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    First Hive Loss Questions

    Just finished my second winter as a beekeeper and lost my first hive. I first noticed it was gone in February, but haven't had the time to open it up and take another look until this morning....
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    First harvest question / contaminants?

    Today I pulled two outside frames from one of my hives. I'm using the crush and strain method to extract the honey.

    On one place in the comb there are some dark spots and I'm not sure what they...
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    Re: Polystyrene hives

    I'm running BeeMax hives here in Colorado. Both of them made it through the winter. No problems with condensation, although the humidity is very low here. The feeders are very well designed.

    My...
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    Re: Question about bee genetics & survival rates

    Steven

    Thanks for getting back to the topic and addressing my original questions.

    Do you do regular mite counts on your hives? I noticed a gradual increase in mites last year as the season...
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    Re: Question about bee genetics & survival rates

    Ernie

    My bees were a gift, but came from NM. They're marketed as "survivor stock". I can PM you the website if you're interested. I hesitate to post it in the thread because I don't want this to...
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    Re: Question about bee genetics & survival rates

    Mike

    Good points. Maybe I need to ask my original questions from another direction. What traits can be bred into or out of bees? How long does it take?
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    Re: Question about bee genetics & survival rates

    Peter

    In your previous post you mentioned purchasing from a "respected source" to ensure "good stock". Is the beekeeping community making those definitions based on things like customer service...
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    Re: Question about bee genetics & survival rates

    How many sources are there for survivor stock? Is there a standard that defines what survivor stock is?
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    Re: Top Hive Feeder Problem

    I'm running the same kind of feeders. I also scuffed the clear plastic on mine. They work great and I've not had any problems with drowned bees.
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    Re: Interesting behavior in new hive

    I had a similar experience with today's inspections.

    I took both supers off one of my hives and cleaned the screened bottom board. Once I started pulling frames though the entire hive started...
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    Re: how to stop Elk Damage???

    I've had a skunk coming around my hives for the last couple of weeks. Last night I set up a motion activated water sprinkler. No sign of the skunk this morning, and I can tell the sprinkler came on...
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    Question about bee genetics & survival rates

    Last season was my first as a beekeeper and both of my hives made it through the winter. I'm curious to know if there have been any studies done to try and correlate survival rates with the various...
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    Re: Pledge to be a BSA Beekeeping Mentor

    I pledge that I will be a BSA beekeeping mentor if they reinstate the merit badge.
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    Re: Informal Loss Survey

    Hey everyone, I just wanted to take a quick little survey of beekeepers' losses from fall and winter... I don't know how to set up a poll to do this the way I want so if you don't mind, just reply...
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    Re: Making Splits

    Great information everyone--Thanks. Last season was my first as a beekeeper, so this Spring I'm hoping to do my first splits.

    Like alpha6, I live in Colorado and am wondering how concerned I...
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    Re: Small cell bee foundations

    No problem here adding small foundation/cell frames to large cell nucs. I started two hives last year, one Italian, one Carniolan and didn't know any better since all of the equipment was a gift and...
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    Re: 1st Winter Question

    Steven

    It hasn't been the amount of dead bees in front of the landing boards that's so disconcerting, but rather the lack of any sound coming from the hive. I would have guessed that I'd hear some...
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    Re: 1st Winter Question

    Greg

    This is my first winter as a beekeeper and I also have two hives. We've had quite a bit of cold weather (some sub-zero) in Colorado and I've been watching the dead bees pile up outside the...
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    Re: Emergency Feeding - Thnx MountainCamp!

    I'm running the BeeMax Polystyrene feeders on my hives. Could I leave these on and put the dry sugar in there? If I remove the plexi-glass panel it would be easy for the bees to get to the dry sugar...
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    Re: dreaded yellow jackets are back

    I've been using the traps from Home Depot as well. They're pheremone based and non-tox--just added water. Seem to work quite well.
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    Re: Question for other Colorado beekeepers

    High Country Gardens in Santa Fe has Russian Sage for sale. We've had good success with our "mail order" plants. They'll also be able to tell you how well they will do in NJ.
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    Re: Question for other Colorado beekeepers

    Thanks for all the help everyone. I live at 7,500' and we've had an unusually wet summer this year. Rain nearly every day with no end in sight. Everything is green.

    This is my first season...
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    Question for other Colorado beekeepers

    Just wondering what kind of fall flow is typical in Eastern Colorado? The hives I started from nucs this year seem to be doing quite well. They both have almost all the frames of the second brood box...
  24. Thread: Mite counts

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    Mite counts

    I decided a couple of days ago to put a tray in my screened bottom board to do a mite count. The good news is, the count is zero. I find that interesting because a few weeks after I installed the...
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    Worker Bees -- Pollen vs Nectar

    I was watching some bees return to the hives this afternoon and was wondering what percentage of them were carrying pollen vs nectar. Pollen, of course, is easy to see. I've been told that bees that...
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