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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....
  2. 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...
  7. 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...
  9. Re: How is that Global Warming thing working out for you?

    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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    Re: Front Range roller coaster - 2019

    Good on you for keeping the "FR Roller Coaster" tradition alive, Shin... ;)

    Around here, ( a little south of Denver) we usually see our first pollen around this time of year (early February). I...
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    Re: community feeders

    Why not just open a free burger stand?
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    Re: Front Range roller coaster - 2018

    Everything is drying up around here. The Clover is in decline, but Alfalfa that isn't being "slashed" (and burned) is doing OK. By that I mean everything that is being mowed then quickly turns brown...
  15. Re: Just an observation about those green plastic drone frames.

    The answer depends on the size & shape of the brood nest, and how many drone frames are being used. They appear to be more effective along the active margins. There is no apparent hard fast rule in...
  16. Re: Just an observation about those green plastic drone frames.

    They don't weigh anymore than a normal frame - larger cells, but fewer of them. I have 4 (mediums) in every hive. 'Same approach - coated with extra beeswax - placed along the margins of the...
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    Re: Front Range roller coaster - 2018

    The clover has been getting going for about a week, down here, and the alfalfa is just starting to bloom. The coming weekend/early week moisture should sustain it.
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    Re: Light a smoker to last all day in seconds

    It's coming up on 3-4 years since I lit up my smoker. The hive was led by a southern MO queen that had obviously mated with an African drone. It went from normal to super hot in a short time, and all...
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    Re: Light a smoker to last all day in seconds

    Seeing as how every "Don't smoke" thread seems to get hi-jacked by the smokers, I'll add that I use absolutely NOTHING in my smoker, most of the time...:D
  20. Re: swarm per bee yard ratio - and affects on honey production

    Various races of bees have different inclinations to swarm.

    See the USDA link - https://beesource.com/resources/usda/the-different-types-of-honey-bees/ - about 2/3rds of the way down there is a...
  21. Re: Running out of equipment! How do you manage so many hives once you stop killing t

    It's hard to beat most of the retail prices on supers when you consider the time & technical for good box joints, of which I'm a big fan.

    I build most of my own other stuff during the winter...
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    Re: Northern Buckfast F1

    So far the Northern BF F1 -F2 daughter led colonies are more gentle than most everything else (from the south) in the past. All of the F0 colonies have been remarkably gentle. The "worst" F1-F2...
  23. Re: DON'T Smoke 'um if you got 'um OR How I Ditched My Smoker

    One predominant issue with beekeeping is that the circumstances just can't ever be exactly the same. Even colonies in the same yard tend to be in different stages of development, and have queens with...
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    Re: Front Range roller coaster - 2018

    Same here. Been working in the back 40 a lot & happened to hear a swarm emerge the other day. Got ready to catch it but it moved into a deadout before I could get set up. It's been so wet that there...
  25. Re: DON'T Smoke 'um if you got 'um OR How I Ditched My Smoker

    People used to keep bees in logs & skeps, too.

    My smoker has been hung up for years, and is used only with the rare "hot hive". Otherwise I use a very small amount of HBH & syrup in a small...
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