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  1. Thread: Hello

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    Re: Hello

    Welcome
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    Re: So.....how do you pronounce "Muth"?

    It was a mans name in Toledo Ohio, might have been early 1900's.
    Can't remember his nationality, knowing that would give you the correct pronunciation.
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    Re: Hello from Valley Springs California

    Welcome, I've been in Valley Springs many times. Caught many silver salmon in Parde
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    Re: raising queens next to AHB...

    His area is probably a little less infested than yours. That & trying to influence the neighboring feral colonies with drones, & swarms helps a little.
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    Re: tankless water heater

    I wouldn't recommend it if you intend to use it on a recirculating system to warm you're equipment it would run constantly.
    A regular water heater cost about 1/3 the price, & savings between the two...
  6. Re: Maxant Extractor reel/basket runout comparison

    My basket has no wobble inside the machine. While turning the basket the distance to the side doesn't vary more than 1/8".
    Perhaps you're basket was dropped.
    The nut on my honey gate almost touches...
  7. Re: Why the tall stacks of supers, why not take some and process??

    Some of my larger medium super hives go as high as 5 brood boxes when they are going like crazy. Later they start to fill the uppers with honey.
    That particular hive was 7 boxes tall last summer....
  8. Re: Zombee research project at San Francisco State University

    You are correct. I spoke to Johnathan the other day, he said he knows you.
    He has become a good beekeeper since working on the project, & meeting so many beekeepers.

    Have you spoken at different...
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    Re: What % of the comb must be capped?

    rule of thumb is 80%, but that varies by how humid you're part of the country is.
    Shake the frame & see if nectar falls out.
  10. Re: Zombee research project at San Francisco State University

    I have friends who worked on that project years ago. They sampled my apiary monthly.
    https://www.zombeewatch.org/
  11. Re: Uncapped Honey (Green Honey) along with Capped Honey on a frame extract or not?

    The only way to know for sure is with a honey refractometer. The instructors method works fine.
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    Re: City Council Question

    IMO setbacks aren't important if you live in an area that has 6' solid wood fences, as most CA neighborhoods do. If not 10' with entrance facing you're own property would be fine.
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    Re: hello from Richmond, CA

    Welcome from Concord. We have a club that meets monthly if you're interested. www.diablobees.org
  14. Thread: Nyger seeds

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    Re: Nyger seeds

    If they don't turn out to be invasive I'd like to have some seed.
    Let us know if they start popping up all over the place next year.
  15. Re: 7D nails for supers and hive bodies (Galvanized vs hot dipped, vs electro-galvani

    Hot dipped has burs from the galvanizing proses & doesn't come out as easily. A commercial friend of mine buys hot dipped, screw shanked, 8's.
    Our home depot & lows both sell 7's
  16. Thread: Nyger seeds

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    Re: Nyger seeds

    Niger thistle seed is usually sterilized before being imported to the US.
    The seed in his jars isn't black, must be a different plant.
  17. Re: what to do with honey supers in a hive that's lost a lot of its population?

    If you have another hive put the supers on it until you're ready to extract.
    Maybe you can borrow a refractometer from someone near by to test the uncapped honey. If below 18% extract. If moisture...
  18. Thread: Honey extractor?

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    Re: Honey extractor?

    For me its a personal preference I like quality tools. I also like being able to contact someone who knows what parts are in the extractor should you loose or break a part.
    I have used Dadant, Mann...
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    Re: 8 frame medium and AHB questions

    I think it takes about 5 generations of queens bred with European bees to get AHB back to a backyard tolerable bee. They have to be very diluted.
  20. Thread: Varroa count

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    Re: Varroa count

    If I'm not mistaken over 3% on drone brood is considered high.
    Check www.scientificbeekeeping.com for more answers
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    Re: My bees HATE platic frames and foundation!

    I use foundationless frames, just glue a few Popsicle sticks in the top groove.
  22. Thread: Honey extractor?

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    Re: Honey extractor?

    Wait until you can afford a Maxant, for now extract with another beekeeper in you're area.
  23. Thread: Maxant Giveaway

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    Re: Maxant Giveaway

    Darn it wasn't me
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    Re: When should I worry if a split failed?

    I add a frame with eggs after 30 days, if I don't see eggs in the hive. Then you will know whether or not you're queenless.
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    Re: Honey quantity???

    Same here about 2 mediums to fill a 5 gal bucket. Thats about 30 Lbs each super.
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