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    Re: Preparing for Next Year

    There is a lot of Russian sage in our area. It blooms for quite a while in late summer into fall. While I wouldn't say the bees hit it hard all the time, there usually are some bees on each plant...
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    Re: Holy Cow they're thirsty!

    Printerman if you leave the super on over winter it will provide food for spring, but you'll also run the risk of getting eggs laid there early next year. Dirty comb. Assuming the comb is drawn in...
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    Re: Denver area honey color in 2014

    Light colored in NE Boulder too. There was lots of sweet yellow clover around, more than last year. Linden was good too. Bees are out now but no major flow, lots of flowers in neighbors yards.
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    Re: Colorado native bee identification

    Bumble bees, I don't know the variety. We have the same stripe pattern in Boulder(near Niwot) these small ones are the workers. earlier in the season we had larger ones, queens I'm guessing, working...
  5. Re: Planting 1 1/2 acres of Yellow Sweet clover. Cost approx 150.00. Is it worth it

    It's a biannual so no flowers until the second year. It's Good for honey, I heard an old beekeeper in colorado say that there are no bad beekeepers in years that the sweet yellow clover blooms.
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    Re: Hello from Colorado Springs

    Hello Blue,
    What's blooming in the the Springs? We have golden rain trees up here. I think it's the last tree flowering tree we'll see. Lots of garden flowers still going strong.
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    Re: Bees are building new comb

    I agree with J-rat.
    Also feeding 1 to 1 will help
  8. Re: Day 50: My TBH box is 90% full... I don't know what to do.

    I split both of my top bar hives this year,into langs. I screwed a couple of drywall screws into the end of my 18" bars so the screw heads rest on the lang's frame rest. Those hives are doing good,...
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    Re: yellow jackets and low egg numbers?

    I use the big box store traps with the pheromone lures but I've seen videos on u-tube where you can make your own traps using soda bottles and fermented juice or wine.
    here's a picture of mine. cant...
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    Re: yellow jackets and low egg numbers?

    I have a neighbor whose 2 hives were robbed out last fall. The yellow jackets will fly at lower temps than the bees and attack when the bees are confined due to low temps. I know this is months away....
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    Re: Are these bees worth keeping?

    Dumb bees? Or sit just too hot in PA?
    Fabian
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    Re: hive dimensions

    Isn't the 11-1/4" a "standard" dandant jumbo box depth?
    Fabian
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    Re: fighting about water

    I've never seen too aggressive fighting, unless like stated above, it's with wasps. Not sure how big the pond and raft is/are but maybe adding a second raft and some visual barrier between them to...
  14. Thread: Honey press

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    Re: Honey press

    Don you could pull out the good parts, assuming lots of capped honey is intact. Then let your hives attack the rest picking it clean.
    Fabian
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    Re: European Hornets

    Slightly different but a neighbor lost two hives last fall due to western yellow jacket robbing. Yellow jackets fly at lower temps when the bees were inactive. he didn't have a reducer on. I have a...
  16. Re: Breaking the brood cycle for mite control?

    Your brown specks in your packages are more than likely bee poo.
    You can read about the mite/brood cycle at www.mdasplitter.com
    Fabian
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    Re: Can't find the Queen...

    I'm in my second year. I have two hives and split them both. I feel I'm pretty good at spotting the queen, but I am yet to spot one of the split's queens. I didn't have cells just added eggs when I...
  18. Re: Two weeks in and things look good (at least to me)

    I agree looks good! Looks like you'll soon have a population explosion
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    Re: Pollen Levels on Comb

    Nice pictures! As the brood on the comb is mostly capped all of their pollen needs have been met, at least until they emerge. I'm on my second year with two top bars and I worried about the same...
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    Re: Quick top bar hive question

    I agree with all of the above. My two topbar hives made some cross comb at the back of the hives, the last 4combs in each. Each comb was only on two bars but I just harvested it as a set and crushed...
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    Re: why all the high speed shaking?

    Mike hello from the other side of the mountains. I've got two top bars here going into our 2nd year. Split each one into Langstroths this spring. Try to identify and record the pollen types coming in...
  22. Re: Tests find no pesticides in dead bees found along road in Sherwood

    I went out on a swarm call last week where,"...the bees are falling out of the tree". This was the Tuesday after Mother's Day. The Saturday before Mother's Day was warm 70's Mother's Day it snowed...
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    Malformed queen

    A couple of weeks ago I opened a nuc that had several queen cells. I found the queen, I'm getting really good at it, and discovered that she had a malformed wing! She (or the workers) killed all the...
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    Re: africanized, mean, or just mower..

    My suggestion would be to play it safe and requeen. As you just harvested honey I would also make a peace offering to the neighbor. My hives are in the corner of my lot, behind me my neighbor uses...
  25. Re: Consequences of climate change on plants, pollination, and bees

    I saw a study years ago about the growth of shrubs on Los Angeles freeway medians which stated that they grew faster than the same plants a few miles away from the freeways. The commentary/point of...
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