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    Re: Is this goldenrod??

    Thank you everyone. It looks like it is yellow rocket. I googled butter weed, but the search results were certainly not what I was expecting.. lol
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    Re: Is this goldenrod??

    I thought that now that it is in bloom, maybe someone may be able to help ID it. Thanks.

    http://s23.postimg.org/ygzcek5uj/IMG_1671.jpg
    http://s13.postimg.org/c4j6dotdz/IMG_1670.jpg
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    Re: Is this goldenrod??

    Thanks for your input. I really don't know what it is. I came across this picture on wikipedia, and thought "now that looks really familiar". But I don't remember exactly what it looked like. ...
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    Re: Is this goldenrod??

    Thanks for your reply. Unfortunately I am very familiar with broom sage.. but that's not what this is. This is a leafier plant (as seen in the first pic), that did bloom.. but I can't remember if...
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    Is this goldenrod??

    I know it is probably hard to tell, but can anyone tell me if this is goldenrod?

    http://s16.postimg.org/ogvhsahc5/IMG_1551.jpg


    Here is another pic that shows all of the dead stalks from last...
  6. Re: Just bought a hive of local survivor bees.. but..

    Yeah. that is the problem with a newb like me getting advice from other beekeepers. They all have different opinions of what the best thing to do is!
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    That is kind of what I am leaning towards.

    Just thinking out-loud here.. but what if I add mediums (as it grows) to the bottom, will they keep the brood down low, and I'd eventually be able to...
  8. Re: Just bought a hive of local survivor bees.. but..

    The spacers are screwed in, so I would need to move all the frames into a different deep box in order to remove them. I'm fine with doing this, I just don't know if it is a good idea as far as...
  9. Re: Just bought a hive of local survivor bees.. but..

    Good to know, I thought the spacers were mainly just for use in honey supers, with fully drawn frames.
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    The full hive plus the 5+ lbs of bees in it was $175. You can certainly find hives for less, but this is a locally well known "strain" of bees that is known to be very disease and mite resistant,...
  11. Re: Just bought a hive of local survivor bees.. but..

    You wouldn't worry about the 9 frame spacer in the brood box?
  12. Re: Package bees absconding - Help me figure out what I did wrong.

    The cedar should be fine. There are lots of reputable companies that make and sell cedar hives.
  13. Re: Just bought a hive of local survivor bees.. but..

    No, I don't have any drawn medium frames. Just getting started this year.
  14. Just bought a hive of local survivor bees.. but..

    I just bought a hive from a local beekeeper, with some bees that swarmed out of one of his hives a just a few days ago. It is a local "survivor" bee that he has had untreated for the last 5 years. ...
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    The cedar wasn't too aromatic. I don't think that was an issue. It was dry aged lumber.
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    I have been in each hive exactly twice. The second time was, I feel, out of necessity.

    Hive 1:
    day 3 inspection
    day 4 to verify that all the bees really were gone (as it appeared to be from the...
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    I will get some boards to put under the screens to close them up asap.

    Hive 2 appears to be queenless, and has very low numbers of bees too :(

    Should I try to get a queen and save it, or are...
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    Interesting. I hadn't read many negatives on the screened bottom boards. I will try that.
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    Interesting. Seemed very straight forward and easy to do to me using the proper equipment. I am quite certain that neither queen was damaged.

    They were both very young, and may have had issues...
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    Killervector, no. none of the hive is treated, just the hive stand where some syrup was leaked on.

    In hind sight, I think you guys are right about not releasing the queen. I knew from the...
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    Unfortunately.. I was looking into it some and wood is treated for bugs. Which, along with fungus is what causes rot and decay. This is mainly to prevent wood eating/boring bugs though.. so I'm not...
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    Yeah, I have heard from multiple sources that they will often draw comb on foundationless faster than foundation(which they seem to be doing in hive 2) so I wanted to try that. But I think you are...
  23. Package bees absconding - Help me figure out what I did wrong.

    First off, I am new to this. So I knew it would be a learning experience. Having done a ton of reading and research, I kinda thought my success level would be a little higher than it has been so...
  24. Re: Working out design details for natural sized foundation-less frams

    Thank you everyone for the very informative answers. Now I just need to get my wood ;)
  25. Re: Working out design details for natural sized foundation-less frams

    Thanks for the reply. I was thinking that may have been the purpose of the taper, but I wasn't sure.

    I have looked at Mr. Bush's page, as well as several other posts and sources relating to it...
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