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    Re: Front Range weather roller-coaster

    Chinook is heated by adiabatic compression (same as Santa Ana in California). The air mass descends over the mountains to a lower elevation (and consequently higher air pressure), the compression of...
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    Re: 8 frame...how to space?

    Sand the frames a hair, (60 grit on a belt sander works in seconds). Put 9 in the brood box. They get drawn beautifully. You can keep 9 in the brood, and in the honey supper start with 9 to get...
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    Re: Terrible Problem /.=)

    Only a wild burro guestimate -- about 50,000 capped brood or more or less 2500 per side of 12 frames.
    12 days that brood is under caps so -- >4,100 day or about 180/hour 24/7. I don't know if...
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    Re: Terrible Problem /.=)

    Square Peg (( I always have images of my grandfather caning rocking chairs -- you used these square pegs to lock the cane into the holes. Does anyone cane anymore?)
    I must admit I have never...
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    Re: Terrible Problem /.=)

    This is a queen I received from Jeremy Rose ( http://www.californiabeecompany.com/ ) in May 2014. Jeremy is a young, up-and-coming breeder, keep an eye on his stock. It yields about 1/2 Cordovan...
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    Re: Anyone using Mason Bees to pollinate

    Mason bees are used in British Columbia on large scale for Plum and Cherry. Bushel sacks of pupa are harvested and held over winter.
    Mason bees are used in Japan on commercial scale.
    Mason bees...
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    Re: Terrible Problem /.=)

    Thanks, brilliant, I will put that on my calendar for next go round. I was in the hive 12 days ago, adding checkerboard. But man, I didn't expect everything to fill up.
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    Re: Does pollen imply nectar?

    Southern California is in the middle of its pollen and nectar flow. The really early just pollen blooms (Live Oak, Quercus agrifolia) is now fading.
    There is huge diversity of other plants in full...
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    Terrible Problem /.=)

    I was all set up to graft into the cell builder today from the Queen Breeder I had selected. A zillion queenless nurse bees buzzing around.

    When I pulled brood frames to get graft stock from the...
  10. Re: Do the Descendants of the Package Queen Produce Successively More Irritable Hives

    Commercial breeders draw from thousands of prospective queens to select their breeders for grafting. The ones I work with quantify and record traits for both queen breeders and drone hives. This...
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    Re: Nucs Vs. 8 Frame Mediums

    You can build 4 or 5 frame medium nucs (out of 1x8 fenceboard) and double stack them. They build up quick in the stacks. The split management is easier in the nucs (locating queen, etc).
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    Re: Western Red Cedar

    And if you get AFB, you can plank Salmon with the covers.
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    Re: nuc bottom boards

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?307864-4-frame-nuc&p=1225864#post1225864

    This should give you an idea. I use "migratory" tops as bottoms and tops.
  14. Thread: 4 frame nuc

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    Re: 4 frame nuc

    http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d175/jchesnut1/NucDesign_zpstlfvzoey.jpg

    I got a cull (waterstained) unit of 1x12 and have built a boat load of nucs with the pictured design this winter. The...
  15. Re: Feeding pollen patties to encourage early brood up in overwintered colonies

    Home made patties from Ultra bee or Megabee dry sub, are 3/4 sugar (you add 35kg or sugar to 15kg of protein. They make hives take off on brood in my "benign" climate. My guess is that a rich sub...
  16. Thread: 4 frame nuc

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    Re: 4 frame nuc

    Interior dimension on my 4 frame is 5 7/8". I combine a 4 frame and a five frame (7 1/4" interior) on a single ten frame base. Four frame outside is 7 3/8" and 5 frame is 8 3/4" Total together is...
  17. Re: Extractor-less honey by- "Honey Flow"

    Both photos indicate the hives are prepped for the photo-shoot. I think there is an element of Mad-Men style pumping in that.
  18. Re: Extractor-less honey by- "Honey Flow"

    Cedar Anderson had a "online" photo sharing site using the handle BeeInventive ( https://instagram.com/flowhive/ ).

    Two items worried me, both posted in early January 2015 (pre-PR). One...
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    Re: bispham's causal chain

    Mike's list reminds me of the old joke about Napoleon "to-do list"
    • (1) Take over world.
    ......

    Yup, Mike, you are going to get much agreement even among vexatious and fractious beeks on the...
  20. Re: Feeding pollen patties to encourage early brood up in overwintered colonies

    Invert sugar stays much softer than straight sucrose. Sucrose and pollen sets up like cement. A little bit of oil/crisco helps.
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    Re: bispham's causal chain

    Thanks for the link, behind a paywall for me. The abstract weirdly misuses(?) "vertical" to describe transmission to unrelated host bee colonies. Do they imply the descent of daughter mites is a...
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    Re: Nectar sugar content

    This chapter on "Nectar Composition" (50 pages with bibliography) is a good jumping off place....
  23. Thread: OA and brood

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    Re: OA and brood

    I accidentally killed hives outright using a double-dose of OA in a "crack-pipe" vaporizer (2009?).
    Yes, you can overdose hives with OAV.
    The dose response curve for OA shows increasing mortality...
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    Re: bispham's causal chain

    Yes, it matters a whole lot. The papers demonstrate that horizontal transmission is the dominate element for Varroa.

    Horizontal transmission is big deal because "letting hives dwindle and die"...
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    Re: bispham's causal chain

    Full reprint of the Martin (2012) paper that establishes the rapid evolution towards virulence in the presence of Varroa observed in the "natural experiment" on the Big Island, Hawaii.
    Global...
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