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  1. Thread: ABJ Update

    by orthoman
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    Re: ABJ Update

    Thanks for the link - I read it and thought it was OK
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    Re: Mowing, Dogs and bees

    My hives are in the back yard and pose no problems. I typically "weed wack" and mow (gas powered riding mower) every week. I probably mow within 4 to 6 feet of the hive entrances and in 3 years have...
  3. Re: Controlling Pests on Young Apple trees in my Apiary

    Where I live, if a fungicide is not used, there will be lots of apple scab -- the apples themselves are OK but they look terrible. So, 4 or 5 applications of a fungicide like Rally until the apples...
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    Re: New Beekeeper Questions

    Not sure what kind of Nuc you are getting but I am assuming there is a laying queen and at least 3 - 4 frames of brood and some honey. Also not sure what size boxes (8 or 10 frames, mediums, etc you...
  5. Re: Over wintered frames with old honey and pollen- to use or not?

    Thank you
  6. Over wintered frames with old honey and pollen- to use or not?

    What is the recommendation regarding frames that were overwintered in beeless hives. I have lots of comb that have some old patches of honey in them as well as Pollen. Some kind of smells like it...
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    Re: Coates Nuc question

    Well, I kind of live in rain forest in normal years. This year hasn't been too bad.

    The Nuc boxes and tops are all painted - first with primmer and second with a least one coat of exterior latex
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    Re: Coates Nuc question

    I was also told wrong about the CDX -- but, I should have known better in retrospect -- they guy at Home Depot who told me about it.

    Would the AC fir plywood be considered Marine grade plywood?
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    Re: Coates Nuc question

    I am curious to see the answers to this also.

    I have made about 10 so far using 3/4 inch CDX plywood -- which is rated for exterior use so I am expecting them to last quite a while. I have used...
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    Re: Using 5 frame medium nucs exclusively

    I used 5 over 5 for a total of 10 frames. I build the Coates Boxes as given in the build it yourself section of this web site. They get a little tall as the boxes stack up. I think the "tower" effect...
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    Re: Using 5 frame medium nucs exclusively

    Seem to work just fine. Started 4 last year to try it out. They all over wintered. 3 did really well, the fourth made it but not as strong as the other three. I will probably do 10 this year from...
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    Re: lang vs rose hive method

    What about trying a top bar hive.
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    Re: lang vs rose hive method

    You mention you are a new beek -- so, I would suggest you go with the typical/standard/normal way of keeping bees to start with -- unless you have a good mentor you can work with.

    Then, after you...
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    Uncapping knife suggestions

    Any suggestions on uncapping knives -- how about the ones with the adjustable thermostats?
  15. Re: I need some pointers on foundationless frames

    A couple of years ago, one of the new beekeepers in our class decided to do 8 package starts - all completely foundationless. A couple of weeks after installation, he spent about 8 hours cutting all...
  16. Re: Thick mold on frames - discard or let bees clean

    I am thinking of cutting the comb and foundation back - leaving only a peripheral strip like a starter strip.
  17. Thick mold on frames - discard or let bees clean

    I know the bees will clean up some mold on frames but how much is too much? At what point do you discard it and give them new foundation? I have some dead outs that have a lot of mold on the frames....
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    Re: Wood Pellets for smoker fuel?

    I've tried them but had a hard time getting them started. What is the trick? Would be nice as I have a big supply with my pellet stove.
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    Re: 8 Frame deeps for brood boxes

    You need to watch Michael Palmers presentation to last years National Honey Show. He overwinters Nucs.
  20. Re: North Bay SF Area .... are you going into your hives yet?

    Morrow Bay is quite a bit south of Novato and especially where I am in Nor. Cal.

    I would imagine I am about 1 month behind Morrow Bay.
  21. Re: North Bay SF Area .... are you going into your hives yet?

    I live a little further north so it isn't as warm during day but nights are still in the low 40's --- however, winter has been mild with a big storm scheduled for this weekend. We have had some warm...
  22. Thread: bee club

    by orthoman
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    Re: bee club

    Sometimes, the group is just looking for someone to take charge. Our group use to do exactly what you are describing -- just stand around and visit. Pretty much a waste of time. Fortunately, it all...
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    Re: Sugar Water Ratios?

    I have not used a very thin ratio sugar solution but I'm sure they would take it. I would have a concern at this time of the year about having excess moisture in the hive from a real thin sugar...
  24. Thread: Foundation

    by orthoman
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    Re: Foundation

    I think they were located in Northern California -- upper Sacramento Valley -- maybe Red Bluff??? Not sure when they went under or merged with some other company.

    I remember reading some of the...
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    Re: 10 Nuc Increase

    Hopefully Mr. Palmer will expand on his answer - he always gives great information.

    I don't see any big difference on managing a nuc or full size hive. Once you make the nuc - either structure it...
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