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  1. Re: He bought a flow hive!

    Apologies for the huge screen capture, but here's a still from the video with the cells closed:
    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/3552590/CellsClosed.png
    and with the cells open:...
  2. Re: Extractor-less honey by- "Honey Flow"

    I modified that link so that it starts playing at 2:18. I also used an online converter to make a 2-second GIF:

    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/3552590/SplitCells.gif
  3. Re: Sensors inside and the Bee hive. The tech behind the buzz.

    Queen Mandibular Pheromone, or what I like to call "Happy Queen Scent."
  4. Re: Sensors inside and the Bee hive. The tech behind the buzz.

    Would a QMP sensor be useful? Is a QMP detector even possible?
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    Re: Does pollen imply nectar?

    I've fed my single hive a few quarts of syrup over the last few weeks. When I took a peek yesterday, the girls seem to have stored some honey, and some of it is even capped now (vs. 3 weeks when they...
  6. Re: Management changes for flow hive

    Link, please?
  7. Re: Flow Hive- this look interesting

    I'm in for $460 and a full 7-frame super. Then again this is a fun hobby for me, and I'm not trying to make any money. I just want to teach my kid (and myself) about bees, have some honey to eat and...
  8. Re: FYI: Had a Neighbor Visit the Bee Yard Last Night

    So are you going to change your handle now?
  9. Re: Flow™ Hive management question

    I personally think that's the best possible advice they can give. If there were to give actual beekeeping instruction, there'd be a different group of beeks on this very thread, with torches and...
  10. Re: Flow™ Hive management question

    Well, yes, sorta. IMNSHO it's incumbent on the buyer, so long as reasonable caveats are provided by the mfr/seller. And it's there:
  11. Re: Extractor-less honey by- "Honey Flow"

    You're both sorta correct, based on my previous experience backing Kickstarter projects, and assuming that indiegogo operates substantially similarly.

    Yes, "contributors" are expecting to receive...
  12. Re: Extractor-less honey by- "Honey Flow"

    Because if you claim that "no bees die" and then someone takes a photo of one dead bee within 45' of this product, then the entire Internet will blow up with claims of false advertising, malfeasance,...
  13. Re: Extractor-less honey by- "Honey Flow"

    Honey == Money :D
  14. Re: Extractor-less honey by- "Honey Flow"

    Here's the "money shot":

    http://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/honey-3.jpg
  15. Re: Extractor-less honey by- "Honey Flow"

    I hate to be a stick in the mud, but if every time Michael Bush has an opinion on a product it becomes an official endorsement or condemnation with the associated fanfare, then he'll be _less_ likely...
  16. Re: Extractor-less honey by- "Honey Flow"

    I don't see it that way at all. Using Kickstarter means you get to dictate the terms of the investment to a _far_ greater extent than with professional venture capital. And if things don't work out,...
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    Re: Does pollen imply nectar?

    Just curious--what does that sound like? Miniature circular saws and tiny little hammers? ;)

    But seriously, can you really tell they're building comb by the sound of it?
  18. Re: Ratio of 1:1 syrup fed per deep frame drawn?

    This post from 2007 cites some interesting figures on the energy content of wax vs. honey:



    If those are correct, then the energy content ratio is approximately 4:1. If the...
  19. Re: Ratio of 1:1 syrup fed per deep frame drawn?

    Hmmm. You deleted your calculation, but let me see if I can carry on from your general idea. If honey is approx. 16.7% water, equivalent to a 5:1 syrup ratio, then the bees need to reduce 1:1 syrup...
  20. Ratio of 1:1 syrup fed per deep frame drawn?

    So extrapolating from the "8 lbs of honey per lb of wax" rule (which may or may not be accurate), what is the very rough approximate guesstimate of how much 1:1 syrup is required for the bees to draw...
  21. Re: How to re-insert the last frame without crushing bees?

    Yes, but I've been told that it's better to keep the frames in the same order, since the bees like them that way :-)
  22. Re: How to re-insert the last frame without crushing bees?

    No queen excluder.


    What do the two different configurations do for you? My goals are modest:

    1) Don't kill my bees
    2) Don't let them swarm
    3) Add a second hive via package purchase or...
  23. Re: How to re-insert the last frame without crushing bees?

    The curious thing is that my upper medium box is still quite empty. They haven't even gotten around to fixing a few of the frames that melted out during the Apocalypse, though I suppose if there's no...
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    Re: Does pollen imply nectar?

    Yeah; I'm finding that a great deal of what I read on the Internet is just not relevant to Southern California beekeeping, especially with respect to winter.
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    Re: Does pollen imply nectar?

    Thank you!!!! I had no idea this was the case (hence my original post). I checked the hive, and I had lots and lots of capped brood, and nearly zero honey. I had a few frames that were just...
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