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    Re: Labor Cost Overwintering Bees In California?

    I think it's important to point out that what growers are paying for is how much brood and how many bees are in the hives at the beginning of the bloom. An egg that is layed on the first day of...
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    Re: Labor Cost Overwintering Bees In California?

    The growers perception when? Before or after your "explanation"? Wouldn't you agree that if a single holds a maximum of 10 frames of bees, a double 20 and a story and a half around 16 frames that...
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    Re: Bees Only Heat the Cluster, Not the Hive?

    It is important to have the hive sloped ahead enough so that when moisture condenses under the lid it will slide downhill before dripping off away from the cluster. I loved the old "buffalo board"...
  4. Re: Frame top bars popping off, seeking opinions from the group

    If you could be in a bee yard with me for just a few minutes I could demonstrate that it is by far the best way to remove a frame that seems securely attached to the frame directly under it or...
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    Re: minimizing robbing

    Or from the bee yard across the road that got moved in. I look at removing lids ahead of you or leaving lids off behind you as more of a "last ditch" effort. Far better to plan how to minimize...
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    Re: First Graft Date

    From mid February in southern coastal areas to early March farther north.
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    Re: wild pigs

    Bee hives don't interest wild hogs at all.....thankfully.
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    Re: minimizing robbing

    It works in varying degrees depending on how many other hives may be in the vicinity. It is interesting to watch hives go from the offense to the defense in a matter of minutes.
  9. Re: Frame top bars popping off, seeking opinions from the group

    If it seems like a top bar is about to give way and moving to the next frame isnt the solution, try working your hive tool under the box and pry up on the bottom bars until the frame pops up. I've...
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    Re: Bees Only Heat the Cluster, Not the Hive?

    We used to see the same thing when wintering bees in central Minnesota, we packed them side by side in twos with the old "buffalo board" sheeting for a lid topped by a layer of straw, then a wrap...
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    Re: Bees Only Heat the Cluster, Not the Hive?

    Oh sure, I've starved plenty of those as well. My experience with wintering bees is pretty extensive. I like to tell people I have a lot of experience in how NOT to do things, now if I can just...
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    Re: Bees Only Heat the Cluster, Not the Hive?

    Perhaps someone (besides myself) familiar with handling package bees could chime in? Why the heck have you guys been wasting time and money sticking feed cans in bees that will be I stalled within 3...
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    Re: Bees Only Heat the Cluster, Not the Hive?

    I don't think gorging is consistent with what bees do in winter. In swarming they need to gorge to have the ability to survive and build comb to start a new home, plus one of the primary triggers...
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    Re: Bees Only Heat the Cluster, Not the Hive?

    Bees get listless after 24 hours without feed and will die within about 48 hours......I've starved enough of them through the years to know. Probably slightly longer in the winter when they are less...
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    Re: Drone congregation Area

    We are getting a bit closer now. Perhaps the UK isn't a world of its own after all. ;). My experience is any delays in mating flights over about a week take a pretty good toll on mating success. I...
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    Re: Drone congregation Area

    It takes another 2 weeks in the UK? Really? What kind of "catch" percentage do you typically see with matings so delayed?
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    Re: Thymol & mites

    A 1/4" shim would be too slim. A 1" slat is where it's at.


    I used Hopguard on 4 combers last year with no problems. Given the fact that they recommend 2 strips per 10 frames of bees with...
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    Re: Tried MB fall harvest but issues, ideas?

    Fall harvest? Hmmmmm. Best case is you have a bunch of 34 degree honey and possibly some granulation that will complicate extracting. Worst case is what you describe, lots of bees clustering in...
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    Re: Thymol & mites

    Oh man, I was afraid someone would ask me this. Seems like both these products are fickle and follow up monitoring is prudent with both. I saw good results and not so good with each and don't fully...
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    Re: Thymol & mites

    Yes, it's true thymol fumes are heavier than air but if you put the strips directly under the lid you need a rim to allow space for evaporation or a lot of hives will propolize them onto the lid, in...
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    Re: Thymol & mites

    You are going to see a lot of the same issues with thymomite as you will with Apiguard. Some queens may shut down and you may even lose a few here and there. I really like the convenience of the...
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    Re: Back ground noise....

    Ok, so my deleted post wasn't meant to be a post at all but rather a misguided pm informing someone what I did and didn't know based on a little info and a little conjecture......and the mystery...
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    Poll: Re: Bees, lies and evidence-based policy

    This is really the crux of the issue. Overlay maps in the US of bee losses in relation to neonic usage don't correlate to a direct link between the two. We know that some beekeepers continue to...
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    Re: Does anyone use apistan?

    How it may or may not work today is only part of the story. I think its pretty safe to say that resistance will re-emerge pretty quickly. ......"fool me twice, shame on me"
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    Re: How is your pepper flow down south?

    Tip: Either find a day cool enough when bees arent flying or pull that honey really, really fast and get it the heck out of there.
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