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  1. Re: How much sugar syrup will be used per week

    My mentor told me that if you feed your bees, you get lazy bees. But we are here in California where the flowers are always in bloom. I would say feed them till they get their comb built and then...
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    Re: hive 300 feet from house?

    One thing you can do to help your situation is to put the entrance to the hives opening away from the house. Even if it is twards a wall, the bees will just fly up and away (give them a foot or so...
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    Re: Bait Hive/Swarm Traps

    I have a very similar setup to the one you described (in my case a 5 frame nuk with some drawn comb) and I am seeing the same behavior, lots of visiting bees but none staying. I have captured a...
  4. Re: What's the difference between a swarm and ball of lost bees

    Thanks for the info. All the bees in the nuke were gone the next morning and I assume they went into the hive. The next day there was only a few bees and I did the same thing again - for the last...
  5. What's the difference between a swarm and ball of lost bees

    I captured a swarm last week (second of the year) in a 5 frame nuck box sitting on a shelf in the back of my yard. Iím not sure how long they were in the box but it couldnít have been more than a...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Got a swarm Tuesday, April 5 in Hacienda Heights, California, 91745.

    It seems to be a good size swarm and is gathering lots of pollen and nectar. It moved into a Nuck that that I have been...
  7. Thread: Bee Suit

    by Jerry Kinder
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    Re: Bee Suit

    I was doing fine with levies, garden gloves, a long sleeved shirt and a veil until I got a mean swarm. They stung me her there and everywhere. I declared them AHB (based on my extensive...
  8. Top Entrance hole: to the frame ends or to the comb?

    This may be a nit, but here goes. Iím going to be putting holes into the upper super boxes for a top entrance and was wondering if it is better to have the hole open into the side of the frames...
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    Re: How Long Should a Captured Swarm Sit

    Itís been a week since I captured the swarm so I checked the bees and they are doing great. When I hived the swarm the 10 frame Lang deep was full of old comb so they didnít have to make anything,...
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    How Long Should a Captured Swarm Sit

    How long sould a captured swarm sit before you do an inspection or mess with them? They seem to be doing fine, I just want to add a queen excluder and a super on top of the hive as soon as posible. ...
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    Re: Filtering/Straining Question

    I use the paint strainer that fits over a 5 gal bucket.
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Friday, March 4th, 2011. Swarm in Hacienda Heights, California 91745. I noticed the bees flying in circles about 11:00 and the ball is still forming a cluster at 11:45. It is a bright sunny day...
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    Re: Where to put hives?

    I am a backyard bee keeper and live in the Los Angeles megalopolis in an unincorporated area (no city anti bee laws:thumbsup:). I put my hives facing the wall on the side of the house. The bees fly...
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    Re: Question about hive bodies...

    When the 10 frame deep hive was developed it was designed to be the optimum size (by the standers of the day) for a single hive. Supers were placed on top of it to extract honey. Today, folks want...
  15. Re: Help with selecting the most gentle bee possible

    I have tried keeping bees for the last 2 years. Each year I got and lost two packages of Italians. They did great in the summer and fall, but dwindled down to nothing in the winter. I tried...
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    Tobacco for Smoker fuel?

    Anyone hear of using tobacco to stuff a smoker with? I was reading at http://www.beeworks.com/informationcentre/essentialoil.html about using wintergreen oil to help fight off mites and they...
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    Re: Can you treat Mites this time of year??

    Ok, I got the Oxalic acid and went out to check the hive before mixing it. The weather was warm and the bees were flying in and out bringing in huge pollen bags (light gray and yellow colored). The...
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    Re: Can you treat Mites this time of year??

    Oh my: what I saw was a bee crawling on the ground with deformed wings and 4-5 mites in its back; little brown/gray ones. I assume that this indicates that all or most of the brood will have the...
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    Can you treat Mites this time of year??

    New bees are starting to immerge from my hive and I am seeing mites on them. I found a little one with curled wings and after close examination I found the mites. To my surprise they are not red...
  20. Thread: Two Deep?

    by Jerry Kinder
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    Re: Two Deep?

    I asked a similar question a year or so ago. The discussion went on for quit a while but the bottom line is that bees will adapt to the space you give them. The standard 10 frame Lang deep was...
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    Re: Two out of three ainít bad

    Bad news on the light hive; I found the queen out walking the other day and picked her up and put her back in the box but the next day the box was empty. I guess it was not to be. I think you are...
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    Re: Two out of three ainít bad

    For the most part it was white on the comb. But there was some blue/green stuff on the bottom and a little black stuff hear and there, but that could have been just goo. But for the most part was...
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    Re: Cloudy Honey - filtering methods

    Did you wash the pantyhose first? :lpf:

    No, seriously. I have been told that when using plastic filters, they work better if you wash them first and wring them out as best you can just before...
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    Two out of three ainít bad

    In Southern California the weather got into the 80 last weekend so I opened up my three backyard hives for the first time this year and found one empty, one all moldy with only 3 frames half covered...
  25. Re: I am reading books and enjoying, and then..

    A friend in a city with a near absolute ban on bees (Long Beach, Calif.) built a shed without a roof (i.e., 4 walls and a door). He packed in as many bees as he could and it has worked great for...
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