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    Re: Is it too late for comb building?

    I use 1:1 syrup now to get them to draw comb. Some hives and nucs are really good at drawing out come and other not so. The hives and nucs that are good I use to draw it out and then place in the...
  2. Thread: bear problems

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    Re: bear problems

    How did the bear defeat the fence? Was it just a bad fence charger?
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    Re: bear problems

    I agree with Wild-B. Once a bear gets through the fence its very hard to deter them from getting through the fence again.
  4. Thread: bear problems

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    Re: bear problems

    As mentioned in the earlier thread the fence need enough joules to deter a bear. There are very few fence chargers that do that. You need to check the joules the fence is putting out with a fence...
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    Re: Place hives at random or make a bee yard?

    If your area is similar to mine I have mostly pine and juniper trees and wild flowers in the meadows. In good moisture years you have adequate forage but I provide pollen substitute that bees readily...
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    Re: Place hives at random or make a bee yard?

    If you live in bear country I would build a really good bear exclosure. Being spread out with no protection, your hives will likely become a smorgasbord for the bears. Research your bear exclosure...
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    Re: Anyone else keepng a log book?

    I've been using Hivetracks this year and it works well for me. I make notes on a clipboard and then enter them into Hivetracks when I get home. I'm going to start queen rearing next year. I'm not...
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    Re: New from Washington State

    Welcome Shannon
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    Re: Full suit or jacket.

    I prefer a jacket. I wear Wrangler Carpenters Jeans that are pretty light weight and have not been stung through them yet. I do have a full suit for moving hives at dark and other times I feel the...
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    Re: Effectiveness of Vita EFB Test Kit?

    You can send a sample of the comb out to the USDA Bee Lab. The testing for brood disease is free. I had the results back within a week.
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    Re: $$ dollar value of hive

    Going prices last spring in the Denver Metro area: Packages $100 to $140, Nucs $150 to $200, Single Deeps $250 and there were not many bees that did not sell.
  12. Re: Denver area beeks - how does your honey production look for 2014?

    I have hives in Larimer and Boulder County. It's definitely an odd year. Late cold snaps, abundant moisture with 18 inches of snow at 7000 feet on Mothers Day. More Sweet Clover than I have ever...
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    Re: NYS over wintered nucs

    Take a look at Betterbee. They make up their own and also sell Michael Palmer's.
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    Re: Analyzing sugar roll results

    I hope you have a plan to treat you're hives and nucs. I'm no expert, but with some of those levels they will not survive long. I had two nucs dwindle due to mites.
  15. Thread: Best Gloves

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    Re: Best Gloves

    I have a pair of the Mann Lake leather gloves with ventilated cuffs and I have not been stung through them yet.
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    Re: Some bees crawling in grass in front of hive

    Mites usually don't like dead bees, so if you had a lot of dead bees in your sample it's inaccurate.
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    Re: Nuc Pest- Took Down 2 Nucs

    Thanks Michael: I was thinking varroa also. Yes the count was 7 for the sugar roll.
  18. Re: DO I need to treat first year package bees for mites?

    I've used a half dose of Apiguard at higher temps for a quick knockdown. It might buy some time.
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    Nuc Pest- Took Down 2 Nucs

    This year I started making up overwintered nucs. I started the brood factories in the beginning of May.

    After harvesting brood from one nuc it declined fast I added some uncapped brood and bees...
  20. Re: Is early August too late to start a split in the northeast?

    You may want to make it a really strong split or their not going to have time to build up. Fall is real close and they may not want to build comb as readily as they would in the earlier season. You...
  21. Re: Is early August too late to start a split in the northeast?

    No- Look at Betterbee's website for double nucs. I find it easier if I keep all my brood on one size of frames. I use deep frames for my brood.
  22. Thread: Odd activity

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    Re: Odd activity

    We had two steady days of rain this past week and my bees did the same thing. I think after a couple of days in the hive they all seem to come out at the same time and just fill the air. Kind of cool...
  23. Re: Is early August too late to start a split in the northeast?

    You could try a double nuc with drawn comb.
  24. Re: DO I need to treat first year package bees for mites?

    All my packages started this year have mite counts high enough to treat.

    Do not assume packages have low mite counts.
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    Re: The bear strikes again

    I have a Parmak 12 fence charger and set up the Colorado Parks and Wildlife-Beehive Encloser design. No bears have gotten by it yet. Somethings I modified were grounding the gates with chicken wire...
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