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    Re: Opening the hive in 25 degree weather???

    I open mine up all the time between 25-40F but not for very long. Be prepared with everything you are going to need/add right next to you. 30 seconds may save a $100 package of bees. This year 25F...
  2. Re: Russians are flying today, Italians aren't, that can't be good

    Do not count them out yet. My italians make no noise at all but just pop a top and they are all over you. Mine have survived -38F this year and are itching for spring.
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    Re: Unassemble Box Pricing

    Western Bee has an ad on the inside cover of ABJ this month.
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    Re: Checked hives today.

    Small congrats are in order tho it is not May yet. I have a few dead ones outside on the snow this afternoon. It was +36 today vs -38 six days ago. Swept out the bottom board and only had about 50...
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    Re: Record keeping?

    All my hives are numbered. When I do anything with the girls, I record it in my field notes. The field notes are in Word and equipment inventory is in Excel. I use the KISS business plan.
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    Re: Brood Left Unattended - Any Suggestions?

    From the Facebook Page pictures I would guess it is the Island of Malta. Rosemary would not be blooming in January in Malta, MT. Nothing is blooming in MT.
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    Re: Nice late summer

    Nice to see your are finally cooling down. We should send you some of the arctic air predicted for here. Below 0F here this morning and next week predicted to be -20F. All my girls that were...
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    Re: newbee with a couple questions

    Chris
    If the budget allows, get 2 nucs or pkgs. If one does not make it for some reason you have a backup. I started with 2 and went to 3 two months later when one of mine swarmed. Have an extra...
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    Re: What is your loss percentage so far?

    1out of 11, but we have lots of winter to go. Suppose to be -20+ next week.
  10. Re: Should I transfer a weak winter hive to a NUC or leave it alone?

    Ken
    I had the same issue this fall, a hive much smaller than the rest. I at first just put the hive which was one deep in the window of the shop so they could fly but be protected. When winter...
  11. Re: What kind of honey did the bees make this year?

    Clover and alfalfa right up to Labor Day
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    Re: Glass Bottle supplies?

    Try: www.specialitybottle.com
    out of Seattle
  13. Thread: Pallet Straps

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    Re: Pallet Straps

    Trucker's supply or truck stop/plaza
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    Re: Best place to buy a 5-gal bucket warmer?

    I use my turkey fryer with a metal shim in the bottom to keep the plastic bucket off the bottom. Put the honey bucket in, add water, heat, stir, and bottle. Olny takes an hour or so. You do have...
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    Re: Anyone using a Utah Hive?

    Andrew. What is a "montana hive"
  16. Re: Small scale indoor wintering. Is anyone doing it?

    How small scale? I kept 2 small hives last year and 1 this year in my insulated and unheated shop. A couple of weeks ago when it was -30 outside it was mid 20s inside. Nothing special as they are...
  17. Re: beekeeping in ecuador on 1500meters in the cloud forrest

    I am at 1400 meters but no cloud forest here. Maybe 1/4 meter of snow.
    Welcome and good luck. Keep us posted as you have a totally different climate to deal with.
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    Re: Hello from the IceBox of the nation

    Keeping bees here is easier than other parts of the state. Elevation is only 4800 with nice summers. A good 3-4 months honey season. Winters can be a challange.
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    Re: Merry Christmas

    Contrary to Vince in the chinook belt, it was 2 here this morning.
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    Re: Hello from the IceBox of the nation

    Frostbite Falls,MN
    Played hockey there in the 60's
    Welcome
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    Re: What did you get for Christmas?

    Flying lessons to check all my out yards.
  22. Thread: Snake oil ?

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    Re: Snake oil ?

    I think we should put our old "Mood Rings" in a hive this spring and see what happens. Maybe if the girls are in the mood they will make 200 pounds per hive.
  23. Thread: Snake oil ?

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    Re: Snake oil ?

    Being a chemist and pharmacist, i predict that the only thing radiating or resonating will be his bank account.
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    Re: How much honey do you go through personally?

    1.5-2 gallons per year and that does not
    count the beer and mead.
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    Re: Newbie in Stuart, VA

    Try Western Bee

    Westernbee.com
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