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    Re: Water question

    Our water source is about 50 yards from the hives, in front of them along the primary flight path. In that location it is the most convenient source and they use it a lot. We don't see them in the...
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    Re: My bees won't come out of their hives?

    Just having fun guys... yep, they do get sun, when there is sun. Had already started to set and been snowing all day. Just a bored beekeeper here!
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    Re: My bees won't come out of their hives?

    Yep... ;-) They actually came out yesterday... a few of them, when it was in the upper 40's. But, it's about 14 at the house right now.

    Boring time of the year to be a beek! Yawn.... :sleep:
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    My bees won't come out of their hives?

    My bees won't come out of their hives! What's wrong? :rolleyes:

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    Can't wait for spring...
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    Re: Bear Discovered My Hive

    No, it powers some small LED lights for the gate into the apiary and behind the hives. They were not up when the photo was taken. The fence is powered from an AC supplied charger.
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    Re: Bear Discovered My Hive

    I'd say he WILL remember where your hive is.

    I live in bear country as well. Here is my setup...

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    About 9500 volts on the fence.
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    Re: Ouch

    Ha ha ha... yep, did some work on my hives the other afternoon with an old pair of jeans that had gaping holes in the knees. A few of the girls flew down my pant leg and let me know what they...
  8. Re: How to handle Interstate Bee Truck Overturns

    Aside from the basic bee keeping stuff, I would make sure I knew where to get my hands on more pallets and straps. Those are likely to be broken in an accident, or burried in the mess, and you would...
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    Re: Bee Vacuum Please

    Wasn't hard. Climbed up with bee vac, sucked them into two buckets, and brought them down and rehived them. Colony is doing great.

    It wasn't that I wanted them, I just didn't want them! You...
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    Re: Bee Vacuum Please

    Here's another consideration when building or buying a bee vac. It's a tool. Tools come in different sizes and styles, and will work good or bad depending on the situation. Having a vac that sucks...
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    Re: Smoker Plug

    Sounds like you have a serious problem, with such an excess of corks. I, being one to help "take one for the team" am here to help you out. Send me a large quantity of your bottles of wine, I will...
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    Re: any hobby gunsmiths out there

    Maybe a good Forum about gun smithing. Could probably find a lot of good advice there. This one is mostly beekeeping stuff.
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    Re: Speculation on CCD and sunspots ...

    I'm no astrophysicist, but can the sun's polarization be affected? I know bees navigate off of the polarization of the sun light around them. If it was suddenly changed, that could affect their...
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    Re: Bees driving family nuts.

    Many beeks, myself included, keep hives way closer than 300' from our houses and don't have problems with bees at the house. Oh yeah, we see them come around, but they are just scouting for...
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    Re: Why do you use leather Gloves

    When I use gloves, I use leather as they don't get my hands all sweaty and are more breathable.
  16. Re: What am I looking at here, a couple of frame pics

    Cells that have had several rounds of brood in them will be very dark to begin with. Even a light honey in a dark cell with give you some dark appearances, while still in the comb at least.
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    Re: Useless tools or beginners luck?

    Wait till you've had to replace the bottom box on a hive. That is, pull all the frames out, pop the bottom box off the bottom board, and put a new one in. Let me tell you, all those guard bees at...
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    Re: Mark's new Honey Label

    My honest opinion, the hives in the background are a little rough looking. Most consumers buying a raw or unprocessed product are concerned about cleanliness. They don't understand how clean bees...
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    Re: Useless tools or beginners luck?

    Sometimes I wear a veil. Sometimes I wear gloves. Sometimes I used all my tools. Sometimes I don't. Depends on what I'm doing, depends on the season, depends on what mood the bees are in. Don't...
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    Re: Really dark orange blossom honey

    I think there's a lot of monkey business that goes on in the honey trade with some folks, buying cheap honey from somewhere else, and re-labelling it. I know a local "beekeeper" who sells "local"...
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    Re: Possible bear in uncommon bear area

    Some good rules for a bear fence.

    1. Keep enough space between the fence and the hives that they can't reach between the wires and get it.
    2. Have wires low enough to keep them from laying down...
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    Re: Possible bear in uncommon bear area

    Here is our bear fence. Has a "35 mile" charger. Measures out about 9000 to 9500 volts.

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  23. Re: Reduce hive size for winter for late season swarms?

    Thanks for all the advice. This last swarm was a rather large swarm, around 25,000 bees. The other one was pretty large as well, so would like to save them both.
  24. Re: Experience with liquid Sevin dust and roundup

    At least he was decent enough to come and tell you before he sprayed!!!
  25. Reduce hive size for winter for late season swarms?

    Here in Colorado (I'm at 7700' elevation) and the northern states, it is normal to use two deeps for a hive during the winter. The queen pulls her brood laying into the bottom box during the fall...
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