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    Re: Planting fowers for bees

    Eden Bros has some great mixes. They are blended for different areas.
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    Re: Confirmed bee plants

    Tim I tried the sainfoin sweet clover mix. Sainfoin seedlings do not compete well. Just about anything competing will beat it out. I did establish a thin planting within the sweet clover. It...
  3. Re: Taking some drawn frames from an overwintered hive.

    You can do that, but I would be a lot more concerned with getting some feed on them. You do not mention brood. There should be at least some brood and eggs. Your hive could be starving out.
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    Re: Funniest bee question ever asked

    I find the OP's subject a little ironic because I had the same question ask of me a few days ago.
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    Re: Crimson clover

    Dominic apparently location plays a big part in this too. We had a patch of Red Clover for four years. The bees worked the Dandelions growing in the clover heavily. It was unusual to see a honey...
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    Re: Crimson clover

    It is not crimson red clover. If red is in the name steer clear. Crimson clover is a big hairy leaved annual or fall annual. Red clover is a short lived perennial. Red clover is nearly useless to...
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    Re: Who's got drones

    This year we are 4-6 weeks ahead of normal with very warm unseasonable temperatures and very dry. We will have drones by the end of the week. Hives look like mid-summer hives with large patches of...
  8. Re: Denver, CO - light yellow pollen, mid-March

    Sounds like Pussy willow, or some other willow, to me
  9. Thread: Weed ID

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    Re: Weed ID

    My guess is Sisymbrium altissimum (Tumble Mustard). It is very common in Southern Idaho.
  10. Re: The flower I recommend for you. Rich Pollen/Nectar source

    If I had let it go it would have been every where in the yard. It crossed a patch of lawn. The seed is apparently moved by the wind. It is aggressive, but probably not as bad as borage. Mice like...
  11. Re: The flower I recommend for you. Rich Pollen/Nectar source

    This is a very aggressive seeder. I had it once, and in a short time it was every where. It took years to get rid of it. So be careful where you plant it.
  12. Re: Why I have never lost an over-wintered hive

    I do not put my shims on until late in the fall after feeding is concluded. I have had very little bur comb built. If you put the shims on while feeding they will fill the space with comb. In a...
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    Re: eggs in my super

    I would leave her alone for now. As she fills the supers she will move down into the brood boxes. The bees will fill the supers from the top down, pushing the queen into the lower boxes. As soon...
  14. Re: Why I have never lost an over-wintered hive

    I agree and do much the same thing. Our losses for 7 winters have been below 10%.
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    Re: Does anyone see 2 queens?

    I think it is another queen. Look at the wing length compared to the abdomen length. Worker bees have wings about the same length as the abdomen. Queens only 1/2 -2/3 the length of the abdomen.
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    Re: Supplementing a package install

    If I have the brood I like to add a frame when a package is installed. It will reduce the chances of the package absconding, and provide new bees to the package population. A population of package...
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    Re: Overwintering Borage is possible

    The seedlings will survive some very cold temperatures. What gets ours is the up and down temperatures in early spring. The seedlings break dormancy and start growing only to be zapped by a cold...
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    Re: Dead Out Numbers/Winter Losses

    We went into the winter with 15 full size hives and 12 nucs. We lost one nuc to queen failure, the rest are booming with lots of brood.
  19. Re: How early in the season is too early to receive and hive a package?

    I Would shoot for Dandelion bloom. For us that is the last week of April.
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    Re: Who swiped the pollen patty?

    Do you have Magpies or Crows?
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    Re: house bees?

    Young bees are slightly lighter in color,and have more hair on them. One way to only shake nurse bees is to sit the fame of brood outside the hive for a short period of time. The foragers will fly...
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    Re: Any known problems with apivar

    Apivar is an amitraz treatment. It is the chemical impregnated on a plastic strip.

    Api Life Var is a thymol treatment, like Apiguard.

    Very similar names, but very different products.
  23. Re: Do bees utilize reed canary grass pollen?

    We have lots of Reed Canary grass on our place. I have never seen bees on it. Other than erosion stabilization on the canal system it is a weed. I definitely would never plant it. Where it has...
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    Re: Making Sugar Water

    Perfectly normal. A slight brownish tint is fine. That is just what the solution looks like. I heat the water to 185 then pour in the sugar, and have for years with no problem.
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    Re: Why top bar hives

    Thanks for the replies. It seems that the three main reasons for top bars is price, convenience, and simplicity.
    Dave
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