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  1. Re: When to add a super...mid April or a better gauge?

    Depending on how heavy they came through the winter, my bees usually spend the spring flows re-filling the 3 mediums I left them in. One is (very) strong enough that I have thought about giving it a...
  2. Re: What's the best way to set-up 4 new hives??

    Assuming you are getting 3 lb packages (?), I find they will cover about 4-5 frames of medium comb right out of the pkg. That would be ~3 deeps. Then they usually decline in population until...
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    Re: Inner Cover question please

    Lay a slat of wood across ~80% of the opening or do the same with an entrance reducer - larger opening. It will usually stick to, or be stuck down with propolis. We don't get much rain. My hives are...
  4. Thread: Pollen Bombers

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    Pollen Bombers

    Some have mentioned how you can tell a flow is going on when you see foragers returning, abdomens swollen with nectar, crashing low into the landing board or tumbling in, like a bomber returning with...
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    Re: Easiest type of cell builder for a beginner

    If that frame of open brood comes from your "breeder" queen colony, you have the best of both worlds. "Rogue cells" may be utilized instead of destroyed, should you choose to...
  6. Re: Oxalic Acid Vaporization - Questions and Answers

    My understanding is, it's not a "Do not use..." it's a "works best when there is no brood" . Varroa in capped brood are unaffected by the treatment, which is why you do 3x7 (or 4x5) treatments. With...
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    Re: Do you use your JZBZ cups more than once?

    From the latest Mann Lake catalog - " Reusing cell cups greatly diminishes the acceptance rate". At 6 cents each, I kind of think this is not a marketing ploy (to get you to buy an extra 100 for $6,...
  8. Re: 3 lbs packages , how fast should they take 1:1 feed

    When I hive 3 lb packages on 3-4 frames of medium drawn, I feed inverted quarts over the inner cover hole. The first three weeks are critical - no brood is hatching and pkg bees #s are dwindling. I...
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    Re: Hive Painting or Thompson Water Seal

    We are talking outside ONLY - right? It's OK... if you don't mind re-applying it. I don't. 'High & dry" here, so not the best comparison. Our climates are quite different.

    The fresh ones from...
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    Re: Front Range weather roller-coaster

    "If you build it, they will come." The lure scent of a hive will drift for miles. It is reported they can smell something five miles away. My Greenland hives were a few miles from the trees.

    Lots...
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    Re: Trying OTS..Notched my First Frames

    I haven't raised a lot of queens, or done it a lot of times, but since I discovered the Cloake Board (back in the 90's) it's been my "go to" for queen rearing. I can't imagine why it wouldn't work...
  12. Re: What sliding compound miter saw should I buy?

    That would be the C12RSH (Laser)... Sliding Dual Compound Miter
  13. Re: New UPS rules for shipping bees? Anyone know more about this?

    Last year I was chastised for questioning the lack of syrup. It wasn't mentioned anywhere on the website, most notably when choosing the delivery method at check out. The bees have become ~40%...
  14. Thread: Rotating Boxes

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    Re: Rotating Boxes

    Don't worry about it too much. If you have 8 (total) deep frames of brood, you have a fairly healthy hive. Large brood nests are much more forgiving of manipulations. Understanding the way colonies...
  15. Thread: Rotating Boxes

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    Re: Rotating Boxes

    Precisely. With that extra info, I'm with Walt - undo.

    Read more on the brood nest. Your intentions may have been good; the results - not so much so.

    Are you using deeps?
  16. Thread: Rotating Boxes

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    Re: Rotating Boxes

    Probably not.

    This is a highly debated topic (rotating brood boxes). It appears that so long as you are not dividing the brood nest, there is little harm. Providing open brood comb for upward...
  17. Re: New UPS rules for shipping bees? Anyone know more about this?

    This was an issue for me last year. Packages arrived with an empty, never capped can, just filling the hole in the cage. One pkg had some white residue that was the remains of some marshmallows that...
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    Re: Front Range weather roller-coaster

    'Not many places in this state that don't have bear potential, maybe out east ( & downtown :) )? 'Just about anywhere in Douglas county... I lost some hives to them down on Greenland Ranch, many...
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    Re: Front Range weather roller-coaster

    Snow flakes & 34*... :waiting:

    & it "isn't supposed to accumulate"... the green grass is turning white.
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    Re: Easiest type of cell builder for a beginner

    Grafting is easy. Not grafting is easier. A cloake board and any variation of the Hopkins method will usually work great. It can be as simple or complicated as you like. I've found that the bees...
  21. Re: What sliding compound miter saw should I buy?

    Hitachi C12RSH Laser. Sliding compound. Awesome. Incredibly accurate. Kinda heavy.
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    Re: Excessive propolis????

    "Carni's" are reputed to propolize excessively. I see it in ~ 1 of 20 of my Italians. I like to gather a small jar of propolis every year - it is reputed to have remarkable anti-biotic properties and...
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    Re: Proposed Colorado law on Epi-Injectors

    Bottom line: call 911, either before or after you use an epi-pen. NO EXCEPTIONS!!! Head straight to the emergency room, no exceptions!

    That's a key part of the "training". The "treatment" can be...
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    Re: 9 frame spacer plans

    I still have a few 8 frame spacers, and a bunch of 9's. I'm "phasing" them out. They've worked OK, but they do get "messy" with time. 8 frame supers leave about 1/4" of uncapping. Great, but lot's...
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    Re: Proposed Colorado law on Epi-Injectors

    Now, on the other hand, the expression "somebody..., git a rope" ... now that's ALMOST funny, (and appropriate)
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