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    Re: Sam comfort 2018 video

    Turned it off after about 1 minute. Although I want to keep an open mind about TF options Iím tired of the galvanizing dialogue.
  2. Re: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times- wisdom and folly from 2019

    That was super hilarious. Thanks for sharing. The pink hoodie part was awesome.
  3. Re: I had an Old school beekeeper check my hives

    You deserve some praise! It must be weird to have someone go through your colonies. I’m fiercely protective I don’t care who they are.

    I’ve been working on nutrition this year to have the...
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    Re: The right number of hives to keep it fun

    Thanks Michael. That’s just the validation I was hoping for. It’s not the end of the world if I have to buy bees but I’d rather not. Also not getting too committed to a particular queen. The...
  5. Re: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times- wisdom and folly from 2019

    Thanks for sharing. Can only imagine how that looked...:applause:
  6. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times- wisdom and folly from 2019

    I'd love to see a recap of 2019 from others. This is meant to be light hearted and fun way for us to share what happened. Here's my list-

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    1) I learned how to buy bees. If you lose them...
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    Re: The right number of hives to keep it fun

    No one appreciates a problem more then I do. It’s served me well in my career and interests. I have many other hobbies. The most noteworthy one is my equestrian riding and husbandry. It’s a study...
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    Re: Urgent Varroa Mite Question

    Love that you went straight out and got the vaporizer. At some point you have to decide whether to quit or double down. I lost my first two hives last year and it was very painful. So what I’m...
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    Re: The right number of hives to keep it fun

    Agreed- love the term “hive creep”. I have heard of splitting then recombining in the fall to keep the numbers down. Little john is right about the limitations for the more advanced skills but I’m...
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    Re: Urgent Varroa Mite Question

    To be honest the mite drop made me sick. You may very well be in the middle of a collapse. Its one of those throw caution to the wind strategies. Kamon Reynolds has a series on the radical...
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    Re: The right number of hives to keep it fun

    Just the feedback I was reaching for. You can sense that there’s a line somewhere with a number on it. I’m going to endeavor to be really good at it and keep my numbers small. Glad I’m surrounded...
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    The right number of hives to keep it fun

    Started with 4 this year and ended with 5. Iíd love to hear from backyard beekeepers about the fun threshold and the right number of hives for them and why. My 5th colony was a swarm and its...
  13. Re: Monitoring Hive Temp and Humidity during the winter here in Ohio

    Really glad to hear about the space overhead and the burlap and shavings. I’m testing my HVAC right now and have 5 vent holes drilled in front and back. I’m inclined to leave all open. Didn’t...
  14. Re: Monitoring Hive Temp and Humidity during the winter here in Ohio

    Got it. So the box is giving you space for feed. Many people use a feeding shim and upper entrance in this type of config. I would love to hear a more experienced person comment on the overhead...
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    Re: Is my Yard OK?

    Boy, if you can get good nucs thatís the way to go. I did both last year and the nucs won hands down because they had an established laying queen out of the gate as well as brood frames. Even if...
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    Re: Lowest observed foraging temperature

    Some of my hives will fly at 41 on a sunny day. Not really to collect pollen but short distances to stretch their wings and cleanse. Other hives wonít fly until its 50. I think the sun has a lot...
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    Re: New to the Forum

    Welcome. 2nd year. Michael Palmer posts here on occasion which is a treat. I’ve been following A Canadian Beekeepers Blog on YouTube. Highly recommended. He’s bringing his bees inside for winter...
  18. Re: Monitoring Hive Temp and Humidity during the winter here in Ohio

    How are your mite levels and weight? My short list is 1) mite level low to non existent 2) heavy as lead 3) dry cavity. The tech looks interesting. I love to fuss over them so I get it. I'm...
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    Re: When to add solid sugar feed

    Iím in Sisters Oregon. Mine went in after liquid feed was taken off. Unnecessary because they were heavily fed and have a lot stored in the comb but reassuring to me. I use a vivaldi type board...
  20. Re: Down with Double Deeps! Fess up, you alternative hive-style followers!!!!

    Yes it was Walt Wright. BTW- congrats on a great year. But I think you also make the point that lifting those boxes can be a problem for some of us.
  21. Re: Down with Double Deeps! Fess up, you alternative hive-style followers!!!!

    If I may- really like his strategy about getting the right genetics then forcing swarms to establish the feral population. I'm in the ideal forest location to attempt that once I'm more secure with...
  22. Re: Why the heck won't they gain weight (after ALOT of feeding).

    That's so good! Really happy they got up to weight. Those 5 gallon pails go on sale for around $50 which includes shipping if you hit $100. They weigh around 70 pounds. My plan is to put a couple...
  23. Re: Why the heck won't they gain weight (after ALOT of feeding).

    Don't know. The difficult truth about your situation is- you're running out of time. (And may be out of time already for liquid feed) Yes, the price point is ugly. They run sales during the...
  24. Re: Down with Double Deeps! Fess up, you alternative hive-style followers!!!!

    2nd year- beekeeping is about problem solving. If I have a problem there’s one place to go- the single deep hive body. The math works. She has plenty of room to lay. It may require more frequent...
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    Re: Late season issues...

    2nd year here- She might, especially if they are backfilling the brood nest for winter prep. Colonies don't like to be opened up this time of the year or to make any adjustments to their config. I...
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