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    Re: Aggressive hive question

    Thanks everyone for your input.



    Yes, I saw her a few days after the drifting took place. I also saw her on the 21st and again today. She is a beautiful queen with an amazing brood pattern. I...
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    Aggressive hive question

    On April 19th 2014 I installed a package of Italians, they were very gentle for a couple weeks. On May 8th I put a pollen trap on a nearby hive that caused A LOT of drifting into the new Italian...
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    Re: Wire crimper with helical gears

    I just received my new wire crimpers from Dadant. They have identical LH skew gears that don't mesh. Completely unusable design.
    Looks like the crimpers from Brushy Mountain has straight teeth.
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    Pesticide and other bad stuff in pollen

    I have been collecting pollen for a couple weeks now. My plan was to feed it back to the bees early next spring and use some in pollen frames for queen rearing attempts.

    I did not think I would...
  5. Re: Nice Italian neighbors taking in confused bees!

    >It has become increasingly difficult to get consistent hardware cloth in recent years. It all seems to come from China now and the consistency has suffered a lot.

    What is the actual ideal...
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    Should I be feeding this hive? How can I tell if it needs feed? Any help would be greatly appreciated.:)

    >I have one of the same traps, and I think it would be a tremendous improvement if you...
  7. Re: Nice Italian neighbors taking in confused bees!

    This is a Sundance II top mount. Its suppose to only collect about 70% of the pollen.
    Before I put the trap on I made sure there was a lot of stored pollen.
    Today when I was in the hive I saw a lot...
  8. Re: Nice Italian neighbors taking in confused bees!

    Please, I have a follow-up question.

    It's been one week since I put the pollen trap on. I think the Borg, I mean Italians are done assimilating their neighbors. Resistance was futile! I added one...
  9. Re: Nice Italian neighbors taking in confused bees!

    I sure hope they get this trap figured out soon. Today was very warm and there were bees all over the place! They were flying in every direction and making a lot of noise. If this was a regular...
  10. Nice Italian neighbors taking in confused bees!

    I installed a package of Italians on April 19th. They are doing really well. About 4 deep frames of brood in various stages and bringing in enough nectar to have some capped honey already and lots of...
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    Re: Cell starter comb question?

    >How will you get them to store pollen in it?

    I have been collecting pollen with my new Sundance top mount trap.
    Planning on lightly hand rubbing the pollen into one side of the comb.
    I saw this...
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    Cell starter comb question?

    I have some PF-125s that were used to regress my bee two months ago. The frames have been rotated out of the brood box and now full of honey. I plan on extracting some honey in a couple of weeks....
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    Re: Mating nuc question

    OK great!

    Now, what should these three frames consist of? Honey, nurse bees, drawn comb?
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    Mating nuc question

    Could someone please tell me exactly what goes into a mating nuc?

    If I were to use a 5 frame medium nuc box for mating. Could I put in three frames of whatever is needed and one follower board...
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    Re: Optimal size for a beehive?

    He still does not want to make a split! He does not believe they will make a new queen.

    So, the optimal size is what ever the beekeeper wants it to be.
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    Re: Optimal size for a beehive?

    There is no doubt they will swarm soon or already did.

    So, is there an optimal size to shoot for?
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    Optimal size for a beehive?

    I helped a friend inspect his massive hive last week. It is 3 deeps and 5 mediums high (10 frames each) completely full of bees. He was afraid to split it last year and now its overflowing with bees....
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    Re: Top entrance question

    Success!
    All of the bees are using the top entrance now and the bottom entrance is closed.

    Thank you!
  19. Re: Top mount Sundance II Pollen Trap Question

    Thank you for that Lloyd!

    I ordered the top mount one from Dadant. They are shipping for $13.

    The bottom mount one from this local guy does not look genuine to me.

    1. Every picture I have...
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    Re: Top entrance question

    Michael, I did what you suggested. I guess I should have mentioned that this hive has a screened bottom board and is 5 mediums full to the top with bees. Last night when all the bees came home it...
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    Top entrance question

    Hello everyone.

    I am sure this question has been asked and answered many times before, but I can't find it here.

    I want to convert my hives to top entrance. Should I just do it all at once, or...
  22. Re: Top mount Sundance II Pollen Trap Question

    Thanks everyone.

    Lloyd,

    Thanks for the information! I will drive to Sacramento Bee Supply. I didn't know they sold them, all it says on their website is
    "Pollen traps, various styles:$47.95 -...
  23. Re: Pottery wheel modifications for an extractor.

    Please be careful using PVC and other plastics for honey.
  24. Top mount Sundance II Pollen Trap Question

    I was thinking of getting one of these. Trying to save shipping cost I email my local bee supply store to see if he could order it for me. This is his reply.



    Has this happened to anyone else? ...
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    Re: A lot of mites on small cell bees

    Thanks everyone for the reply's.

    I did a sugar roll with 1/2 cup of bees from open brood and found 3 mites.
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