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  1. Anyone know about these old 1/2" thick plastic frames?

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    A friend was cleaning out some beekeeping stuff from the 80's and gave me a box of these frames. They are a constant 1/2" thick even at the top and bottom bars. It looks as if there is...
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    Re: Blue Diamond In the field reports

    I'm scheduling a 4H field trip from the San Francisco Bay Area to see bees working the almonds. What would be the best weekend to see the most activity? I've never seen the almonds myself (despite 35...
  3. getting mite count during treatment with covered SBB

    I'm treating for mites and have placed a board over my SBB. How can I get a count of dead mites that drop? I've looked at the board and don't see many dead mites but that is probably because the bees...
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    Re: Swarm Traps: Hanging or Fixed?

    I hang old rotten hives (without frames) from ropes as high in trees as I can throw a rope. A rotten hole is the entrance and I nail plywood to the top and bottom. Some are also covered with black...
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    Re: saving a CCD "orphan" queen?

    What a great video on nucs! Lots of ideas for me to try.
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    Re: saving a CCD "orphan" queen?

    Most of the bees are gone but the queen is left with fewer than 100 bees. I don't know if it is CCD, but my main question is how to save the queen.
  7. Thread: Old bee hives

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    Re: Old bee hives

    Just use the equipment and see what happens. Starting out you have a lot less to lose than an established beekeeper who could lose his entire apiary or operation. I have used old equipment lots of...
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    saving a CCD "orphan" queen?

    I have had some colonies collapse and one has a young queen left but only a few bees. I'm in the San Francisco Bay Area so the weather may be mild enough to make a split (or nuc) this time of year to...
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    California 'ArkStorm" USGS Warning

    If the current storm in California seems bad, check out the warning the USGS has published on a potential mega storm that would flood most of the valley. A link to the scientific report is on the...
  10. Thread: Lids from 1x4s

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    Re: Lids from 1x4s

    I make tops that eventually leak and then just cover them with roofing paper. It's the type with white particles. If you cut it long enough to bend it over the side and nail it to the cleat it keeps...
  11. Re: frames with or without foundation in bait hives?

    My medium bait supers caught more swarms than my full sized this year, so I don't think the smaller size of mediums is a problem unless you have a huge prime swarm. I put a rope around them and hoist...
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