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    Re: Curious ID question

    Cessna,

    Can't help you on the black bee, but how is that reverse shoulder replacement doing? I considered the reverse on my second rotator cuff but in the end went with 5 screws anchors with...
  2. Re: Monitoring the hive temp. What are my bee's up to?

    dingbat,

    I am replicating the hive temperature gathering and plotting that shinbone has done over the past couple of years but from a very primitive approach compared to what you are doing. I...
  3. FYI: Had a Neighbor Visit the Bee Yard Last Night

    He skirted around the outside of the bee yard bear fence. At a walk his hind foot goes in his front foot print.

    (Sorry, unable to upload foot prints in the snow)

    A two legged neighbor took...
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    Re: Emergency Feeding Divide Nucs

    I am currently in the process of building a dozen five frame nucs that will fit perfectly as a side by side pair on top of a standard Langstroth box. The front and back ends (with the frame rest...
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    Re: What lubricant in extractor tub

    From personal experience, if the extractor is motorized (ie. high RPM) I would suggest the food safe lubricant, and refresh it periodically. If it is hand crank, the bees wax would probably work OK....
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    Re: Essential Oils

    I have great respect for everything that Michael Bush says, and you should too. However you might do a search here on BeeSource for "alpha6 AND essential oils" I have routinely used the alpha6...
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    Re: Hive Hosting Payment by Honey

    Learner,

    I don't get much more than that when I sell, and that includes my bottle, etc. PM me if you would like.

    Steve
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    Re: Liquid Brewer's Yeast Question

    Quattro,

    I think it is important that you boil the yeast because the purpose of boiling is to kill the yeast and thus prevent it from growing. You do not want the yeast to be alive when you...
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    Re: Liquid Brewer's Yeast Question

    Quattro,

    Years ago I made pollen sub according to Alpha6's recipe with yeast of the bottom of a brew vessel. Probably boiled it excessively to make sure the yeast was dead. The bees didn't take...
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    Re: Wintering Nucs - Redux

    Just Google search Youtube,

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

    Adam,

    Sounds good. Make sure that you keep the feed on them for the next couple of months which is the period during which they are most likely to starve. Consider robbing honey from your...
  12. Re: Smoker stuck closed - solution to avoid?

    The material building up is creosote. Just scrape it out periodically with your hive tool. Like propolis, it is sticky when warm and brittle when cold. That's just routine maintenance.

    Steve
  13. Re: How young did you get your kids involved?

    FYI, I was given my first bee colony at age 8 and I had a veil, leather work gloves, and rubber bands for my long sleeved shirt cuffs. I'm now 75.

    Steve
  14. Re: Using wood chips to help keep moisture down

    Boomer,

    That device is called a quilt box (QB) and it serves two purposes, insulation and moisture absorption. They are easy to make if you have some basic woodworking skills and tools. I have...
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    Re: Lets talk labels

    JRG13,

    Please give me some more details about the use of MS Access to print bottle labels. How and where in Access.

    Steve
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    Re: Frame feeder VS top feeder

    Agree with Honey4all. I use a push pin held with needle nose pliers with the lid on an end grain block of wood and punched from the inside outward. The burr helps provide a foothold for the bees.
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    Re: Frame feeder VS top feeder

    Remist17,

    If you are challenged by limited resources I would suggest you use one or the other of the feeders you propose and sugar bricks as an emergency feeding backup. All of those options will...
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    Re: Frame feeder VS top feeder

    Remist 17, (Post #22).

    I have been using the inverted Bushy Mountain pail feeders for 5-6 winters and like them very much. I have never had a significant leakage problem due to either...
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    Re: Merry Christmas to all of you!

    BeePappy,

    BeeHappy! Your greeting card is great, thank you!

    I think that your weather is about to change.

    Merry Christmas,
    Steve
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    Re: How to start a beekeeping club

    Boone,

    Congratulations on wanting to start a local club. I'm the VP of the Pikes Peak Beekeepers Association (PPBA) and I thought there probably was a club in the Grand Junction area but I guess...
  21. Thread: tops

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    Re: tops

    I make my own and incorporate two inches of rigid foam into them to conserve heat in the winter and deflect heat uptake in the summer. Metal top is painted white to further reduce heat gain. I...
  22. Re: Critique Please - Swarm Infographic

    Congratulations on your concept!

    I would agree with Hoot Owl, my yellow jacket looks different than the one pictured. (Shorter and more pronounced black and yellow)

    I think you have a great...
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    Re: When do bears attack?

    I would confirm what trottet1 says. I keep my electric bear fence on 24/7, 365. The cost of a disaster is just too depressing.

    Steve
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    Re: Empty Gallon Lined Paint Cans

    Good to find an item that is multi purposed. Anybody want to split a 1,000 screen unit order four ways for ten bucks each ?

    Steve
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    Re: Empty Gallon Lined Paint Cans

    HIVE+,

    Thanks for the idea. I thought of that one several years ago but have not tried it, partly because of the cost per unit. Some of the commercially made plastic liquid feed buckets do have...
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