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  1. Re: Possible bear in uncommon bear area

    MT,

    Take it as a warning.

    Steve
  2. Re: Possible bear in uncommon bear area

    Frankthomas,

    BlackForestBees has the right idea and you might also take a look at something I posted some years ago at: ...
  3. Re: Possible bear in uncommon bear area

    I second the electric bear fence idea. It's well worth is in the long run.

    Steve
  4. Re: Cluster of bees under hive on Screened Bottom Board

    greenbean,

    I had a similar situation several years ago and the bees were even drawing comb on the bottom outside of the SBB. I used a wide putty knife and scraped bees and comb off into the next...
  5. Re: Denver area beeks - how does your honey production look for 2014?

    Dude,

    Sorry to hear that your harvest story is so close to mine. My worst year in the previous six. My thoughts are that any honey put up in the earlier part of the year when conditions were a...
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    Re: Feeding Spenr Brewers Yeast

    sc,

    Yes spent brewers yeast works and yes you have to kill the active portion of the yeast. A fellow beekeeper of mine back in the mountains is the master of this. Look at: ..... or just do a...
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    Re: propolis solvent?

    BeeDee,

    That's very useful information to know. Maybe I'm just too much of a worry wart!

    Just put a gallon of 1:1 on each of two nucs this afternoon and did not have to clean the screens...
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    Re: propolis solvent?

    Shinbone,

    The inverted plastic feeder pails are available from Betterbees, Rossman, and Bushy Mountain with the former being the least expensive. I invert them on three 3/8 " wooden blocks above...
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    Re: propolis solvent?

    Shinbone,

    I also feed my girls similarly with an inverted one gallon plastic bucket but the lid on mine has a very fine brass screen in the middle of the lid, When the fluid is depleted the screen...
  10. Re: Cleaning Wax Capping before using Solar melter

    Let the mappings drain for 24 hours in your furnace room (warm and away from bees) Slosh around in a 5 gallon bucket of water with a squirt of detergent for 24 hours. Pour mix through a fly screen...
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    Re: advice needed to replace bearing

    Markus,

    I'm not a machinist like Terry but I am also Fix-my-own-stuff-guy like Terry. I have replaced the bottom bearing on my Maxant extractor and the Dadant extractor may not be much different....
  12. Re: Denver area beeks - how does your honey production look for 2014?

    Correct.

    Steve
  13. Re: Denver area beeks - how does your honey production look for 2014?

    Thirty new and "aged" beeks attended the Pikes Peal Beekeepers Association bee yard visit in Woodland Park on Saturday. The majority of those I spoke with indicated that honey production so far this...
  14. Re: Denver area beeks - how does your honey production look for 2014?

    Shinbone,

    I too am disappointed with the production this year. I is the worst in the past 3 years. Presently spinning out honey from my home apiary. Cheked out my outyard near Salida yesterday...
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    Re: The bear strikes again

    Dad&Son,

    Sorry to hear about your unfortunate experience. You might be able to pick up some ideas from my post number 25 of about five years ago at : ...
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    Re: Cleaning Bee Suits & Veils....

    Bob,

    Of course I'm sure that it depends on quality, but i have washed my jacket with veil un-zipped and separate many time in the washing machine with just detergent type soap. My jacket-veil...
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    Re: Uncapping Punch

    NewBeeLady,

    What is the brand name, source, and width of the punch roller pictured in your post # 11 ?

    Thanks,
    Steve
  18. Re: Another issue with Screened bottoms.

    Bigg,

    Based on your description your problem comes not from the SBB, but from two other factors: 1) bee space, and 2) technique. First Bee Space: Bee space in a Langstroth hive is 3/8 inch. If...
  19. Re: Frame style queen introduction cage ?

    I built a half dozen of them this year. Kept the queen in them for three days, inspected to be sure no aggressive behavior, then opened the gate to release her. It worked fine.

    Steve
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    Re: Bee escape question

    My experience is that the Porter bee escape will often get jammed up with either a drone or a worker bee that gets stuck and dies in the passage way. This stops the flow of bees out of the honey...
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    Re: The Fat Bee Man

    I an only agree with Andrew Dewey's comment about the Fat Beeman: "he is one of many good and kind people who share information about keeping bees on the web."

    Regards,
    Steve
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    Re: Moving hives on a 4x8 trailer

    SNL,

    I moved two, four box colonies two weeks ago to my bear fence protected summer out yard at 10,000 feet in an open 4 X 8 trailer with a 2+ hour trailer trip. The night before I broke the...
  23. Re: Bear sighted tonight - keep your fingers crossed

    Andrew,

    And all along I thought you were Mr. Tough Guy. Good luck, and I hope you get through the night OK.

    Steve
  24. Re: Moving a hive, in two sections? (too tall for the car)

    Kofu,

    I move some of mine out in the summer and back in the winter. Out from my 7 K feet home yard in the spring to my 10 K feet outyard for the summer and then back to the home yard for the...
  25. Re: Retail Price for Fresh Raw Pollen?

    Moots,

    I'm sure that it depends on the local market but I have sold it for a number of years at $1.00 per ounce. Probably too inexpensively but I do it as a public service for my good honey...
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