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  1. Thread: Lurker in IL

    by MTN-Bees
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    Re: Lurker in IL

    For me I never thought hard about. I knew I was going to be stung as it comes with the territory. You can certainly reduce your exposure to stings by wearing a suit or jacket and following good...
  2. Thread: Lurker in IL

    by MTN-Bees
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    Re: Lurker in IL

    Just curious- why do feel the need to be stung?
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    Re: To wrap or not?

    I wrap with a thick roofing felt and insulate the covers. I may use the BB Honey Farms Wrap next year.

    I slide the nucs and hives into groups of four so they share some warmth.

    Next year the...
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    Re: Making up Mating Nucs

    I am going to try 3 way deep frame mating nucs this season. I'm going to try to overwinter the mating nucs by adding an addtional 3 way deep on top, so 6 frames total with a shim for emergency/...
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    Re: New guy with some questions

    I would consider 2 nucs, instead of packages if you can find them locally.
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    Re: Winter's Here to Stay

    CO has had an unusually warm and dry fall. It looks like winter is setting in now The bees were flying strong yesterday, even at the higher elevation hives. 32 degrees and snowing now. On to...
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    Re: getting towns to ban polinators

    Resorting to criminal activity is just plain wrong. I would look hard at building up your Nucs to a colony size that with good robbing screens can defend the colony. I had a robbing problem this...
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    Poll: Re: Do you Build or Buy your Hive Bodies?

    I buy woodenware unassembled. The prices have been good on woodenware if look hard. The prices for lumber in my area is not cheap and I don't have an area where I can set up a full shop right now. A...
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    Re: Wintering Question.

    In your area of CA is it still warm enough to feed syrup?

    If it is- give them heavy syrup to build up reserves. I used 5:3 this year and liked it a lot.

    Take a look here:...
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    Re: Frame feeder VS top feeder

    I'm pretty certain a bee could drown in a drop of water! I use all different kinds feeders. I use frame feeders the most. I use both Mann Lake 1 and 2 gallon with the ladder system and also add cork...
  11. Re: Who wants to talk about unusually warm winter weather?

    It's been very warm and dry in CO also. I did OAV treatments last weekend and put on mountain camp dry sugar. It seems the robbing has slowed down. Looks like this weekend we will go into a cooling...
  12. Re: Bees and Skunks: what is fact and what is folklore?

    How about Guard Llamas?
  13. Re: Bees and Skunks: what is fact and what is folklore?

    Predators for skunks are Mountain Lions, foxes, and Coyotes. Aerial Predators are Hawks and Owls, especially the Great Horned Owl.
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    Re: Weather change. Dead bees

    The weather has been very warm in CO as with all the Intermountain West. 60s today in the Valley locations. 60s are forecasted all this coming week. The bees were flying like it was Septemeber and...
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    Re: Pallets for Super Storage

    It's all great information - Thanks
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    Re: Pallets for Super Storage

    The plan is to have a solid lid that can be tied down to keep weather and pests out as best I can. This is a temporary fix for a few years until we can build a shop and storage building.
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    Re: When do bears attack?

    Black bears are not true hibernators. They can be found wondering all times of the year. Bears are more likely to cause problems when natural food sources are lacking. Beehives are an opportunity...
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    Re: Mann Lake Stapler

    Sounds expensive- I bought my Porter Cable Stapler, Brad Nailer, and Compressor for about the same price or less.
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    Re: Pallets for Super Storage

    Thanks- No cleats and I will use the extra screws for a stronger pallet.
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    Pallets for Super Storage

    I need to move my supers outside for storage. I was planning a 5/8s plywood deck with 3- 2x4s under the deck with 2- 1x6 cedar fence boards for the base. I plan on a plywood cover for the supers so I...
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    Re: How to start a beekeeping club

    There is the Colorado State Beekeepers Association (CSBA) and under the Resources tab on the CSBA website there is a list of all the local clubs and associations. The CSBA might also be able to help...
  22. Re: Mountain Spin-Off Method ? Has anyone tried this ?

    I'm not sure the bees would benifit from putting sugar in the frames. It would definitely be a lot more work for the beekeeper. The Mountain Camp method works well for me.
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    Re: Who makes the best vented bee jacket

    I bought a Betterbee Ventilated Jacket and like it a lot. You can also get different veils to use with it.
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    Re: Need some measurements

    Mine are pine and 2.5 inches. I have them for 10 frame deeps and double nucs.

    They seem to work fine.
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    Re: Air hose suggestions

    I would echo Jim's recommendation. Last year was the first year I used a pneumatic stapler. I had a hose that ran across the ground and I was continually stepping over it or pulling it around. This...
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