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    Re: Upper entrance for migratory cover

    All my migratory top covers are notched for 'top entrances'.
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    Re: Using Caulk/Silicone in Hives?

    Titebond and sawdust is always a winner, I use painters putty to seal nail holes in top covers before painting otherwise I let the bees do it.
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    Re: Wax Moths are Here!

    Same here, was setting up nucs for spring swarms and saw several wax moths. I thought I was crazy until I started seeing more. Ours usually appear June also.
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    Re: FDA ruling it the works?

    Amen to that.
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    Re: Polar Vortex states

    Brutal winter here this year, lost 2 hives to starvation, and one of my singles had a 'half dead' starve out where the bulk of the colony died on one end of the box but the queen and some workers...
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    Re: Plywood supers?

    Most of my supers are plywood. Prime and paint, let the bees seal the inside. No problems.
  7. Thread: Ferals

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    Re: Ferals

    Hahaha We have no spring or fall it's either hot or its cold.
  8. Thread: Ferals

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    Re: Ferals

    Since Paul and I live in basically the same environment, just different latitudes, I do think it would be interesting to bring some of his ferals here to see if they express different traits further...
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    Re: Too many hives at 1 place?

    Had another beekeeper dump 100+ hives within 1/4 mile from my apiary and he is well aware of exactly where my bees are located. I asked neighbors to his outyards if they would allow me to put up...
  10. Thread: oxalic acid

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    Re: oxalic acid

    3 instances 1 week apart in the fall after surplus honey has been harvested and right before the cold really sets in. Only with hives that need it.
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    Re: 5 gallon buckets- Home Depot or food grade?

    That's a very good question that I have often wondered about myself.

    HDPE with a '2' in the recycle symbol. Cheap at walmart. Make sure the lid has the same markings.
  12. Thread: Ferals

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    Re: Ferals

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    Honestly I would agree with that. There is a 1500 hive migratory operation a mile from me that probably brings back african genetics from almond pollination in California in the form of drones...
  13. Thread: Ferals

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    Re: Ferals

    Ferals are all over here too. I've only captured 1 swarm (out of 50+) that were noticably 'bigger' bees, and they were very light colored. Everything I catch is smaller, darker stock. The largest...
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    Re: 5 gallon buckets- Home Depot or food grade?

    Food grade for honey, any grade for carrying euquipment. Only my white buckets are food grade so it's easy to spot them.
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    Re: eating dead bees

    I brushed thousands of dead bees out of the bottom of a dead out with my hand. I took hundreds of pinprick stings that were very mild. It wasn't fun.
  16. Re: What is the closest you have bees to your house?

    6" from the foundation, 8' from the back door
  17. Thread: planers

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    Re: planers

    yeah:sleep:
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    Re: planers

    Snipe is pretty easy to minimize.
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    Re: March Hive Check - post them here

    -1 big single to starvation, have another hive in bad shape with no stores but feeding. All the rest of the hives have 30 - 80 pounds of honey remaining in them.
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    Re: Pollen being brought in Denver

    Elm pollen coming in here.
  21. Re: Framing made simple for 2014? NEW 18ga .25" up 1.5" stapler without compressor!?

    Only staples I ever had problems with from harbor freight were the 1/2" staples. Never had a misfire with anything longer. I have ridgid stapler also as do a few of my friends. Never heard a...
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    Re: High Elevation Beekeeping?

    The cold rolls down off the mountains and tends to settle in the valleys. The winds though, winds are brutal in open places. Different challenges in different places. One thing I really like is...
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    Re: High Elevation Beekeeping?

    I go 2 deeps and mediums for honey supers. The hives in Rye are in tree stands but in Beulah they sit in a mountain meadow which is easy access for bears. Bears, racoons, people, all nuisances lol....
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    Re: High Elevation Beekeeping?

    I keep a few colonies in Rye and Beulah (6800 ft and 6400 ft), they actually do really well. I don't overwinter them there, I bring them back to the plains. And then there's the bears.
  25. Thread: Liability

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    Re: Liability

    Honestly, if you have to get a lawyer and have people sign waivers... might you think twice? City honey tastes like candy but is it really worth the worries and the potential problems? lol Have fun
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