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    Re: New to beekeeping in Southern California USA

    Welcome from the SF bay area.
  2. Re: Extractor Made from 201 Stainless vs 304 Stainless

    Good point if the honey pits it he can camocoat.
  3. Re: Bay Area, California packaged bee recommendations

    I also like Nobel in Dixon, Another choice would be honey bee genetics in Vacaville. Both places have pickup dates.
    If you come down & join mount diablo beekeepers assoc. we will be taking orders...
  4. Re: Ultimate Hive Cover / HAs any one here utilized yet?

    I tried to use one upside down as a drip pan for moving supers. They will fill up with water when used upside down.
    Have had it a couple years, & never put it on a hive, it just doesn't feel right...
  5. Re: Here's something I found interesting about some honey I harvested. It creamed

    Save a few pounds of that creamed honey to seed future batches of creamed honey.
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    Re: Slatted bottom rack question....

    I was told In the old days they went in the width direction. When beekeepers started using SBB & powder sugar dusting they where changed to line up with the frames. Some are still sold the old way.
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    Re: Just starting out! CA foothills.

    Welcome from down here in the flat land.
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    Re: Mann Lake 5-frame nucs

    The mann lake nuc boxes will hold 6 standard plastic frames, I hope the new ones still do. It keeps everything tight when moving swarm boxes.
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    Re: Euthanizing Hives with Mites

    It would be much cheaper to remove the queen, & treat for mites with a soft treatment after the new queen emerges. That will give them a bloodless period, & you will practically have a new hive full...
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    Re: Do You Harvest More than Once Per Year?

    Every year is different. Some years 3 harvests, last year only one small harvest.
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    Re: Does A New Beekeeper Need An OAV Set-up?

    Maybe 5% of the beekeepers in the US use OAV, so the answer to you're question is no. You don't need it.
  12. Thread: New to it all

    by KQ6AR
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    Re: New to it all

    Welcome
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    Re: I think I've got a problem..

    Also there where a lot of zombie bees in my area. The normal response was for the bees to fly towards light at night time, not die in the hive.
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    Re: I think I've got a problem..

    At this time of year I would suspect a mammal not an insect. Its just too cold
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    Re: Hello New non bee keeping member

    I was also going to mention Bonterra, they build some beautiful observation hives.
    Shure would look nice with WV birch burl wood.
  16. Re: Pertaining to the Pacific North West..nectar and pollen dates

    I heard either hickory, or hazel nut is producing pollen in Oregon right now. Is this true?
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    Re: Screen Bottom Boards

    If you intend to practice integrated pest management IPM with powdered sugar, screened bottom boards are necessary.
    We have over 30 SBB, the only place I don't use them is on my swarm trap/bait...
  18. Thread: New to the Forum

    by KQ6AR
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    Re: New to the Forum

    Welcome, I'd recommend putting you're location in you're profile. Much of the beekeeping advise is related to where you live.
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    Re: Hello from frozen Ohio

    Welcome, from former northern OH res.
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    Re: Bee keeping in the California desert

    Welcome, there are several NM, AR, NV beekeepers on here who could share valuable info on dessert beekeeping with you.
  21. Re: HONEY-B-GONE PRESEASON SALE >>> 5 FREE SWARM LURES

    Don't think you need any help trapping swarms OD, It wouldn't be fair to the rest of us.
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    Re: Who Is Using Small Cell Size?

    Pierco frames are not small cell. The PF's are the only ones on the market.
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    Re: 3rd generation beekeeper from California

    Welcome from Concord
  24. Re: Thoughts and views of plastic vs. metal excluders.

    Can't clean the plastic ones with a torch, or in a solar melter. Very easy to damage the spacing on a plastic one.
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    Re: Who Is Using Small Cell Size?

    We have been using small cell, & practicing integrated pest management, 6 years chemical free. Average winter losses are 10-20%
    There really isn't any reason not to try it. Same price, available in...
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