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  1. Re: Lost hive in Denver - because of added super?

    Top-bar hive designs, typically are constructed with 2"x8" wood, which is slightly thicker, however I believe that any gain in R-Value is lost to the fact that the Top-bar design is a horizontal...
  2. Re: Lost hive in Denver - because of added super?

    The tar paper being black, absorbs the sunlight resulting in a bit more warmth during the day, and can provide a bit of wind break, but does practically nothing for R-Factor or heat loss at night...
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    Re: Against all odds, nuc is alive

    Do you have electricity near by?
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    Re: Is this what robbing looks like

    Here is a video I took last year of a nuc that got robbed out, in spite of my best efforts.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZ7TfpU23Ao&feature=youtu.be
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    Re: Is this what robbing looks like

    Looks like orientation flights to me. Orientation flights take place pretty much daily when hives have new hatching brood. If you spend much time near your hives near the evenings, you will notice...
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    Re: Checking hive during winter.

    You don't really need a stethoscope. One of the backyard mechanics tools we've learned to use, is simply a piece of tubing. Get some 1/4" tubing from Home Depot or Lowes, typically found in the...
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    Re: Why do bees leave the hive to n December?

    When your fridge encompasses 1.5 miles in all directions... maybe you missed a spot. When your continued existence depends on that fridge, and there are an infinite number of elements contributing...
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    Re: Why do bees leave the hive to n December?

    The color that the hives are painted or covered in, can also change the equation. Darker colors absorb more heat and can aid the colony in the winter, but stress a colony during the summer. If the...
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    Re: Why do bees leave the hive to n December?

    Thank God for Idle minds... Without them, there would be no innovation, or learning or advancement.

    What we think we know for sure, only remains valid until replaced with something better. By...
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    Re: Why do bees leave the hive to n December?

    I also observed pollen coming in last week on a warmer day. As for dead bees on the ground, I believe that this is also somewhat natural. Some have speculated that dying bees may leave the hive to...
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    Re: Why do bees leave the hive to n December?

    I've seen Orientation flights from young bees. Also basic instincts. They will fly and look for resources any time it is warm enough to fly. Survival instincts. Unfortunately they can be tricked....
  12. Re: What to feed during Winter when the hive has no honey?

    All good advice! My question is do you have yellowjacket wasps around? I just learned that I had a much bigger problem than I thought I had. I had not checked my hives for about 3 weeks, but had...
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    Re: Yellow Jacket Wasps and Hornet problems!

    Robbin, one would think that powdered sugar would also attract honeybees, but I have not seen a single honey bee go to the powdered sugar. I've killed many hundreds of wasps and hornets and not a...
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    Yellow Jacket Wasps and Hornet problems!

    Has anyone found any great solutions for controlling Yellow Jacket wasp and hornet problems? I've found powdered sugar works very well as an attractant, and I took the zapper out of a bug zapper...
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    Re: Robbing problems

    I have found screens to be helpful, particularly with honeybee robbing, but to a less degree with yellow jackets. I am having the worst year for yellow jacket wasps than I've ever encountered. They...
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    Re: Robbing problems

    Screens don't have to be elaborate. I opted to not make nice permanent screens and they work fine. My first ones were too long and the residents could not find their way in, but the shorter screens...
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    Re: Aggressive Bees

    By the way, when a bee decides to come after you, I'm relieved when they choose my hair. It takes them a bit to get to the point of being able to sting you, and you know exactly where they are. ...
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    Re: Aggressive Bees

    Beepro, I'm going to disagree with you on this one. Genetics is undoubtedly the key word here, but not necessarily consistent, even within a strain. My brother and I purchased 3 packages of...
  19. Thread: Help

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    Re: Help

    I would give her a couple more days and inspect again. If the queen you introduced is a young mated queen, she could still go out for mating flights, and could have been gone during your inspection...
  20. Re: Queen Marking Fail -or- Can you spot the Queen?

    Nice job!

    I've been using fingernail polish to mark my queens. I recently learned that the nice florescent bright green paint that I've been using, is a water based polish. I thought I was going...
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    Re: Full Frames of Honey in Deeps

    What kind of bees do you have? Carni's and Russians are known to back off of laying toward the end of the season and even earlier if there is a dearth. Are you certain they don't have queens? With...
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    Re: Customer concern

    BMAC, I've enjoyed your comments and can relate, and I believe we are seeing your original experience played out in this thread! It's kinda like you were sharing your frustrations with fellow...
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    Re: Celebrity Beekeeper

    RED has my vote for one of Morgans's best movies. It sounds to me like Morgan has been bitten by the BEE bug. I can't think of a sweeter hobby for him. I could imagine one of those uber fine...
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    Re: Celebrity Beekeeper

    Imagine looking through the wormhole at a universe where beekeepers get together on a forum, where they are not only helpful but kind, and build each other up with constructive and helpful comments,...
  25. Re: Are stings supposed to feel good, almost addictive

    ...:lpf: Ok, now that I've regained composure, (assuming I ever really had any...) but seriously... I'm not quite sure weather the response should be "Hi Nathan welcome!"... or are we still waiting...
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