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  1. Overwintering Nuc Production- Nuc Configuration?

    I was just getting ready to pull the trigger on buying a bunch of 4 over 4 Double nuc boxes. Even though this set up works well-I am rethinking that decision.

    The set up configuration I am...
  2. Re: interesting South Korean migratory landing board

    Great video thanks for sharing. Those hinged entrance covers seem like they work well. Someone could probably make some $ in the US with those. My wife wants to take up camping again- well there you...
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    Re: Top entrance size

    I have a notch in the migratory lid and a 3/4 inch auger hole in each lid. Seems to work well.
  4. Thread: OAV?

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    Re: OAV?

    I was very surprised this fall about how the mites built back up. The think the warm fall in Colorado allowed the bees to produce brood longer. I treated the higher elevation hives in early November...
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    Re: U or W pallet clips?

    Thank you everyone for your advice. For I think U clips will fit best for my operation. As it's very dry here along the Front Range of Colorado.

    Thanks, Rich
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    Re: Easier way to feed...suggestions?

    A 12 volt transfer pump with a 25 gallon tank looks like it might work in my UTV.:)
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    U or W pallet clips?

    I'm building some pallets and wondering if there are any recommendations to using U or W pallet clips.

    I've been leaning toward U clips for wintering as the hives share some warmth. My guess is...
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    Re: Carniolans for North Colorado?

    Longer flows in the valley areas. I have to feed the Carni's less in the fall and they get out at colder temps for cleansing flights. The season is about a month shorter at the higher elevations...
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    Re: Easier way to feed...suggestions?

    I still use 5 gallon buckets and use those fill a galvanized watering can. It works well with frame feeder.
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    Re: Carniolans for North Colorado?

    Contact Dean at Nimbus Apiary located just north of Boulder off HWY 36. Dean produces locally raised queens. I don't know of anyone raising Russian stock in CO. I'm using a lot of Deans queens now...
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    Re: Carniolan Queens

    I have a bunch a Strachan NWC queens and like them a lot. Good luck getting them in the spring. I called in December and got put on a waiting list. One thing I'm doing this year is requeening in...
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    Re: What is your favorite hive configuration?

    I run two 10 frame deeps for brood boxes and mediums for supers. There will likely be a day when I regret that decision. I would look at all the options including 8 frame gear.
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    Re: Package Bee Installation Question

    Your package producer will likely give you directions on how to hive your package and release the queen. Follow the directions of the producer. I normally error on the side of a slow release by...
  14. Thread: So Sad

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    Re: So Sad

    Sorry for your loss. Unfortunately it happens. Think about what happened and is there something you would do different next time. Sometimes a small population is better combined or put into a Nuc....
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    Re: package vrs nuc's

    As Michael Bush mentioned I would try to find an overwintered nuc from your locale.

    As far as building comb- some packages do it real well and some nucs do it real well. Some not as fast. You...
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    Re: Package Bee Installation Question

    Shake them out. I don't spray syrup on the bees. I do spray the foundation with syrup. We usually get cold snaps around package time so I usually have small sugar bricks and pollen patties available...
  17. Thread: Bears

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    Re: Bears

    Very sorry about your hives. Everytime I read one of these I know I'm living on borrowed time raising bees in bear country.

    Remember fences are deterrents and they don't always deter. Bears are...
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    Re: Rearing queens for a small operation

    Randy Oliver's- Scientific Beekeeping website has some good articles on small scale queen rearing. Some good winter reading material.
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    Re: Wintering Nucs - Redux

    Because of the climate I live in I have both entrances facing out the front. Is there some drifting I would say it's likely. I keep the double nucs on hive stands with four on the stand. In the...
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    Re: Woo Hoo! Hive is thriving in CO winter

    I'm close to Ft. Collins about 30 minutes away. My outyards looked good, all alive and seemed to be doing real well, even the overwintering nucs. Still lots of winter left in Colorado. Hard to...
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    Re: Woo Hoo! Hive is thriving in CO winter

    The only way to tell for sure is looking at bee samples under a microscope. If it warms up enough you could collect dead bees off the bottom board. Don't move any of the hive bodies. Just remove the...
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    Re: Woo Hoo! Hive is thriving in CO winter

    Great to hear! I'm going to get out today to some of the outyards and check food stores. The bees chewed through their stores this fall with regular flying days into December. I put dry sugar on all...
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    Re: Winter feeding question

    I would not feed syrup or pollen this time of year. Dry sugar on newspaper, sugar bricks, or fondant. Good luck- sounds like you did well preparing your bees for winter.
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    Re: My bees won't come out of their hives?

    Do your hives get any sun? The spot looks pretty shady. I live at 7000 feet and my bees have been out flying on the warm days above 40 degrees with sunshine. The Italian bees are not as cold hardy as...
  25. Re: Stethoscope to hear the bee cluster in Winter?

    I use a stethoscope if I can't hear anything by putting my ear against the hive. The head on the stethoscope twists so there is a front and back. If you scratch on the diaphragm you can tell what...
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