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    Anything like too many nucs?

    I fed my bees early this spring with sugar boards. We had a terrible nectar season last year, then a long cold winter. Well, then we had a bunch of trees all started blooming at once. The bees...
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    Foundationless mess?

    I picked up a package of regressed bees recently. I have Langstroth, All Medium, top Bars, and started this hive in a Langstroth box with frames that had a triangle tacked to the top. They seem to...
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    OB hive - larva seen through the glass

    I built this hive over a decade ago. For the first time, they've actually allowed larva to grow against the glass. The attached is the best pic, but there are some other cells that just show the...
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    Re: SINGLE-WIDE vs. DOUBLE-WIDE ObH

    I've built a very successful OB hive, 3 mediums, 3 deeps, and can keep it running year round. I'm wondering about double wide as in end to end vs side to side. I think I've seen some like that. ...
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    Dead larva? What happened? Pics attached

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    Okay, figured that'd get someone's attention.

    Here's the scenario. 2 hives out in the sun. Booming strong hives. It's been in the mid-70's here for the last couple weeks. Well, last...
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    Re: Where can I have honey sticks made?

    This has got to be one of the weirdest things related to beekeeping. It looks so simple, just fill a plastic tube with honey, heat seal the ends. I've looked and looked myself, even perusing the...
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    Re: Trapping in an urban setting

    Actually, I called the local parks in my area and they were fine with it as long as I put them above head height and let them know where I put them. In a way, it helps them not to have bees take up...
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    Re: Cut out from behind plaster walls

    At least you're picking the right time of year. The hive should be the smallest right now. The way I do it is to drill a couple holes to figure out where the studs are, then snap vertical lines...
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    Re: Placing nucs next to mother colony

    I like making the nuc, then putting the nuc where the original hive was. There will be plenty of workers bringing in resources to the new nuc, sometimes to the point of overflowing. However, since...
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    Comb in my sugar board?

    Made some great sugar boards (kind of like sugar cake pressed in) Worked great, added a pollen patty.

    Opened it today. 75% gone, but they were building honeycomb in the sugar board frame,...
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    Re: RFID tags for theft deterrence

    Walmart is a business that looks at the bottom line. If you get a bureaucracy like the federal gov, or especially the California gov, they can take a cheap idea and drive up the cost by 1000x.
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  12. Thread: february panic

    by RobWok
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    Re: february panic

    No reason not to. I've been there. It was probably an on and off cycle of warm and cool, or maybe high mite loads. Also, sometimes we beekeepers rearrange the honey near the end of the season. ...
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    Re: A big thank you to Michael Bush!

    Ditto. Really great guy to spend so much time here. Nice guy in person too.

    Rob.
  14. Freezing weather does not kill moths or their larva

    I had a surreal experience today. I've been in the garage making candy boards, and decided to pull my older empty boxes and paint them again after I was done painting the boards. I have some that I...
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    Re: Less Small Hive Beetles this season?

    I've done a bit of reading on them. Apparently, you have larva coming out all year long. Only takes 4 months to pupate. So, the hard ground freeze (if it freezes down to 7 inches) will take care of...
  16. Re: Looking forward to hard, hard frozen soil - and reduced hive beetles

    From what I read: http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/misc/bees/small_hive_beetle.htm it's 10 to 20 cm. So, at most, 7 inches. We're having some of the coldest winter we've had in a long time...
  17. Thread: cedar hives

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    Re: cedar hives

    there are a few types of Cypress as well. There is a variety of swamp cypress that has much better properties than what is commonly available in NC. (think about the difference between red and...
  18. Re: Any potential in the use of Google Glass in Beekeeping?

    neat question. They would probably have to make new veils for the glass to see through as opposed to being caught by mesh.

    Here's some ideas: Algorithm that could compare sizes, then highlight...
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    Re: Android Bee Hive Tracker

    Very nice. thank you. I just downloaded it to try this.
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    Re: All hives must have movable frames.

    Yes, I'm using both Langstroth and TBH. I plan on adding Warre. I've got some folks in my club that use Warre and we've talked about them extensively and what the challenges are. I've also...
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    Re: All hives must have movable frames.

    In the wild, bees live in trees. So, are all your hives made of rotten hollow trees? They usually are several feet off the ground, so you use ladders to rob honey? God didn't make square trees,...
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    Re: All hives must have movable frames.

    Glad to help. It was a topic in our local club as we had a beekeeper that wanted to keep Warre hives.

    I hope to get a couple built myself this winter. I currently have Langstroth 10 and 8...
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    Re: All hives must have movable frames.

    Top bar is definitely moveable (well depending on type). Warre is a little different story. For a Warre hive to meet the requirement, each box should have it's own top bar (not a continuous comb...
  24. Thread: What a mistake!

    by RobWok
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    Re: What a mistake!

    Pink sounds weird. There are plenty of pink molds, but can't imagine one growing on your bees.

    The other option is food dye. There have been funny stories about bees having red honey, to find...
  25. Thread: All dead

    by RobWok
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    Re: All dead

    so sorry to hear. Happened to me last year. I had about 15 out of 20 hives die out. They all had plenty of honey, but we had a weird warm / cold / warm / cold January-February. Queens started...
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