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  1. Re: Economics of pollination for distant beekeepers

    The price is always going to reflect the risk of catastrophic loss to thieves, road accidents, and chronic and acute pesticide exposure.

    The big Almond operations are integrating vertically by...
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    Re: STOLEN HIVES!

    You would think a consortium of insurance companies would make these available on a reduced cost basis. ---
    The "Spot" device phones home from a satellite connection when unauthorized movement is...
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    Re: STOLEN HIVES!

    Jeff Anderson of Ca-Minn Honey Farms has a pix essay on the Minnesota NPR website
    http://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/13/bees-hive-health
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  4. Re: Photos of my partial sheet of foundation in deep frames -experiment

    I'm experimenting with the to the "save-a-penny" partial sheet method described by Lauri. As I posted to another thread, my modification is to cut trapezoids from the sheet. This yield 3 trapezoids...
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    Re: What can I do about varroa mites?

    BigFish posted on the 101 thread on 1/20/15. He was active on 1/27. BigFish says he lost one of three, has orphaned honey from the loss, and is moving to "all mediums" in the future. ...
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    Re: Ultra Bee/Bee Pro no HFCS

    Rader -- in this I agree with Honey-4-All, an all-sucrose syrup used to amend the subs will quickly crystalize into stale rock-hard icing. Luckily a tablespoon of ascorbic changes its reaction as...
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    Almond buds, Lost Hills, Jan 26

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    Buds in the Lost Hills region of Kern are swelling. Hives are being scattered at Corcoran Rd and Hwy 46. Its raining hard in the Mojave this evening. (ed. mistyped Route number).
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    Re: Cutting Rite-cell?

    I am trying Lauri's squeeze-a-penny Rite-Cell technique as well.
    My modification was to cut on a bevel, creating 3 trapezoids with about 1/2 frame coverage at the top. I figure this shape parallels...
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    SBB from Pallet Scrap

    A very sturdy SBB can be manufactured from sheet good binding boards that are scrap at "big box" hardware stores.
    The SBB uses a "screen door" style construction. My region has no SHB, so the...
  10. Thread: Snow

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    Snow

    Is that frosty snow crusting the shrubs? Why are the bees flying ? (wipes glasses)
    http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d175/jchesnut1/IMG_2079_zps3mddosk7.jpg

    Oh, just Buckbrush, Ceanothus...
  11. Re: study: Life span of worker honeybees reared in colonies kept on small-cell combs

    A comment on today's Bee-L digest is relevant to this thread --
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    I have been weighing bees all year from the samples being sent for virus
    screening. I have been taking six grams...
  12. Re: Craigslist deal worth it? (New to beekeeping)

    Brand spanking new kit 10 frame deep hives are $70 (based on sale or 5 unit pricing), all the major outlets are cost competitive on this item.
    Foundation pushes that to $82

    Basic personal kit...
  13. Re: Pollen substitute when real pollen available (in California)?

    I've heard various reports on SHB in Calif. I saw one in one of my hives this fall. Hobby keepers reported "many", but when they brought a baggy of them for me to inspect, the bugs turned out to...
  14. Re: Pollen substitute when real pollen available (in California)?

    Dr. Eric Mussen's two page tutorial on Sub is worth reading.
    http://entomology.ucdavis.edu/files/147616.pdf

    My practice is informed by the following paragraph. I find Dr. Mussen's insight true...
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    Re: Grapes and Bees

    Grapes are very high consumers of imidacloprid (the Neonic). The insecticide is usually delivered by Chem-irrigation and is intended to protect against sucking insects that transmit Pierce's...
  16. Re: Pollen substitute when real pollen available (in California)?

    Bees in California wildlands have an especially limited season of growth. You want the bees to be up and rolling when the main spring flow hits, because the late spring is likely drought again. ...
  17. Re: Ag commissioner of Ventura county forces bee hive to move! Help needed

    There is minimal forage on the coast in October. Hives move to the coast by the tens of thousands to brood up for the almonds. Unless you are parked under a Euc or Peppertree grove, there is still...
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    Re: Link to paper/article

    I don't believe this is the doc you are asking for. Has a 2 page bibliography that might help.

    This is a "student" paper on wild hives at Arnot, and two apiaries with commercials that have...
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    Re: Help lost 2 hives this winter already

    The pix you posted do not show drought-induced starvation or rob out, since capped honey is present in abundance. Pollen is also present.

    This is good presumptive evidence that disease killed the...
  20. Re: A dearth of knowledge on the knowledge of dearth

    The abdomen extends when the honey crop is full of nectar. Learn to observe small abdomens vs. large abdomens -- bees returning with large abdomens are full of nectar. Biggest bees are the...
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    Re: Who Is Using Small Cell Size?

    I didn't say you cherry picked anything. You didn't "see" the distortion, because you (likely) were looking for evidence to confirm a pre-existing bias.

    The cells are clearly distorted, and...
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    Re: Who Is Using Small Cell Size?

    http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d175/jchesnut1/47mmCombMeasurementjpgJPEGImage550nbsptimesnbsp375pixels-1_zps3a41ea55.jpg

    The so-called 4.7 mm natural comb has been distorted. Likely by folding...
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    Re: Bee thefts starting up already.

    The mugshot of PEDRO VILLAFANA-MAGALLON following his arrest for bee hive theft and recovery of the stolen hives from a box van parked on Diablo Grande Parkway (near Patterson, west of I-5). .
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    Re: Leaves on almond trees on February 5th?

    No sign of early bud in Southern Kern. Last summers leaves were still on the trees at x-mas. The freeze of New Years knocked a lot down. This pix taken of a Paramount orchard today (1/9/15) on...
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    Re: Who Is Using Small Cell Size?

    I run some hives (trapped out of the Big Sur Wilderness) on Mann Lake PF-xxx. These are plastic 4.9's.
    This foundation makes no difference in Varroa counts or survival, statistically...
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