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    Re: Excessive bearding?

    Most likely cause is lack of ventilation. The foragers are out all day working, so they will not be sitting around. The other problem if it is an established hive is too many bees. On hives with...
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    Re: 5 gal sugar syrup recipe

    I do the 3 gallons of hot tap water mixed with 25 pounds of sugar. I use an battery operated drill with paint mixer. I'm also looking to upgrade to something bigger. I'm up to about 50 colonies, so...
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    Re: Long distance apiary

    I have 4 yards that are about an hours drive. It is about a 10 minute drive between those yards. I get there every 10-14 days during the season. I carry a lot of extra stuff so I can fix problems...
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    Re: how to mark a queen???

    I use the Michael Palmer method. Testors model paint and dry piece of grass.
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    Re: Electric 12V energizer

    The 6 volt solar is probably a little light for bears. I use the 6 volt to seperate bees and livestock in areas that don't have bears. The 12 volt Parmak charger also comes with solar, but they are...
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    Re: Missing queen in mini nuc.

    Assume the worst. I'm not sure why your using a mini nuc? I would do as Stan suggested or just combine the bees with your hive and be done with it.
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    Re: Electric 12V energizer

    They are seperate. The solar panel is about the same dimensions as a ten frame deep lid. The panel has no problem keeping the battery charged.
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    Re: Electric 12V energizer

    Ben: I have the Magnum 12 setup so the battery and charger are inside a deep hive body with a solar panel laying flat secured to a migratory lid. It does not stick out so much.
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    Re: Electric 12V energizer

    I use the Parmak 12 volt fence chargers and they are probably the best on the market. I would highly recommend them. The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Beehive Enclosure brochure has a design with a...
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    Re: Front Range weather roller-coaster

    It's like feast or famine.
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    Re: Front Range weather roller-coaster

    Well low and behold the bees are in the clover. Hopefully things start flowing for the best!
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    Re: Front Range weather roller-coaster

    I have the same thing- tons of flowering yellow sweet clover, not a bee working it. Hopefully it just needs more sun.

    I'm going to get down and check the alfalfa yards Thursday and see how there...
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    Re: Front Range weather roller-coaster

    Steve: I'm at 7000 feet. The yellow sweet clover is just flowering at this elevation and the bees are not working it yet. Maybe I should give it a week?
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    Re: Front Range weather roller-coaster

    How folks doing with a nectar flow? Tonight I started feeding 1:1 at my home yard. They hives are empty and the bees are killing the drones. I'm likely going to start moving them down to the valley...
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    Re: How do *you* move hives?

    > Things can fall off of handcarts.

    In my experience they often do... in accordance with Murphy's law, at the worst possible moment...

    Yes they do- had a double tip over on me this morning...
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    Re: Hello from Denver Suburb

    Welcome
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    Re: 3rd deep hive body? Too late for supers?

    If your area has a good flow they should have no problem filling an 8 frame deep. I'm just not sure about your area, hopefully someone local responds.
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    Re: Bee Sting Infections

    I got antibiotics on previous visits, I got steroids today. I will likely get steroids in the future if needed.
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    Re: Bee Sting Infections

    Dynemd: thanks-My best guess is I get LLRs, not infections. The Dr. likely sees the redness, swelling, and warm skin and thinks it's an infection. Right now it does not occur that often, luckily....
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    Re: Bee Sting Infections

    Thanks everyone. It is not a normal reaction for me. I did make run up to my Dr. This morning. I got stung on the hand in the same general area I got stung 3 times in the past three weeks. I usually...
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    Bee Sting Infections

    Has anyone had regular infections due to bee stings? It seems I'm getting infections about 20% of the times I get stung. The initial bee sting has the regular sting reaction- some pain and minor...
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    Re: Smoker recommendations?

    I bought a Dadant to replace a Mann Lake smoker. I think the Dadant is much better.
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    Re: Advice for moving a hive a long distance?

    Craigslist or through a local bee club. People sell hives. In CO- I've seen double deep hives sell for between $250 to $400 per hive.
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    Re: Advice for moving a hive a long distance?

    For one hive is it really worth all the effort? My want to consider selling it on CL.
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    Re: Defensive Trait

    Well chalk it up to lesson learned. This is the same hive that in the dearth last year I had to put a full suit on to go into the yard. The hive has become increasingly aggressive as I need to work...
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