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    Re: 3 or 4 mediums?


    I too like you am facing the age plus back and shoulders dilemma and am in a three year transition period from double deeps into triple mediums for brood. I try to harvest twice a season...
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    Re: swarm retrieval ideas??


    I can only agree with you, After 9 days of rain the bees are well established with comb and soon brood. I just have to look at them and wish.

    Have a look at my pix of a "rope in the...
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    Re: swarm retrieval ideas??

    Thanks to CreamPuff for starting the thread and thanks to Thershey for his suggestion. I had a similar situation up 30 feet in a pine tree which started last Saturday. A large 3-4 # swarm of my own...
  4. Re: Thick honeycomb on brood frames. Do you trim?


    Just buy a cheap serrated bread knife and keep it in your apiary. It is very handy for cutting the over sized or cross combed areas out and also separating frames where they are cross...
  5. Re: Swarm Trap - they're here but won't move in!


    I'll bet the suggestion above that there is insufficient room in the trap is correct. Six frames wide with only four frames inside does not provide enough room for a large swarm, especially...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    5/16, 80906, central front range rocky Mt., ~4#, clear weather, ~ 20 ft. up in tree, kept bees, captured.
    5/17, 80906, central front range rocky Mt., !4#, overcast weather, ~30 ft. up in pine tree,...
  7. Re: Need resource ideas to prepare talk to culinary students Re: HONEY

    Thank you for all of the ideas, pointers, hints, etc. and I do have both ABC-XYX and The Hive and the Honeybee in my personal library. Together with the National Honey Board info I now have a good...
  8. Need resource ideas to prepare talk to culinary students Re: HONEY

    I do not need or want a list of honey recipes !

    I need reference ideas where I can prepare a talk about the use of honey in the preparation of various food items, and nutrition, temperature...
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    Re: Feral Hive/ Black Bees


    Excellent explanation for Sanna in post #5. Thank you. Interestingly both Seeley and Hogan are two of my idols too. I think that Sanna will ultimately be successful and happy with their...
  10. Re: Front Range Snow & extended Swarm Advisory


    Maybe I'm thinking of a different video. What you described is what I think that MP calls his "Bee Bomb" and is used as you mention, as a supply source of young nurse bees. At least that is...
  11. Re: Front Range Snow & extended Swarm Advisory


    Does the following fit your definition of a MP style double NUC ? a BB, a deep with a central divider board (often called a queen castle), two 4 or 5 frame NUCs side by side, a 10 frame QE, a...
  12. Re: Front Range Snow & extended Swarm Advisory

    Vance, you're most definitely Front Range of the Rockeys and as noted above climatically similar but cooler. You're actually only 9 deg. north lat. and 5 deg. west long. from here. I for one have...
  13. Re: Front Range Snow & extended Swarm Advisory

    We got 2" of the white stuff and it is still dumping down rain. Got all of my Spring inspections done over the last 10 days & unwrapped and uninsulated. The Q's are laying up good but no Q-cells...
  14. Re: Best way to move a capped queen cell into a queenless colony?


    I'd say do another look-a-bout because the newly hatched Q may be hard to spot.

    I don't have any QC's yet, but I am keeping the girls busy with lots of foundation to draw out.

  15. Re: Do you put weight on your top covers?

    Retired one gallon paint cans full of sand and with lid. Free and come with handles. 30 MPH not uncommon in the Front Range foothills.
  16. Re: How much moisture is added to the hive, from respiration, over the winter?


    I'm cool with the communications.

    In your hypothetical bee tree or gum, yes, I think that a QB would be very similar, except that more moisture would be retained inside (the gum),...
  17. Re: How much moisture is added to the hive, from respiration, over the winter?

    enjambres & Kofu,

    I would like to join in as a fellow collaborator on this QB discussion too. CO is low humidity year round. I have been running QBs for the past 5-6 years and tweaking them a bit...
  18. Re: Bee warmth through different foundations

    I remember when I first joined BeeSource reading a thread about making a hole about the diameter of a nickel in the very middle of all of the frames for horizontal traffic or communication. Although...
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    Re: Snow pac and eletric fence


    See a nearly identical thread running at: Also see my post # 17 on that thread.

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    Re: Touched bear fence

    Lake trout,

    Two suggestions: snow blow a swath outside around your fence and shovel snow out from underneath the "hot" cattle panels, and second, lay down a 2=3 foot wide roll of chicken wire on...
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    Re: Hive Tracking Spreadsheet?

    Take a look at

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    Re: Plans for a 3 frame nuc


    Excellent help for Buzzy!


    If you cut four end panels out of "1 inch" solid wood (with frame rests) that are 7 1/2 inch wide and four side panels that are 9 7/8" long out of...
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    Re: Front Range weather roller-coaster

    jwdeeming, et al,

    I have a summer out yard in the mountains at 10 K ft. near Salida and I travel an hour on dirt from Hartsel down through South Park. As you have suggested, I put them out in the...
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    Re: Front Range weather roller-coaster

    Got snow down here in Colorado Springs now too! It is 36 deg. F.

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    Re: Is this frame ok to reuse?


    The two take aways I get from the photo are: the bees died head first in the cells, frequently attributed to starvation; and, the presence of mold indicates too much moisture in the...
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