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    Re: Wire Grid for Propolis Collection

    I've only done the commercial plastic traps and window screen. I suspect anything bigger will get propolized less.
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    Re: Celebrity Beekeeper

    >Red (2010 film)
    The film stars Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, Helen Mirren, and Karl Urban ....
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_(2010_film)

    You just went in...
  3. Re: Arizona (HOT!) Specific Newbee Questions

    >Michael, can you expand on this? I am also in a AHB area with two new hives this past spring - so far they are easy to work, but I am making sure I have a plan in place if things get ugly (the intro...
  4. Re: Planting 1 1/2 acres of Yellow Sweet clover. Cost approx 150.00. Is it worth it

    > I already have tons of invasive species the bees like on the farm, sumac, goldenrod, asters, just to name a few.

    I've noticed a lot of invasive species too... Germans, Russians, Scots, Irishmen,...
  5. Re: Arizona (HOT!) Specific Newbee Questions

    >1) Hive Configuration - I am considering using only medium hive bodies and suppers as this would standardize my equipment and make frame exchanges easier between boxes. Is there any advice you might...
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    Re: Not sure if I should split

    >Not sure if I should split

    All beekeeping is local, but this is the time of year that things start to wind down, rather than up. The growth you have observed up until now will taper off. So if...
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    Re: Doing a cutout this weekend

    >climbing in and out of them at 15 feet or so

    On a slipper ladder while being stung a lot is quite different... I don't do them that high anymore. It's just not worth the risk for some bees. ...
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    Re: Winter configuration

    >1 medium brood box and 2 mediums of honey, that's what I'll aim for.

    Depending on the cluster, that might be good. I'm a little fuzzy about your distinctions... it's just three boxes that weighs...
  9. Re: Planting 1 1/2 acres of Yellow Sweet clover. Cost approx 150.00. Is it worth it

    Yes, keep in mind:

    Chicory, perennial... does not have to go to seed to come back next year.
    Yellow and white sweet clover, biennial... grows for two years then blooms and dies. Some will come...
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    Re: No mites still check?

    I'm not in the habit of measuring mites anymore, but when I did, yes, that is one of the methods I used. I had screened bottom boards at the time also. So I would look at natural drop, sugar roll...
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    Re: Winter configuration

    >Supposin it's a booming Russian colony, and they are 10 frame mediums all around?

    This is all a continuum... figure between one and two frames of capped honey for every frame of clustered bees...
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    Re: Golden Mean Full?

    >...I think they must be too small.

    As dedelt pointed out, it was by design. But that doesn't mean you can't build a bigger one...
  13. Re: speed controller for a 1/2 hp Dayton ???

    >For a moment there - when you opened with "networking", I wondered if you were going to talk about assigning a static IP address (vs dynamic IP) so you could talk to the PLC as a network device in...
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    Re: Winter configuration

    I don't know that things are that cut and dried, but four eight frame medium boxes is a good overwintering size for a booming Italian colony. It should weigh well over 100lbs total. That is more...
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    Re: Doing a cutout this weekend

    >We NEVER use smoke....it drives the queen into places that you may not be able to reach.

    I won't say I NEVER use smoke, but I usually don't. Smoke also interferes with their ability to smell...
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    Re: Sugar Water Recipe

    > a couple of guys were saying not to heat sugar syrup or add apple cider vinegar because it creates Hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF); what's your thoughts on this?

    I don't add vinegar because it sets...
  17. Re: END of July-(3)-8-frameMED full should I add another box

    >BTW, I overwinter stand alone 8 frame medium singles every year with no problems

    I do too, but they are not full size colonies. A full size colony (especially an Italian one) compressed down to...
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    Re: winter bee storage

    I'd love to see a conversation on cellaring bees. Methods. Success rates. Etc.
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    Re: No mites still check?

    >But all spring and summer long I have never seen any mite on my bees.

    It is very hard to see mites on bees without a LOT of practice. If you are worried about how many mites you have, you...
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    Re: Feeding 2:1 Sugar Mix

    I think you should feed if you have a good reason. Last time I had a good reason was six years ago...

    When I feed syrup it's always 5:3 (sugar:water). I can't get 2:1 to dissolve very well. 1:1...
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    Re: Lost a hive, looking back..

    >When you have a laying worker, it is very difficult to determine which of the 20,000 or so bees is the culprit(s). A laying worker will also kill a new queen, so it is imperative to find and remove...
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    Re: Sugar Water Recipe

    Try this:
    http://www.bushfarms.com/beesfeeding.htm#ratios
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    Re: Bees Drowning in frame feeder!

    > I am also curiouse as to what kind of feeders you all use and why you think its the best, i am still trying to figure out what I like the most.

    I use this:...
  24. Re: sprays of soapy water and sugary water

    >If this is true, wouldn't sugar water tend to do the same thing just before installing a package?

    It doesn't make a bubble, but if you put too much syrup on them, yes, it will kill them. I...
  25. Re: END of July-(3)-8-frameMED full should I add another box

    >I've been told three 8 frame mediums are equivalent to two deeps, and that is the minimum needed to get them through the winters here if packed full of stores.

    Two eight frame mediums are...
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