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    Re: Frame feeder VS top feeder

    Agree with Honey4all. I use a push pin held with needle nose pliers with the lid on an end grain block of wood and punched from the inside outward. The burr helps provide a foothold for the bees.
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    Re: Frame feeder VS top feeder

    Remist17,

    If you are challenged by limited resources I would suggest you use one or the other of the feeders you propose and sugar bricks as an emergency feeding backup. All of those options will...
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    Re: Frame feeder VS top feeder

    Remist 17, (Post #22).

    I have been using the inverted Bushy Mountain pail feeders for 5-6 winters and like them very much. I have never had a significant leakage problem due to either...
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    Re: Merry Christmas to all of you!

    BeePappy,

    BeeHappy! Your greeting card is great, thank you!

    I think that your weather is about to change.

    Merry Christmas,
    Steve
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    Re: How to start a beekeeping club

    Boone,

    Congratulations on wanting to start a local club. I'm the VP of the Pikes Peak Beekeepers Association (PPBA) and I thought there probably was a club in the Grand Junction area but I guess...
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    Re: tops

    I make my own and incorporate two inches of rigid foam into them to conserve heat in the winter and deflect heat uptake in the summer. Metal top is painted white to further reduce heat gain. I...
  7. Re: Critique Please - Swarm Infographic

    Congratulations on your concept!

    I would agree with Hoot Owl, my yellow jacket looks different than the one pictured. (Shorter and more pronounced black and yellow)

    I think you have a great...
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    Re: When do bears attack?

    I would confirm what trottet1 says. I keep my electric bear fence on 24/7, 365. The cost of a disaster is just too depressing.

    Steve
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    Re: Empty Gallon Lined Paint Cans

    Good to find an item that is multi purposed. Anybody want to split a 1,000 screen unit order four ways for ten bucks each ?

    Steve
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    Re: Empty Gallon Lined Paint Cans

    HIVE+,

    Thanks for the idea. I thought of that one several years ago but have not tried it, partly because of the cost per unit. Some of the commercially made plastic liquid feed buckets do have...
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    Re: Ted's Mush .. a way to feed

    I have successfully used "Ted's Mush" for 3-4 winters as emergency feed, but in smaller batches per hive than noted above. In the winter I have "wind gust limited" open SBB, an open lower and upper...
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    Re: Cool and Unexpected

    Boon,

    Start with this for supplemental feeding: http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?290641-My-recipe-method-for-sugar-blocks&highlight=sugar+bricks

    Then for more ideas just do a...
  13. Re: Over-Wintering hive/honey weight for Denver/Front Range area?

    shinbone,

    I typically go into winter with a ~150 # total weight goal on my colonies. This past year has been a little different for me with dead-outs, captured feral swarms, splits, re-queening,...
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    Re: Empty Gallon Lined Paint Cans

    Question:

    Has anybody found a ready source of either pre made "plugs" or just fine brass screen as the "feeding point" for making your own inverted feeding buckets? If so, please post potential...
  15. Re: Hello! Ask This Old House brought me here!

    When my dad took me under his wing 67 years ago at age 8.

    I strongly recommend that you do join one or more local bee clubs and attend all of their meetings, find a mentor, and attend their annual...
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    Re: Empty Gallon Lined Paint Cans

    Emict326.

    I feed with the can resting on three 3/8 wooden blocks and centered over the hole in the inner cover and surrounded by an empty medium super. P punch the holes in the feed can lid with a...
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    Re: Empty Gallon Lined Paint Cans

    oldforte & Sratcliff,

    I too use one gallon plastic bucket feed cans exclusively now. One must take good care when removing and replacing the plastic lids. I use a thick putty knife to carefully...
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    Re: Empty Gallon Lined Paint Cans

    One word of caution:

    The lining coating scrapes very easily. For example: when stirring sugar to dissolve it in water with a metal spoon. Any nick or scrape in the coating will allow corrosion...
  19. Re: Hive humidity - how much is too much?

    shinbone,

    I am a scientist too, but I think that you are over-thinking this problem.

    You know that you have too much moisture in the hive and that it can be hazardous to the bees health. Fix...
  20. Re: Hive humidity - how much is too much?

    Shinbone,

    I'm just to your south in Colorado Springs and my "stack" is nearly identical to your description except that I use a 4" high quilt box (QB) full of wood shavings sandwiched between the...
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    Re: Your thoughts on this Fondant

    Steve,

    I bought a four gallon bucket of baker's fondant about five years ago and I still have at least half of it remaining. In the dry Colorado environment it got rock hard and the bees couldn't...
  22. Re: Propolis on purpose: Building boxes ???

    Take a break dudes!

    The bottom line is to make a box that has an average life expectancy with a minimum amount of time, effort, and expense.

    Steve
  23. Re: Propolis on purpose: Building boxes ???

    Harry,

    That's a deal, but the way I keep bees the boxes are seldom under diagonal compression or tension. Even if I'm sitting on them.

    P.S.: Thanks for volunteering to work as a Moderator on...
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    Re: Bear Discovered My Hive

    Beerz,

    Like my fellow Coloradan beekeepers (BlackForestBees and MTN-Bees) I also have to stay on bear alert. You might want to take a look at something that I posted several years about how my...
  25. Re: Propolis on purpose: Building boxes ???

    minz,

    I too build most of my woodenware but out of old second-use lumber that is not going to change anymore. I use rabbet joints on all of the box corners because when glued up with TB3 they are...
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