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  1. Re: How do you keep nuc clusters from freezing overwinter?

    Since two of my heroes, MP & MB, have responded to my hole in the middle of frames for winter cluster "Y" vector travel to potential food, (Post # 40 above) I will commit to experimenting with the...
  2. Re: How do you keep nuc clusters from freezing overwinter?

    MP, Post #38:

    "Our cold weather, that some years doesn't break for months, limit horizontal movement by the bees and those that aren't able to move sideways starve in place. The vertical 5x5s...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    This is what Colobee is talking about, but in my apiary further south.
    Steve
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  4. Re: Help! hundreds dead bees after flurry of activity Jan 31 2016 Long Island NY

    NewbeeInNH



    NewbeeInNH,

    If you spent the money on the equipment, use it, and don't regret it. I run my fence charger year round because on warm days in the Spring bears do come out to take...
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    Re: Lauri's bricks down to an Art!

    lakebilly,

    Why not try a small batch experiment as per my post #23 above tonight on top of your water heater tonight and see what you think of it in the morning, and go from there.

    Steve
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    Re: Lauri's bricks down to an Art!

    I'm with Colobee (Post #19 & 22), it's getting too complicated. KISS.

    All the recipes are very similar if you are able to measure things. I use Lauri's basic recipe and mix it in a mixing bowl...
  7. Re: Transferring a Deep Frame Nuc into Medium Supers

    jkingqm,

    IMHO cutting the comb out and putting it in an empty frame is a bad idea. It is a very messy (and slippery) job, you will have lots of bees in the air, and you will probably kill a lot...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Colobee & Arnie,

    Did a series of 4 OAV treatments on 5 day intervals in late October and finished a single treatment on all today. All the girls were alive and up high in their homes. Looking for...
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    Re: Warm hives as opposed to ventilation

    Joerg,

    Looks good and you may find that that helps get brood rearing started a little earlier. Experiment and see what happens. One problem that I can see is that the foam on the long sides will...
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    Re: Warm hives as opposed to ventilation

    I am running a stack (very similar to Enj's description above in Post# 8) with R=10 foam on all four sides and built into the OC, no tar paper wrap this year for the first time in past seven years,...
  11. Re: What Beekeeping Goodies did Santa Drop Off?

    Wosie,

    Don't delay in signing up and paying your fee for that class. I my club the annual school is 50% booked out the year before. All the best.

    Steve
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    Re: Camera in a beehive

    Zelda,

    Try an inspection camera with a light from Harbor Freight. You can even hook it up to your laptop.

    Steve
  13. Re: What Beekeeping Goodies did Santa Drop Off?

    flyin-lowe,

    Good for you, and happy New Year!

    Now I suggest that between now and Spring that you find a local bee club, join it and attend meetings, and find a mentor to guide you so that you...
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    Re: Going to all Mediums, My back hurts

    Johno,

    Since it is a little bit off topic, how about sharing a photo of your AZ work with us here and then starting a new thread about your AZ work? Not that any of us need any more "projects",...
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    Re: Going to all Mediums, My back hurts

    Tom,

    I'm in the midst of the same transition into all mediums and retiring all of my deep equipment. Am doing it to reduce the weight because I've had surgery on both shoulders and lower back and...
  16. Re: What Beekeeping Goodies did Santa Drop Off?

    MP, Post # 63,

    The old "bush fix" for finding the radiant piping is to mop the heated floor with a wet mop and watch for the linear dry stripes. Works on hardwood floors and tile covered...
  17. Re: Winterizing my hives with 2" of foam insulation on top, back, and sides

    Muddy Fork,

    Here is another setup very similar to McBee7's except not clustered. My colonies are all mediums, wrapped all four sides with 2" rigid foam and tar paper, wood shavings quilt box with...
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    Re: Sustainable Apiary?

    MP,

    I'm glad that this is over and you have peace, and I agree with Adam Foster Collins, and I think that Cuttingedge got the guidance he was looking for.

    Cheers,
    Steve
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    Re: Sustainable Apiary?

    Cuttingedgelandinc,


    I too have been inspired by Michael Palmer's sustainable apiary model and am trying more or less to follow his pattern. I believe that MP has gone to 4 frame Nuc's partly...
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    Re: First snow of 2015

    Only minor shadow snow remaining on the ground. Experiment with OAV over the last few months dropped a lot of mites. Still need to pack and wrap the colonies for the depth of winter.

    Steve
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    Re: Maddy's Clueless Queries - SWARM Evaluation

    Yea, we have to get on Palmer's back, don't we!

    I just cut out all the lumber parts to build another twelve 5 frame (or six 5 over 5 framers) NUC's this winter, as long as I don't have too much...
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    Re: Maddy's Clueless Queries - SWARM Evaluation

    Maddy,

    I guess my memory is getting old, like the rest of my body! Get your name in on the bee school list ASAP as a place holder, if you are serious about attending.

    Steve
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    Re: Maddy's Clueless Queries - SWARM Evaluation

    Maddy,

    Don't live in fantasy land! Education and experience are the answers to all of your questions. Join the Pikes Peak Beekeepers Association by going to http://www.pikespeakbeekeepers.org/....
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    Re: Insulating the bees for winter

    Andrey,

    Thank you for the link to the video and your explanation. Having worked in the FSU years ago I enjoyed it and it was good to see another approach to our common problems.

    Steve
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    Re: Mountain beekeeping

    Similar environment to Agis's but at 6,800 feet and back in the Front Range a bit so more woodsy (conifers). Do not have the abundance of wild flowers or meadows. Timing of rain with relationship...
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