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  1. Re: How do you decide whether to add a super or a brood box?

    All my hives are Deep/Medium brood, with medium or shallow supers depending on what I've got ready. We don't have tough winters in SoCal, so we don't need huge brood and giant stores to get through...
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    Re: Newly Installed Package Gone!

    Yep, sounds like you went in and started pulling frames too soon. Once you do the installation, leave everything alone for a week. Then, make your first "inspection" nothing more than ensuring the...
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    Re: Is this a queen cell?

    They won't cap a queen cell until the larva is ready to pupate--- needs to be much larger than the picture shows. Also, can't tell from the photo if it's swimming in jelly. If not, it's abandoned. ...
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    Re: Swarm traps???

    I've had consistent success with a 5-frame nuc, some used comb when I've got it (NO HONEY! You'll just have ants!), and a few drops of LGO inside and on the landing board. First time I put one out I...
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    Re: Storing nectar in the bottom deep?

    Not likely they'll move the nectar up, since the queen is laying upstairs. Looks like you'll be extracting some deeps.
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    Final Leukemia Update

    As of April 7, my granddaughter finished her last chemo. On March 14 (my birthday, a wonderful present) they pulled the "port" from her chest.

    She is officially "out of treatment," and doing...
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    Re: high varroa count

    Considering the size of the hives... well, I've had counts that high on double-deep hives, and they've survived. Treat them now, and again in fall, as everyone's said. You won't kill them all off,...
  8. Re: what to charge for one to four hives for pollination

    I placed a couple hives for free in a Community garden. The problem comes when it's time to do a split, or you have to do some other manipulation that gets the bees into a tizzy. They invariably...
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    Re: What to do??

    Another option, though a lot more work, is to treat it as an extraction. Open the hive, remove the comb and replace it into frames with rubber bands holding it in. Then put everything back into...
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    Re: 2nd year swarm control Q's

    Catching your own swarms is actually a very easy way to do splits, and if the nucs are placed well, you'll have a pretty good hit rate.
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    Re: Bees as pets

    The minimum amount of upkeep, if you're not planning on actually managing the hive, is zero. Assuming you've got reasonable forage, each year the bees will expand in numbers, and half will swarm...
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    Re: Another 15-20"

    Winter slammed us pretty hard here too today, as temperatures plummeted to the mid-60's. So don't feel like you're the only ones roughing it...:)
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    Re: .22 Rifle Suggestions

    Additional options:

    Claymore with a Shih Tzu leashed as bait.

    Flamethrower--- mmm, barbecue.

    Grenades--- help the youngster work on his fastball.

    Pointed sticks--- a little Monty Python...
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    Re: .22 Rifle Suggestions

    Neil, just a thought--- you're a lawyer, right? Can't you just bore them to death?:D
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    Re: .22 Rifle Suggestions

    I've got the Ruger, among others... but I actually like the idea of the pellet gun. Coyotes are anything but stupid; if they know they get hurt when they come into your yard, they'll give you a wide...
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    Re: Bee suit vs. jeans and ls shirt

    Like so many, I started out Mr. Confident in t-shirt and pants. Even went to shorts for awhile. But then reality---and a few bees--- hit, and as I got more hives, I took more hits. After one on...
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    Re: Dead hives honey to go to a new hive?

    I had another deadout recently, and when our lousy weather finally broke I used the capped honey to open feed the hives in one of my beeyards. I use a simple stand to make it easy for them to get...
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    Re: what to do in Southern California

    In Pasadena you've got plenty of eucalyptus around, some species of which have been blooming for a month or more. Plus, the white ceonothus just exploded into bloom this past week over here (I'm in...
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    Re: Ultra-Breeze suit - thoughts?

    Do NOT get any other kind of suit. The Ultra-Breeze is extremely well-made, durable, comfortable--- and I've NEVER been stung through it, even though in warm weather I only wear a pair of gym shorts...
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    Italian Mama in a Carnie Hive

    With the break in the weather I took the time to really stick my nose into all my hives. I was surprised to find a beautiful, golden-thoraxed Queen in my only Carniolan hive (all my other hives are...
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    Re: What a mess, queenless?

    This hive may well be a goner. I'm very skeptical about your queen returning. I'd order another package. (If you get it and don't want it, I'll come buy it from you, I'm within driving distance).
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    Re: perished colony in Santa Barbara

    I have Minnesota Hygenics, Carnies, and as ODFrank points out, whatever has flown into various swarm traps and/or been cutout or captured.

    My experience: hive death is an equal opportunity event.
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    Re: Diet & Weight Loss

    yes, you burn a higher percentage of fat sleeping than you do during exercise... but that's just a ratio. You burn so few calories when you're sleeping that it makes no difference what you're...
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    Re: perished colony in Santa Barbara

    SBBeeman, the syndrome you and a couple other Californians have described is exactly what happened to a few of my hives this year. The early, excessive rain and the sudden, relentless cold temps...
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    Re: Shallows...foundation or not?

    use the foundationless frames to cut rectangular combs and sell it that way. Or, drop a chunk into each jar of extracted honey. Fast, easy, no worries about blow-out during extracting, and people...
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