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  1. Re: will vigin find her way out and back in robbing screen?

    Yes, she'll be fine.
  2. Thread: Robbers.

    by Kevtater
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    Re: Robbers.

    Build yourself a robber screen. They work very well, and would take less than 10 mins to build. Do a search here on Beesource.
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    Re: Please help dont know what to do.

    Nothing to worry about all the hives I looked at today we're doing it. I see it as a good thing, lots of bees.
  4. Re: Many bees hanging out on house wall this morning

    Is there a porch light nearby?
  5. Thread: Swarm

    by Kevtater
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    Re: Swarm

    Right. Sounds like a plan. Ideally I'd find a frame that's got brood in all stages, capped to eggs.
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    Re: These bees are wearing me out!

    I try to do most of my assembly and wood working in the winter. Use winters to get ahead and strings/summers are more fun ;)
  7. Thread: Purvis Queens

    by Kevtater
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    Re: Purvis Queens

    Met him in Colorado Springs a couple months back. Sounds like he's still in the business, just a smaller operation now.
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    Re: letting the bees clean frames

    Put them in a super and put it on one of the hives. Option 2, put them 30-40 yds away, but don't put them near your hives, it will cause robbing.
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    Re: How close is too close?

    One inch is just fine.
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    Re: I just got scared by that bee

    Lol I had the same thing a minute ago. We've had earwigs around the house for a few days now, some sneaking inside, so I thought it was an earwig crawling on my iPad when I saw it out of the corner...
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    Re: Normal Night time Behavior

    Bearding.
  12. Re: Africanized honey bees reach and over winter in Palisades, Colorado

    Bad news. Maybe they didn't actually overwinter here and were brought back from CA like it says.
  13. Re: Help, my hives keep throwing swarms. What do I need to do?

    Here's my experience... Once they start casting swarms, there's not a lot you can do to stop it. Checkerboarding, splitting, and opening the brood nest are all good practices. Start doing those...
  14. Re: Splits: what are the girls doing while waiting for their emergency queen to emerg

    I try and do splits just before the spring flow. As a result, they put up what I think is a lot of honey for the number of bees in the splits. I think your assumption is right, they transition to...
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    Need queens in southern Colorado?

    I have two BWeaver queens coming Tomorrow (maybe Tuesday) that I don't have a home for anymore. If you're nearby Canon City I'll sell them for my cost.
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    Re: Howdy from Chicken, Alaska !

    Thought the token chickens are in Tok?
  17. Thread: robbing?

    by Kevtater
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    Re: robbing?

    22's description is accurate, but it's quite scary if you ever see a full on frenzy. 10's of thousands of dead bees, dead hives, and it goes on for days. Avoid it at all costs, and take immediate...
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    Re: No ice for bee sting

    Ice makes them swell instantly for me. Pain isn't usually an issue for me as much as swelling. I got stung between the eyes a couple weeks ago, no ice, no swelling till the next day. I had to prove...
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    Re: Let's hope this year they thrive

    They're probably supersedure cells. Very common for package bees to supersede the queen. It's not because there's anything wrong with her but because the workers perceive her as failing due to the...
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    Re: Should I re-queen this hive?

    I'm sure there's lots of exceptions, and others will point those out, but in my experience the queen less half of a hive after splitting is sometimes grumpy till they make one and she's laying. I'm...
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    Re: New Package Installed ... Now What?

    You're feeding them aren't you?
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    Re: What is this? (Half bee)

    Found one the other day myself, crawling on the hive stand. Consensus on here is that they're getting their butt pinched off
    when doing an inspection. I did not damage this bee, hadnt even opened a...
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    Re: Be careful when you light your smoker!

    I wish fire was all it took to kill Bermuda grass. Ive been battling it for years. It was trendy to plant around here in the 50's because it took so little water to stay green. We're still paying...
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    Re: How early do/can you split?

    Here in southern Colorado the rule of thumb is April 15th. Still have to check hive strength, stores, drones, etc but that's my starting point. Some fruit trees will be blooming very soon,...
  25. Thread: Frustrations

    by Kevtater
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    Re: Frustrations

    I know how my comments sound but I can assure you I'm not a hippie, just a guy with plenty of stress at work and I refuse to have a hobby that adds more and that way of thinking has led me to success...
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