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  1. Re: Help - Feeding Triggered Robbing - Should I close up hive?

    In my area I have to protect from robbing bees and usurpation swarms as well. I keep robber screens on at all times with the lower entrance reduced to 5" x 3/8". On standard inner covers I run a 2" x...
  2. Re: Do full pollen baskets equal nectar flow?

    Is it possible that an extended abdomen could be full of water? I went ahead and put some syrup in the frame feeders since the hives were light when I hefted the back off the stand.
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    Re: what about water?

    Of course, my bees go for the water that pools up in the canvas patio umbrella stand. They also like to get water straight from the Netafim dripper tubing in the garden. They move to whichever zone...
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    what about water?

    This time of year my bees are spending a lot of time at the water collection points. Do they bring it back to the hive for drinking or only for evaporative cooling?
  5. Do full pollen baskets equal nectar flow?

    Is it safe to assume that if foragers are bringing in pollen there are also foragers bringing in nectar?
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    Re: Inner cover or migratory cover ??

    I leave the slot facing up. Because I have problems with robbing and usurpation. That way any intruders only access the space between the outer and inner/screened cover. I also like to use the...
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    Re: Hello beekeeping compadres

    two weeks too late but, welcome from the high desert
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    Re: Dimensions crucial for telescoping cover?

    I run an upper entrance on my inner covers. I like that the telescoping outer covers to be long enough so they can be slid back or forward to open or close the entrance in case of robbing or whatever.
  9. Re: Sprague Apiaries report 250 hives stolen, Yuba City, Ca

    This is a shame! Folks don't take too kindly to messing with ones livelihood.
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    Re: Top Hive Feeder

    I started with the hive top feeders, now I prefer and have switched over to the in hive frame feeders with ladders from Motherlode. I can keep them in the upper brood box year around whether they...
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    Re: Entrance holes?

    I read somewhere that the bees typically have a three square inch opening in a natural hive. I run both bottom and top entrances. Bottom entrance is 5/8"x5" and the top is 3/8"x2". On my supers I...
  12. Re: Can i use galvanized mesh in a division feeder?

    I do not see any harm in galvanized mesh. My domestic water comes through galvanized steel pipes. If you are concerned, mesh is available in stainless steel too.
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    Re: hello my name is peter.b

    Littlerock, CA is in the High Desert of Southern California we are at 3,000 ft altitude. I am about a five hour drive south of San Francisco and less than two hours north of Los Angeles. It is the...
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    Re: New beekeeper from Auburn, ca

    Hi Jackie, welcome from the High Desert
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    Re: Hello from San Diego CA

    Welcome from the SoCal High Desert
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    Re: hello my name is peter.b

    hello Peter, Welcome to the forum.
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    Re: Hi from Manteca, California

    Welcome from the High Desert of Southern California. I am a hobbyist and keep five hives or less. You should start with at least two so you can reference your successes and concerns against one...
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    Re: new member

    Welcome from the High Desert of Southern California!
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    Re: sugar cakes or sugar syrup?

    I had trouble with my hive-top feeders. Like others stated I have syrup temperature concerns and plenty of drowning bees more so as the syrup level got low. I switched to in-hive frame feeders with...
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    Re: 11 frames for broodnest

    I configured the tower hive with two double deep brood boxes pushed up against each other. Then put a medium super with a lid on top of a queen excluder centered over both hives and set a half...
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    Re: 11 frames for broodnest

    Hey Dar,
    Could you please elaborate on your plan? Last year I tried a tower hive and I liked it. This year I am going to try two.
  22. Re: The Potential Management of a Ground-Nesting, Solitary Bee: Anthophora abrupta (H

    Interesting, I would like to know more about bumble bees and carpenter bees. This year I have seen more large solid black bumble bees working my Texas Ranger shrub. Up to three at a time which I have...
  23. Re: Are buckfast bees good for beginners or not.

    Trevor, I find that beekeeping is very much dependent upon your specific micro-climate. Your bees will forage within a two or three mile radius of your apiary. For me, I did a lot of experimenting,...
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    Re: How many bee hives do you have?

    Six years a Hobbyist. Made five hives through this winter then lost one. I am good at less than five.
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    Re: New Beekeeper, Established Hive....

    I am in a different climate than you but if there are plenty of stores in the existing super and it sound like a flow is coming on. I would go ahead and add the second super without the feeder....
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