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    Re: too much bearding?

    How is that hive's population compared to the other two?
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    Re: Goldenrod Flow to the max!

    Same thing here, quite a bit is blooming and pollen has stopped rolling in in almost every hive. Our biggest hive (by bee numbers) has thousands of bees just sitting on it presumably because they...
  3. Thread: sweet clover

    by jwcarlson
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    Re: sweet clover

    Our sweet clover was going very well for what seemed like months. Then the rain just flat out stopped for about a month and it all went to seed. We finally got some more rain the past week or so,...
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    Re: 3 out of 4 queens dead

    I'm not saying the post office is perfect, but we have a queen supplier with two locations one that is about 90 miles away and the other closer to 200. I have used each through the post office this...
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    Re: Drought and feeding

    I have follower boards rigged up with jars (entrance feeder type set up, just in the back of the hive). Baggie feeders are much simpler and terribly easy to put into the hive. Fill the back up,...
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    How can you tell you're in a dearth?

    When the front looks like this.
    http://s25.postimg.org/ymxdus3en/IMG_20140827_181209_004_1.jpg
  7. Re: workers tossing dead greyish bees out of hive - sign of starvation or??

    I have had a few bees just like that in all of my hives this year. In one swarm I caught about 30%+ of the bees died in that same manor. I never really got much of an answer and assumed pesticides...
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    Re: Squashed my Queen :(

    I'd like to suggest that spraying bees with sugar water isn't going to get them out of the way very well. They'll actually be more attracted to it and less likely to respond to smoking them down...
  9. Re: Wax foundations = wax coated paint stirrer?

    Is you hive level? We have four full size TBHs and at one point has four TBH nucs. With minor edge straitening, all but one has built great comb. The other just hates straight comb I guess. ;)
  10. Re: Wax foundations = wax coated paint stirrer?

    Paint stirrers, popcicle sticks, tongue depressors. All make suitable comb guides. Don't bother coating them in wax.
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    Re: Weighing hives

    You'd put it in your garage. ;)
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    Re: Anyone else keepng a log book?

    I have been in this first year. It wasn't much of a necessity with one hive or two or three. But when we started catching swarms and got up to 8 hives at one point (7 now), it has been helpful...
  13. Re: Upset neighbors. Must part with or move my hives.

    A couple of points...
    1) I have't talked to a SINGLE person who doesn't claim they are "allergic". Yet it's something like 1% in the general population that are.
    2) If you didn't have bees, their...
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    Re: Another typical foundationless disaster

    She doesn't give a rip. :)
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    Re: Another typical foundationless disaster

    This is not the same exact swarm, but from a swarm caught two days earlier on the exact same fence post. I did not have assistance last night, so I only pulled the one frame that I spaced the...
  16. Thread: Regression.

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    Re: Regression.

    I have shaved my frames down to 1.25" in my Langs and have 11 frames in a 10 frame body. Foundationless. So far no issues with them building out too wide.
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    Re: Putting topbar brood in medium langs.

    My Les Crowder design TBHs would fit into a medium frame when cut off of the top bard, or at least close enough that it wouldn't be a big deal, very minor trimming.

    I just made sure I designed my...
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    Re: bees dragging out pupa. why?

    A couple of the swarms we caught this year displayed relatively "heavy" uncapping of brood when they were in their first wave of capped brood. It was enough that one of them began to concern me. ...
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    Re: What do you think about this book?

    Les Crowder's book is pretty good from a TBH how-to perspective. There is a lot of bee information there as well.
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    Re: bees dragging out pupa. why?

    Wouldn't they eat the pupae instead of dragging them out? Seems like a waste of resources to just toss all that protein? Or is there a point in development that it doesn't make sense to do that?
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    Re: hives never stopped taking sugar syrup.

    I'm about ready to start feeding again here, too. Everything had a great flow (I think) when we were getting rain. But that didn't just taper off, it flat out stopped almost overnight. Haven't had...
  22. Re: Is $370 good price for 2 deeps full of bees and 2 honey supers?

    You're correct, but in my VERY limited experience... The mated queens/packages I've got from California have been on a queen rejection/supercedure/drone layer treadmill since the day we installed...
  23. Re: Is $370 good price for 2 deeps full of bees and 2 honey supers?

    The amount of bees I basically fell into this year has convinced me to be patient and wait for swarms or split any survivors I have. After officially pulling the plug on a nuc last night (combined...
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    Re: Another swarm coming?

    Is there anything in that queen cup?
  25. Re: Stupid question: how many beekeepers are scared of bees?

    My brother stepped on a wasp nest when we were fishing in Canada a few years ago. I was waiting in the boat and he came running back and was pretty obviously frightened. We wear veils when we work...
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