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    Re: How to start a beekeeping club

    Definitely connect with the CSBA, Beth Conrey is the President and she is awesome. We here in Durango/Bayfield are a relatively new club, 4 years old. But we now have 200 members. We have helped...
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    Re: Broodless hive in NorCal

    BeePro,
    Thank you, I really enjoyed what you had to say regarding this issue. And true there is a difference in management based on how many hives you have. When I had two they were like my children...
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    Re: Broodless hive in NorCal

    That queen will eventually appreciate the extra workers when she begins laying again.
    I still believe you did the right thing, you added resources and bees to the hive. We do this all the time...
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    Re: Broodless hive in NorCal

    Good call on the queenless hive. Yes, here in Colorado our queens don't lay in the winter time. This has a great effect on the varroa, ie, no larva, no where for the mites to breed.
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    Re: Propolis on purpose: Building boxes ???

    The idea of propolis being good for the bees and them creating an envelope on the interior of the hive was one that was discussed at our Colorado State Winter meeting in Castle Rock. Katie Lee, Marla...
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    Re: Hello from Colorado

    wondering if maybe you could quickly get a of or build an observation hive. Tuck them in your house or garage and feed them through the winter? Hate to see bees die, ever! Especially when you have at...
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    Re: Hi from Portugal

    Thats what I was thinking too. We might just be picking your brain for information. What do you do about bee ticks, (varroa mites)?
    What do you do come winter time?
    I just came from a conference...
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    Re: Mann Lake's Pro Winter Patties

    how much would you put in each hive?
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    Re: Mann Lake's Pro Winter Patties

    Thank you for the update!
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    Re: To wrap or not to wrap?

    I live in Bayfield Co. 7500' elevation. Last year I wrapped my 5 hives, but also used quilt boards to absorb the moisture. My thought was to help them stay warm! However this year I am not going to...
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    Re: Winter Prep and Sugar Bricks

    I make quilt/feeding boxes for mine. so the empty space is filled with fleece or bedding of some sort, which works like a wick to absorb winter moisture. Worked great on my hives last winter.
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    Re: Overwintering with two supers?

    In Colorado we take off all supers. We freeze some of the frames in case we need to use them at a later date. Then we thaw them, take out empty frames and replace with thawed frames.
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    Re: Found a exposed hive, what do I do?

    Ya know, bees are pretty darn resourceful. I would say any box will do, it's better than what they have now. You will need frames though, because the comb has to stand up in the same fashion that you...
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    Re: Found a exposed hive, what do I do?

    wow, that is crazy. So you are in New York? If you are, and you don't take them they will die. What a great picture of a cluster of bees. Get a ladder, a bee vacuum, and frames and hive box. Suck the...
  15. Re: zero stores in deeps. stores in supers.

    I think this is great advice, it is scary taking the supers off, my brain says they worked all summer for that and now we take it away, what will they eat. But it is what i have determined to do...
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    Re: tounge stuck out

    Right or wrong, my first thought is chemical poisoning
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    have you checked for varroa, maybe it's hygienic behavior?
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    Re: Resource Recommendations

    Definitely learned a lot from Beekeeping for dummies. Liked Les Crowders book, Top Bar Beekeeping. But I also agree with others, YouTube and Scientificbeekeeping.com are amazing. I watched...
  19. Re: Leaving a medium w/honey on two supers for the winter?

    Nope, just the weight of the hive total. We try to lift it at the back and judge that way. When I read about what other beekeepers are doing I usually pick somewhere that has really drastic winters...
  20. Re: zero stores in deeps. stores in supers.

    Boy isn't that the truth! Beginning of last winter we had -19 for over a week, then it warmed up and barely got below freezing, very little snow. But that was very out of the ordinary. I live at...
  21. Re: Leaving a medium w/honey on two supers for the winter?

    I believe in part the key is that it is so cold here that the bees slow way way down and consume very little honey. Though we do try to make sure the hives weigh in at about 60 to 75lbs each. But we...
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    Re: Share your Beekeeping Inventions!

    great idea with the hinged deep. I am always tweaking the boxes when I pry out the first frame. Makes me unhappy when I consider the time and money I have put into the boxes to make them square and...
  23. Re: zero stores in deeps. stores in supers.

    You can also remove the supers and put the individual frames of honey into the deeps. Also you can freeze the honey on the frames and give it to them later in the winter if you notice they are low of...
  24. Re: Leaving a medium w/honey on two supers for the winter?

    jackam, please notice that those that leave on honey are from, for the most part, warmer climates than you, ie Texas and Florida. Here in Colorado which is closer to your climate we do not leave...
  25. Re: Why are my bees dragging out pupa out of the hive?

    How do their stores for the winter look to you. A hive did this to me one year and didn't make it past the first cold spell.
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