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    Re: carrying capacity

    >Considering every area is different...

    and every year is different...

    If they are not thriving, then I just let that yard dwindle to where it is thriving. If they are thriving, I'm likely to...
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    Re: Crazy or Cool beek?

    He's a beekeeper. Of course he's crazy...
  3. Re: When to change entrance reduce size on a Nuc?

    A minor traffic jam I would ignore. A major one would be hundreds of bees trying to get in. That's a good time to enlarge the entrance...
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    Re: Comprehensive list of treatments

    >I would like to ask for a complete and comprehensive list of the treatment, chemicals and pest you treat for.

    Bears (don't have any but this is what I would use): electric fence...
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    Re: horizontal lang

    >Would the "management" in this hive be less disruptive than a vertical hive?

    It could be. Especially if you made a lot of small boards for your "inner cover" so you only expose a small amount of...
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    Re: Extractor-less honey by Flow Hive

    >I think so. Amazing how so many people can rave about the successes of a product they haen't even used yet!

    ... and how many condemn a product they haven't even seen yet...
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    Re: screened or solid base

    >Strange how bees in colonies with solid bottom boards all beard in our humid 90s+ summer temps, but those on open mesh bottoms beard very little or not at all.

    Yes. But I have yet to decide if...
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    Re: horizontal lang

    >Are the bees more likely to swarm with a horizontal lang compared to a vertical lang?....... do they like to move vertical over horizontally?????

    They are more likely to swarm in a poorly managed...
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    Re: screened or solid base

    I prefer screen for my entrance reducers (especially with solid bottoms and bottom entrances) as it foils the robbers and allows more ventilation but has that ventilation in one place where the bees...
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    Re: Why do people have top bar hives?

    >1.Would I get more honey with a long Lang ( I like to keep heavy lifting down) than a tbh?

    Not unless you extract.

    >Why?

    If you extract it will be because they will make more honey if, when...
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    Re: Too many bees and 4 splits later...

    If you split Russian bees every time they build a queen cup you'll be splitting them about three times a day...
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    Re: Extractor-less honey by Flow Hive

    >Michael, what size (diameter) hoses did you use?

    It was almost a year ago now, so I don't remember exactly the size. I pulled the plug on one of the frames and took it to the hardware store and...
  13. Re: Is treatment-free beekeeping possible at all?

    > Is treatment-free beekeeping possible at all?

    Most of the bees in most of the world are treatment free. All of the wild ones are. All of the feral ones are (we don't have wild ones here). ...
  14. Re: What do bees do with peach juice? Make peach jam?

    Bees will work peaches after the birds or yellow jackets break the skin. The bees can't break the skin according to all of the experiments that were done on the matter. What they do with it is...
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    Re: Bees "Bearding"

    It looks like a strong healthy hive...

    http://www.bushfarms.com/beesfaqs.htm#bearding
  16. Re: How important is it to find the queen?

    >I typically stop looking once I see eggs and larvae so I don't cause any more damage than needed.

    I try not to find queens because it's time consuming. If you're causing damage, maybe you need...
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    Re: Why do people have top bar hives?

    >I Currently have 103 hives. How many top bar only beekeepers can say that?

    Wyatt of course. I don't know what Les Crowder has at the moment, but he has run several hundred top bar hives for...
  18. Thread: Robbers

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    Re: Robbers

    Some of the bees piling up on the robber screen probably live there. I'd let them in after dark...
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    Re: Bees Behavior at Night (Swarming?)

    A hive that doesn't have bees on the outside at night this time of year is probably a weak hive...

    http://www.bushfarms.com/beesfaqs.htm#bearding
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    Re: Hive shrinking instead of growing?

    Sometimes when feeding constantly the queen has no where to lay because the brood nest is full of syrup and so the colony can't get going for lack of space for the queen. Of course there are the...
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    Re: Help ... My queen left!

    Virgins are very hard to see. A newly emerged queen can take up to three weeks to start to lay. Be patient.
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    Re: screened or solid base

    I'd stick with the solid bottom. Bees need to CONTROL the ventilation in the hive so they can cool it. Giving them too much ventilation is a common mistake.
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    Re: 12 volt BEE hive ventilator

    My ventilation system costs nothing and runs on honey and is completely controlled by the bees...
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    My favorite reducer is screen wire... they can ventilate and it confuses the robbers more than a solid reducer...
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    Re: snap, crackle, pop?

    "I could not see what was going on within my hive, but its opaque sides did not prevent me from hearing very distinctly the noise or cracking sound, which the bees make when they are constructing...
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