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    Re: Short Course or Not?

    Take the course. I'm sure it will be worth it. I just started reading Ross Conrad's Natural Beekeeping myself - so far I really like it.
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    Re: Food coloring to Spring syrup?

    I used green, red, blue, and yellow. Only because it was the only colors I had. They all showed up fine. Since it was new frames the comb and contents all had a shade of whatever color I was...
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    Re: Wax Moths are Here!

    I hate to say it but I think its going to be a tough year dealing with the Wax Moths :( If any of your ideas work let us know.
  4. Re: when will newly installed packages settle down?

    Could take up to 24 hours for the bees to calm down. I would check for eggs in about 4-5 days. I assuming they will need to build some comb and collect some pollen and nectar. You don't want to...
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    Re: Food coloring to Spring syrup?

    I used food coloring in the sugar syrup all last Spring and occasionally during the winter when needed. It was neat to see where they stored it. I stopped feeding them since my first inspection in...
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    Re: Adding a second hive body

    I add the second deep when the bees finish drawing out 7 to 8 of the frames. If you wait too long they will get overcrowded.
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    Re: First Inspection

    Looks like the bees are doing a great job. Nice picture of the eggs.
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    Re: Can I store SS cells

    Superceedure Cells maybe?
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    Re: Digging this swarm removal thing

    Glad to hear its going good. I hope to catch my first swarm this year -- and maybe more.
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    Re: Do I paint this part of the bottom board?

    I paint the entire bottom board on all my hives. For me it's easier to clean-up in Spring. On one of my hives I painted the entire inside and outside of every piece just to see what happens. So...
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    Re: Package Installation

    If it is a 3lb package I would go for one deep to start with. Since all frames are drawn out it won't talk too long for them to get things going. Once they start raising brood along with storing...
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    Re: Hive stand questions?

    I usually go at least 8" or more by using cinder blocks. That height will expose the tender underside of the skunk and they don't like to be stung there. Otherwise they can stand in front of the...
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    Re: Bottleneck with a reduced entrance?

    I would open it up to the next step up. Keep and eye on it and if you need to you can close it back down.
  14. Re: beetle blaster, never sits flat, creates more problems

    Ours do the same thing. If they were a bit narrower they would be flush with the frame top bars.
  15. Thread: what color?

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    Re: what color?

    Paint it what ever color you like. I use the rule of thumb of lighter colors for warmer locations and darker shades for cooler locations.
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    Re: south or east ?

    I face mine toward the SE. So far it has worked fine. You could leave a few facing another direction and see if there are any differences in hive buildup or performance. Seems like all the books I...
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    Screws or Nails?

    Ready to assemble my deep NUC body along with other ten frame boxes. Comes with nails but was thinking of using wood screws. Seems like it would be more secure in the long run. What has been your...
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    Re: Buy a hive or a package?

    I started with a package and liked seeing them go from ground up. This year they are a strong colony and I will take a few frames and make a NUC!
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    Re: Dogs and Beehives?

    My dog learned quick. Put his nose to the entrance once and learned his lesson. Been 4 yrs and hasn't been around them since.
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    Re: What temps are safe

    I won't pull frames of brood unless sunny, little or no wind, and temps 60*+. I prefer 65+ since most bees won't be home and I can see what I need to see better.
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    Re: New beekeeper in Northern Virginia

    Welcome to the forum. Enjoy!
  22. Thread: Nice NUC box

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    Re: Nice NUC box

    Finally went for a Brushy Mountains 9 1/2"Complete NUC. Opened the box this morning and was impressed with the quality.
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    Re: Hello from Idaho!

    Welcome
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    Re: Swap boxes or not?

    Did a swap on the brood deeps today!
  25. Re: What is everyone paying for a package this year?

    $92 for 3lb package - Italians
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