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    Re: To wrap or not?

    This year I am wrapping with concrete blankets, available at your local construction supplier. I also have foam insulation on the top.
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    Re: Mystery Collapse

    The Ignore List can be the path to tranquility.:)
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    Re: Mystery Collapse

    I will jump on the mite band wagon. A couple of winters ago I had the same thing happen. I lost 7/8 due to small clusters, weak from mites, unable to move to honey within a couple cells distance. ...
  4. Re: what temp can I slip a new sugar block to them.

    Idealy I like to only open them on sunny, calm days above 40 degrees in the winter. However winter weather in the intermountain areas are usually less than ideal. If you really need to pop the top...
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    Re: TF For 5 Seasons of More - Please Stand Up

    Well I am now down to 8, with 1 that is surely gone and a couple of maybes.
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    Re: TF For 5 Seasons of More - Please Stand Up

    • How long have you been treatment free?

    Going into my 5th winter TX free.

    • How many colonies are you running?

    12 going into this winter, started with 1.

    • Are you raising your own...
  7. Re: Have not even started and already discouraged...

    Anyway you go I personally believe you should view your first year or two as your practice run. Your bees may survive (that is the goal) but may not. The point is to learn, beekeeping is a science,...
  8. Re: To be treatment free, get treatment free bees to begin with

    For northern breeders you may want to take a look at Olympic Wilderness Apiaries http://www.owa.cc/ or Old Sol Queens http://oldsolbees.com/old-sol-queens/.
    I have ordered from both and have been...
  9. Re: Is a inner cover necessary with quilt box

    While I do not use a quilt box, I do use insulation foam above the brood chamber (with sugar below the insulation) and have never used an inner cover. I cannot see any advantage in using one above...
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    Happy Halloween

    Our kids day at the office.

    http://i1133.photobucket.com/albums/m585/RiodeLoboRojo/Halloween2014041_zps83793bc3.jpg
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    Re: Old Sol Apiaries?

    I bought 3 from them spring 2013, and two are my best hives this summer. One dudded out in the fall of 2013 (just never expanded). I will buy more in the future. This is the second fall with them,...
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    Re: Are You In The Closet?

    Of course I am... I am actually a sophisticated redneck. SShhh don't tell anyone.
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    Re: vented bee suit

    I must say that I think that the Ultrabreezes is also reasonably priced. I have checked out some of the knock offs and there is a reason they are less expensive. When my ultrabreeze wears out, I...
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    Re: last years potatoes, what a great meal.

    I have never had any luck wintering potatoes in the ground. How do you get them to make it?
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    Re: Will caging a cell delay emergence?

    At day 20 I opened up the cells, and all the queens were dead. I think that they got chilled because of the cages.
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    Re: Will caging a cell delay emergence?

    Yes the roller cage is what I am referring to. I thought there was enough bees to keep the cells warm, it was a pretty packed 8 frame deep. I will check tonight and we will see.

    So I checked them...
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    Will caging a cell delay emergence?

    First time raising queens and I am using the Jenter System http://www.blueskybeesupply.com/jenter_queen_system.html. At day 13 I moved cells into my splits and nucs, these have now hatched, between...
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    Re: Worst. Frame. Ever.

    They sell the same style at our local D and B. However at least ours seem to be assembled by someone gifted with all 10 fingers.
  19. Re: Three deeps as a winter plan in the North - Good or bad idea?

    All I can tell you is last winter I had 6 colonies in 2 deep, 1 medium configuration, and 2 in 3 deeps. The 3 deeps did better coming out of winter. One of them is booming. Of course it could be...
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    Re: Why did you have low winter losses?

    2012-13 winter I had 7/8 lost, due to mite induced starvation.
    2013-14 winter I had 1/9 lost due to starving/freezing in a TBH, and another that had to be requeened early in the spring (queenless on...
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    Re: Best suit for extra small female?

    I second that. There are knock off ultrabreeze style suits out there, and the ones I have seen in person are ok, but the extra cost is for a good reason.
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    Re: Old Sol Enterprise

    I ordered 3 queens from Old Sol last year. 2 came through the winter great, but one never expanded last season and was combined into another colony. I would order more, but i am raising queens this...
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    Re: Hobby Beekeeping increasing in popularity

    Well the spring has finally come, and so did the nucs and packages from D and B. We have had 2 monthly meetings at our little start up bee club, with 4-6 people coming to them so far. The packages...
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    Re: Your favorite DEEP foundation- lets hear

    Mann Lake PF plastic frames.
    Pro: Small cell, easy to scrape and restart comb, no assembly required and fairly immune to pest damage.
    Con: can be harder to get drawn out, a bit too flexible and...
  25. Re: Anyone know where I can order package bees, or is it too late?

    Have you gotten on the wait lists? Some times there are extras.
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