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    Re: Edge to edge frames of capped honey

    This is my first year as a beek and I was told by several folks here as well as reading in a couple books that as a new beek you should wait to use an excluder. The bees knew best. I have two medium...
  2. Re: My first year and I have HONEY!!! and questions...

    Thanks for the advice all. I'll be taking off the supers later today and extracting the honey. Then I'll put those supers back to see what they come up with. My Blue Mist Spirea is just now blooming...
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    That's what I'm going to do as well Vallejo64, seems like a pretty good idea.
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    Yes, I have 2 Deeps and 2 medium supers on right now.

    So if I remove and extract the honey from the two medium supers and replace them with drawn comb and one medium super I suppose I leave that...
  5. My first year and I have HONEY!!! and questions...

    Well from everything I was told in my first year as a beekeeper that I wouldn't have honey this year, but the bees decided differently. I guess we had a pretty good year here in Colorado from what I...
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    Re: insect control in the garden

    I have a pretty large rose garden myself and several other rose plants here and there throughout the rest of my gardens. Its only in the late fall that my roses get any sort of mold type issues here...
  7. Re: Anyone know what this flower is .......Texas unmowed area? Bees are working it.

    That's a penstemon. Look at the spear shaped leaves that are across from each other going up the stalk. The color of the flowers is a give away as well. Wild penstemon usually comes in blue to...
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    Re: insect control in the garden

    I read through this whole thread with one question in my head, "Why?" What insect in your garden are you trying to control and why? The problem with many of these ideas is that it will not only...
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    Re: Top Entrances Added, Bees Not Using

    I know many more knowledgeable people than me have answered here stating that bees are creatures of habit and that it will take them some time to get used to the new entrance to start using it. I say...
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    Re: Does honey bee healthy go bad?

    Should it be kept refrigerated?
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    Re: Bumblebee attacks Honeybee

    There is a type of beetle known as an "Ambush Bug" that will attack honey bees in flight and cut off there heads and then eat the soft inside parts of the body.

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    Re: Supermarket shows "what if" without bees

    I think its all our responsibility as beekeepers to help educate people to understand how these incredible creatures affect all of us on a daily basis whether you like bees or not. I think we all...
  13. Thread: grouchy bees

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    Re: grouchy bees

    I've noticed that the guard bees are very grumpy with even their own hive members coming back in. Flaring at each other and biting at the entrance. They eventually let the foragers back in. Its...
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    Re: A question about upper entrances

    Well I built my own entrance/spacer with a pine board I had in my garage. I made the entrance too "tall" to start with. I forgot to measure the entrance on my reducer. Fixed it with the table saw and...
  15. Thread: Colorado Trip

    by ChasWG
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    Re: Colorado Trip

    Mesa Verde for sure. Spend the whole day for sure and bring your camera. An amazing place!
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    Re: Wildfire danger and alternatives to smoker

    MtnBeek, I was working for ABC News yesterday down in Colorado Springs, that is a nasty fire they have burning down there right now. So I feel your pain. I've lived my entire life in Colorado and...
  17. Re: No queen excluder under the first super....how much brood can I expect upstairs?

    Dude, I just did the same thing as you several days ago. Added my first layer of honey super, mediums and my lower boxes are deeps. But my medium supers are just foundation with nothing drawn, so I...
  18. Thread: Pants

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    Re: Pants

    I use a veiled jacket and shorts. Yup, you read right. It seems that I have a very, very docile hive of bees. I've only been stung twice so far and both times were due to my stupidity. The first was...
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    Re: A question about upper entrances

    Thanks for the advice Spud. I looked at Michael's top entrance design and I moved a couple things around and did something similar to what he has going. It's not really the same, but the use of the...
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    A question about upper entrances

    How do you like to create an upper entrance? Do you simply slip the honey supers forward or back to create an opening? Or do you put something under the cover to create a top entrance above the honey...
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    Re: Providing Water For the Bees

    I have experienced similar things to what many here have already stated.

    I have several different water sources in my backyard for my bees.
    1) A small pond with a waterfall that splashes water...
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    Re: When to add Honey Supers?

    You know, right after I wrote that I started to wonder the same thing Rusty. It's funny how that works when you say or write something down...

    I'm stopping the feeding anyway so the added honey...
  23. Thread: major flow

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    Re: major flow

    I don't know if this helps, but we here in the Denver, CO area are a bit behind the Spring flow curve. Many of our early blooming plants either just didn't bloom this year or are delayed by several...
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    Re: Brood and temperature question

    What are your night time temps like?
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    Re: When to add Honey Supers?

    Thanks for the detailed response Peter! That helps so much. I have been feeding these bees a super high quality food of more than 1:1 cane sugar. A while back my with bought this locally...
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