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    Re: Front Range weather roller-coaster

    jwdeeming, et al,

    I have a summer out yard in the mountains at 10 K ft. near Salida and I travel an hour on dirt from Hartsel down through South Park. As you have suggested, I put them out in the...
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    Re: Front Range weather roller-coaster

    Got snow down here in Colorado Springs now too! It is 36 deg. F.

    Steve
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    Re: Is this frame ok to reuse?

    Pathfinder,

    The two take aways I get from the photo are: the bees died head first in the cells, frequently attributed to starvation; and, the presence of mold indicates too much moisture in the...
  4. Re: Bees attracted to hot tub and drowning by the hundreds :(

    Stephanie,

    I have seen this topic discussed previously on beesource but my searches turned up nothing. I would agree with many of the suggestions already offered. Several additional things are: ...
  5. Re: Why I have never lost an over-wintered hive

    I'm pretty much on agreement with C10250, Post 1 and Enjambres , Post 11 with a few +/- exceptions. And although winter isn't over yet at today's inspection/feeding I have a 9% loss. Exceptions...
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    Re: Front Range weather roller-coaster

    You guys couldn't have cabin fever any worse than me !

    Steve
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    Re: Front Range weather roller-coaster

    There is another side to the snow story too: not all snow equals beneficial water. Colorado is very arid and most of the snow sublimates or goes directly from a solid (the snow) into a gas (water...
  8. Re: Shaking in nurse bees from another hive.

    rwlaw.

    Please show or explain the piece of (sheet ?) metal.

    Steve
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    Re: Bears and Bears and Bears Oh My!

    Shalva,

    Following is a copy of my post on this subject from years ago. I have lots of bears too and this solar powered system has worked for years. J highly recommend that you get your bear...
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    Re: Curious ID question

    Cessna,

    Can't help you on the black bee, but how is that reverse shoulder replacement doing? I considered the reverse on my second rotator cuff but in the end went with 5 screws anchors with...
  11. Re: Monitoring the hive temp. What are my bee's up to?

    dingbat,

    I am replicating the hive temperature gathering and plotting that shinbone has done over the past couple of years but from a very primitive approach compared to what you are doing. I...
  12. FYI: Had a Neighbor Visit the Bee Yard Last Night

    He skirted around the outside of the bee yard bear fence. At a walk his hind foot goes in his front foot print.

    (Sorry, unable to upload foot prints in the snow)

    A two legged neighbor took...
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    Re: Emergency Feeding Divide Nucs

    I am currently in the process of building a dozen five frame nucs that will fit perfectly as a side by side pair on top of a standard Langstroth box. The front and back ends (with the frame rest...
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    Re: What lubricant in extractor tub

    From personal experience, if the extractor is motorized (ie. high RPM) I would suggest the food safe lubricant, and refresh it periodically. If it is hand crank, the bees wax would probably work OK....
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    Re: Essential Oils

    I have great respect for everything that Michael Bush says, and you should too. However you might do a search here on BeeSource for "alpha6 AND essential oils" I have routinely used the alpha6...
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    Re: Hive Hosting Payment by Honey

    Learner,

    I don't get much more than that when I sell, and that includes my bottle, etc. PM me if you would like.

    Steve
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    Re: Liquid Brewer's Yeast Question

    Quattro,

    I think it is important that you boil the yeast because the purpose of boiling is to kill the yeast and thus prevent it from growing. You do not want the yeast to be alive when you...
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    Re: Liquid Brewer's Yeast Question

    Quattro,

    Years ago I made pollen sub according to Alpha6's recipe with yeast of the bottom of a brew vessel. Probably boiled it excessively to make sure the yeast was dead. The bees didn't take...
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    Re: Wintering Nucs - Redux

    Just Google search Youtube,

    Steve
  20. Re: Woo Hoo! Hive is thriving in CO winter

    Adam,

    Sounds good. Make sure that you keep the feed on them for the next couple of months which is the period during which they are most likely to starve. Consider robbing honey from your...
  21. Re: Smoker stuck closed - solution to avoid?

    The material building up is creosote. Just scrape it out periodically with your hive tool. Like propolis, it is sticky when warm and brittle when cold. That's just routine maintenance.

    Steve
  22. Re: How young did you get your kids involved?

    FYI, I was given my first bee colony at age 8 and I had a veil, leather work gloves, and rubber bands for my long sleeved shirt cuffs. I'm now 75.

    Steve
  23. Re: Using wood chips to help keep moisture down

    Boomer,

    That device is called a quilt box (QB) and it serves two purposes, insulation and moisture absorption. They are easy to make if you have some basic woodworking skills and tools. I have...
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    Re: Lets talk labels

    JRG13,

    Please give me some more details about the use of MS Access to print bottle labels. How and where in Access.

    Steve
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    Re: Frame feeder VS top feeder

    Agree with Honey4all. I use a push pin held with needle nose pliers with the lid on an end grain block of wood and punched from the inside outward. The burr helps provide a foothold for the bees.
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