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    Re: Pledge to be a BSA Beekeeping Mentor

    I pledge that I will be a BSA beekeeping mentor, if they reinstate the Beekeeping merit badge. I was a Scout in the 80's. I'm in Northern San Diego County.
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    Capturing a swarm 03-26-10

    Transferring a swarm that settled into one of our nucs this morning into one of my boxes. I forgot to get a lid out of my truck so I borrowed a company lid from a nearby stack.

    The audio is weak,...
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    Re: Migratory Pallets

    I'm going to be building some of my own, so I'll have measurements when we get back from the almonds, again. We use 4 way pallets with the bottom board incorporated as 2 pieces of plywood & a 1/2"...
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    Re: Swarm leaving the hive

    The swarm hadn't settled when we left, we still had a few hundred colonies to add deeps to, to prevent swarms, so we had to run. Couldn't catch it. I have about a dozen sets of boxes, frames,...
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    Swarm leaving the hive

    Today at work I witnessed a swarm leaving the hive. The bees were flowing out like water. The position of the sun (morning) made it hard to get a clear video, but I think you can make it out. It was...
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    Re: A few videos I made

    This is how my boss's son avenged the dishonor I brought upon his dad's bees:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3B2TyhPySUM

    If you look closely at the background at the end, you'll see me pumping...
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    Re: A few videos I made

    The bloom in the video is Kettleman City. Fresno, for the most part isn't as far along.

    Just wait till I get the video of what the guys did to MY bees today posted. I got there 5 min later and...
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    Re: A few videos I made

    In my defense, I really don't think a few jumps late in the afternoon after the girls have stopped flying is as stressful as a 7 hour semi trip up to Fresno. My boss, who owns the bees under...
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    Re: A few videos I made

    We have to destress somehow in the chaos of the almonds. Yesterday we serviced about 1400 colonies. Last week three of us put in a 25 hour shift.
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    A few videos I made

    One of my co-beeks bee jumping:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dokmknD3EMs

    Me:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDwQhSGMVUw

    Driving around the almonds in Kettleman City today. I don't think...
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    Re: killing a hive

    When we discover that we've opened a AFB colony, we shove our hive tool into our smoker & pump them up. Seems to work.
  12. Re: How to contain feral Bees for a day or two

    Use the screen, just seal up the edges well. Don't use the towel method. Bee colonies need ventilation.

    Putting the screen on early in the morning, before the bees take to the air, is a good idea....
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    Re: Start with 2 or 3 Hives?

    I would recommend 3. I'm a comm. beek, but started with 2 of my own this year. Lost one to ants. I was very lucky to have a strong remaining colony that I was able to split into three. The...
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    Re: Yellow Jackets

    If I could have a superpower, it would be to have every yellow jacket & ant within 20 feet of me die, now.

    We have about a half dozen YJ traps from Home Despot around the honey house. They make a...
  15. Re: Beekeeping and pollinating in high temperature areas

    Hey Tuttle,

    I work for Farmer Bees (Dave Farmer). Most of our bees are around NAF El Centro. We had bees on the east side last year, but not right now.

    James, David, Greg & Adan from Chaparral...
  16. Re: Beekeeping and pollinating in high temperature areas

    A few things i forgot to include:

    We adjust the amount of syrup in our pollen substitute mixture for expected temperatures. If we used the same mix locally that we use in the valley it would be as...
  17. Re: Beekeeping and pollinating in high temperature areas

    We take most of out bees out to the Imperial Valley every summer for the alfalfa pollination. It get's very, very hot. If a frame is left out in the sun the wax will quickly melt & run into the dirt....
  18. Re: How come all these bee master can work without a suit?

    This is very true. Not slowly, but methodically. We spent today feeding pollen sub & syrup. Didn't get stung once. I've found that the more experience I get, the less I get stung. I'm sure I'm doing...
  19. Re: How come all these bee master can work without a suit?

    I usually wear my Mann-Lake jacket & veil with Dickies white painter's pants. Leather gloves, always.

    Today we (me & another guy) went through 3/4 of a 335 gallon tank of syrup. Typical day,...
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    Re: Making Pollen Patties

    One thing that always surprises me is the cooperation between beekeepers. While we might be competitors in the commercial market, we don't hesitate to help each other out. Where I work (Farmer Bees)...
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    Re: Pierco vs competitor frames

    In my experience, plastic frames don't survive the uncapper well, are brittle, and are easily broken. I wouldn't spend money for them. Sometimes when placing a pollen sub patty & closing the colony...
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    Re: Making Pollen Patties

    We buy it from Chaparral Honey. They buy it in large quantities from Aventine. We do the same thing with the soy flour & sugar to get lower prices.

    http://www.aventinerei.com/pdfs/62p_nut.pdf
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    Re: Making Pollen Patties

    http://donnerpartykitchenstaff.com/pblog/images/77Mixer480.jpg

    Ernie,
    This looks like the same model:
    http://www.multiquip.com/multiquip/592_838_ENU_HTML.htm
    I don't know what what we paid for...
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    Re: Making Pollen Patties

    This is the whole setup. I was limited in the number of images I could post at one time.

    http://donnerpartykitchenstaff.com/pblog/images/77PollenSubSetup.jpg

    We did 6 or 7 batches Saturday
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    Making Pollen Patties

    This is how we make pollen patties:

    http://donnerpartykitchenstaff.com/pblog/images/77PollenSubSetup.jpg


    http://donnerpartykitchenstaff.com/pblog/images/77BrewersYeast480.jpg
    90 Lbs of...
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