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    Re: Resistant bees, productive or not

    Omie: I think that one of the possible reasons is that the nuc is building population, while the full sized colony is either staying constant or even reduceing in size. Thus as the mites keep going...
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    Re: Keeping Bee's in Alaska

    Hello Zane, and mntransplant; I am in the Palmer area. I have been wintering here sucsessfully for several years (I have not bought any packages since 07 or 08) and with mixed sucsess for quite a few...
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    Re: Probably a dumb question...Deep vs. Medium

    One thing that I think has helped my bees transfer from one box to the next is I either leave or place about 4 burcomb bridges between boxes on my last fall look. I think if they are there naturally...
  4. Re: Locating 2 hives, next to each other or apart in the yard?

    When I set up hives in a location I put them groups either 2 or more. I do this so if a queen fails or I have some such problem I can combine them and all the field bees end up in a hive.
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    Re: Saw my first......

    It was -8F here this morning but it wasn't the first time I have seen it this year. On the plus side I have never seen a wax moth, and only once a SHB. It came in a queen shipment, we burned the...
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    Re: Do you ever hesitate?

    As long as they are compensating you for your time and expertise you should be happy. Now if they expect expert help and advice for free that might be a bit much to expect.
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    Re: Dead-Out Questions

    If there were no stores over the top of the cluster I would expect that they cold starved. When that happens there is often a lot of poop on the bars as you have described. The lab report should be...
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    Re: How many out there are treatment free?

    hello I would fit into the treatment free list I supose. I am on either large cell or natural cell, I think I only one time ever measured a natural cell comb here that was actally 4.9 or less. Years...
  9. Thread: Saving my nucs

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    Re: Saving my nucs

    Most of my bees are wintered inside. I generaly move them after it getts cold and I expexct it to stay cold, ussually end of Oct or Nov we will normally have snow then. they stay inside with no...
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    Re: .22 Rifle Suggestions

    The low velosity cartriges such as a cb short will not cycle a semiautomatic like the 10 .22. you will likely need a pump or bolt action for that. I would not shoot cyotes with that round. It is to...
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    Re: Indoor wintering

    Thanks for the welcome.
    I have a bathroom exhast fan on a timer persently set for 4 half hour settings per 24 hours. When it is warmer I set it to run all day and often much of the night. I don't...
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    Re: Indoor wintering

    Hello Ian, I have been wintering inside for I think about 10 years. I do this on a much smaller scale than you guys. I have 50 colonies now so my comments may not be that applicable to your...
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    Re: Wrapping for winter

    I have wintered indoors and outside as well, mostly indoors now. I have experimented with insulation and if your winter is long and cold I am totally convinced that insulation helps, I am presently...
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    Re: feeding/winter update

    2 galons of 2:1 syrup would be more like 14# of sugar.
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    Re: How Do You Estimate Bee Numbers?

    Some of the books that I have say that a really large northern colony will have up to 60,000 bees, so many people who don't have any idea what the author had in mind all have 60,000 bee colonies. It...
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    Re: accepting debit/credit cards

    We accept credit cards mainly for a different business, it costs us $35 per month plus about 2% plus I think $.20 per transaction. We still use a knuckle buster and hand enter the numbers after the...
  17. Thread: Fireweed Honey

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    Re: Fireweed Honey

    I would expect it to be good until brush starts to take over.
  18. Re: Occupants in Hive #25 Marked for Total Annilihation

    Another option would be to split into nucs only 1 1/2 -2 frames of brood to the nuc, this would likely make them all small enough that they would not be so aggressive. Add queens from a different...
  19. Re: Occupants in Hive #25 Marked for Total Annilihation

    Where did the queen come from? Do you have others from the same source that are nice? Just curious.
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    Re: Seems everything I want to do is illegal

    Purvis Brothers was operating from your state their whole plan was chemical treatment free. I think that you should be able to do it as well. You might want to contact Dann.
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    Re: small cluster going into winter= freezing

    Hey Ford Guy; Maybe try to build them up like you were planning to pollinate almonds next spring. I have had NWC that were strong in the fall and spring, likely our flows are different in that we...
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    Re: Q:Fee for maintaining 2 hives?

    I have a simmilar situation here, with an organic farmer. He is closer, he buys packages as needed, I supply the wooden ware, we split the honey. Wintering here is not a sure thing at all and I don't...
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    Re: Yet another Alaskan...

    Hi Alaska Ranger;
    I like the sounds of your building. It sounds much more high tech than what I use to winter in, then I am outside all summer. Hope it goes well for you there. Mark
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    Hello from Alaska

    Hello I have been keeping bees since 92 I lurke here sometimes so I thought that I would maybe comment from time to time. I have 41 colonies this spring, and am planning to grow, but not everything...
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