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    Re: Opinions concerning top entrances

    I run a 2" wide entrance on the inner cover and the bottom board. Some hives use the upper entrance exclusively, some use both and some the bottom only. One comment for me as a hobbyist. There are a...
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    Re: Hive Entrance Direction

    Mine face south, just because that way I can see them from the backyard. Fortunately it also happens to get good sun exposure.
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    Re: Hello from northern California!

    Welcome from the High Desert
  4. Re: Ventilation vs Robbing Bee Reduced Entrance

    The slatted rack provides a congregation space below the brood nest, like a parlor, the bees can gather there and fan for cooling/circulating air, they can hang out there in groups after hours...
  5. Re: Ventilation vs Robbing Bee Reduced Entrance

    I am in the High Desert. Try an upper entrance. I run a 2" entrance notched in the inner cover and one on the bottom board. I also use a slatted rack between the bottom board and the first brood box.
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    Re: At a loss...I just don't understand

    If you could provide some photos of a full frame with and without bees and maybe some close up of brood cells these guys might be able to offer some diagnosis?
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    Re: entrance feeding question

    I have not tried this however, I do have experience with robbing and find that a reduced entrance is easily defensible by a healthy colony. I maintain a 2" upper and lower entrance year around. If...
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    Re: Do I remove dead bees from comb????

    Use your bee brush to get most of them off, the girls will get the rest. You should harvest some of the honey for yourself too, you deserve it!
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    Re: Black fondation

    Black foundation is much easier to spot eggs in. I use it in deep supers. I bough mine from Brushy Mountain.
    http://www.brushymountainbeefarm.com/Black-8-3_8-Plastic-Foundation-ea/productinfo/411B/
  10. Re: Ruhl Bee Supply (RBS) is merging with Brushy Mountain Bee Farm.

    I am looking forward to purchasing Brushy Mountain Bee Equipment on the West Coast. Maybe save some shipping costs!
  11. Ruhl Bee Supply (RBS) is merging with Brushy Mountain Bee Farm.

    We have some exciting news! Ruhl Bee Supply (RBS) is merging with Brushy Mountain Bee Farm. RBS is a major beekeeping supplier in the Pacific Northwest, located just outside of Portland, Oregon. John...
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    Re: storing frames

    Snapper, I have been spraying my equipment annually for personal assurance. I am not able to locate anything other than opinions regarding re-application annually, every three years or ever. Perhaps...
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    Re: Help newbie select suits

    I have the $72 one. It came with the master pollenator kit. I rarely ues it as a backyard hobbyist with five hives. I wore it for the first year. now, I don it when I plan to go all of the way...
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    Re: storing frames

    I store mine in the hive bodies stacked in alternate directions. Spray with BT to keep the wax moths out. If you store them without some kind of treatment they will probably not be usable when you...
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    Re: Dead Out Numbers/Winter Losses

    Four out of five as of now. They all have pretty heavy entrance activity too. One in it's third year, I feel good about that! I also feel we are not yet out of the woods.
  16. Re: My homemade extractor - 4 frame radial for about $60

    Cheesecloth strainer could take care of that if it is of concern.
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    Re: Nosema Spring Treatment

    In my particular scenario (novice hobbyist in High Desert climate) I have either fed Fumagillin syrup in mid-February or drench treatment in March. Either way I mix per the lable at the dosage...
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    Re: Wax and Wood vs. Plastic

    I have a novice question. As long as one is adding wax to the comb area could one fill some of the cracks and crevices with wax to successfully keep the SHB from hiding in them or do they dig into...
  19. Re: Was the information I stated correct about queens fighting?

    And then there is the usurpation swarm scenario. Do the bees kill the queen for the invading queen or does fight it out herself?
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    Re: Robbing behavior?

    In my opinion I do not think you had robbing going on. Perhaps your wife would have commented on bees fighting since it is a pretty obvious war going on. Biting, dragging and flying off with enemies...
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    Re: Single width feeder

    Your welcome, sorry about the mis direction. I stand by the cap and ladders though!
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    Re: Single width feeder

    Get the cap and ladders too!
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    Re: Single width feeder

    http://www.motherlodeproducts.com/apiary-store/index.php?app=ccp0&ns=prodsearchp&ccp0--prodsearch--string=in-hive-feeder,+in_hive_feeders_cases&ccp0--prodsearch--type=ANY&ccp0--prodsearch--resultspp=1...
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    Re: Stupid barely related question....

    Way to go Ray!
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    Re: New to Forum and Beekeeping

    Welcome from the SoCal High Desert
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