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  1. Thread: Arizona

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    Re: Arizona

    February 2018
    Arizona Verde Valley lat. 34.56
    Feb 10 swarm caught before major cold snap and storm. By April 2, had to be moved from 5 frame nuc to 8 frame deep brood box with mdium super above. ...
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    Re: Hive placement

    Responding to jecoomer:
    Give your neighbor a pint of honey and offer to weed eat for him. that should take care of your problem. the bees will fly over the privacy fence rather than through it. ...
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    Ants

    Ants!
    No one has addressed the ant problem. Here in central Arizona (34.56 lat.) we have big red fire ants and several smaller species. The hive stands have 2x2 legs that stand in cans of used...
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    Re: First swarm caught 2/1/18

    Camp Verde is at 34.56 Latitude.
    We hived a swarm from a pine branch at a local restaurant on Main st. in the middle of town on Feb. 10, 2018. It weighed two lbs. and covers two frames in a 5...
  5. Thread: Arizona

    by volare71
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    Re: Arizona

    Great picture of your early january swarm. I have three hives in Glendale and four in the Verde Valley. They are all doing well. Pur first bloom is Rosemary and the bees are all over it since...
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    Re: Sugar Syrup Question

    My recipe is 1:1 sugar syrup with 1 tsp. cider vinegar and 5 drops of lemon and eucalyptus oil per gallon. The bees will suck down a 1/2 gallon in two days.
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    Re: Medium Nuc Minimum Requirements?

    You will be fine with 1-2 drawn frames of bees and 1 frame of honey and pollen. If you don't have the frames of feed, I would recommend a top feeder (fat bee man style) and feeding them for a couple...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Today promised wind so I went into my Mesquite forest apiary early, around 7:00AM.
    First, I put hive I brought from New Mexico in a new 8 frame deep brood chamber. They are actively working 7 of 8...
  9. Thread: Full Sun?

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    Re: Full Sun?

    I want to reinforce Nugget Shooter's experience. Here in the Verde Valley (zone 8) the hives need morning sun and afternoon shade.
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    Re: Buying nuc vs. package bees

    packages need at least one frame of drawn comb preferably 3. this will make all the difference between success and failure.
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    Re: 5 frame nuc design

    I have had just as good luck using 1/2" plywood and the D. Coates design.
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    Re: Vails for keeps that wear glasses

    I like to wear 2.5 X readig glasses to see the wet brood and eggs. The glasses will focus on the veil material and my vision is obscured by the pattern of the veil mesh. Oh, it's great getting old!
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    Re: Foundationless Frames

    I inherited some Mann plastic 4.9mm foundation that I cut with tin snips into 4 cell strips. these press fit into the grooves and stay without glue or brads. they are great starter strips and the...
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    Re: Queen Cells?? Photo's

    t started. Good luck.
  15. Thread: Hive Behavior

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    Re: Hive Behavior

    Try closing up your screened bottom board. You can use duct tape while you are underneath the hive. Hollow trees don't have screened bottom boards.
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    Re: Fence Stain and Nearby Hives

    If you move them more than 3 feet you will have to seuester them for 72 hours and put some leaves in front of the entrance before you open them up. That way they will re-orient.
    I would leave them...
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    Re: No brood yet after vertical split?

    That queen cell could have been attacked. If so you have a queen. Usually they chew out the end. I would do nothing if I were you and check again in two weeks.
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    Re: what to plant on 1/6 acre?

    1/6 acre is nothing to foraging bees. Plant white clover and garnish with Borage (borago officionalis).
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    Re: Fence Stain and Nearby Hives

    Probably OK, but I would keep them back from the fence until the smell abates.
  20. Re: Issues With Flow Hive. Anyone with Experience???

    Try putting two FlowHive frames in the center and surround with drawn comb if you have it. I guess you could use plain foundation if you don't have drawn comb.
  21. Re: would making a split now be smart or really, really stupid?

    I would wait until June to split. It sounds like they are just beginning to build.

    If you're not sure what to do, do nothing!
  22. Re: Opinion on the queens in the nucs I purchased

    Bees seem to do pretty well in Cortez, Co. I would think you are pushing it to keep them in Ouray. What about wintering them closer to Montrose or even Delta. BTW she is a big fat Italian mafia...
  23. Thread: Arizona

    by volare71
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    Re: Arizona

    May 6, 2017 Verde Valley 34 deg lat
    Mesquite bloom has started
    Lots of yellow and orange pollen, but still feeding sugar syrup.
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    Re: Buying nuc vs. package bees

    One thing package buyers need is a drawn frame of comb to get the colony off to a good start. Putting a package into a hive with empty frames is a real stress producer. The package also needs syrup...
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    Re: Fire ants on the march

    I'm familiar with tanglefoot. Not a bad idea.

    BTW cinnamon does nothing to these fire ants.
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