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  1. Re: Why don't feral bees have to follow the rules?

    It looks to me like they just might be smart enough to read them themselves. I don't want them to think they screwed up.
  2. Why don't feral bees have to follow the rules?

    Just did my first cutout of the 2014 season in Montana. Still snow on the ground in spots. Dogs water still freezes every morning. Colony of bees in a wood duck nesting box. By the look of the comb...
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    Re: Fondant is a pain

    Use Lauri Millers recipe for sugar blocks. No cooking, easy and the bees love them. She also has a great pollen sub. recipe. You can find the recipes on this forum or at her facebook page. Miller...
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    Re: 2013 - 14 Winter losses -Scientific American

    Human logic would say that when a bee takes it's last bite of honey in the cell it would back out and find another cell. It wouldn't just set there and die. At the very least if they were starving to...
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    Re: What did you learn this winter?

    Have to agree with M. P. Bee's don't die from cold. Worst winter in 30 years. -43 actual was the worst night, and several days between -15 and -30 in a row. I lost 1 out of 12 in conventional...
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    Re: Transportations packages

    I transported 27 packages from Utah to Montana last year. Had originally planned on using a pick up but a snow storm blew in so we took a Suburban. Several free flying bees in the car but, no problem...
  7. Re: Is it too soon to start feeding pollen in Iowa?

    Finally had a chance to do a hive check yesterday. First one since Mid-January. I added sugar blocks in January just for cheap insurance. Last fall I had added some pollen sub. and removed what was...
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    Re: Table saws / dado blades

    When it comes to table saws and dado blades, the higher the horsepower the better, especially if you are cutting box joints in hive bodies.
  9. Thread: planers

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    Re: planers

    I wore out a Dewalt 12 1/2". It planed a lot of boards. I replaced it with a delta 15" floor model. I bought it from an online auction site called MachineryMax. It was brand new in the box. It...
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    Re: Long/Horizontal Deep Langs questions?

    Didn't go so well. I had queen issues toward the end of last season. Went into the fall with very small colonies in both hives, so my experiment will have to wait until this year. Before the queens...
  11. Thread: In the NORTH

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    Re: In the NORTH

    1 3/8 is alittle wide in the brood area. they should be 1 1/4. 1 3/8 is good for honey. I haven't seen anyone use a rounded starter. Doesn't mean it won't work. I use a pointed starter and have never...
  12. Thread: In the NORTH

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    Re: In the NORTH

    I agree that the bees that share a heated dwelling with humans have a huge advantage. However, I've lost langs next to my TBH's. I think it is a never ending battle and boils down to what does the...
  13. Thread: In the NORTH

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    Re: In the NORTH

    I'm guessing also. Having a hard time following this analogy. Went from top bars up north, to where the rot starts in the tree. It would be real interesting to compare overwintered tbh's to other...
  14. Thread: In the NORTH

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    Re: In the NORTH

    I did a removal from a horizontal space this past year also in the "frigid north". It was the blackest comb I have ever seen. I don't know how many years it was there but it was several. Bees will do...
  15. Thread: In the NORTH

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    Re: In the NORTH

    Not sure what the big deal is about having top bar hives in the north. I have two and have overwintered both successfully for two consecutive years. They just went thru -44 actual and -56 wind chill...
  16. Thread: Survived -34

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    Re: Survived -34

    They are carniolans. I personally have never seen a feral hive here. Doesn't mean there isn't any just haven't seen any. There are very few swarms each summer but I'm pretty sure they are mostly...
  17. Thread: Survived -34

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    Re: Survived -34

    I should add that even though I mentioned the -34 as the lowest temp. the highest we had for daytime highs was -8 for 9 days. The hive wraps are black vinyl on the outside, a small amount of...
  18. Thread: Survived -34

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    Re: Survived -34

    I have a variety of hives. 12 are std langs. Strong double deeps with both upper and lower entrances for ventilation. They are wrapped with insulated hive wraps. I have one top bar that is very...
  19. Thread: Survived -34

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    Survived -34

    Two weeks ago it was -34, today it was +40. Ladies were flying today so I thought I would do a quick check. All 16 hives are well and survived the -34. I have three very small hives that are...
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    Re: Brrrr -30 tonight

    Hey Vance, It does get cold in the Bozeman area. But usually not this early. The Livingston side of the mountains is the tomato growing country. I've lived here for 50 years and have never been able...
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    Re: Brrrr -30 tonight

    7th day of below zero highs. Yesterday was the coldest low minus 34. Coldest December in 40 years. Glad I insulated. I think it is better to have the cold early as there are more numbers in the hive...
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    Yellow Jacket inside the Mouth

    What happens when a yellow jackets flies into your mouth? You get stung multiple times before you know what happened.
    I stepped outside my house and before I made it to the steps a yellow jacket...
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    moving 12 double deep colonies

    I just purchased 12 double deep colonies and have to move them 12 miles. What is the best way?
    Close them up after dark and move them that night.
    It would be easier for me to close them up after...
  24. Re: I just forked out another $1000. bill for frames and foundation.

    Just wanted to say thank you Lauri. I've been following you on you-tube for awhile. You are a great inspiration. I'm a second year beekeeper from Montana and have aspirations similar to what you have...
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    Re: I need to start beekeeping, right NOW

    Good luck your going to love beekeeping. Harvest Lane Honey in Tooele has everything you will need at a good price.
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