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    Re: Very dark honey

    My bees are putting up some honey right now that is black as midnight. It is in stark contrast to the lighter capped honey next to it. I thought it was just on a section of darker comb but the...
  2. Thread: 20 ACRES

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    Re: 20 ACRES

    Phacelia is a good cover crop that produces truckloads of nectar and it re-seeds itself after browning out. Alfalfa is great for nectar if left to flower. I also want plants that produce copious...
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    Re: Newbees, Mediums and AFB -- a cautionary tale

    This is good to know, and from reading my understanding is that AFB is hard to transmit via gloves, jacket, hive tool etc also.
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    Re: NPR radio story

    Tried to talk my stepfather out of letting gmo/neonic seeds from being planted on our acreage. Turns out that request is almost totally unfeasable. Fortunately, my stepfather does the planting for...
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    Re: Newbees, Mediums and AFB -- a cautionary tale

    There's the pot calling the kettle black.
  6. Re: To be treatment free, get treatment free bees to begin with

    Ill do a bit more research. I looked at the map link and commented before I read through the website. I'm definitely going to get a few queens :)
  7. Re: To be treatment free, get treatment free bees to begin with

    Did you get your queens from Glenn Apiaries or from a different breeder? Looks like Glenn is the closest to me. I was wondering how tolerant the subsequent generations would be also. Thanks for...
  8. Re: To be treatment free, get treatment free bees to begin with

    Who is a good breeder of vsh queens? I was going to buy a few in the spring for some splits.
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    Re: Late trap out Q's

    I would wait until spring to get them out, better chances they will survive on their own without having to feed, feed, feed, and feed. Its also a bad time to be combining/adding more bees to an...
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    Re: Slow year for honey

    Horrible year, rained every day during summer which made no one cut their alfalfa. However, we got no flow from it because it rained every day. 1 out of 3 farmers lost their 3rd cutting to rot. I...
  11. Thread: 8 frame or 10

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    Re: 8 frame or 10

    The worst winter we have had in recent memory was last winter. My 8 frame hives made out of 5/8" plywood all made it through the winter and built up well. None of my nucs died out either. Two ten...
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    Re: Strange swarm on 8/28/14

    I have never seen a swarm this time of year and I picked one up off the side of a guy's garage 4 days ago about the size of a basket ball. I used a Clorox box as a temp hive and weighed it when I...
  13. Thread: 8 frame or 10

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    Re: 8 frame or 10

    All the equipment I have been making the last year are 8 frame deeps. I'm going to migrate all my 10 frame equipment into 8 frame deeps and 8 frame mediums. The bees seem to draw out all 8 frames...
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    Re: Counterfeit money

    The people who counterfeit the 1s and 5s tend to go long stretches before getting caught. Unloading 1s and 5s would be a bit of work lol
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    Re: When a hive doesnt make it post swarm

    I've done several cut outs where the mother colony had swarmed multiple times and the last queen cells were dinks or the last queens didn't make it. It happens. At least in your apiary you can...
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    Re: Anyone else keepng a log book?

    I used to log everything but now its mostly what needs to be done to which hive, honey yields, blooms, flows, emergence of other critters/plants etc. Logging is invaluable to me when I've moved...
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    Re: vaporizing nucs

    Yeah you need to go nuts with the scooper to overdose a hive with OA. Not to say it can't happen but a 5 framer is an easy eyeball estimate.
  18. Re: Phrases I just wouldn't have expected to say till I started beekeeping

    "Start smoking over there." said to my son
    "If every bee was like a drone I would hug each one coming out of the hive. As it stands now, I want to punch each one leaving the hive in the face."
  19. Re: oxalic acid treated hives with high mite counts

    I use an old radio flyer wagon to carry two car batteries wired in parallel to each other which in turn is wired to a 100 watt solar panel (charge controller) and vaporizer(s). Mobility was my...
  20. Re: Are carpenter ants a nuisance or big trouble?

    I've done several cutouts from fallen trees where there were more carpenter ants than there were bees. They seem to live in harmony in the tree. Finding them in a hive would worry me about the...
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    Re: How many Hives???

    Around here you get 1 week of late bud/early flowering before the alfalfa is cut. It can bring in 4 -5 one week flows a year. I wouldn't count on it though.
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    Re: Denver area honey color in 2014

    I tend to get light colored honey in town, dark honey from the plains, and in-between from the mountains. I sell the lighter honey from town as premium also. Tons of rain here this year also. My 8...
  23. Thread: Bee dancer

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    Re: Bee dancer

    When someone told her to buy 'pasties' for her dance she heard 'carnies' lol:banana:
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    Re: Pictures of different honeybees

    Thanks for the pic.
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    Re: Most useful gadgets

    Veil, smoker, j hook hive tool, goose feather, and rocks for marking hives i need to check on the next trip to the apiary.
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