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    Re: foundationless deep?

    The customer should be aware that a 5 frame medium nuc only has the comb-area (and bees to cover) of a three-frame deep. In order to simulate the comb-area of a standard nuc, you need *8* frames.
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    Re: CA Foothills Bee Plants

    If by sweet clover you mean the Melilotus alba and Melilotus officianalis. Yes, they will grow in California, but commonly occur along irrigation ditches and other reliable water supply. Water is...
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    Re: Question about Eucalyptus

    Vincent, I am so happy you are providing information on the forage quality of Eucs.
    Do you have any knowledge of a couple of other spp. naturalized in California.

    E. camaldulensis -- River Red...
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    Re: Question about Eucalyptus

    The company "ArborGen" sells Eucalyptus benthamii as a pulp and fiber plantation tree for Gulf Coast planting. Viz: ...
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    Re: Varroa and size of the bees

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    Bees impacted by virus spread by Varroa have shortened, curled-over abdomens.

    A colony with many bees in this condition is terminal, even Amitraz (ApiVar) treatment is unlikely to bring...
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    Re: Overwintering with Pop-up greenhouse?

    Bad idea. You will just encourage the bees to eat up their winter stores because you are raising the metabolic activity. The bees will starve. The greenhouse will kill the bees that do fly.
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    Re: What is the true cost of foundationless?

    I market nucs to hobby beeks. One product very much in demand by a substantial sub-set of well-heeled hobby farmers are "eight-frame, foundationless, mediums". These require an enormous number of...
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    Re: Fall Protein and Brood Stimulation

    Makes the syrup ferment too fast. Spoils the syrup.
  9. Re: Skeps - Looking for a (W.Pennsylvania) Source for Long Cut Heirloom Rye

    The two sites listed below discuss alternative straws.

    The step-by-step in modern farmer uses Harding Grass -- Phalaris aquatica (aka Reed Canary Grass) -- which is planted and abundant in much...
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    Re: Eating or making honey?

    If you smoked them before you opened the hive, then the bees will be head down in the cells eating nectar.

    Look for cells with the wax cap eaten back. The pattern of honey consumption in dearth...
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    Re: El Niño + Los Angeles + Bees = ?????

    Happy bees. Strong Sage bloom (which is very rain responsive), strong Toyon, even the Poison Oak blooms better.. A couple of days of stormy weather doesn't bother the bees.
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    Re: Setting up a "seeding" hive?

    Yet Solomon militantly opposes monitoring for mites, which as a "learning possibility" for the causes of decline, seems a paramount data point.

    Solomon reports elsewhere that he is down to 3...
  13. The Nehalem Oregon "Beeswax Wreck" - a 1693 Manila Gallleon

    Archeology report on the "Beeswax Wreck" from the northern Oregon coast.
    Dated to the ship, Santo Cristo de Burgos, a Manila Galleon lost in 1693.

    The trade in Asian beeswax, likely indicates...
  14. Re: Negative effects of caramelized sugar syrup...

    HMF, patently toxic to bees, is produced by sufficient heating or acid treatment of sugars that leads to the dehydration of fructose.

    Wiki has a good summary:...
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    Re: How long to redraw combs?

    Brand new stainless steel 2-frame hand cranked extractors are going for $175. It is not impossible to extract 25 gallons with these little spinners in a morning (helps to have a team of arms at the...
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    Re: Drawing Foundation

    Temporarily stick one the super frames in the center of the brood. Pull it up to the super after it has started to be drawn (usually two days). They won't build off the bottom, if you do this...
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    EMT Conduit Hive Stand

    A quick-and-dirty, but light-weight and highly functional hive hive stand is easily fabricated from EMT tubing and scrap wood.
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    This stand duplicates the function of all-stainless steel hive...
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    Re: Frames question

    Yes, they will use your old drawn frames. Swarms are comb building monsters, and they will first draw their own comb. In a month, the comb building frenzy will slow down, and the drawn comb will be...
  19. Re: New beekeeper - Full hive inspection today..please double check / critique me

    I first learned beekeeping in a mountain cove near Lynchburg, but its been more than 40 years. . . However, you should have an exceptional fall flow from Goldenrod and New England Aster this year....
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    Re: Queens or increases .

    My recommendation is to purchase a queen, or forgo the late summer split entirely, and prep for a spring division. The practical action you can take is to supplement the "blond" weak hive with brood...
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    Re: Setting up a "seeding" hive?

    I have an experimental treatment-free yard. I established it in the hope that I could identify "survivor" genes. It is stocked with swarm captures and splits of those swarms from remote and...
  22. Re: Looking for advice on hive with no queen.

    Ask around for someone that might sell you a frame of eggs. Place the frame in the center of the cluster.

    The bees will either draw an emergency queen cell off the eggs or not, the QC should be...
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    Re: Bee sting death

    Dog Dies, Man Hospitalized After Bee Attack in Loma Linda
    http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Loma-Linda-Man-and-Dog-Attacked-by-Swarm-of-Bees-311703921.html

    1) Hobby beekeeper hived a swarm...
  24. Re: Old Beeks: Have you built up any immunity to stings?

    I started as a beek in 1973, and over the years have had thousands or tens of thousands of stings. In 2012, splitting down a AHB hive I took 4 or 5 stings to the neck near the cardioid artery. I...
  25. Re: Pre-Drawn Med Honey Super Frames or Perma Comb or suggestions to make them draw

    Drawn comb is the rarest resource in the hive. In my very temperate region, I can get bees to draw comb from February to May on natural flow. If you can get bees to draw comb in any form in July...
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