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  1. Re: Smallest population you can start a colony with

    All my splits this year were two frames of capped/open larva and one frame of food, a frame of drawn comb and an empty frame. I introduced queen cells to them over a week ago and as of Wednesday all...
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    Re: Filling internal feeders

    I make the syrup at home then put it in 5 gallon totes that are used to hold water on camping trips and such. I found them in Wincos grocery store. You just buy the jug, install the pour valve and...
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    Re: Veil only...no suit. Thoughts?

    Exactly!!! I wear gloves, ventilated jacket/veil and jeans. I can get stung in the legs and hardly anything happens, I can get stung in the forehead and have minimal swelling, but I get stung on the...
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    Re: almond bees stolen

    Right on, keep us posted on who the scum bags are!
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    Re: Swarm on ground

    Yup, just place a complete hive with even one frame of comb in it on the ground with the entrance touching the swarm and they will rush in like shoppers to a Black Friday sale!! I have even don't...
  6. Re: Laying worker hive - combine with queen-right hive?

    Yup, I agree. Adding a frame of brood every week is a waste of time and resources..............you could take those same 3 frames of brood and start a brand new nuc and if you want, make arrangements...
  7. Re: Starter hive not interested in raising a queen??

    I'm not sure about the mood part, I have had them clean the larva out of the cups during a dearth, even though they were queenless for 4+ days. Good to hear that you got some cells started though!
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  8. Re: Starter hive not interested in raising a queen??

    Any update on the starter hive?
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    Anyone missing bees out of almonds?

    I get the Stanislaus crime alert on Facebook and it was just posted about someone finding two pallet less bee hives. The colors are yellow bottom deep/blue upper deep and white migratory lids. They...
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    Re: Do you destroy these types of structures

    I don't get much bridging with foundationless either. I only clean up the frames if its from a dead out or they have built the comb to thick that I can't use it else where.
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    Re: Should I smoke?

    Wow, im above average then since in the 3 years ive been doing this ive had a few nasty hives!! The difference is im not afraid to work a nasty hive! Im not afraid to get stung, it happens and I deal...
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    Re: Should I smoke?

    Here's my valid reason, I don't have to! So put that in your smoker and smoke it!:D
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    Re: Should I smoke?

    Im not very common, i like to zig when everyone zags, I wear gloves when a lot of people don't, ive never wore a full bee suit and never will, I don't own a flatbed truck to haul bees. I am far from...
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    Re: Should I smoke?

    I also happen to know someone that runs around 500 hives that rarely uses smoke either and has been at the game a lot longer than me. Maybe he should use smoke more often also? I've seen video of...
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    Re: Should I smoke?

    Actually Nabber, im completing my third year, not that it matters. What's the difference between 3 years and 30 when smoke is involved? Do the bees get crankier year after year? I've had nasty hives...
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    Re: Should I smoke?

    When I got my bees back from almonds i cracked a lid the next day to see how things were looking inside, no smoke and they turned my pants into a cactus! I put the lid back on and came back two days...
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    Re: Welp, I'm Official

    You really believe that!!! Come out to Kalifornia where some of the most frivolous law suits happen! Trust me, I work for a government agency and have seen plenty come across the wire. If you...
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    Re: Welp, I'm Official

    I heard about that frivolous law suit! The ol' gal dumped her coffee in her lap and sued McDonalds because the coffee was too hot! What did she win..............a days worth of McDonalds coffee...
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    Re: Why I think top entrances are a bad idea

    I run a 4" bottom entrance and a 2 1/2" top entrance on my hives. Where I keep my bees it can get pretty warm out in the summer, consecutive days in the 100's, and it can get into the teens in the...
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    Re: 5 gallon buckets- Home Depot or food grade?

    Go to your grocery store bakery and talk to the ladies in there, often their icing comes in one gallon buckets, and they almost always throw them away.
  21. Re: Starter hive not interested in raising a queen??

    Yup, I agree with Oldtimer, I bet there is a queen in there, maybe even an African queen that usurped into the hive. Could be a virgin, could be mated...........might have been hiding on a frame,...
  22. Re: First grafting session of 2014 a success!!

    Hilltop,

    It could be any number of reasons! You may have chosen a larva too old, you may have flipped the larva and it drowned, you may have accidentally put a queen in the starter hive, you may...
  23. Re: First grafting session of 2014 a success!!

    Nope, no priming at all! I do like the Chinese grafting tools as it scoops up some Royal Jelly with the pick, unlike the JZBZ which seemed to only pick up the larva. The one thing I am going to...
  24. Re: First grafting session of 2014 a success!!

    LOL JRG13!!! What are those?
  25. Re: First grafting session of 2014 a success!!

    I'm going to make splits with them! I am making the splits up Saturday afternoon and will add cells Monday after work! I am basically going to break up all the hives into Nucs and do a large increase...
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