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    Re: Why foundationless? Newbie questions

    Rolftonbees you are looking for a valid reason or reasons to use foundationless. But I can't think of a reason why not to use it. I guess it is normal for us to think we can fix nature.
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    Re: Sugar Water Ratios?

    My climate and flows are completely different than yours. I do use 1:2 twice per year, during my three month summer dearth and from December 1st for about three weeks until the Red Maple flow...
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    Re: Seeing drones in S E Texas

    With the honey overhead it will cause them to swarm. I just went through my colonies and took off a lot of sugar water honey from several, I open fed it back to all the apiary to more evenly spread...
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    Re: Hello, Guys Nu-Bee Here

    Welcome to the forum Darrell, good luck, you'd be surprised at the lumber you can find, some of our forum posters take pride in developing an apiary out of things they find at dumps, and throw away...
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    Re: Hi from Afghanistan (temporarily)

    Welcome Smash228, my grandson just got back after three years as a contractor with the SF. He is really enjoying being here and I know you will too when you get back and get into your bees. Funny...
  6. Thread: Hive

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    Re: Hive

    I recently inspected my apiary that I have fed quite well, some colonies had so much honey ( from sugar water ) that I had to remove because they were honey-bound, but I found several colonies that...
  7. Thread: SWARMS

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    Re: SWARMS

    I am north of you but on the coast, so our swarm time would be close. We usually start getting swarms the first week of march. It does not hurt to have them out early, I'm putting out about a dozen...
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    Re: Would you treat with OAV now?

    If you're going to treat with OAV now is the time before they get a lot of brood and as Drlonzo states dribble would not work now. As for checking the mite kill. What's the point.? The treatment is...
  9. Re: On choosing a wax foundation and an appropriate frame

    This is not answering the question you asked, but why not run mediums without foundation, they don't need wiring and you can run them in an extractor, let the bees do the foundation work, plus you...
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    Re: Top entrance size

    All beekeeping is local, but in my area that would be a good plan, I may need to reduce to two inches in the dearth, or may not, depending on colony strength. Robber screens can be very simple and...
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    Re: ? About Hives

    before you use an excluder you may want to read up on their pros and cons. I use them only for special circumstances for a limited time. In general I have better honey production with an unlimited...
  12. Thread: bee hive

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    Re: bee hive

    Hornet nest. Yellow jackets do nest above as well as below ground, but the one in the photo is the shape and size of a hornet nest.
  13. Thread: Queen Prices

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    Re: Queen Prices

    I will do some queen rearing by grafting this year if I have time. But my method has been to choose my best producing queen, do a small cut-down split ( pulling the queen with some brood ) leaving...
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    Re: Deadout Diagnosis - With Pics

    Thanks Sgt. I learn something new every day. Make sense, I knew they'd starved just didn't know why.
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    Re: Deadout Diagnosis - With Pics

    I agree-- though with all that honey it would seem unlikely, but I see a lot of bees dead, head first in the cells, that's starvation. I can't explain exactly why.
  16. Re: Ag commissioner of Ventura county forces bee hive to move! Help needed

    May sound like a dumb idea but I would immediately move them, document it with video and witnesses, wait a week, contact the supervisor and ask for a second appraisal from another official, if they...
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    Re: Should I concider 5 frame nucs

    An eight frame medium is almost the same size as a five frame deep, I think you would do better using what you've got, one reason is you could sell any extras you have to beginners that want mediums,...
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    Re: Treatment free strategy

    As I have stated before, I keep two apiaries eight miles apart, one treatment free and one that I sell bees from that I treat to satisfy state requirements. I wanted to be totally treatment free but...
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    Re: Treatment free strategy

    DITTO, or put up a few swarm traps about a quarter mile from his bees, even though a swarm is anyone's property if they can catch it, I would ask him anyway.
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    Re: Short warm spell

    I started feeding one to one on December 1st, I stopped after three weeks to keep them from being honey-bound, they seem to have produced one round of brood, I am seeing large orientation flights...
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    Re: Who Is Using Small Cell Size?

    I use the foundationless F frames from Kelly, I let the bees decide what to build. I started with bees that had been feral for several years so they were already natural cell. Saves money, I get...
  22. Thread: Wild Bees

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    Re: Wild Bees

    there are several threads on swarm traps, basic method is, use an old hive box with at least one empty comb, place a few drops of lemon grass oil inside, in a tree anywhere from six to ten feet up,...
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    Re: Marking queen question

    Keep in mind this is not a nuc where the queen is already accepted, it is a package, the bees don't know the queen and I'd worry about the paint or even possible slight handling damage to cause them...
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    Re: Cypress Hives

    I've picked up boxes at Rossman and found them to be good quality, some I've had for six years, they are still in good condition with no rotten spots. They are nice people to deal with.
    As my...
  25. Re: Checkerboarding to accomplish specific goals

    last spring I also checkerboarded two of my colonies to prevent swarming. It worked well, neither swarmed. The surprising thing was that I got 150 pounds of honey from each, that's not bad for...
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