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    Missed it by that much....

    I put out my swarm trap a few weeks ago when I was on a 10 day project in San Francisco which took me from morning dark to evening dark. I didn't get a real chance to check it but while at work one...
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    Re: Foundationless mistake?

    I keep one foundationless frame in each of my brood boxes. The rest[7] have foundation in the frames. This allows the colony to create as much drone brood as they see fit. This keeps the queen out...
  3. Re: Giving up on my hives. What do I need to do for next season?

    I agree. Treated 2 of 3 hives last year and they didn't survive. The smallest, untreated hive did and is my boomer this year.
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    First Trapped Swarm!

    I've collected a few of my own apiary swarms in our fruit trees surrounding the hives. This year I made 2 swarm traps out of 10 frame deep boxes with foundation less medium frames. I keep all my...
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    Re: What species of honey bee did I catch?

    I have 3 colonies of Italians in my apiary. I recently caught a small swarm of almost all 'dark bees' in my swarm trap nearby. I was thinking they were perhaps Carniolans? I would say these bees...
  6. Re: Question on hand cranking a radial extractor

    I predict you will crank out one year's honey and then wish you had gone motorized.... I did a crank rental the first year for 2 hrs for 15 frames and then said, No more of that! I might not use it...
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    Re: Hood or Cricket style veil/jacket

    I have a jacket with hood[BJ Sherrif brand]. Even with the thinner material of the Sherrif product, inside the jacket/hood; it gets hot during inspections. This is in 'mild' Northern California...
  8. Re: Did research, and now I'm really confuzzled

    I'm a hobbyist and I use 8 frame medium supers for my colonies. With 4 years of keeping bees, the only change I might have made is to go with 10 frame medium supers. 8 frame boxes, even though...
  9. Re: Plastic Queen Hanging Strip and Candy Cap

    Thanks, Michael; I thought it appeared as though it was designed to detach and snap into the cage. I searched a bit on the interWeb but could find no real demonstration of the device.

    Just in...
  10. Plastic Queen Hanging Strip and Candy Cap

    My packages this year contained plastic queen cages with the 'candy cap' with a 'hanging strip'.
    I've not used this type of cage before and am a bit confused with this cap & strip. Does the...
  11. Re: Bee Yards, post a picture of your bee yards.

    Casa Verde Apiary:


    Here is a recent shot of our apiary, some recent demo work in the background on the garage which houses the 'Bee Room' where all bee related things take place.

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    Re: Cleaning and grooming

    I have one colony that has a large contingent of bees out front much like that[many more bees though], that are engaging in that grooming activity as a group; everybody out front is doing it. The 2...
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    Re: tankless water heater

    We've replaced an old Bosch[first generation type...] with a newer one. We love it, except when it goes on the fritz; takes a very well trained tech to fix it. Our brand, Noritz, doesn't like a...
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    Re: Hows everyones hives doing?

    Restarted with 3 packages on April 5 after last year's colonies died off during winter. Each colony was given drawn comb from last year's dead outs[8 frame mediums]. The 3rd brood chamber was added...
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    Re: 8 Frame Medium hive

    I quickly found out; with bees, you never have enough

    I now keep at least one complete hive's boxes ready[5 boxes], no matter how many colonies in my small apiary. I also keep a few...
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    Re: Gloves....What U Using?

    Here is what I've learned after only a few years as a beekeeper:

    Hooded jackets are nice to just throw on; what I've found is the 'hoodie' aspect of the veil seems to concentrate heat. I live...
  17. Re: Wher are you getting your shipped packages from for 2014

    Called in my Koehnen order last week....seems an increase in package prices; no 'mail' deliveries. I was told to expect about a 10% increase in prices, but haven't received a confirmation yet. This...
  18. Re: Netflix Bee Documentary - "More Than Honey"

    Interesting viewing,good editing, amazing flight footage[looks composited]...however; I do not believe the quote about Humankind's life expectancy when bees disappear is correct when attributed to...
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    Re: Buying an Extractor

    Even with just a small apiary, after extracting by hand in a tangential extractor, I decided a powered, radial unit was the way to go. Indeed, a fairly steep expense, but I feel worth it. I chose...
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    Re: Expenses of beekeeping?

    In my opinion, it's deceptive as there are a lot of 'up front' costs involved. The woodenware, tools, safety gear are the 'up front' costs, once purchased the cost is covered. The bees themselves...
  21. How was your Norther CA surplus this year?

    I'm trying to gauge how others did, seems like my colonies did not produce any surplus beyond what they stored in the brood chamber. Was it the weather this year(early and very little rain) or what?...
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    Re: Mann Lake Testimonial

    I've been using Mann Lake since I started a few years ago and I am quite happy with their prices and terms. Their Northern California facility has moved across the freeway from where it was located...
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    Re: Might not get honey !!

    Both of my hives haven't produced any appreciable surplus this year, I'm wondering if I'll need to feed this winter?? Our winters are mild here in California and they usually forage all winter, but...
  24. Re: Do you need nurse bees when swapping frames if they are capped brood?

    ...actual personal observation: Priceless!

  25. Re: "Abandonment" For Honey Super Doesn't Appear To Be Working.....

    With just a few hives in the backyard and using an excluder, an escape board works great! Built one myself from plans on Dave Cushman's site and I love it. I also use it to clear out the 'gleaners'...
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