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  1. Re: Will this warm winter weather encourage queens to lay?

    "When the days gets longer, the cold gets stronger." Folk wisdom that really is true.
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    Re: Torpor: Knocking on Hives Video

    Jason Crisman has a youtube entry on knocking on hives which explains one beekeeper's research very well.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYQXMTnQh1Y
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    Re: Bulbs for bees?

    I have bought wholesale from Van Engelen for many years, always with good experience.

    https://www.vanengelen.com
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    Re: Bulbs for bees?

    My bees are all over the crocus and muscari (grape hyacinth). I planted 500 crocus this fall, but I see that the chipmunks and voles have been digging them up. I am curious as to how many will...
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    Re: Protecting equipment from mice

    I make squirrel bonbons (from the book, Holistic Orchard) and put them in my garden shed, bee shed, and the foyer of my chicken house where I keep grain.
    50% peanut butter, 50% Plaster of Paris,...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    I have three hives, each 2 deeps and one medium super, that I stopped feeding yesterday. They are chock full of honey, 80% capped. I have one two story nuc (they made their own queen at the...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Treated my five hives with MAQS strips since we are having a run of fine weather (to be followed by a week of thunderstorms and badly needed rain). One hive is weak - consolidated into one deep from...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Yesterday I combined two nucs that I had made from a hive with swarm cells on June 27. One of them had a queen return, mated - the miracle is that I actually saw her - she is beautiful, amber and...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Checked all four of my hives yesterday. Added a deep to one that had filled out its first deep. Rearranged a few frames in a honey super so they'd not neglect the empty frames. Some drone comb on...
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    Re: Queen question???

    Thank you, Ray. I had a feeling that might be the case.
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    Re: Queen question???

    I apologize if I am highjacking, but I had a related queen question. If a queen is a virgin, does she put off queen pheromones? If she had to pinched because one raised too many of them, and she...
  12. Re: How to get the bees to use my water source instead of my neighbor's bird bath?

    Last week at a bee meeting, I met a Tufts University grad student doing research on why honeybees prefer "dirty" water. She was analyzing the minerals in the water and discovering that at different...
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    Re: Priming cells

    I read somewhere (can't remember where - I read so much) that if no RJ is available to prime the cell, that one could use a drop of diluted yogurt. Has anyone tried that?
    It's purpose, as someone...
  14. Re: Combinig weak queenless hive with package

    The hive has been cleaned out of all dead bees. The only remaining ones are those that survived. There is a robbing screen on in case of marauders.
  15. Combinig weak queenless hive with package

    My one surviving hive turned out to be a small softball size cluster. The weather was warm enough that I finally was able to go in this week. The cluster was on top with dead bees clustered in the...
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    Re: Do you put weight on your top covers?

    I use ratchet straps all year round, mostly because I am afraid of what the bears would do if they got through the electric fence. It is a pain to unhitch them every time I inspect, but as a...
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    Re: When to start Spring Feeding

    I put on some of Laurie's sugar bricks in January when it got above freezing, just for my peace of mind. On a nice day in February, I added another one. They seemed to like the first. I added...
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    Re: Nuc box question

    Thank you, Cyan. Good advice, and I will follow it next time.

    DrL - my boxes are much better than sewer drains!
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    Re: Nuc box question

    I made four nucs last week from a piece of 4' x 8' half inch exterior plywood - I got the plans from Beesource. Just a word of caution - 1/2" plywood is only 3/8's" thick and when you put a nail or...
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    Re: Stupid barely related question....

    Thanks, Beeherder, for the link to the More Than Honey documentary.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SmZdF-lfW5E

    What incredible photography of bees doing what bees do. It compares visually...
  21. Re: checked and fed my bees today. What do you think?

    Bees love crocuses. I planted 1,000 last fall, but they won't be showing up here for another two months. It's not supposed to get above 20 degrees for at least the foreseeable future.

    Three...
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    Re: Woo Hoo! Hive is thriving in CO winter

    What is considered "minimal signs of nosema?" I have a hive that is spotted by the upper entrance and poop all over the snow. It is not flying weather - only 22 degrees for a high - and yet I saw...
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    Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    I've got mine set at 135 degrees. It's good to know they will pop out easily. I'll give it a few more days since they seem a little more solid right now.

    Squarepeg: "are those of you using...
  24. Thread: 6 Dead Hives

    by VickyLynn
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    Re: 6 Dead Hives

    I post the following from another thread that I was reading this morning. It pertains to a beek who didn't see many mites, but treated anyway - thousands fell off.

    From another post, by...
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    Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    I have a batch drying in my Excalibar food drier. It is taking forever. They seemed hard on the bottom, but the top was mushy, so I mixed in more sugar into the melted sugar on the top. Now, it's...
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