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    Re: Calling on all Chemists

    As a chemical engineer, I would get ph strips and test it as you add vinegar and avoid the calculation completely :)
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    Re: Filtering Honey

    That's kind of what I thought. Just wondered if someone had a simple way they've done it.

    I don't suppose I have real evidence it's pollen, but she has fairly severe pollen allergies every...
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    Filtering Honey

    My wife seems to have an allergy to the pollen in my honey. It's been going on the last couple years. I've always been proud to sell "raw and unfiltered", so I've never really entertained the idea...
  4. Re: Over-Wintering hive/honey weight for Denver/Front Range area?

    80 lbs is a good number. Although I had hives make it last winter on probably 60, and wit was a pretty bad one. Never have actually weighed, but I mountain camp all my hives with about 10 extra lbs.
  5. Re: Colorado cold snap - snowpocalypse, bees ok?

    1.Dead bees, normal.
    2. Knock on the hive and put your ear to it, or use a stethoscope.
    3. Ice inside is bad, started as liquid condensation. Provide a little ventilation. Cold doesnt kill them,...
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    Re: Hello from Colorado

    That's funny! I was going to respond to that ad, but I didn't care to try it this close to winter. Welcome to beesource!
  7. Thread: Earwigs....

    by Kevtater
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    Re: Earwigs....

    I've called those earwigs since I was a kid. They do pinch, hurts worse than a bee sting in my opinion. I've only ever seen those on top of the inner cover.
  8. Re: robbing screen problem, not sure what to do

    Put them on and don't look for a few days. Always a couple dead bees, but the vast majority figure it out. The key is not to look.
  9. Re: will vigin find her way out and back in robbing screen?

    Yes, she'll be fine.
  10. Thread: Robbers.

    by Kevtater
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    Re: Robbers.

    Build yourself a robber screen. They work very well, and would take less than 10 mins to build. Do a search here on Beesource.
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    Re: Please help dont know what to do.

    Nothing to worry about all the hives I looked at today we're doing it. I see it as a good thing, lots of bees.
  12. Re: Many bees hanging out on house wall this morning

    Is there a porch light nearby?
  13. Thread: Swarm

    by Kevtater
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    Re: Swarm

    Right. Sounds like a plan. Ideally I'd find a frame that's got brood in all stages, capped to eggs.
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    Re: These bees are wearing me out!

    I try to do most of my assembly and wood working in the winter. Use winters to get ahead and strings/summers are more fun ;)
  15. Thread: Purvis Queens

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    Re: Purvis Queens

    Met him in Colorado Springs a couple months back. Sounds like he's still in the business, just a smaller operation now.
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    Re: letting the bees clean frames

    Put them in a super and put it on one of the hives. Option 2, put them 30-40 yds away, but don't put them near your hives, it will cause robbing.
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    Re: How close is too close?

    One inch is just fine.
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    Re: I just got scared by that bee

    Lol I had the same thing a minute ago. We've had earwigs around the house for a few days now, some sneaking inside, so I thought it was an earwig crawling on my iPad when I saw it out of the corner...
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    Re: Normal Night time Behavior

    Bearding.
  20. Re: Africanized honey bees reach and over winter in Palisades, Colorado

    Bad news. Maybe they didn't actually overwinter here and were brought back from CA like it says.
  21. Re: Help, my hives keep throwing swarms. What do I need to do?

    Here's my experience... Once they start casting swarms, there's not a lot you can do to stop it. Checkerboarding, splitting, and opening the brood nest are all good practices. Start doing those...
  22. Re: Splits: what are the girls doing while waiting for their emergency queen to emerg

    I try and do splits just before the spring flow. As a result, they put up what I think is a lot of honey for the number of bees in the splits. I think your assumption is right, they transition to...
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    Need queens in southern Colorado?

    I have two BWeaver queens coming Tomorrow (maybe Tuesday) that I don't have a home for anymore. If you're nearby Canon City I'll sell them for my cost.
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    Re: Howdy from Chicken, Alaska !

    Thought the token chickens are in Tok?
  25. Thread: robbing?

    by Kevtater
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    Re: robbing?

    22's description is accurate, but it's quite scary if you ever see a full on frenzy. 10's of thousands of dead bees, dead hives, and it goes on for days. Avoid it at all costs, and take immediate...
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