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  1. Thread: mites?

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    Re: mites?

    No- Testing for mites will determine if you have a mite problem.
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    Re: Lost my first hive in 5 year

    Sorry to hear that- I had a similar situation this fall. One week it was a booming hive, the next week it was empty with all the bees gone except about half a dozen.
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    Re: Full time Beekeeper

    Good Luck Ben!
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    Re: Bee Yard/ Holding Yard?

    Possibly all three- were also overwintering nucs.
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    Bee Yard/ Holding Yard?

    I'm slowly working my way into a sideline operation.

    As I we look forward, my wife wants to relocate to WA state.

    So we are looking for property in Eastern WA.

    My wife is not happy about...
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    Re: Bees and Vineyards

    Thanks JW- Disappointing, but what I expected. The 3 areas were looking at have 3 different agricultural crops- hay production, apples, and grapes. We're leaning toward the hay production area for...
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    Bees and Vineyards

    We're considering relocating for retirement in the next couple of years.

    One of the areas we are considering has a LOT of wineries and vineyards.

    Does anyone know if vineyards use pesticides...
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    Re: Bear Discovered My Hive

    Reiterate what others have said: Bears don't hibernate all winter and the bear will be back.
    Invest in a good electric fence. If you have enough bees left, add a shim on top with 5 pounds of sugar.
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    Re: Public Land For Apiaries

    I would be very apprehensive about placing hives on Federal lands that will have other people using it. I would be very concerned about vandalism and or theft. Cattle could also be an issue if don't...
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    Re: Moving them in

    Probably a good thing you got the girls tucked away considering the arctic blast that will be heading south!
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    Re: I'm pretty sure I killed my hive today :-(

    If you were to put up a 6 foot solid wood type fence around the hives would that change the flight path enough so you don't have to close them up?
  12. Thread: Frame Feeder?

    by MTN-Bees
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    Re: Frame Feeder?

    Thanks Ray
  13. Thread: Frame Feeder?

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    Frame Feeder?

    I switched to 1 and 2 gallon ML frame feeders this year.

    When I was done feeding in the spring I pulled them all for the summer.

    This fall most hives I had to pull two or three frames to get...
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    Re: Cell Builders and Brood Factories

    Thanks for the great picture. I take from the photo you overwinter your Brood Factories and don't break them down to 2 stories?
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    Re: Lifting and moving hives.

    Any friends with an ATV or UTV?
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    Re: minimizing robbing

    I've tried it but I can't say it worked well for me. The biggest yard only has 6 hives, so it's a small operation. I found the bees very defensive after the hives were left open. I've resorted to...
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    Re: Cell building in MP nucs

    Take a look at Michael Palmer's Beesource post- A Strong Cell Builder Colony

    Hopefully that will answer your question
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    Re: How do I Move My Hives 170 Miles?

    I ratchet strap the hives together, screen the top and bottom entrances closed and roll them onto the trailer with a hand truck. I leave early in the morning and get them to their location around...
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    Re: Cold nights and dead bees every morning

    I recommend you take a good look at your hives. I just got back in from hives at 7200 feet. The temps up here have been low to mid 60s with lows near or below freezing. The bees were out flying...
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    Re: Cold nights and dead bees every morning

    Adam: What elevation and area in Colorado are you? I see a big difference in the temperatures at higher elevation right now. It's about a 15 to 20 degree (colder) difference between the higher...
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    Re: Extracting Honey at French Hill Apiaries

    Thanks Michael- the video was great to watch and see how a larger operation runs their extracting operation.
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    Re: Is this American or European Foulbrood?

    I had a very similar issue this past summer with a donor hive and a split I took from it. I sent comb samples to Beltsville Bee Lab to check for EFB and AFB. The hive had a high mite count. Both...
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    Re: Sugar syrup - 4:1 ratio?

    This year I've switched from 2:1 to 5:3.

    I find mixing the 5:3 just a little easier. I still boil some water 1st.
  24. Thread: Invasion!!

    by MTN-Bees
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    Re: Invasion!!

    How many Yellow Jackets did you see? I've only seen a few that will take down a occasional honeybee. Could the queenless hive been robbed by honey bees and the yellow jackets came in after the...
  25. Thread: Invasion!!

    by MTN-Bees
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    Re: Invasion!!

    Yellow Jackets
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