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  1. Thread: Lost Queen

    by SBBeeman
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    Re: Lost Queen

    Hi Folks:
    Thanks for the input. I will simply transfer a frame of open brood from my strong hive (I have a weak one as well) and continue every week. I expect the population will dwindle a bit for...
  2. Thread: Lost Queen

    by SBBeeman
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    Re: Lost Queen

    Hi Folks:
    Similar story for me yesterday, but a little worse. I can't find evidence of a queen, but there are also no capped brood left - although the hive population is quite good. I was in...
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    Re: strapping comb to a frame question

    Hi Shane:
    You might want to look at this youtube video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M54of8v7hsM showing a very simple mod on a frame to hold in the combs. I have used this twice with deep...
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    Re: perished colony in Santa Barbara

    Hi fafrd:
    I don't have a quantitative method for the mite count and I agree that I'll be using a screened bottom board with a sticky mat from now on. As I said, it is certainly possible that...
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    Re: perished colony in Santa Barbara

    Hi BeemanDan:
    The simplest direct reason I believe the Apistan is not inneffective is simply because the evidence of the mites is no longer obvious. Last year (being unaware) I had many bees...
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    Re: perished colony in Santa Barbara

    Hi Odfrank:
    I just viewed your video about the small colony size and this is exactly what my colony looked like. One thing to add is that it was really small last year as well and so I didn't...
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    Re: perished colony in Santa Barbara

    Hi Odfrank:
    I hope it is nothing new, but I'll assume their demise was something known since I don't have any information to conclude otherwise.
    As I had mentioned, last year the queen...
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    Re: perished colony in Santa Barbara

    Hi Fuzzy:
    It is possible that they swarmed, but I removed any developing queen cells (none capped and they were not many) during each inspection. I didn't see any noticeable sharp changes in...
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    perished colony in Santa Barbara

    Hi Folks:
    I have had good luck with my hive until these last set of rains near thanksgiving and the hive diminished quickly and is now a total goner. The reason I came back to the site is to...
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    Re: Stung in the face and Queenless

    The results are in and Hambone is right...and so are all the rest of you.
    The saturated sugar syrup stays...no problem at all. It seems to be the convolution of the upturned 13 degree angle of...
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    Re: Stung in the face and Queenless

    Hambone:
    You had asked how bad my mite population was...to be honest, I didn't perform a count of any quantitative kind. I witnessed shredded wings for several weeks before I fgured out...
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    Re: Stung in the face and Queenless

    Hi All:
    Foremost, I want to thank you all for helping here...I have been keeping bees for about six months and I am still just understanding some of the simple behaviors.
    In my search for...
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    Stung in the face and Queenless

    Hi Folks:
    This is my first year as a beekeeper and I earlier I ran into a serious Varroa mite infestation with my Italians. The problem went on longer than it should have because I was...
  14. Re: Hi from Goleta,CA (next to Santa Barbara)

    Hey Mark:
    I'm a new beek as well, with only one hive. I am rather close to you compared to most folks in the group..right off Modoc Rd near Las Positas. Perhaps we can share hive stories...
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    Nectar flow in Southern Cal.

    Hi Folks:
    I am trying to get a beter understanding of the nectar flows in Southern California and particularly around Santa Barbara. There is always something in bloom, but the bees don't care...
  16. Thread: Water Source

    by SBBeeman
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    Re: Water Source

    I did add the rock ahead of time to give them something to land on...the lemongrass oil sounds like a winner!:thumbsup:
  17. Thread: Water Source

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    Re: Water Source

    Sounds kinda' gross :eek:, but I'll give it a try...I've got nothing to lose.
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    Re: Start feeding again?

    Well, the weekend came and went with an inspection and no new feeder. I thought very carefully about the reasons I chose to keep bees and they didn't really start with a need for a lot of honey.
    ...
  19. Thread: Water Source

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    Re: Water Source

    Hey fbfischer:
    I'm with the other folks on this topic. Trying to keep my new bees away from the neighbor's kiddie pool, I built a nice fountain with clear, fresh water about 8 feet from the...
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    Re: Bur and brace comb

    Hey MikeJ:
    I would recommend cutting out all the comb that isn't on the frames where it belongs. It'll just cause headaches during inspection later - or worse, knowing you'll have trouble with...
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    Re: Start feeding again?

    Hi Folks:
    Yes Danny, I agree that as a keeper I need to assess the situation and take all the variables I think are relevant - along with the incomplete knowledge I have about the bees, the...
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    Re: Start feeding again?

    Thanks Drur
    The timing of the dropoff does coincide well with the dieoff of the original bees. There are many, many bees now and they do have capped stores and some uncapped as well..whew:)
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    Start feeding again?

    I'm at 8 1/2 weeks with my first hive of Italians. I started with the standard single deep body hive and a top feeder and 3 lbs of nice bees (+ queen).
    The bees went like gangbusters, filling...
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    Hi folks - from Santa Barbara, Ca

    Hi All:
    Just wanted to chime in here. I've been following along for a few weeks and wanted to jump in finally. So far I've learned plenty - but I feel like I know almost nothing...time will...
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