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    Re: mice out in winter?

    Mouse trap on the landing board.
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    Re: Help me find the queen

    I did not see a queen, but you do have eggs so there is a queen present. I do not know when these pictures were taken, but if they are recent, I would not be pulling frames this time of the year. ...
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    Re: Cold Weather Inspections

    Up here the conditions you describe we call summer. Joking aside I have opened hives and added sugar with temperatures in the teens. As long as the sun is shinning and the wind is not blowing I do...
  4. Re: Brood nest on the edges of the hive not in the middle? Should I do anything?

    One thing I have learned about bees in the past 7 seasons is they do not know how to read, so they do what they want instead of what the books and researchers say they should do. I think you have...
  5. Re: Bees and Skunks: what is fact and what is folklore?

    Harry the voles provide a major food source for the skunks, abundant food means more young for the skunks. The skunks dig up the vole nests. The vole we have digs really shallow tunnels and nests. ...
  6. Re: Bees and Skunks: what is fact and what is folklore?

    Coyotes and wolves are susceptible to Parvo Virus just like our dogs. Foxes are not susceptible. Around here when we have a Parvo out break the coyotes undergo a population reduction and they occur...
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    Re: How do you weigh hives?

    I use a Cabella's game scale, spring type, plus a hive tool to hook the underside of the hive, with a fine cable between the hive tool and the scale. I lift the back of the hive and double the...
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    Re: Mystery Collapse

    My vote would be mites too. A commercial beekeeper near me has several thousand hives and he uses strips of burlap soaked in used motor oil to fuel his smokers. It smells terrible, but he has done...
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    Re: Weather change. Dead bees

    We too are having crazy warm weather. The past few mornings the lows have been above freezing. I am finding more dead bees in front of the hives and on the landing boards. A look inside reveals...
  10. Re: I lost my hive I think to Colony Collapse Disorder I need some experienced beekee

    Was the queen still in the hive?
  11. Re: Mountain Spin-Off Method ? Has anyone tried this ?

    I have used a modified Mountain Camp method for years. It has been very effective and simple. This year, with all the talk of sugar bricks, I tried some of them. The extra time, work, and mess...
  12. Re: Packing organic honey without certification

    The point I was trying to make is: there is no place in southern Idaho that could produce a marketable crop of organic honey. Even though we have a lot of federal land. The feds will not allow...
  13. Re: Packing organic honey without certification

    Tyler dripping water does not make honey. It takes acres of bloom for long periods of days to make a surplus beyond the needs of the hives. I have almost 18 acres of planted irrigated bee pasture...
  14. Re: Packing organic honey without certification

    Tyler, in the desert southwest you can indeed get bees far enough away from people and agriculture, but without irrigation can they produce enough honey to survive, and a surplus as well. If you...
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    Re: Organic Honey

    I just got a response back from Kirkland, and as stated above their honey is from Brazil.
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    Re: Organic Honey

    I have no intention of disputing it. It is just idol curiosity.
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    Organic Honey

    Costco offers an organic honey in their stores. Does anybody know where it comes from? The label says it is 100% US honey. Where do you find an area free of man-made pollutants big enough to...
  18. Re: are my mouse guard an issue I should address?

    I put a 3/8 inch hole near the hand hold on the front of each box.
    Dave
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    Re: Upset/Disappointed/Confused/etc.

    I can tell you where, at least in my area, mites would disappear out of a dead hive. Ants. We have a small ant that is everywhere. It does not seem to bother the bees. I have never had a hive...
  20. Thread: mites?

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    Re: mites?

    You can have an unacceptable level of mites without seeing deformed wing virus.
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    Re: I am losing a lot of bees.

    Nate the weather extremes you are talking about will not kill healthy bees. If it did none of us in the northern tier of states would have bees. What you are talking about happens up here...
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    Re: Apivar

    At 50-60 degrees the cluster will be broken and you should have bees flying. With those kinds of temperatures you will not damage your bees. The fear of leaving the strips in all winter is due to...
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    Re: Temps inside the hive !!

    In my experience with readings of 60 degrees, your probe was in the cluster. If the bees are clustered, the readings I have taken are very near ambient. If the disturbance causes the cluster to...
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    Re: how cold to wrap

    I have a 3/8 inch bore hole in the front center of each box for ventilation. I am going to wrap hives tomorrow and Tuesday, but will wait until later in the week to add the shims and the sugar. We...
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    Re: how cold to wrap

    Mine are not on yet either. I put two layers of that foil covered bubble insulation on between my inner cover and outer telescoping cover. When I remove the telescoping cover I quickly slap on the...
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