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    Re: Spring feeding

    understood robbie. in that case i would think the 1:1 would work just fine but since i've no experience with it i'll have to defer the answer those who do.

    there are some commercials on the forum...
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    Re: Spring feeding

    hi robbie. in my area there tends to be adequate field forage to support the build up coming out of winter. what tends to happen with colonies that are supplemented is that they are the first ones...
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    Re: Mite Numbers, 3 Hives in my Apiary

    very cool nordak, thanks for sharing. perhaps one of the moderators can get the thread moved for you.
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    Re: Saw first hive beetle...what to do?

    same here aunt betty, a little apple cider vinegar along with a little rotten banana juice in the oil seems to lure them in there pretty good. my recipe:

    the juice from one rotten banana
    an...
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    Re: *shy wave* Hello!

    welcome aboard!

    you'll find that most here will tell you they have no regrets and have never looked back however...

    we occasionally get folks who invest a fair amount of time and money only to...
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    Re: Newb confused again

    the syrup and patty may have confused them into thinking it's a good time to swarm. lot's of queen cells like that in a crowded hive during a strong 'flow' is indicative of reproductive swarming. ...
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    Re: Saw first hive beetle...what to do?

    it wouldn't hurt to have traps in the nucs as well.
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    Re: Saw first hive beetle...what to do?

    no worries niki, it's normal to see one here and there when you keep bees in our part of the world. your strong colony will keep them from gaining a foot hold. that one would have eventually ended...
  9. Re: 2016 honey crop from Treatment Free Apiary, Raw Honey in Barrels, Buckets, and Ja

    that's the average i'm shooting for tim. i really appreciate the reply.
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    Re: swarm cells? And successful ones??

    good report mlanden. and that explains why that hive population is so much less than the other one.

    i agree with frank. it's more likely a supercedure due to a poor or failed queen, or she may...
  11. Re: 2016 honey crop from Treatment Free Apiary, Raw Honey in Barrels, Buckets, and Ja

    that's a nice crop of honey there tim, and the pricing is very attractive. can you share with us how many hives were utilized for honey production, i.e. i'm interested in knowing your average lbs....
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    Re: Bees not building comb in 2nd

    good luck d & m.

    dan y, this has nothing to do with feeding philosophy, it's all about the colony not performing as expected and behaving as though they may be getting robbed. exhale please.
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    Re: Bees not building comb in 2nd

    after all of that feeding there should be more than enough stores in the hive to get them by for some time, unless robbing has been occurring.



    if that happened despite the proper use of a...
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    Re: Bees not building comb in 2nd

    good news, especially if that's how it looks now that the syrup consumption has dropped off.

    if you have plastic foundation and can get a little clean wax from another beekeeper, consider...
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    Re: Bees not building comb in 2nd

    welcome aboard!

    i'm with frank, that's a lot of syrup. we'll need to know what's going on in your deep. i'm guessing it's syrup bound.
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    first frost is late october to mid november
    last frost is early to mid april
    plant hardiness zone is 7b
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    you are welcome lee. i leave them out there mostly to keep them from taking up space in my garage, and because the bees can do a better job protecting them from wax moths than i can. plus they are...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    hi estreya.

    'checkerboarding' is a term that has different meanings depending on whose using it.

    i am using the term to describe a swarm prevention management technique described by the late...
  19. Re: should I reduce the entrance to the minimum (re: SHBs)??

    oh, and it may be a good idea to install beetle traps if you haven't already done so.
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    the light tan specks are most likely capping crumbs from emerging brood. a magnifying glass might make the counting easier and more reliable. an alcohol wash is the best way to sample.

    i was...
  21. Re: should I reduce the entrance to the minimum (re: SHBs)??

    sounds good mlanden, i hope it all works out for you and your bees.
  22. Re: should I reduce the entrance to the minimum (re: SHBs)??

    it really sounds like your hive is collapsing from varroasis and succumbing to robbing and pest infestation. if that is the case it is your responsibility to rectify the situation now and prevent the...
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    Re: Need help settling arguement

    i missed that part. when mine was new i spritz down the inside pretty good with rubbing alcohol before rinsing it with water.
  24. Re: Review of the Lyson Manual Steam Uncapper

    my bad aunt betty, it didn't occur to me, the pitfalls of laziness... :)
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    very cool thread ab, thanks for putting it together. i would definitely consider upgrading to that unit if my operation ever gets expanded beyond the +/- 20 hives.
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