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  1. Re: Can i start all foundationless when i start my hive or do i need foundation?

    I started 5 packages last year with no foundation. 4 are still with me.
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    Re: Any Radio operators out there?

    I have four hives right next to a cell phone tower. They do just fine.
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    Re: Looking for work in So Cal

    Pay is negotiable depending on the area. I would like to start at roughly twice what it would cost for rent in the area. For example here in Ventura County if you wanted to live on your own in...
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    Re: Looking for work in So Cal

    It depends on how heavy the lift is. I am 5"4 and 130 lbs so up to 1 Deep and 1 Med I can lift, but I struggle a bit more lifting 2 deeps+ onto the back of a pickup without a buddy. I have worked...
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    Looking for work in So Cal

    Hello,

    I am currently looking for a beekeeping related job. I am 23 and have 3 years experience working in a pollination ecology lab, two years experience in beekeeping, and have both assisted...
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    Re: Whole colony disappeared - any ideas?

    They probably absconded due to ants. I had a colony do the same thing this week.
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    Re: How do you all fight "the itch"?

    Toothpaste. I didn't believe it either, but the minty feeling and the strong base in it REALLY helps the itch.
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    Re: what kind of bug is this?

    Not to scare you, but as a student in Entomology, I can tell you that it is REALLY hard to identify an insect from the picture. There is a group of insect known as the assassin bug which looks VERY...
  9. Re: Hive beetles.....4 days after installing new bees??? HELP!

    The best way to get rid of hive beetles (even better than traps in my and several other beekeepers I know's experience,) is to get the hives onto something like concrete. The beetle life cycle...
  10. Re: Beginner Question: Pollinating and Collecting Honey?

    Almonds are early in the season. Bees are just getting over the winter and need to build. This time of year they are starting off from one box of limited honey, and need to build up again. A hive is...
  11. Re: Beginner Question: Pollinating and Collecting Honey?

    Generally the top two boxes are used for brood and normal hive activities for the bees. The third box is generally used for honey extraction. The main reason Almonds are horrible for pollination is...
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    Re: Who's looking for proof?

    I'm not sure what you are asking. The article says that an increase in diversity increased pollination effectiveness, and as someone who works in a pollination lab there is little doubt that...
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    Re: When is it too cold to open a hive

    Maine_Beekeeper is right. It really depends on your bees. One example is here in Cali some people keep Russian bees. At 70 degrees the poor things are baking, and they thrive while working in...
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    Re: fermented honey

    I have seen those too, but keep in mind that is in relation to body size. I have done research on bees and spilled alcohol on the case, let it evaporate, and put it back on the hive only to have the...
  15. Re: can a hive survive the winter without a queen?

    Bees live on average about a month. Queens can live up to two years. Without queen pheromones your bees will immediately try to requeen, and if they fail they will either die or leave within a few...
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    Re: When is it too cold to open a hive

    In general if it isn't 50+ we don't open hives here in California, and we refuse to work the bees unless its 60+. Even if you work fast it only takes a matter of seconds to freeze brood to death,...
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    Re: fermented honey

    Alcohol kills bees almost instantly. It will either wipe out a hive, or they will do their best to avoid it.
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    Re: New guy in town

    Just remember to be skeptical about all advice on here. There are a lot of very loud very confident people who have limited experience :D
  19. Thread: epipens?

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    Re: epipens?

    The book was "The Hive and the Honey Bee." Link below. I know it is dated but they only release a copy ever 10 or so years and this is the latest version to the best of my knowledge.
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  20. Thread: epipens?

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    Re: epipens?

    I will need to figure out what book it was. My professor had what we called "the bee bible," and it was a few thousand pages and was cited to scientific papers all the way through. The first sting of...
  21. Thread: California

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    Re: California

    I am a current biology student specializing in pollination ecology under Dr. Ruben Alarcon, and a beginner beekeeper hoping to get started this spring with as many hives as I can get my hands on. I...
  22. Thread: epipens?

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    Re: epipens?

    I am an aspiring beekeeper, and a pollination ecologist. From all the literature I have read about bee venom if you are stung regularly (1+ times per month,) your odds of having a reaction are well...
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    Re: Gnarly dying hive

    I really don't know for sure, but with the queen gone I would guess she died of something and the hive was unable to replace her. The cause of it would be hard to tell without doing tests on the...
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    Re: Think I got a dead Hive

    It will be hard to know what is going on for sure until you look inside, but if they were doing really well they may have just abstained. Wait for a warm day and take a peek.
  25. Looking for work in the Ventura, Oxnard, or Camarillo area

    Hey,

    I am a current California State University Channel Islands student majoring in Biology with an Ecology emphasis. I have worked for Dr. Ruben Alarcon performing research on pollination...
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