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  1. Re: Do bees utilize reed canary grass pollen?

    We have lots of Reed Canary grass on our place. I have never seen bees on it. Other than erosion stabilization on the canal system it is a weed. I definitely would never plant it. Where it has...
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    Re: Making Sugar Water

    Perfectly normal. A slight brownish tint is fine. That is just what the solution looks like. I heat the water to 185 then pour in the sugar, and have for years with no problem.
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    Re: Why top bar hives

    Thanks for the replies. It seems that the three main reasons for top bars is price, convenience, and simplicity.
    Dave
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    Why top bar hives

    I am not trying to start a fight. I just want to know why you have top bar hives instead of Langstroh.
    Dave
  5. Re: One harvest creamed, one did not, why? (with picture)

    Different nectar sources have different amounts of fructose, and glucose. A honey high in glucose will set up hard and quickly. A honey high in fructose will set up slowly, and may even remain...
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    Re: Excess Sugar

    I dealt with this problem the first two winters we had bees. Then I put a piece of 1"X2" cage wire on top of the frames, cut to just the width of 9 frames, and 1 inch shorter than the frames are...
  7. Re: Bees have ALL moved to the top sugar shim in both hives

    Our hives are all on the top now too, and usually are. I do not worry about it as long as there is food in the hive. I do keep sugar on the top bars in our hives.
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    Re: Did I overdue the sugar or what?

    With all of the interest in sugar bricks I tried a batch too. I found it way to much work. When I put sugar on the top bars I put down the traditional sheet of news paper. Then I put about 3 cups...
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    Re: 2 dead hive with pics and questions

    I agree with bee ghost, mites. Scoop up a bunch of the dead bees and wash them through a kitchen strainer into a white bucket. Then count the mites.
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    Re: What Bee Makes This?

    Bald faced Hornets
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    Re: Do Bees Move Sugar Syrup Arou nd?

    Marant, yes they will move it around to keep it readily accessible to the brood, and to give the queen more area to lay eggs in. They will move it above the brood area, so if there are supers on...
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    Re: How do you Northern beeks do it?

    Matt, I do not understand what you think the problem is here in the north. The hives are a lot more work during the warmer months. Cold does not kill healthy hives or from my experience nucs...
  13. Re: Lost one hive and the other looks bad too....

    What did you use to control mites?
  14. Re: Yellow Jacket Wasps and Hornet problems!

    And when magpies, cats, and raccoons get the traps the poison is scattered. If you think magpies and raccoons will leave them along with tuna and chicken in them, I have a surprise for you. I...
  15. Re: Yellow Jacket Wasps and Hornet problems!

    It sounds like the onslaught plus the alpine bait stations could be the answer. What spooks me is a micro encapsulated pesticide. The particles are coated, encapsulated, and bees pick them up as...
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    Re: Winter pictures?

    Maybe just to keep birds from flying into the strings.
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    Re: can you overfeed sugar?

    Crofter that is a good idea. In my case we feed until the top box is full. We feed often enough that they have the cells filled as the brood is pushed down. Often the center cells are uncapped. ...
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    Re: can you overfeed sugar?

    Crofter we see the same thing with our bees every year. Some of them never come up onto the sugar. I have one this year that is as strong as any of the others and has never come to the top yet. ...
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    Re: Entrance reducer laying on the ground

    The reducers we have are rapidly propilized in place. There is no way bees could push them out regardless of how many there are. If I have to move one it requires lifting the bottom brood box, and...
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    Re: can you overfeed sugar?

    If you feed dry sugar when the bees have weather warm enough to fly they will haul it out of the hive as trash.
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    Re: Entrance reducer laying on the ground

    Raccoons with long fingers
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    Re: Laying worker Question????

    All laying worker eggs are drones. They would raise a queen from the donor frames that were added to the hive to stop the laying workers from laying.
    Dave
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    Re: Laying worker Question????

    First of all there is not a laying worker. There could be a lot of them. Second the presence of brood pheromone from open brood controls the laying workers. It takes frames of open brood for...
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    Re: Russian Bees

    Pure Russians have some ability to tolerate or control mites. Hybrids do not. They are swarmy too.
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    Re: Beginner-What if I just let them swarm?

    Feral hives can become a source for mites, disease, and considerable expence when they move into the wrong places. You will also suffer some attrition with your parent hives because they fail to...
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