :)
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    Re: Checker boarding

    Here is the link you referred to. I found Walt's book difficult to follow. Read the POV & the Bush site, and you will have the kernel points of checkerboarding on a platter. HTH :)
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    Re: Slatted bottom rack question....

    Use of the slatted rack is not common and there seems to be quite a few configurations out there. Here is another version, its the one I'm going to make. HTH :)
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    Re: Noobie looking for cheapest hive kit

    I was very happy with the equipment purchased from Shastina Millworks. Don't know current shipping though. Assembled and painted, the final product is superior to Mann Lake's assembled boxes, by a...
  18. Thread: Rite Cell

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    Re: Rite Cell

    Laketrout, I intended to mention that bees will make comb on most anything while there is a lot of nectar available during a honey flow. With no flow, the bees are not inclined to make comb. So,...
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    Re: SE Texas - pollen inbound - 2 pics

    It is still possible for the bees to grow in numbers and succeed......Reduce the entrance to the small size, the pollen may stimulate the queen to lay.

    With that few bees however, there may be...
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    Re: Rite Cell

    Cut the comb out and render it however you want. I like plastic foundation (whichever brand is cheapest) hands down over wax foundation. You will find strong feelings on both sides of the...
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    Re: Online Master Beekeeper course

    I looked at three or four programs & found several areas in the courses I am just not interested in. :)
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    Re: So now I am allergic to Honeybees.....

    Philll, that sounds like a bad idea to me because the desensitization starts with very small, measured doses, and, on-site medical treatment if you need it. You can't control the dose reliably with...
  23. Thread: Bee radio

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    Re: Bee radio

    A good idea!

    I'm installing rocks shaped like the pyramids. Everyone knows how pyramids will sharpen razor blades and make you healthier...the resulting good karma will make the bees 'one with...
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    Re: Spring OAV treatment in NorCal?

    Randy Oliver seems to recommend OA during the winter or late fall when the brood nest is empty, and rotating other treatments the remainder of the year. He has a chart of the beekeeping year and a...
  25. Thread: Oops Paint

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    Re: Oops Paint

    Same here, (at lowes too). Too much demand for that paint and price is rarely less than half the sticker...
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