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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    Thanks for the encouragement Brandy, however the memo hasn't reached Mother Nature about us living in a Banana belt since yearly we stand to fall into an inversion for 6-8 weeks with near zero to sub...
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    I'm going on my 5th season treatment-free and as others said it's not an easy path but it has helped me raise a bee that is hardy to the extremes of Western Colorado. Winter count as of Jan. 10th...
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    Re: Top entrance

    Nice. Similar method to the one I use as well.
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    Re: Horizontal Hive w/ Modified Frames

    In a normal horizontal hive the standard frames can be run in either direction; in one example the frames sit side by side and in the other example frames rest on a bridge in middle of box to allow...
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    Re: Reversing brood chambers

    2nd season without doing reverses of hive bodies. During splits all my hives have had brood in both top and bottom hives. Most queen cells I've seen being built per hive.
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    Re: My (alternative) theory of the Bush Miracle

    I have to agree someone needs to volunteer to paint those for M.B. :p
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    Re: waxing plastic foundation

    I just use a block of wax and rub over cell surface of frame, the bees take to it nicely.
  8. Re: Feeding honey back before its too late... unless it is

    When feeding honey make sure they have water available for pollen flow and brood building.
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    Re: My splits. Tell me where I am screwing up

    I would agree with all the advice given but would stress the importance of seeing drones coming in and out of hives before doing a split. If there are few drones at the sport bar for the queens to...
  10. Thread: Splits

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    Re: Splits

    I do all my splits on location, I move them from one end of the bee yard to the other end when possible.
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    Re: Opinions needed on split

    Yes! :)
  12. Thread: Horizontal

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    Re: Horizontal

    Not in your area but my two long Langs survived our winter which typically starts 1st of December with 5-8 weeks of temps never getting above freezing during the day and dropping to below zero at...
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    Re: Feeding back honey

    I put any excess honey and uncapped wax in a 5 gal bucket and place it 50 feet away from bee yard. As for frames of honey I add those to splits if they are needed and process the rest for my...
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    Re: Opinions needed on split

    My only question is why would you shake off the nurse bees? If you do an even split of brood, honey and pollen and not worry which box has queen put a queen excluder between the two deeps after doing...
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    Re: Feeding back honey

    I've heard all the horror stories too about feeding honey I only feed honey to my bees and it doesn't matter which hive it came out of or cutout if I am the one who inspected it when harvested. On...
  16. Re: Horizontal Hive Overwintering Fools Challenge 2013/2014

    Of the two 22 frame Long hives I experimented with this last bee season I can safely admit both survived our normal bitter cold and beat my losses from standard Lang equipment. One has come through...
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    Re: What to plant?

    I would recommend borage if it will grow in your area self-seeds and sprouts along with dandelions and blooms until first hard frost. My bees love it.
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    Re: Bees Are Very Active

    I should be on the list under my wife's name, I have my paypal confirmation.
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    Re: Bees Are Very Active

    Sunny, Howdy neighbor and I hope to see you at the 4 Corner's seminar in March. Up here in Grand Junction we've had a bitter winter as usual and the Honey's have only been flying for a month now....
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    Re: We will build our hive bodies...

    We have a local member in our club who sells assembled hive bodies for $2 more than Mannlakes unassembled hive body kit. I recommend them to our club members who are looking to expand and don't have...
  21. Re: What could the bees be bringing into the hive this time of year?

    While working in the bee yards yesterday including my student's hives we observed white creamy pollen being brought in, the bees look like little bombers fully loaded trying to land. This is the...
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    Re: High Elevation Beekeeping?

    No wrap, No feed until March, then only honey if needed. Not at 6000' ft. but it is actually colder in the valley than the surrounding mountains at 8000-11,000 ft. High mountain desert climate,...
  23. Re: Combination of Langstroth & TBH - reality for possible future hives, or a disaste

    Here are my Long hives with 22 frames each, I use the bottom disc for ventilation and the 3" entrances built into standard size Lang lids for the bees to come and go as they please. We opened one a...
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    Re: Cleansing flights, gone wrong.

    I see this every year and I have surmised those that crash were ready for a dirt nap because for every one I see fall there are many more that make it back to the hive.
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    Re: Top entrances

    I use both 3" top and bottom entrances, as others said the bees will use either the top, bottom or both depending on the hive.9024 I reduce the bottom entrance down to 1 or 2 - 3/8" openings in the...
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