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    Re: Splits -Tips for Finding the Queen

    Assuming that most experienced beeks don't need any advice, I'll address this to myself in my first few years, from current me.

    It's all about planning ahead, and practice. Plan for a number of...
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    Re: Bears and Bears and Bears Oh My!

    I have lived in bear country for 30+ years. I use a plug in charger. I run an insulated 12 gauge wire from the charger to the bee enclosure. Then it's hooked up hot all the way around (of course).
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    Re: Just don't know what to buy

    To borrow an expression from another profession: Put two beekeepers in a room, and you'll get three opinions. :)

    I'm re-building a bit and, after 30+ years, I'm buying new 10 frame medium...
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    Re: upper entrance?

    The bees seem to do quite well with them. I don't worry about digging them out until there is at least 3-4 feet of snow on the ground, and then I only have to get down to the top of the hive. There...
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    Re: Polar Vortex states

    Brace yourselves - 'looks like the next PV is headed east from here. Yes, that's us on the national news. 13" of the light & fluffy snow that we get when it's really cold. 3 more feet and I may need...
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    Re: Need Help! Just Inhereted 50 hives

    What you describe is commonly know as "bearding" and is indicative of overheating. Prop the front or rear of the top cover up a bit to provide some immediate relief. Also - is the front entrance the...
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    Re: Polar Vortex states

    We've been getting "Alberta Clippers" in Colorado for at least 5 decades. Now we have to put up with Polar Vortex's too??? :p

    A kind of typical winter here, but 7 for 7 so far.
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    Re: Linseed Oil as hive dip/preservative?

    When you have an old iron and lots of beeswax sitting around, you find that you can iron the wax into untreated wood with relative ease ( much like Lauri's torch method). I have a few parts, here &...
  9. Thread: Best books

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    Re: Best books

    As no one has mentioned it yet, I found Richard Taylor's "How to Do It Book of Beekeeping" very helpful over the years. 'Glad I got mine when it was still in print - used copies are going for ~$120...
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    Re: Beekeeping Books

    When I began beekeeping, Al Gore hadn't dreamed up the internet yet :D. Books were the only source of info, and since the bees didn't read them, the rules changed right along with their fancy....
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    Re: Does pollen imply nectar?

    The Maples have a dark brown bud that has broken open and dropped a light brown fuzzy tassel. The bees are bringing in a light tan to cream colored pollen.
  12. Re: Help me pick my type of bee for my location | Italian or Carniolan

    I think you hit the nail on the head with your question - In most cases it's a personal preference. For what it's worth, Italian (Buckfast) have withstood some pretty harsh winters, here, over the...
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    Re: Does pollen imply nectar?

    Go out and listen to the trees. Maples don't have an obvious blossom (to my eye) but the buzz ( a quiet roar!) of hundreds of bees working the trees tells me that this is one of the earliest sources...
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    Re: Best books

    Have you seen http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?275429-b2%29-Beginners-Beekeeping-Books
    here? Some books tend to be more stuffy & scientific, others more like story telling. What do...
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    Re: Does pollen imply nectar?

    As I said - such interesting diversity! It's kind of nice to hear terms like "splits, re-queening, spring feeding, boosting brood, swarm control", etc, - coming from the warmer climates. 'Things I...
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    Re: Does pollen imply nectar?

    "Up" here in the "bluff country", spring is such a relative term ( along with winter). 'Not that much different from Denver, in general, but you know how the storms vary. Last night was a good...
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    Re: Does pollen imply nectar?

    It's always interesting to see the Q&A's here. The regional diversity is not surprising. We often get pollen in early February, but not much nectar until March or later, depending on the year.
  18. Re: How to re-insert the last frame without crushing bees?

    Ditto that.

    The queen will very (very) rarely be on the outside frames. 'Sounds like they could use another box if they are filling the space in that quickly.
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    Re: I will never buy packages again.

    I'll buy packages when I must. Usually too dang expensive. 4 for 4 on the 2014 batch of packages, just like all the previous ones. Same supplier for the past 30 years (mostly just queens). The...
  20. Thread: STOLEN HIVES!

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    Re: STOLEN HIVES!

    Eyes on guard along the Co front range. Bear watch game camera on my own.
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    Re: What is the magic number?

    four to seven
  22. Thread: Bush Lespedeza

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    Re: Bush Lespedeza

    I was harvesting some BL( I think...) seed the other day, and got chased off by one defensive bee - for what that's worth.
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    Re: Bears in suburbia

    I had to run an (extra) lower wire last year. A young bear was sneaking under my wire. I have a 20 mile charger on a 25 yard enclosure, so the "jolt" is substantial. It appears that once they get one...
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    Re: uncapping for 100 hives

    The chain upcapper I saw in action was very functional. The gentleman had a very nice setup (direct mounted over a cappings spinner), and ran it that way for years.

    If I were to ever get back up...
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    Re: Join 2 week hives or not...

    House bees develop wax glands at around 9 days after emergence, so rather soon in your case (new brood at wax producing age). Giving at least a few more weeks to catch up/ get rolling - if they...
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