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    Re: Front Range roller coaster - 2020

    Low 30's last night. At least the fruit trees haven't blossomed around here. Dandy's have been out for over a week.
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    Re: Front Range roller coaster - 2020

    I'm pretty sure it will all work out, but thanks.
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    Re: Front Range roller coaster - 2020

    A week before "peak swarm" around here, and not a (Buckfast) queen cell to be found. Was kinda hoping for at least a couple... dang "low swarming" tendency ;).
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    Re: Front Range roller coaster - 2020

    I'm a huge Buckfast fan. No Auzzy or NZ's. As I tried to say above, (US rep says) Auzzy imports into Canada are not OK, but happening anyway (same with So Americans).

    I gave up on US Buckfast...
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    Re: Front Range roller coaster - 2020

    Warning: RANT/vent. Ignore at your pleasure!

    I just tried to order some fresh Buckfast Queens from Ferguson's in Ontario. Bill said there were import/export issues coming from the US side and he...
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    Re: Front Range roller coaster - 2020

    Steve, Yeah, they all made it so far. Been monitoring warm day entrance activity all winter. Hives are still heavy. Populations are ramping up. Will be checking for queen cells around this coming...
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    Re: Front Range roller coaster - 2020

    My week : Sat -Summer, Sun/Mon-Winter , T-Wed-Spring/Summer, Th-Winter, today-Spring/Summer... 3-4" Sunday/Monday, ~2-3" yesterday,
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    Re: Caution about opening hives in winter?

    Can a hive be opened in cold temps? For sure. Would I do it under normal circumstances? No. I keep bees primarily for Honey, in Colorado, at an elevation of about 7,000'. A deep dive into a hive,...
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    Re: Caution about opening hives in winter?

    Ahh yes, the old "depends" discussion ... Obviously, the timing of beekeeping manipulations depends a great deal on where you live. As the OP is from Newfoundland, I'd advise against doing it like...
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    Re: Caution about opening hives in winter?

    Most have nailed it. Temp isn't nearly as negative as wind chill. A calm sunny Colorado day, in the upper 30's, is good for a quick peek, but there better be a darn good reason. Entrance activity...
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    Re: Need electric fence info

    I have the charger in my shop. High & Dry. The ground attaches to the base plate of the wall. The hot wire is just one stranded #12 electrical wire. 36 years with nothing more than a curious cub...
  12. Re: Can Palmer Style Double Nucs be used to produce Honey?

    I ran into the same issue early on. I then made the top shim removable - attaching it with pins. The bees completed the job by gluing it down with propolis. I had installed the end shims to the box,...
  13. Re: Can Palmer Style Double Nucs be used to produce Honey?

    A plastic frame can be adapted as the divider - attach wood filler strips to the frame top & bottom, and frame or box ends. My bees like having a "shared" frame in the middle, and they get an extra...
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    Re: Front Range roller coaster - 2019

    Steve,

    You give a pretty good synopsis of what we might need to do along the front range.

    I've always liked to keep it simple: Run the best bees I could get my hands on, and leave them heavy...
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    Re: Front Range roller coaster - 2019

    We had 8" of snow accumulate, & probably another 3-4" melt as it fell down here. The fruit tree bloom may have made it - the lowest low was in the upper 20's. 4 days of snow, wet & cold - in May....
  16. Re: How is that Global Warming thing working out for you?

    It's sad to see one side using children to foster the cause without explaining all the ramifications. I suspect few of them truly understand the depth & complexity of the issues.

    If the US were...
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    Re: Front Range roller coaster - 2019

    We had our first rain of the 2019 season last night! Textbook "rain, changing to snow..."

    I left the house in the rain, and returned 5-`10 minutes later in a heavy snow squall.

    Warmish &...
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    Re: Front Range roller coaster - 2019

    This year has been a month behind the "norm" for around here.

    This is the 2nd day in the 50's, with moderate temps though the middle of next week. The tree buds are beginning to swell - no doubt...
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    Re: Front Range roller coaster - 2019

    Yeah, March-May blizzards are less of a surprise than the cold we've had for the past week. I believe I may have mentioned the 54" we got back in May of '03. IIRC, that was actually back to back to...
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    Re: Front Range roller coaster - 2019

    We just bumped above freezing today. I can't recall ever seeing sub zeroes in March ( like the past couple nights).

    It's still 2 weeks to the spring equinox. Normally my bees would have been...
  21. Re: How is that Global Warming thing working out for you?

    I, for one, won't be holding my breath:rolleyes:.

    I am trying to do my small part - restricting my "carbon footprint" whenever possible. That's about the only thing that every one of us can do...
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    Re: Is my idea brilliant or stupid?

    I've heard of folks using electric knives with good results. Some even used a crock pot to heat them between frames (with proper precautions). Let it stand in the hot water between manipulating...
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    Coming in late, 'Didn't bother to read the first 10 pages - figured I'd save myself some aggravation.

    Way back in the 70's, one of my Physics profs said we humans, being warm blooded, give off...
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    Re: Front Range roller coaster - 2019

    We're at +8 this morning. 3-4" of powder.

    An exceptionally cold & snowy Feb/March in my 55 years here.

    'Going to go fix the ol' Toro (snowblower) again... It was in better shape back in...
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    Re: Front Range roller coaster - 2019

    I went decades without feeding my bees - just left them heavy with honey.

    The I was persuaded that I might need to be feeding them based on what some folks on BeeSource do.
    The early feed led...
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