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    Re: Rubber Banding Comb into Frames?

    I've made the swarm frames. They work well. I have about twenty in the rotation. They are a quite a bit of work to make and wire, but gets the comb in quick in the oozing goo of a cut out.

    My...
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    Re: Rubber Banding Comb into Frames?

    Our nasty feral bees make short work of the rubber bands. I use tie wire. I bend it around the top bar then hook it in holes on the bottom bar. I'll do this to one side, then on the other side I'll...
  3. Poll: Re: Is painting the inside of hive bodies generally recommended?

    I prime the inside. The boxes last longer and the bees don't mind.
  4. Thread: Mean bees

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    Re: Mean bees

    I keep the ferals I get from cut-outs, trap-outs and swarms in a separate yard on the edge of the chaparral in the local foothills. They are as mean as can be, everybody that can fly comes out and...
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    Re: using BT for wax moth control

    I use it on stored brood comb also. I assume the concentration I use is below the threshold indicted. I can also imagine that after a brood cycle, the bacilli are on the other side of the cocoon and...
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    Re: using BT for wax moth control

    Yes, I saw that. I don't put it in the feed.
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    Re: using BT for wax moth control

    Interesting.

    I see no ill effects of using Xentari. This study actually has the bees (Bumblebees) ingesting it in feed:

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20024947

    I doubt I give them enough...
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    Re: My crude Frame Fixture

    It's crude and cute!


    I'm with the earlier comments, glued joints and a pair of needle nose pliers to yank that errant staple out!:pinch:

    I use the box jig. I gang glue all pieces, set on the...
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    Re: using BT for wax moth control

    I freeze for SHB, then spray Xentari. The stuff works as advertised.

    I use a Tablespoon for one gallon, it's a bit more than the label says, but convenient to measure. A gallon will easily spray...
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    Re: Swarming 2014 -- any yet ?

    Got one last week after watching scouts buzzing around the equipment.

    Made up my traps during the stupor bowl and by noon Monday, they were in. I'm in Encino in the SFV, My other traps are at...
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    Re: Another Saw Question

    On the jobsite we need to true up long boards for concrete screeds, we snap a chalk line on the board and cut with the skilsaw.

    For more accuracy flip it over and finish it on the table saw. Cut...
  12. Re: Question: Forcing feral colony to Swarm

    The bees are in swarm mode in Southern California. I'm in a neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley (Near Los Angeles) and my piece of suburbia is loaded with feral hives. I have trapped many over...
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    Re: primer on hive boxes ?

    I build my boxes and agree with Jim Lyon. Nothing beats the Zinsser products. Although costly, the shellac based Zinsser primer is bulletproof. It penetrates better then the water based products and...
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    NY Times Article on CCD

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/03/science/earth/government-study-cites-mix-of-factors-in-death-of-honeybees.html?hp
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    Re: do bee sleep

    http://brookfieldfarmhoney.wordpress.com/2011/01/04/do-honeybees-sleep/
  16. Re: Where Bees Get Their Buzz: Caffeine-Laced Nectar

    Yes, story has been on NPR today, and just in time. I'm mixing up some syrup in the morning and I'll make sure to share my morning cup of Joe.
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    Re: Plenty of eggs but almost no bees?

    Bill Lewis of Bill's Bees in Lake View Terrace sells frames of brood for twenty dollars. 12640 N. Little Tujunga Canyon Road
    Lake View Terrace, CA 91342; 818-312-1691
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    NY Time article on neonicotinoids

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/30/science/neocotinoid-pesticides-play-a-role-in-bees-decline-2-studies-find.html?hpw
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    Re: Liability release form?

    In the state of California, a notary and written contract is not even necessary, oral contracts are binding except in a few cases: historically, real estate contracts and the sale of used mining...
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    Re: Mystery in my top bar

    I'll peek in her shed next time I play, but I take the greens-keeper at her word. She's an old hippie who tends an organic garden at her home, doesn't seem like the chemical type. The ponds at the...
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    Re: greetings from the left coast

    Welcome Buzz! As a builder who has worked in your city, I'm glad your bees are registered. They didn't make you fill out 50,000 forms did they? ;)
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    Re: Mystery in my top bar

    I've heard about golf course toxicity on this forum before. Being a golfer and beekeeper (Not all that good at either endeavor), I've often wondered about this. I see lots of bees on the local...
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    Re: Hello from sunny Los Angeles !

    Now that's downright neighborly of you. Coincidentally, my latest project is in Atwater Village (Near Glenhurst and Fletcher). Look forward to learning how y'all keep bees alive....
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    Re: Hello from sunny Los Angeles !

    Thanks for the advice Charlie, even though my first year was eventful, it was not successful. The swarm dwindled and was eventually wiped out by marauding bees. I did my split too late, they dwindled...
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    Hello from sunny Los Angeles !

    I first became interested in beekeeping when I was a Boy Scout and in diligent pursuit of every merit badge I could fit on my sash. Two years ago, while renovating a house, I noticed the owner had an...
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