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    Re: Beginner-What if I just let them swarm?

    "If I could find top bar nucs with good bees for my area, and in my area, I'd be buying those."

    Welcome. I like your thought out posts. One of the problems with top bar nucs is that there doesn't...
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    Re: Laying worker Question????

    That's interesting. If I were to try this, I would use #8 screen rather than a queen excluder. And, perhaps, do a trap out of the laying worker hive to see if the foragers would drift to the...
  3. Re: Do You Harvest More than Once Per Year?

    "[C]ould you share when you tend to take honey, after/during what flow and if there any specific management methods that accompany your doing so?"

    May 15 clover; June 30 tallow; August summer mix....
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    Re: Carniolans for North Colorado?

    "Given my location and the cold spells we get throughout the winter it looks like my best bet would be getting Carniolans. Would that be correct?"

    I would use Russians and local mutts. What you...
  5. Re: A Sexually Dimorphic Corolla Appendage Affects Pollen Removal and Floral Longevit

    Duh.
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    Re: Thrown into the Fray!

    If I were doing this cutout, I would try not to use the bee-vac or use it as little as possible. Too much cool air blowing. Brood may not be as important as food this time of year in your location. I...
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    Re: Hinged lid on swarm trap

    Charlie,
    Remarkable. Do you have the successful roof top swarm traps near existing bee colonies?
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    Re: I will never buy packages again.

    Till they say, "You guys." See y'all.
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    Re: Mouse in hive, now what?

    You don't need me to tell you that this is not a good situation. (But they are just bees.) Anything that you do when the temperature is too cool for the bees to be flying is risky. If a mouse has...
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    Re: Mouse in hive, now what?

    How many boxes are on the hive?
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    Re: Hinged lid on swarm trap

    Charlie, nice product. We hinged ours on the end so that it won't interfere with a wooden hanger on the back. Do you use a shelf or stand for the trap or do you hang it? Doc, we use 1" entrances;...
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    Re: how much is enough ?????

    "Do you have to buy patties, give them sugar or syrup or can you leave them enough honey to get thru winter with thier own stores."

    The answer to your question is very dependent on your location...
  13. Thread: Bee radio

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    Re: Bee radio

    Nice.
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    Bee radio

    I'm concerned that the bees may get bored in their winter cluster, so I'm building a little crystal radio to put in a hive. I will tune it to a local talk radio station.

    Just kidding. I'll tune...
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    Re: Hinged lid on swarm trap

    "Planning to make a few this year River?"

    Yep. Last year, we screwed and unscrewed the lids. I don't mind the discipline of a little chore, but it seemed unnecessary. Also, the plywood tops and...
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    Re: Hinged lid on swarm trap

    Thanks, Doc.
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    Hinged lid on swarm trap

    Have you used a swarm trap with a hinged lid and foundationless frames?
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    Re: Remote Hives

    "Hi all,"
    Welcome, Yaz.

    "I'm currently learning about beekeeping, mostly thanks to classes organized by a local beekeepers' association and also by reading books, online articles etc. I'm really...
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    Re: Jumbo Smoker

    "What do you think?"
    The tall Dadant with a protective screen is my first choice. There is something that is pleasant and reassuring about firing up a familiar and good piece of equipment when you...
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    Re: Local cell verses a bought cell

    "The original post was asking about cells, not mated queens. If getting cells, aren't they all 'locally mated' after they emerge ?"
    Yes. Some of our responses referred to the location (and genetics)...
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    Re: hives on someone else's property?

    "Does that sound reasonable?"
    No. Not even close.

    "Do you think I should even venture into something like this with a co-worker?"
    Probably not, but it depends on the co-worker.
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    Re: choosing frames

    Popcicle sticks are fine, but glue them. Alternating will help avoid cross-combing. If you want some comb honey next year, using some foundationless in your supers this year is a good idea. But you...
  23. Re: Newbie wanting to acquire my bees by swarm trap

    "I'm I crazy??"

    From your post, no.

    "I just want to know if this is something that is within reality."

    Catching bees in a swarm trap is within reality. Pay attention to details. 40 liter...
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    Re: Cutting-out Malathion poisoned bees

    "Any advice will be gratefully accepted."

    I would not do that cutout without being paid. I would not use any comb, brood, or honey from that hive even with payment. Fold.
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    Re: Fastest way to increase

    "I've been watching all of Michael Palmers videos ...! I want to make some increases if possible so I have more nucs going into next winter. What is the best course of action?"

    For the "Fastest...
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