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    Re: Drone congregation Area

    " If that queen flew thirteen miles, she was either stupid, or had a good reason to do so."

    Or the wind carried her that far, or she is an outlier in a phenomenon with a Gaussian distribution...
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    Re: Best weather to vaporize the bees

    In my experince, the bees get more agitated about something being inserted into the hive entracne, than by vaporizing the OA.
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    Re: New Queen in October

    I see the OP updated his profile to show he is in Longmont, Colorado. Longmont is 40 miles north of Denver and a half-dozen miles closer to the foothills. I would guess the climate is quite...
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    Re: New Queen in October

    Wow! Where did you find a mated queen this time of year?

    Since Colorado climate ranges from warmer desert-like regions to the mountains which already have snow, where you are in Colorado matters....
  5. Re: Frustrated with VSH and looking for suggestions

    A healthy hive will pollinate AND produce honey (or some other hive product such as propolis, splits, etc.). If a hive only pollinates but does not produce any honey, etc., then that hive is having...
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    Re: Please Stop...

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?291539-quot-Keyboard-Beekeepers-quot&highlight=keyboard
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    Re: Please Stop...

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  8. Re: Frustrated with VSH and looking for suggestions

    I am always suspiscious when a TF beekeeper marks success as hive survival rather than honey harvested. Unless you are keeping the bees as pets, honey harvested (or whatever other product of the...
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    Re: Is this American or European Foulbrood?

    What the heck is "PMS" (in the context of beekeeping)?
  10. Re: To Feed or Not to feed ...that is the Question!

    http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anthropomorphize
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    Re: Foundation or not?

    This spring, I used the technique of "spreading the brood chamber" by inserting foundationless frames. Almost all those frames were built out as drone comb, and the bees raised drone in it. As the...
  12. Re: Would you B interested and How much would you pay for a 18/9 extractor kit??

    All the home-built extractors I have seen look really flimsy and would be a lot of extra work to use and keep in good repair from year to year. My time is valuable, so I doubt there is any actual...
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    Re: Stratiolaelaps - A bug to Fight Varroa?

    What chemical treatment was used for comparison?
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    Re: An oxalic vaporizer that WORKS in 30 sec

    Not dispensing legal advice, but:

    Once an invention is used for what it is designed for (except experimentation for further improvement of the design), sold, or offered for sale, a 1-year clock...
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    Re: An oxalic vaporizer that WORKS in 30 sec

    I am interested, too.

    But, I wonder how well it really works and whether it is affordable for a hobbyist like myself.
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    Re: Useless tools or beginners luck?

    Nice analogy!

    Almost every frame I remove for inspection is lifted out with a frame grip assisted by a J-hook to break it free of the propolis. It goes very fast and is easy on the hands.
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    Re: Quilts and Candyboards

    I did the Mountain Camp Merthod one year with about 4 hives, and the bees ate hardly any of the sugar. The sugar also didn't solidify, which I think means it didn't absorb much, if any water.
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    Re: Useless tools or beginners luck?

    "So far I have come to realize that many tools i got i have no need for. Is this just beginners luck?"

    No. It is because you have first year pacakges. Once the hives are mature, the bees will...
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    Re: 2-1 Sugar Syrup

    "If a 1-1 recipe for sugar syrup calls for 1 4lb bag of sugar and 3 qts. of water, wouldn't 2-1 call for 2 bags (4lb bags) of sugar to the same 3 qts. of water?"

    The assumption of doubling the...
  20. Re: Wintering: ratio of frames of bees to frames of honey?

    I don't know if there is a recommended ratio, and if there is it would vary for different climates, but what a great idea. Obviously, this would be too labor intensive for a commercial beek, but for...
  21. Re: Denver area beeks - how does your honey production look for 2014?

    I can see how high mite numbers would negatively impact the honey surplus. However, for myself, my mite number weren't bad, and I still had an exceptionally low harvest.

    The late Spring frost we...
  22. Re: Denver area beeks - how does your honey production look for 2014?

    (Just trying to make sense of what went wrong here in the Denver area) - except we had more moisture this Summer than typical. Meaning, the dearth wasn't as bad as most years . . . ?
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    Re: The End of F.W.JONES beekeeping supplies...

    Michael Palmer has huge amounts of credibility. When he says something, I believe him.
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    Re: Drowning bees in top feeder

    What type of feeder are ya'll talking about? Can anyone provide a link or a photo?
  25. Re: This is as close to Robbing as I want to get.

    A robber screen. A water spray. A wet sheet drapped over the hive.
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