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    Re: Mixing bee races with new hives

    i believe in hybrid vigor in most animals like chicken crosses and mutt dogs, so why not bee crosses as well?
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    Re: mold in hive

    the back are raised about 1/4" so it slopes to the front to keep water from getting in, i was thinking of opening the entrance bigger but i would have to recip saw it out and i bet the bees would...
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    Re: mold in hive

    i have them fairly open, top entrances, bottom entrance un restricted and entrances in the front of each box as well as the telescopic cover raised up 2" but still getting some mold, not sure what...
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    mold in hive

    i added sugar blocks to my hives the other day and noticed one was very moldy around the top entrance and the tops of the frames and the inside of the telescoping lid, last year i had only a tiny...
  5. Re: Stupid question: how many beekeepers are scared of bees?

    i used to be scared of bees until i decided to get them and now i pick them up with bare hands etc.

    my dad is terrified of bees wont come near mine he stays at least 40ft away even when they are...
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    Re: Homemade Extractor

    i just kept my eyes out for used bee equipment and found a plastic garbage can style manual 3 frame extractor for $70 and snapped it up, works good, not great but gets the job done but is hard to...
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    Re: Bottom Board 3/4" or 3/8"?

    could you not reshape the vapourizer tip with a vice so it was oval shaped and fits under the 3/8?
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    Re: My head is spinning

    check what nucs are going to be in, if you only have mediums but only deep nucs are available its going to be a pain swapping them into the mediums. full deeps are heavy though especially 10 frames
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    Re: MAQS and absconding

    following dosage recommendations from the manufacturer should not kill your bees, you should not have to use half a dose so they survive. my temps were not even close to max at all and were sitting...
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    Re: MAQS and absconding

    lost 3/4 of my queens using MAQS, going to invest in a OA vaporizer next year and try that. looks like all but 1 has requeen itself but no guarantee on those queens being good for the winter.
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    Re: MAQS and Queen kill

    I managed to check the hives today, first hive was definatly queenless, second had a queen and brood in all stages, third had a queen and lots of about to hatch brood but not much else, and the last...
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    Re: MAQS and Queen kill

    i should have drones for 2 to 3 more weeks but their population is getting lower now.
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    MAQS and Queen kill

    I treated 4 of my hives that had heavy mite loads and were starting to get deformed wings with MAQS, the weather was between 17C and 28C and i propped the outter lid up with a rock to increase air...
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    Re: Best Frame Style

    see what other local bee keepers are using they may have good info for you in regards to if you need double deeps for winter or just one or mediums.
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    Re: Two hives or one to start

    start with two so you can take frames from one if needed and or bees and queens but also to give you something to compare to it will make it more obvious if you have a problem in one.
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    Re: Foundation vs Foundationless

    i use foundationless deep frames for the broodnest and plastic foundation for the supers, they survive better and i dont get blow out, i tried a few foundationless supers and all of them blew out...
  17. Re: What is up with this? Really, upside down?

    i have seen this a few times, usually they start again from the top and fill down and meet them up, probably best to clean it out and let them try again
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    Re: Human Made Feral Hives

    i shot 2 feral pigs last summer and where i live there are no pigs descended from wild hogs, i have seen turkeys running around in the woods as well and no native turkeys here.

    Have we modified...
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    Re: Is Roundup as safe as we have been told?

    one of the main reasons food is transported so far is fad diets, eat berries from the other side of the world they will make you healthy they may in one test have been slightly better than your local...
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    Re: Human Made Feral Hives

    Are bees wild, they have been part of active breeding programs trying to breed certain qualities into them, honey production, calmness and disease resistance, sounds like they are domesticated to me.
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    Re: clover planting

    do you have problems with birds eatting the seed if you overwinter it?
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    Re: Foundation Less Frames

    i havent put starter strips in but have some drawn frames i put the blanks in between the drawn frames and they build straight some problems i get are every one in a while they draw one of the drawn...
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    Re: Wintering question for northern beekeepers

    its not super cold for long where i live on the pacific north coast only get a month or so below 0C and maybe down to -20C but it rains all the time all winter so moisture is a problem, i have top...
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    Re: a little tip on sealing ply-wood boxes

    it also depends on where you live, on the north coast plywood does not last more than a couple years, in a desert area it will probably last 20.
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    Re: Help with identification please

    looks fine to me, i think the darker colour seems to be just older wax that had had brood raised in it before, hard to see though i am looking at the pics on my phone.
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