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  1. Re: Paramount Farms buys out Headwater Honey (David Mendes)

    This is great news, you should celebrate whenever a neighbor gets a great price for his house.
  2. Re: Do you drive an electrric car..if so do you like it

    I'm coming up on the end of my lease of a Leaf. My commute is 40 miles max. It's been great, especially paired with solar panels which has the effect of halving my electricity bill and eliminating...
  3. Thread: Combine question

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    Combine question

    I have a number of nuc sized colonies with young unproven queens. I'm trying to hit the orange blossoms and want to ramp them up for a varietal crop of honey.

    I stacked a colony that had a queen...
  4. Re: Hello, from a new beekeeper in Fullerton, California!

    Hi Amy,

    I've been at it just over a year now, welcome to the forum, it's a great resource!

    Don't neglect joining the local club, the Orange County Beekeeper's Association. It meets on the...
  5. Thread: Mating flight

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    Re: Mating flight

    Smoking a cigarette?
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    Re: best way to add nuc/queen to bigger hive

    I lost a lot of bees when I tried to use newspaper to combine a large queenless hive with a smaller queenright hive--not sure why, but my impression at the time was uncontrolled fighting. I built a...
  7. Thread: Moving hives,

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    Re: Moving hives,

    Where can I get that?
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    Re: AHB/ Possible AHB reports in California?

    It would be naive to assume no AHB colonies are trucked to the almonds...
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    Re: AHB/ Possible AHB reports in California?

    I've heard that the penetration of AHB like behavior extends as far north as San Luis Obispo. There is certainly some hybridization, and a team from UC Davis is looking at mitochondrial DNA in...
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    Re: AHB/ Possible AHB reports in California?

    My first year beekeeping experience in Southen California is that all the "free" bees from swarms and cutouts are hardy, but once they get big, they become aggressive. I purchased two nucs whose...
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    Re: Saw first live swarm

    8,600 posts, and this is your first swarm. You need to get out more.
  12. Thread: First mean hive.

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    Re: First mean hive.

    All my hives captured from residences here in Southern California have wound up like Glock's mean hive, once they grew out of the first box. I have tired of it and purchased some queens from...
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    Re: Making a small split....

    If you are going with such a small hive, might as well try an observation hive. Not too hard to make, much more interesting than watching a nuc on the porch.
  14. Thread: Double Screen

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    Re: Double Screen

    They are also called Snelgrove boards, I just made one this week. Here is a link that describes how they are used. Basically, the hive odors are circulated through the boxes, while the "doors" are...
  15. Thread: My Purina Diet

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    Re: My Purina Diet

    I cant wait to retire.
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    Re: Reaction to stings worsening

    I got stung 9 times today, a little more than average. Fingertips hurt the worst, got 6 in the small of my back which now feels great. No swelling at all after a couple of hours. I couldn't find my...
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    Re: Do I Have Afrcanized Honey Bees?

    According to Dr. Mussen of UC Davis, Africanization is defined by mitochondrial DNA, however, it doesn't really matter since behavior is determined by nuclear DNA! Africanized drones can mate with...
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    Re: Overwhelmed by it all

    Keep your woodworking equipment, great way to clean out your scrap pile.
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    Re: My TF Trial is over - for the time being

    >Do likewise and these threads will take a turn for the better.

    There was a poster on another beekeeping forum using the same name and employing the same technique. He was eventually ignored, but...
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    Re: Replacing queen question

    Ok, say the queens are in hand, would it be best to introduce the new queen into a newly made nuc until it is accepted and laying, then gradually shift brood frames in with the new queen? Would that...
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    Re: Hogan Trap Out question

    You'll have to figure out how to get the queen to move into the hive body--with no brood and no returning foragers, you might be left with a small patch of comb in the tree and no bees.
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    Best size to successfully requeen hot hives

    Still in my first year, and have accumulated a fair number of bees from swarms, trap outs and splits. In Southern California, it hasn't been too difficult to keep bees alive, but they all seem to...
  23. Thread: Nuc yard.

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    Re: Nuc yard.

    You in particular have been prominent in sharing your experience with OAV--thanks!

    Do you have any thoughts about this--in particular, you showed heavy mite infestations in many of your hives,...
  24. Thread: Windows XP?

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    Re: Windows XP?

    Windows XP will still run, I was never able to keep a PC alive as long as you have. If you are adventurous, you could download Linux Mint, and run it from a CD without changing your operating...
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    Re: A lot of mites on small cell bees

    I'm in Southern California, so there wasn't a real winter to serve as a brood break here. You may want to do a sugar roll or alcohol wash of about 200-300 nurse bees scraped from a frame to see the...
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