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  1. Re: How to be competitive when the competition iis priced too low?

    Plenty of businesses do well even if there is a walmart in the same town.
    You will have different customers than him.

    Here we sell for $10 per Lb. No problem selling it even though the fruit...
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    Re: Dusting Hives for Varroa Mite control?

    You're right on the money.
    I only dust at the end of winter when their is little brood, And August/September. If I have a hive go queenless in the summer I'll go ahead & dust them since they are...
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    Re: Dusting Hives for Varroa Mite control?

    Its not just the grooming, part of it is the temperature rise in the hive, another part is that mites can't hold on when powder gets on their feet.
    Our mites fall to the ground under the hives. If...
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    Re: Drone comb loaded with mites

    I find sugar dusting does a good job on broodless colonies also.
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    Re: Dusting Hives for Varroa Mite control?

    I've used dusting, IPM, small cell & local stock for mite control about 8 years with very good results.
    According to Randy Oliver once per week isn't enough to lower mite levels, but it will keep...
  6. Re: Northern CA Beekeepers - Super questions for you

    It varies a lot from year to year, with the strength of the hive, drought.
    I often get 2-3 harvests per season with one or two supers per strong hive.
    Nevada County beekeepers assoc. might be a...
  7. Re: "Vanishing of the Bees" documentary: Couple of Questions

    Mark you are assuming CCd is a pathogen, nobody knows what it is. The hive that had is died out.
    Airing out the equipment a few months before re-use is what UC Davis recommended & it worked.
    As far...
  8. Re: If bee space is 3/8" , why is the bottom board space 3/4" ??

    The basement & attic space don't count for the bee space rules.
  9. Re: "Vanishing of the Bees" documentary: Couple of Questions

    I only re-queen hives that are queenless. Otherwise I let them raise their own.
    We have had one CCD loss that I know of. Our extension apiarist from UC Davis said just open air all the equipment for...
  10. Thread: Windows 10

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    Re: Windows 10

    I've heard it reads you're emails & other things you might think are private & Microsoft uses the info to make $
    Also I've heard it isn't much different than win 8.1
    You can still but new computers...
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    Re: Tragedy Strikes the BeeBee Tree World

    Thanks Olie, Didn't realize that was the only mature tree you had growing around town.

    Charley, I feel the need to rescue that poor thing.
  12. Thread: Hello from CA

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    Re: Hello from CA

    Welcome, Mt Diablo beekeepers assoc. has a meeting next week in Pleasant hill, www.diablobees.org
    Also there is a facebook page, come on down & join us.
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    Re: Tragedy Strikes the BeeBee Tree World

    Hey OD, yours blooming yet?
    The one I started from seed a few years ago is 9' tall & doesn't have buds yet.
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    Re: East Bay, CA Summer expectations

    Most of my hives on this side of the hills have slowed down. They won't draw wax unless they need space or you feed.
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    Re: vsh queens Miller compound

    Put a frame with some eggs in the suspected queenless hive, & the bees will let you know if they are queenless.
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    Re: Two queens laying next to each other.

    I've had hives with mother & daughter queens working together for months.
    Haven't heard of sisters doing it, but I bet it happens.
  17. Re: how do you not smash bees when putting hive bodies/supers back in place?

    You will kill a few every time you're in the hive.
    A little smoke, set the box diagonally & rotate.
  18. Thread: Moth Control

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    Re: Moth Control

    I'm in a warm climate & BT azawaii works well for me.
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    Re: CA Foothills Bee Plants

    Does sound like a backwards move. Leaving Gods country for Fresno?
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    Re: CA Foothills Bee Plants

    Just check the USDA climate zone.
    I think clover will grow anywhere.
  21. Re: Hello from Newbie in Contra Costa County, CA

    Matt.
    You're welcome to go through my hives with me anytime. I have about 20 of them, & there is always one that needs attention.
    I know 3 beekeepers in San Ramon, our club has beekeepers all over...
  22. Re: Hello from Newbie in Contra Costa County, CA

    Hi Mat,
    Randy the mayor of Oakley is a beekeeping friend. He got it legalized last year.
    I keep hives in Brentwood in AG40 zoning area, but don't know the residential laws.
    We have Residential...
  23. Re: Treatment Free - European Foulbrood - Newbie could use advice...

    Re-queening the hive to change the susceptible genetics is often recommended.
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    Re: Xentari: BTA for treating Wax Moth

    The entomologist should tell you its not approved for bee hive use in the US.
    He/she wouldn't jeopardize their job by telling you how to use it.

    [QUOTE=BeeBad;1303176]I contacted VALENT and the...
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    Re: Maxant vs Dadant extractor

    Our honey is very thick, sometimes 16% moisture. It can take 20-30 minutes per load for us.
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