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  1. Re: Under What Conditions do You Pull Drone Comb?

    When I split I usually set a drone comb out in the sun or shade for a day to kill it, I will check for mite levels though. Drones will pull resources from a split which is why I tend to cull it. If...
  2. Re: Urban beekeepers, would you be willing to share your experience?

    Urban setting can get lots of honey! Ninja-ing hives onto rooftops then removing them full of honey, not so fun.
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    Re: First package install for me

    Weren't you getting a nuc from a local beekeeper? How did it turn into a Mann Lake package? :s
  4. Re: So I made a deposit on 2 nucs back in November

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    That's pretty much how it goes with any reserves they have left and any drawn comb going in with them. Double 5 frame nucs or a 10 frame deep are the beginnings of my splits(5 frames of...
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    Re: Beesource - What's it good for?

    BeeMaster is a bit more tightly moderated and no, not everyone is on Beesource. I enjoy the shenanigans here and do log onto BeeSource more than any other beekeeping forum.



    I remember when...
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    Re: I HATE Foundationless!

    Oh the joys of sagging foundation in 105+ weather that then gets drawn out lol Foundationless is great and it's as easy as using a starter strip. It can also be very difficult if your hives aren't...
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    Re: Too many stings/venom?

    Getting stung in the fingers will make them swell a bit, lots of stings in the fingers makes them swell a bit more. I sometimes swell if i get stung in certain parts of the face, especially the...
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    Re: Beesource - What's it good for?

    If Jim Lyon, Palmer, Old Timer, are giving advice, I read it. They and a few others provide consistent good advice over a wide range of beekeeping topics from personal experience. On BeeMaster you...
  9. Re: So I made a deposit on 2 nucs back in November

    I have a mother colony that I split from regularly into 10 frame deeps (healthy nucs :p ) that have on more than one occasion knocked out 60# surplus of honey their first year. They're not nucs but...
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    Re: I HATE Foundationless!

    I've had several new foundationless combs collapse from a heavy honey load during a flow (happens to swarms I catch mostly). High temperatures here don't help. I've run 2 wires near the top of the...
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    Too much feed?

    I split everything in my main apiary, 8 hives two weeks ago, 5 hives last week, and 5 hives this week. All the hives went into winter very heavy and came out heavy. All splits had enough bees to...
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    Re: Beesource - What's it good for?

    I skimmed it, only lost 30 seconds :)

    I've learned the most from commercials, face to face, and once we get past the "oh you're a new-age, hippy beekeeper who doesn't treat his bees" things go...
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    Re: Too many stings/venom?

    My three most memorable stings of the day:

    *One to the armpit, had to deal with it while I moved a split then pulled the stinger out 5 hours later in the shower :)
    *One to the tip of my "bird"...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015

    All my hives that have passed the 4 year mark TF have a few characteristics in common. They all came from an original mother hive and they all supersede every year, late in the year (Aug-Sep). ...
  15. Thread: Swarms

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    Re: Swarms

    I've lost swarm queens early and in my experience if they've found a home they start building comb and storing nectar and honey and tend to be a bit pissy without a queen. Even if they haven't found...
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    Re: Please Stop...

    Yes, it looks like he's been rather active in the last few hours.
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/treatmentfreebeekeepers/permalink/1102294306453095/

    I guess if you're TF but not in his camp...
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    Poll: Re: Do you smoke the bees?

    I always smoke before I go into the hive, it's like ringing a doorbell as opposed to just barging in. Then I smoke them off the tops of the frames after I pop the top. I smoke them if they start...
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    Re: Got one of those feral swarms yesterday

    Wow Dan, you caught one of them swarms that marks its queen? :eek: I want a split off that so we can start flooding the area with them. The heck with hygenic behavior, queen marking behavior is...
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    Re: No Luck With Splits

    I do what Frank says. Split and put the queenless part of the split in the old hive's location and move the mother colony elsewhere. I have an 80% success rate at this time of year. If the split...
  20. Re: Front Range Snow & extended Swarm Advisory

    Wanted to split my remaining 6 hives today :( We've actually had a really light flow here for the last 3 weeks, saw them working the musk mustard pretty heavily but not now, and it's still blooming....
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    Re: Feed Essential oils

    I would suggest watching some Fat Bee Man videos on youtube. Don uses essential oils and I've seen him talk about them quite often and show how he uses them. He would be the first person I would...
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    Re: Extractor-less honey by- "Honey Flow" - Flow Hive

    You must have missed the part of the thread that detailed an almost identical "great new tool" being patented in the 40's. The other thing that buzzed over your head was me being facetious which was...
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    Re: cut out question

    If they don't make a new queen I would combine them with a weaker hive. You can always split the combined hive later.
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    Re: Bearding or Swarm???

    I had the same thing today. It's the second to the last hive I have to split. There was an easy 2# of bees on the outside of the double deep hive. I looked at it and I still had the entrance...
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    Re: Extractor-less honey by- "Honey Flow" - Flow Hive

    Wasn't it understood that the top doesn't even have to get popped on a flow hive super? You just empty it from the side. A little milky brood juice just adds to the flavor of one's "honey on tap"...
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