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    Re: What are these bees doing?

    80 degrees is hot with a hive closed up. If they are fanning they are likely overheating. As said above open it up to 4 inches and see if it fixes the problem. If they stop fanning- you fixed the...
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    Re: Queen present but no brood, what to do?

    I had a similar issue last spring. I placed them in a 5 frame nuc. I put the nuc on top of another strong hive using double screened dividing board. This allowed the small colony to stay warm and...
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    Re: What are these bees doing?

    How hot is it there with the hive all closed up?

    It looks like they are trying to ventilate the hive.

    You may need to consider removing the entrance reducer if its hot.
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    Re: corn syrup, 1:1 syrup, sugar block

    I put sugar bricks on my package bees as they have no food reserves. You can make up a thin sugar pancake that will fit well under the lid. Prepare it now and let it dry out well. A cup or two of...
  5. Re: Taking some drawn frames from an overwintered hive.

    If the dry sugar is just loose the bees will likely haul it out- they see that as trash, not food. I would consider pollen patties and a small sugar brick. You mention no brood- if you do an...
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    Re: Front Range weather roller-coaster

    Thanks Steve- I forgot to mention the bear fence.
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    Re: Front Range weather roller-coaster

    jwdeeming- I'm in the Drake (Storm Mtn) and Estes Park areas. I also have hives in Boulder, Lyons, Pinewood Springs and Loveland. The higher elevation hives do not produce as much as lower elevation,...
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    Re: Front Range weather roller-coaster

    Got an inch or 2 up north- melted already. Nice to have a little moisture!

    I would like to see some more as it's real dry. The good thing is it melts quick this time of year.
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    Re: Proposed Colorado law on Epi-Injectors

    Hopefully it does some good. I carry an auto injector for the 'just in case' scenario. It's always nice to have some extra liability assistance in case things go south!
  10. Thread: 4 Way Pallets

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    Re: 4 Way Pallets

    How many hives are you moving? I have mine on migratory bottom boards that allow moving with a hand truck and you can make up 2 or 4 way pallets to hold the migratory bottom boards.
  11. Thread: Cheap Nucs?

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    Re: Cheap Nucs?

    I'm a small sideline business. The Nucs I've been producing so far have been used for my increase. Next year I plan to sell overwintered Nucs. I plan a reasonable fixed price and plan to stick to...
  12. Thread: Your toolbox

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    Re: Your toolbox

    I carry a ton of stuff as some of my outyards are an hour away. I carry my primary tools in a 5 gallon pail. All my repair tools are kept in a plastic tool box. Basically when I drive a long distance...
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    Re: Want to Expand

    I would suggest spending some time studying sustainable beekeeping. On YouTube there are videos with the topic of "Sustainable Apiary" with a Vermont Beekeeper Michael Palmer. The bottom line is you...
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    Re: Question on feeding neighboring bees.

    I concur with Deknow- Really bad idea!
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    Re: newbie spring feeding ?

    The smaller the space the less the bees have to keep warm. I would put them in a 5 frame Nuc or reduce down to a single deep. Then feed. You can also insulate.
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    Re: Feeding question

    Feed until your objectives are met- meaning once they draw out the comb or there is a good flow. Most hives will stop using syrup when they have a good flow. Most packages I have started draw out all...
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    Re: Mini mating nucs or standard equipment?

    Another design to consider is the 4 way mating nuc that Michael Palmer uses. I really like the design and its overwintering capability. I'm also building bottom boards and lids for the 4 frame single...
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    Re: Feeding question

    What is your question?
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    Re: Mini mating nucs or standard equipment?

    This will be my 1st year using the ML mating Nucs. I still like using standard deep frames for the ease of being able to move frames throughout the apiary. I really like the 3/2 way mating nuc. That...
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    Re: Mini mating nucs or standard equipment?

    I'm using both the ML Double Mini Mating Nucs and then using the wooden Growing Boxes for overwintering. I also have 3 way mating Nucs with removable dividers. There is one slot that divides the 3...
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    Re: newbie spring feeding ?

    Could be- try a pollen patty or pollen substitute. I try add pollen patties about 6 weeks prior to swarm season.
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    Re: WooHoo, got our Nuc today!!

    Do you have Black Bears in your area? If you do, bear fencing is probably a good idea. Good luck and enjoy beekeeping.
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    Re: newbie spring feeding ?

    I'm not sure the answer is feeding. Why is your cluster so small? Is this a Varroa problem? You mention you checked 4 times- how did you check? If you feel this is a queen problem- consider...
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    Re: overwinter nuc question

    For my brood factories I'm using 3 stacked five frame Nucs that share a double bottom board.
    My overwintering Nucs are 4 over 4 configuration. All are solid bottom boards.
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    Re: Hive Entrance Direction

    SE- it keeps out strong SW winds from blowing into the entrance.
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