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    Re: Front Range weather roller-coaster

    Catalpa is in full bloom and there is lots of sweet yellow clover in the fields. The basswood looks almost ready to bloom. I lost my last queen and thus hive in the February freeze. I got a package...
  2. Re: Do bees eat nectar or only capped honey?

    I think they eat both. Mine collect lots of water in the early spring. I'm guessing this is to water down the capped honey. The water collection seems to slow once more nectar starts arriving. They...
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    Re: Just got Bees today. Now what?

    You can check on them but I'd wait a few days to open them if you know what was in them when you bought them. Just watch from the outside for a few days and compare the activity of one vs the other....
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    Re: TBH Design Questions

    John, I think the beams you installed will work fine. On my second topbar I used cleats inside the hive to rest the top bars on, coincidentally 18 inches too. I used topbar stock for my cleats they...
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    Re: Day 11 Progress

    The cold will slow them down for sure. I only find mold problems in the winter, in the summer the bees can fan and circulate out the moist air just find. I'm fairly new to this but only just open my...
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    Re: Best division board feeder?

    I tried floating wood chips and ended up with at least a hundred dead bees in each. The bent galvanized screen over the edge works way better for me.
    My 1gallon ones splay out quite a bit. I saw a...
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    Re: Alternative to beekeeper gloves

    I've tried a bunch of different ones too. Like shinbone the dishwashing gloves get absurdly sweaty and the largest that I found, "large" we're tight. I dried them on empty paper towel tubes in the...
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    Re: Cheapest effective swarm trap?

    Where are you putting the lemon grass oil, does it matter? How long does it last? I've been putting it on a paper towel inside a unzipped ziplock on the floor of the hive body? No luck so far in 3...
  9. Thread: canola

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    Re: canola

    I get the part about extracting, but what's the problem with crystallized honey? Sell it Rossed, creamed, or sectioned as a local premium product.
    Spreads like butter, tastes like sweet golden...
  10. Re: Any wood products I should avoid for finishing bee boxes?

    There is actually iron oxide pigment in most wood stains that blocks UV rays. Use one rated for outdoor use. I've used plenty of thomsons on fences but never had much luck with in on my wood decks....
  11. Re: Denver, CO - light yellow pollen, mid-March

    Same up here. Maple I think.
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    Re: Front Range weather roller-coaster

    In my neighborhood the flow starts mid June and lasts until 1st or 2nd week of July, its all linden/basswood. One hive drew and filled a deep, the other swarmed, so butkus. There are plenty of apple,...
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    Re: Placement of hives for best pollination

    Beeware I'm still confused about the cross pollination thing. Based on your description, a bee collects (pollen or nectar) from one tree/plant then before getting a full load is bugged by too many...
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    Re: Placement of hives for best pollination

    I would think it is a good thing to have your hives spread from the perspective that there is less competition for forage. This assumes an even distribution of forage rather than a central foraging...
  15. Re: behr premium weather proofing wood finish

    I got a gallon+ in a 5 gallon can of oops paint Valspar Duramax (gray) from one of the big box stores for $5. Its been going for 3 years and not showing signs of wear on the hives or the shed.
    I did...
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    Re: Uncapping knife suggestions

    I will be getting into extracting this year too, or I should say I just bought a half dozen shallows and I'll see how things go.
    For reference does the hot/cold knife decision lend itself to running...
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    Re: Front Range weather roller-coaster

    Some of the maples were blooming a couple of weeks ago in my flight zone.
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    Re: moving brood around

    Dan what's the tape inside the box for?

    Fabian
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    Re: Making Sugar Water

    For 1:1 I don't heat the water beyond hot tap water. You just have to stir a little.
    Mine is almost never crystal clear.
    for 2:1 I do it just like you are doing it, albeit with twice the sugar,...
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    Re: superable topbar plans

    I have some top bar hive plans on my blog. My hives are 36 inches (26 top bars) long. The top bars are 18 inches long. In my opinion 36 inches is too short. I had overpopulation problems with both of...
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    Re: Overwintering Borage is possible

    Beepro how did you over winter it? I'm also interested in the white flower borage. Any idea how it differs from the blue stuff.
    I've had borage, the blue, in my garden for many years, it resows...
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    Re: Plastic starters in TBH nuc frames

    Chuck, how about a vertical stick, such as a dowel. Attached to the top bar via a drilled hole in the bar with glue. You could even notch the bottom of the dowel and string some fishing line to other...
  23. Thread: Fall Harvest

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    Re: Fall Harvest

    Looks dark, buckwheat?
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    Re: Crimson clover

    I've planted areas about 5x10 and see light honey bee traffic on it early in the season. More bumble bees than honey bees. I fall sow and it blooms in the spring.
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    Re: Preparing for Next Year

    There is a lot of Russian sage in our area. It blooms for quite a while in late summer into fall. While I wouldn't say the bees hit it hard all the time, there usually are some bees on each plant...
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