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  1. Re: Is 1.5 miles to a pond too far for a bee water source?

    :D Yeah, but it can get really dry here in summer. At least above ground.
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    Thank you, Lauri! I'm in the market, I had an Olympus but it got attacked by conditioner in my luggage and never worked after that. Apparently oily things kill electronics.

    Radar, thanks for the...
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    Once again, stunning clarity in that photo Lauri. I have to ask you again - what kind of camera do you use?

    I have an above-ground pool here in the yard, but for some reason, the bees have never...
  4. Re: Is 1.5 miles to a pond too far for a bee water source?

    I'm not seeing how the cotton towel would work, without constant readjustment to water level? Seems if you let it sink too deeply, the bees will drown anyway, and if you keep is somewhat taut, water...
  5. Re: Is 1.5 miles to a pond too far for a bee water source?

    Good to know. I have a a plastic pan with rocks in it they can stand on. Floating things seem to get waterlogged and sink too far down, but maybe I haven't found the right type of floaties yet. As it...
  6. Re: Is 1.5 miles to a pond too far for a bee water source?

    Enj. - I have 2 stacked hives with double screen boards, and so far they are working, but the proof is in the pudding in March, so I'm not bragging yet. I won't stack again though - too difficult to...
  7. Re: Is 1.5 miles to a pond too far for a bee water source?

    Corn in Kansas? Say it isn't so...

    :D
  8. Re: Is 1.5 miles to a pond too far for a bee water source?

    Good point, Enj. The closer the water supply, the easier on them. Last summer they always went to my water pan which is right near their hives, so they must prefer that over going the distance. I...
  9. Is 1.5 miles to a pond too far for a bee water source?

    I just realized there's a pond about 1 to 1.5 miles as the crow flies from my house. I put water out for my bees in the summer, but I wonder if that's too far to expect them to go if they run out of...
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    Re: Worst mistake of 2014.

    Very scary, Hiwire, even upside down.

    I just had my annual slip on the ice so don't feel alone. Thank goodness bodies are fairly good at healing.
  11. Thread: 2015 plans

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    Re: 2015 plans

    Well, just saying revenue before profit is so old fashioned...
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    Re: 2015 plans

    That's not what Twitter (etc.) says......
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    Re: 2015 plans

    Forgot one -

    Plant a boatload of buckwheat this summer, and other sources of bee food.

    I have a Bee Bee Tree started but it looks like that's still a few years away.
  14. Thread: 2015 plans

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    Re: 2015 plans

    For 2015:

    Stop growing hives and start growing honey.
    Ace swarm prevention.

    This is IF my bees make it thru winter... and if I make it thru winter...

    And after the recent 2014 order, no...
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    Re: Worst mistake of 2014.

    That's near the top of my new yrs. resolutions - less internet, more real world. So far, so good.
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    Re: Worst mistake of 2014.

    1. Not adding more supers to the hive in May, resulting in swarming. (Plus side was I got lots of queen cells to start splits)

    2. Buying a queen in August, so starting the hive too late in the...
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    Re: Spring is here !

    !!!Garden Wars!!!

    Well, what else are you going to argue about while the bees are taking a vacation...
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    Re: Spring is here !

    Because everything dies right away, leaving you with lots of spare time? :)
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    Re: 6 Dead Hives

    You're closer to the north pole, so I'll have to take your word on that.

    How Canadians keep bees, I'll never know...
  20. Re: Do pheromones get intermingled when overwintering one hive on top of another?

    Right. I'm pretty sure I have the moisture under control, only because of the number and position of vents, and also because when I popped the lids a couple weeks ago to put new sugar patties in, I...
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    Re: 6 Dead Hives

    There are many people who do not "treat" for mites who do not lose all their hives in one fell swoop, so I wouldn't rule out the possibility of other causes too. There's more than one cause for dead...
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    Re: Spring is here !

    I'm so jealous! We've had a warm December, but that only means the cold weather is yet to come!

    The past couple days the bees have been hovering around the entrances. I see activity at 4 out of...
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    Re: 6 Dead Hives

    Could there have been a pesticide stored in their honey supplies from late summer/early fall? Do they spray for mosquitoes there?

    Really hard to tell without someone looking at them, I'd think. In...
  24. Re: Difference between conventional frame and foundationless frame

    If you want to convert a conventional frame to a foundationless, all you have to do is put a "starter strip" at the top of the frame for them to hang onto and build comb from, which is why some say...
  25. Do pheromones get intermingled when overwintering one hive on top of another?

    I have 2 setups like this: stronger hive on the bottom, smaller hive on the top, divided by a double screen board. But it seems the queens' pheromones would be confusing the two different colonies?...
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