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  1. Re: Hive body count reduction for wintering ... question!

    When our winters are dry, which they usually are, I remove empty combs and leave the bees in one super with a frame feeder, and keep providing enough feed to keep them going until the creosote bush...
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    Re: Queen castle?

    As far as mating nucs go, I agree with Ray Marler, I prefer to use what I call 4 x 3 mating nuc condo's. I made them from a pallet load of medium super sides - I didn't have enough super ends, so I...
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    Re: Queen castle?

    Forum, search, -> Queen Rearing.

    Plenty of reading on the subject, at the threads listed in the above search. Probably enough to last for several days of reading.
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    Re: Bee yard contract?

    Maybe a link to this thread would help --> Search results for outyard contracts. Or -> Outyard contracts/agreements.
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    Re: 9 frames or 10 frames

    If you space out nine frames in a ten frame honey super, and the frames are not already filled with comb, often the bees will make a mess of things, even when using foundation.
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    Re: 9 frames or 10 frames

    Yes, the bees will make the honey sections, even wider still. For my experience this can increase the difficulty in future frame manipulations.
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    Re: Best Frame Style

    Research, plus trial and error.
  8. Re: If you could only plant one type flower???

    Sainfoin (Onobrychis arenaria).
  9. Re: Newbees, Mediums and AFB -- a cautionary tale

    Oldtimer,
    That certainly seems like something someone should have investigated, by now. If anyone knows the answer, or research concerning this issue, I hope they will share that information.
  10. Re: Newbees, Mediums and AFB -- a cautionary tale

    I have been keeping bees in all medium-depth equipment, for nearly fifty years (after my first few years). It has yet to exacerbate any undesirable issues - at all. In the past decade, or so, I've...
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    Re: Is the entrance too small?

    It all looks and sounds good to me.

    Please show us what it looks like, inside, when you have the chance. Thanks.
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    Re: Feeding Spent Brewer's Yeast

    Sure it will, let you edit the title. You just need to go to the advanced mode, first.
  13. Re: How often may I look in a new Top Bar colony?

    I've discovered that placing a large piece of 1-1/4" thick (or thicker), white, foamboard, above the cover of any hive that is exposed to the heat of the sun. Making sure that their is a degree of...
  14. Re: How often may I look in a new Top Bar colony?

    How often can you open/inspect/bother your bees.

    The reason I began keeping bees, back in 1966, was so I could have my own, to bother/observe, whenever I wanted. It is still my primary reason for...
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    Re: queenless -enough time to requeen?

    A factor, often overlooked, is that queenless hives are often in the process of creating their own replacement queens. Unless you can absolutely verify the status of their progress, in that regard,...
  16. Re: Alternative Protein for extra brood rearing (For overwintering success) Need Reci

    Not really, even soy flour needs to be heated (just so) in order to allow honey bees to gain nourishment from eating it, it contains natural compounds that inhibit its available nutrition to most...
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    Re: Third queen this season

    Laura Belle, I'm glad you started this thread. It seems to be a subject that does not get the attention it deserves.

    I know that no matter how careful I am, I still find queens crawling on the...
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    Re: Third queen this season

    In my earlier years, I had that happen, every so often. I took some advice from a beekeeping mentor, to spot the queen during my manipulations, and to carefully replace the frame she was on, back...
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    Re: Entice bees to fill bottom box?

    So, are you saying that your hives consist entirely of four medium depth supers? Or, that you have four medium honey supers on your hives? A clarification of your hive configuration would be helpful.
  20. Re: What type of Nail Gun and Staple Gun

    Here's a link to a nice thread discussing this subject.
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    Re: Rain and Top Entrances

    No.

    Our summer rains are often torrential, with the summer of 2014 having many strong storms. If the rain, entering from upper entrances were a problem for the bees, they've never shown it. Every...
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    Re: too much bearding?

    Personally, I like bearding, the more bearding I see, the stronger I know the colony to be.

    To me this is nice bearding -->
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  23. Re: Queenless in Los Angeles, mini-swarm. ???

    In Southern California, for beekeeping, there really isn't much of an "off-season". So, waiting until next year -- is something you shouldn't really need to deal with. The beekeeping year is...
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    Re: Nuc plans using 2x12 lumber??

    For the ability of hive components to fit together uniformly and be used together with other standard equipment, the materials don't matter too much, nor the thickness of those materials, simply the...
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    Re: Can't find my (marked) queen!

    If there aren't any eggs, you might be queenless, or the hive may be in the process of replacing your marked queen - they may have a virgin, not yet mated and laying.

    I would move a few frames...
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