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  1. Re: How do some guys go without any kind of protective gear what so ever?

    Most of the time you can open a queen-right hive that is actively collecting nectar/pollen without protective gear and be just fine. However, you probably won't know a hive has lost its queen until...
  2. Re: seem that I'm queenless, need some advice..............

    Just because the cells are at the bottom of the frame doesn't mean they are swarm cells. That is just a tendancy. Supercedure cells can be at/near the bottom of a frame as well.
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    Re: First time nuc question

    Give them another box and see what happens. With a box of ten drawn frames it shouldn't hurt and will probably help.
  4. Re: What's the biggest mistake (s) you made starting out?

    A few of my highlights:
    1. Not isolating/burning a hive at first sign of foul brood - it got robbed and wiped out 5 hives.
    2. Finding out a hive went queenless without a veil on - hives can be...
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    Re: Adding a super while feeding?

    They probably won't be drawng comb this early - so I doubt adding a super would do much. If they just have stored honey and fondant, I would be surprised if they made comb. It usually takes nectar...
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    Re: Another DIY piece of wooden ware.

    Nice. I made a triangle escape vortex style a while back from scrap lumber.
    It works but doesn't look as nice as yours...
  7. Re: 2 Deeps almost totally full - add medium super for Winter or not?

    I would add the medium. Chances are that they won't put much in it, but sometimes they surprise you. If they don't do anything with the super, you can take it off in a month - or leave it on...
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    Re: how productive is goldenrod and asters

    Nectar from asters greatly depends on the species and timing of rain - at least in the southwest. Sometimes we get enough rain for the asters to bloom but not produce nectar, sometimes there is...
  9. Thread: Do Bees Sleep?

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    Re: Do Bees Sleep?

    There is also discussion of sleeping bees in The Buzz About Bees by Jurgen Tautz with a photo of a sleeping bee. It is atanding lower than awake bees normally stand and the antenae are drooping.
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    Re: Propolis and burr comb in the smoker

    If the furniture was unvarnished pine or cedar, that would be fine. If it was polyester, polyurethane foam, plastic - not so much.

    I throw in some wax occaisionally but most of the fuel is punky...
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    Re: Foundationless Frame After 24 Hours

    They must be itching to expand - starting the comb in multiple places like that I've seen two to three lobes started at once but never five...

    It is interesting how dark that new wax is.
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    Re: Transporting bees

    It should be fine. Many pressurized aircraft set cabin pressures the equivalent of around 8,000 ft. altitude.

    I would triple-check the screens on those hives though. ;)
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    Re: "Please hijack this thread"

    If a swarm leaves a hive and no one is around to see it, does it make a buzz...

    ...oh forget it.
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    Re: hive demographics

    Wow. By misplacing an 'e' you gave that term completely different meaning. Or was that your point...;)
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    Re: Quick question for foundationless beeks.

    If you are going to extract foundationless frames you can install wire or fishing line to the frames (before they build the comb). If you do crush and strain the wire/fishing line will only get in...
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    Re: Tax on Bee Keepers!

    You can bet if dairy cattle were getting wiped out, tax payer money would be allocated to research it.

    Beekeepers just don't have much of a lobby.
  17. Re: Just installed - totally different behavior???

    There is a good chance nothing is wrong.

    I would make sure the queens are alive and then leave them alone for several days then check to see if the queens have been released.
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    Re: Placing Bees on Others Property

    Isn't it common for someone to mark-up prices when they are doing the work of selling it at their store/stand?

    It seems like you have a small misunderstanding between the parties' expectations. ...
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    Re: Frame Arrangment (gap) Question

    The extra space comes in handy when doing inspections. Pry either end frame towards the side of the box. Then so the same with each subsequent frame until you get to the frame you want to pull out....
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    Re: Need advice on hive stand construction

    Definitely add diagonal braces and make sure the posts are in solid. Heavy hives + wet soil after big rains could equal a big mess.
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    Re: When do bears wake up?

    In this neck of the woods (northern New Mexico) the bears often don't hibernate at all. They move from the mountains to the foothills in the winter. I ususally only see bear track around my apiary...
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    Re: Nuc from deeps to mediums

    That probably is the easiest solution. I have all mediums plus two deeps because of buying nucs in the past. After the deeps were rotated out of use, they became swarm traps. When I catch swarms...
  23. Re: Name One Important Lesson You Learned in Last Year

    I learned that you may worry about the newer pests and diseases, but American Foul Brood is still out there.

    I also learned that a fire built of seven hives worth of frames and comb gets scary-hot...
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    Re: using rough cut lumber to make supers

    I have some rough-sawn nuc boxes. They work just fine. I made the lids as well because of the non-standard exterior dimensions.

    If you make supers out of thicker material your covers may not...
  25. Re: Putting a plug (quite literally) in for Melanie Kirby's Sooper Yooper genetics

    I've bought several queens (and one nuc) from Zia Queenbee (from their NM stock). In general, I've had good results from them. The nuc is doing very well and hasn't depleted much of their stores so...
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