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    Re: Broodless hive in NorCal

    I presume you have opinions about this that I'm happy to hear (though not the reason for my initial post).
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    Re: Broodless hive in NorCal

    I also added the substantial stores from the LW hive to the other one, perhaps mitigating this risk.
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    Broodless hive in NorCal

    I have a couple of hives in northern CA (Lake County) that I don't spend a lot of time with as they're at a vacation home a couple hours away. I looked at them yesterday for the first time in a...
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    Re: Bear Discovered My Hive

    14534Bear got into a yard on my ranch in NorCal recently as well... it's been so dry that they're appearing more frequently than before. Solution was an electric fence.
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    Do I need a bee vac for a small cutout?

    I'm going to remove a small hive that's inside a garden wall this weekend. It's going to be easy to access and looks quite small from what I can see from outside, probably 5 or 6 combs that are 10"...
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    Unwanted visitor to the yard...

    Continued dry weather in CA has our furry friends coming to areas that they're not supposed to visit. I presume this was a bear's work, particularly given the apparent claw marks on a few of the...
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    What respirator to use for OAV?

    Any suggestions? I'll be treating no more than 2-4 hives at a time.

    I see this 3M page to select the right filter but am not sure which one is correct. Organic vapor/acid gas?...
  8. Re: Electrical help: Using car battery charger as power supply for OAV.

    If you don't have a lot of hives to vaporize, I'd suggest getting a self-contained 12v power station (about $50). They combine a battery and charger, are easy to transport, and can be used as...
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    Re: Oxalic Acid Vaporizer - Part II

    I just got a Hellyser and tried it over the weekend. Works very nicely, though I'd prefer a more sturdy handle. Certainly could be made at home if someone has access to the right tools.

    I didn't...
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    Re: Teenie Weenie Queenie

    Yep, feeding syrup and pollen patty, plus they look to be bringing in natural pollen too.
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    Teenie Weenie Queenie

    I caught a late season swarm about 10 days ago, about two fistfuls of bees. Put 'em into a nuc and started feeding, finally took a look at it yesterday and found their queen. She's a little bitty...
  12. Re: Best way to combine a wea hive and a newly caught swarm?

    Updating this... I checked the weak hive over the weekend (now two weeks after treating with MAQS) and things look substantially better. All of the dead brood has been cleaned out and I saw a fair...
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    Re: Is this American or European Foulbrood?

    No doubt, though once AFB can be eliminated (thru easy "string" test plus smell) I'd say to start with the most likely problem, and that's mites. With MAQS it's an easy one-step treatment with...
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    Re: Is this American or European Foulbrood?

    I have two hives that looked very similar. Treated with MAQS two weeks ago and looked at both this weekend. All dead larvae had been cleaned out and plenty of nice healthy looking uncapped larvae...
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    Re: Buckwheat honey ?

    Either your hives are in an area where there's enough buckwheat to produce that variety of honey or they're not. You'd have to plant a huge amount to overcome the other forage that's in a 3 mile...
  16. Re: Best way to combine a wea hive and a newly caught swarm?

    I checked the swarm today and found the queen... a teeny little one, not much bigger than a normal bee. I assume (?) she's a virgin or newly mated. I'm feeding it pollen patty and syrup for now to...
  17. Re: Best way to combine a wea hive and a newly caught swarm?

    thanks
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    It does indeed look somewhat like that, though I'm going from memory. Lots of dead larvae (some capped, some not), some of them looking melted. NOT stringy, so no AFB worries.

    I did treat with...
  19. Re: Best way to combine a wea hive and a newly caught swarm?

    Good idea. Yes, sunny and warm here in NorCal (high 80's for the rest of the week) so queens are indeed still laying.
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    Yesterday I caught a small swarm (about two fists worth of bees). As it's so small I'd like to combine it with a weak hive that beleive was suffering from mites (poor brood pattern, few bees, etc)...
  21. Combining a nuc with a weak hive - any need to wait?

    I have a weak hive whose queen just doesn't seem to be doing a good job (poor brood pattern). The hive is in a single deep/single medium, though it's really only about half of the medium that's full...
  22. Should I combine a weak hive and a good nuc?

    Live in NorCal, I have a hive that's never done very well. I suspect the queen just isn't doing a great job as adjacent hives are doing fine. She is from a split from a strong hive early this...
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    Re: how to get bees out of my garage?

    Do you have a window? If so they can be attracted to the light coming thru it if you turn off all the other lights, then let out in batches. Otherwise try a vacuum.
  24. Thread: Strange honey

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    Re: Strange honey

    I had some that looked like this just last week. Stick it in a sunny place where the sun will warm it and there's a good chance it will return to it's original state.

    I spend some time in...
  25. Re: Main Nectar Flow Clues in Northern California/Sacramento Area

    Regarding honey production in this dry year... I am in Marin and have very mixed results. My backyard hives in southern Marin that typically produce 2-3 mediums of honey this year range from none...
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