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  1. Re: The Potential Management of a Ground-Nesting, Solitary Bee: Anthophora abrupta (H

    Interesting, I would like to know more about bumble bees and carpenter bees. This year I have seen more large solid black bumble bees working my Texas Ranger shrub. Up to three at a time which I have...
  2. Re: Are buckfast bees good for beginners or not.

    Trevor, I find that beekeeping is very much dependent upon your specific micro-climate. Your bees will forage within a two or three mile radius of your apiary. For me, I did a lot of experimenting,...
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    Re: How many bee hives do you have?

    Six years a Hobbyist. Made five hives through this winter then lost one. I am good at less than five.
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    Re: New Beekeeper, Established Hive....

    I am in a different climate than you but if there are plenty of stores in the existing super and it sound like a flow is coming on. I would go ahead and add the second super without the feeder....
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    Re: New Beekeeper, Established Hive....

    I have two questions please.

    What is your reason for adding a feeder?
    Why are you planning to add the super?

    This would help to understand the your assessment of the hive by providing more...
  6. Re: I need advice on how to kill Ants around my bee hive

    I have used ant bait traps on the hive stand with success. Never tried putting them inside of the hive. I think the bees would try to remove the foreign item from the hive.
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    Re: New beekeeper too..

    I have heard of hives melting down in full sun in the San Joaquin Valley. I have mine in the full sun for three years in the High Desert (110*+) without such an issue. I have used ventilated/moving...
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    Re: Ideas for different hive top design?

    I have used ventilated inner covers with both telescoping and migratory covers with success.
    http://www.brushymountainbeefarm.com/10-frame-Ventilated-Inner-Cover-Moving-Screen/productinfo/373/
  9. Re: How do you protect a weak colony from being robbed

    From what I have read and my personal observations the marauding bees work by smell and make a bee-line for the opening. Only the resident bees know the way up and over the screen through the...
  10. Re: How do you protect a weak colony from being robbed

    How far away is apiary No.5? Is it more than two miles so the robbing hives will not find them? I wish you good luck!
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    Re: New beekeeper too..

    Hello from the High Desert! It gets pretty hot here in the AV too.
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    Re: Hobbyist Bee Keeper from Central Cali.

    I joined LA County Beekeepers Association. They meet in La Crescenta, it is close to Pasadena. A pretty long drive from Bakersfield. There was talk of staring a Mojave club but I never heard any more...
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    Re: Not using bottom entrance

    I also find the hives using the top entrance only are a pain in that they are "right there" when you open the cover to do any inspections or manipulations. It is more difficult to not crush bees when...
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    Re: Not using bottom entrance

    My hives always have top and bottom entrances. Some use the top exclusively, some only the bottom and still others use both. Go figure!
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    Re: feeding back medicated syrup

    Well, I asked for advice and now I have two different opinions! :D

    Thank you for your advice. I agree if I did not harvest it from my own dead out I would not know the fumagilin content and that...
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    Re: feeding back medicated syrup

    Can someone give me some advice on this please?
  17. Re: How do you protect a weak colony from being robbed

    Yes, I do. Not to get away from the OPs thread but in my apiary I run 2" top and bottom entrances year round. The bottom entrance always has a robber screen and my supers have three 3/8" holes below...
  18. Re: How do you protect a weak colony from being robbed

    Here are some pictures of the robber screens I have made. They work pretty well.
    I have stopped using these and have permanent robber screens made of #8 hardware cloth that are stapled into place....
  19. Re: How do you protect a weak colony from being robbed

    I am not sure what method you use to feed, I use an in hive frame feeder. I am a backyard hobbyist with only four hives but have experienced a lot of robbing in my backyard apiary. Usually there is...
  20. Re: How Small a Hole in Mouse Guard Need to be?

    I have seen some examples of using a conical bee escape in the bottom box to allow the drones to get out of the brood box. Would something like this in addition to the drilled corner bead work to...
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    feeding back medicated syrup

    I have crushed and strained the honey stores from the brood box of a dead out. The product is medicated syrup with Fumagilin and Honey B Healthy. Typically when I feed I am using frame feeders. What...
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    Re: Hobbyist Bee Keeper from Central Cali.

    Welcome from a SoCal hobbyist in the High Desert
  23. Re: Hive set up correct for new package arriving?

    I have not used eight frame equipment however, it sounds like you should be good to go. Wait for them to draw out six or so frames before adding a box below the feeder. The bees will know what to do.
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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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