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    Re: Electric Fence

    Blueridge,

    Here is my post from a few years back on how to build it. See post # 11. Still in use and never been breached. Also have another similar successful one up in the mountains at 10,00...
  2. Re: Experienced Beeks: What is this on my mite drop board ?

    Cervus,

    Thanks for the suggestion of the "meal worm". They do look somewhat alike. I still hope that some additional experienced beeks will respond.

    Steve
  3. Re: Experienced Beeks: What is this on my mite drop board ?

    Cervus,

    That is an interesting thought that I had not considered (arriving from outside, not from within the hive), however they were significantly smaller when I first discovered them about 10...
  4. Re: Experienced Beeks: What is this on my mite drop board ?

    third attempt on picture post. Note : Scale in pix is centimeters.

    26078

    26079

    These are two different versions but for some reason the file name changes, but they open for me. ...
  5. Re: Experienced Beeks: What is this on my mite drop board ?

    Image for post # 1 above should be: 26075
  6. Experienced Beeks: What is this on my mite drop board ?

    I have #8 SSB's on all of my colonies and this larva fell through to the mite drop board. Can someone who actually knows what it is tell me? Also, how to eliminate it from the colony.
    ...
  7. Re: Entrance reducer for OAV treatment.

    I use a Varrox unit and vaporize from the top down. Made two 2" rims for a 10 F Lang. and two for a 5 F NUC and place them right below the inner cover. The rims have a slot cut for the size of the...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Beeathlon,

    A good inexpensive smoker fuel is burlap bags. The burlap can be cut into roughly 5 cm X 5 cm and sort of crumpled up (not layered) and lit in the smoker. Alternatively you can cut a...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Beeathlon,

    Sounds like you are off to a good start. With a mentor to fall back on you will do just fine. Don't let thousands of bug intimidate you and just hang in there.

    Steve
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    Re: Industry Standards

    Different manufactures use different values for the frame rest depth. Thus when mixing and matching equipment from different manufactures you can end up with a vertical gap between the frames of...
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    Re: Cleaning Frames

    I just take an old medium sized screwdriver and grind, file, shape, bend, and sharpen the blade end to fit into the respective slots on a frame and clean out the residual wax. Make a couple of...
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    Re: Oxalic Acid Vaporizer units

    Aroc,

    I'm going to sound like a scratched record.

    I also bought a Varrox unit from OxaVap last Fall and used it multiple times on 10 10F Langs and 4 5F NUC's four times on an every 5 day...
  13. Re: How well will this fence charger work for bear's?

    Steve Zone5 WI,

    I have the same charger too.

    Take a look at how I handled the grounding in my post of some years ago.

    Post: # 11...
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    Re: Bear proofing

    +1 in agreement with MTN-Bees, and sooner is better than later on the electric fence.

    Steve
  15. Re: Cluster under bottom board after install- pic included

    I have my SSB's open year round and only put a mite drop board in when I want to do a mite check.

    Steve
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    Re: At what temps will bees swarm?

    GOHoney,

    For a future similar situation adding a frame of capped/uncapped brood together with nurse bees from another colony is the absolute best insurance to prevent them from absconding. Also...
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    Re: Entrances - 3/4" holes in Boxes

    Mike,

    With your four sided "rim" on the SSB, don't you end up with a dead bees and trash sitting on the screen by the end of winter? The house keeper bees don't have an easy exit for the debris....
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    Re: My turn to build a bear proof zone

    Steve,

    Sorry to see and hear about your bear problems. I offer my tried and true bear fence arrangement as a suggestion. Agis Apiaries (Post #7) and I are in the same Front Range environment...
  19. Re: Front Range Roller Coaster, April 2016

    Colobee & Rwurster,

    What a wonderful photo of Michael Palmer's. I have captured it for future and wish I had had it yesterday for the training. Thanks!

    Steve
  20. Re: Front Range Roller Coaster, April 2016

    We all contributed, and shared, and learned a lot today at the Black Forest queen rearing. I call it a great success. Thanks to all.

    Steve
  21. Thread: SMOKE

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    Re: SMOKE

    McBee,

    Been there done that here in Colorado several years ago. The heavy smoke in the air does not noticeably affect the bees, from my experiences.

    Steve
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    Re: Hives/ Noise/ Vibration

    If the bees don't like it they will probably abscond.

    Steve
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Jack,

    Sorry to hear about your bear, but it will be back because they don't forget where they had a good time. I have bears all the time and here is my post from a few hears back, and it works. ...
  24. Re: Any Boy Scouters or former Boy Scouts out there?

    Also an Eagle Scout. Beekeeping Merit Badge was my first MB and earned it about 1950. Now pushing 77 and teaching a hands on queen rearing class on Saturday.

    Steve
  25. Re: Hiving a package in cold temperatures - suggestions?

    I seem to have seen a number of empty or near empty feed cans from variety of sources. Maybe elevation is a factor.

    Steve
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