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    Re: 2015's Queen marking color easier to see

    I use nail polish all the time. I prefer the acrylic over the water based stuff. Last years bright green kept falling off. Unless I find a bright set of replacement colors, ill probably lose...
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    Re: My Indoor Wintering Setup

    Wow!!!

    Not interested in further banter... Apologies to OP and the group.
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    Re: My Indoor Wintering Setup

    It never ceases to amaze me how what is true for one, must therefore be true for ALL! Inside wintering is not "supplimental Heating"? I've done an enormous amount of research on this subject, at...
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    Re: My Indoor Wintering Setup

    The problem with heat tape, light bulbs and other external methods of warming, is that there is no real control, based on internal temperatures. So basically a crap shoot, but better than not trying...
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    Re: My Indoor Wintering Setup

    And if your hive(s) aren't perfect, you just let them die? Must have been bad genetics anyway? We've seen very high mortality rates in the past few years, increasingly so, with weather being only a...
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    Re: My Indoor Wintering Setup

    Deleted duplicate... Not sure how that happened.
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    Re: My Indoor Wintering Setup

    Many in Alaska, simply kill them off, and replace with packages every year. Extreme North climates into the -60 (F) must do something to insulate and / or warm hives. But as some of the commercial...
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    Re: What is the magic number?

    Its very interesting to see all of the opinions... and notice the locations where these opinions live and originate. There is a fairly good mix of climates represented, which to me says there are...
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    By the way, I really liked to learn about your archery interests... I never pursued it to that level, but far enough to really appreciate the type of skill that you achieved. I have the credit of a...
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    Re: Yellow Jacket Wasps and Hornet problems!

    Your points are dead on. This is exactly what I was referring to, when I say that I too am concerned with any possible impacts to the ecosystem, the fact is that most new products on the market,...
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    Re: Yellow Jacket Wasps and Hornet problems!

    The important point of the methods of poison, that I chose to illuminate here, is that they are specifically targeting their intended pest...

    Dave, this means that these are not just broadcast out...
  12. Re: Photos of my partial sheet of foundation in deep frames -experiment

    Thanks Laurie for one of the most informational threads, I believe I've seen.

    As I read through this thread, and the asides that took place to this point... I've sort of started fostering a...
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    Re: Yellow Jacket Wasps and Hornet problems!

    Aaaw a kindred spirit.

    Harry Vanderpool, thanks for your response. I had assumed that yellow jackets would forage for similar distances, and so efforts like mine might carry for similar...
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    Re: Yellow Jacket Wasps and Hornet problems!

    Nice video on that link Eduardo, and oh, gee, some yellow jackets as well!

    This is very similar to what I was seeing here in my yard. The bait I put out was very strongly accepted by the yellow...
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    Re: Yellow Jacket Wasps and Hornet problems!

    Thanks Eduardo, for the link.

    I am still studying the entire subject, however, as poisons go, I guess I can't prove this yet, so facts are not necessarily in evidence here, but I believe Boric...
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    Re: Yellow Jacket Wasps and Hornet problems!

    Thanks Mbeck, and your summation of my rather long thread is great!

    Thanks for the response, and I not only appreciate your concern and thoughts, But I also share them, and have been very much...
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    Re: Yellow Jacket Wasps and Hornet problems!

    Some Followup!

    It turns out that the yellow jackets remained a much bigger problem than I even realized! They would have been responsible for the entire loss of my apiary, had I not totally come...
  18. Re: Lost hive in Denver - because of added super?

    Top-bar hive designs, typically are constructed with 2"x8" wood, which is slightly thicker, however I believe that any gain in R-Value is lost to the fact that the Top-bar design is a horizontal...
  19. Re: Lost hive in Denver - because of added super?

    The tar paper being black, absorbs the sunlight resulting in a bit more warmth during the day, and can provide a bit of wind break, but does practically nothing for R-Factor or heat loss at night...
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    Re: Against all odds, nuc is alive

    Do you have electricity near by?
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    Re: Is this what robbing looks like

    Here is a video I took last year of a nuc that got robbed out, in spite of my best efforts.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZ7TfpU23Ao&feature=youtu.be
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    Re: Is this what robbing looks like

    Looks like orientation flights to me. Orientation flights take place pretty much daily when hives have new hatching brood. If you spend much time near your hives near the evenings, you will notice...
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    Re: Checking hive during winter.

    You don't really need a stethoscope. One of the backyard mechanics tools we've learned to use, is simply a piece of tubing. Get some 1/4" tubing from Home Depot or Lowes, typically found in the...
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    Re: Why do bees leave the hive to n December?

    When your fridge encompasses 1.5 miles in all directions... maybe you missed a spot. When your continued existence depends on that fridge, and there are an infinite number of elements contributing...
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    Re: Why do bees leave the hive to n December?

    The color that the hives are painted or covered in, can also change the equation. Darker colors absorb more heat and can aid the colony in the winter, but stress a colony during the summer. If the...
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