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  1. Re: High certainty swarm prevention in dense suburb

    Vance G,

    Question on your Post #4 above: In the second paragraph of your description where you say "Put two supers on top of parent colony" , Question: are those two supers void of frames or are...
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    Re: Front Range roller coaster - 2020

    Goose & Shin,

    I too insulate with rigid foam on four sides and top. It is still inplace and will be for some time at 6,800 feet. I believe like Goos, it mitigates the temperature swings and has...
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    Re: Front Range roller coaster - 2020

    I'm @ 6,800 feet and during yesterday's inspection only found one colony with drone brood so far. I always use an uncapping fork to rip open drone pupa in search of varroa mites. Found zero mites. ...
  4. Re: Can I extract from a bear-toppled deadout

    I've been through a similar situation and I just take the damaged or clawed frames and fee them back to several of my undamages colonies. The bees salvage all of th honey and either consume it or...
  5. Re: Starting Sugar Syrup with quilt Boxes

    Zom,

    I have done exactly what you have described/proposed successfully for many years.

    Cheers,
    Steve
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    Re: Cluster Temperature Probe

    elmer,

    I think that your data collection process is wonderful and I believe that there is a lot more information there than you realize. That is something that I have wanted to do for a number of...
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    Re: Cluster Temperature Probe

    Frank,

    I built one several years ago much as you describe. I enjoy having it in my "tool box" for quick and dirty winter checks when I don't want to pop the top.

    Cheers,
    Steve
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    Re: Front Range roller coaster - 2020

    Shinbone, Sorry to hear your numbers. You got hit pretty hard.
    Elmer, hope you remain 2 for 2.

    I went into fall with 7 10/10/10 Medium Langs and 3 5/5/5 Medium Nuc's. The severe infestation of...
  9. Re: Moving from Georgia to Colorado Springs

    jad,

    I'm the VP of Pikes Peak Beekeepers Association so if you PM me tomorrow I will answer any and all questions. I have my apiary in the SW part of town, and yes, as mentioned above, Colorado is...
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    Re: Managing spring build up

    Matt,

    Good to see you back on the board with good advise. Right now I can only dream about white "Dutch clover" and "OSBN".

    53509
    Cheers,
    Steve
  11. Re: Not enough beespace on top of frames?

    00101,

    I do not think that you need to be concerned about it. My understanding is that a "bee space" is generally considered to be 1/4" - 3/8". I have also read it defined as the amount of space...
  12. Re: Adding frames of honey during winter

    beeeee,

    Sorry to hear of your loss. I keep in bear country too!

    Some day where you are off from work during the day and the temp is >~50 deg. F, (& calm wind), just quickly pop the top, remove...
  13. Re: Earliest date to install packages in Northeast KS?

    Husker,

    I'm at the same latitude as you except in the front range at an elevation of 6,800 ft. I'll be installing two 3# packages near the end of the first week of April this year. I installed...
  14. Re: Transferring Double 5 Nuc Into 10 Frame Hive

    MIBees,

    I follow the same basic procedure outlined by eric, but not until early April and I also intently feed 1:1 sugar syrup and add pollen pattieds by the 1/2 #, and closely monitor their feed...
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    Re: Front Range roller coaster - 2019

    Bob,

    Thanks for the additional ideas for Elmer. Yes, we all still have lots to learn so we can be better than we are.

    Yes, October was crazy, but the whole summer season was crazy for me too....
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    Re: Front Range roller coaster - 2019

    Good to hear from you Arnie. I was hoping that you hadn't disappeared, because you are my mentor on cut comb.
    I had bad losses during the 18/19 winter so spent 19 summer trying to get back in the...
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    Re: Front Range roller coaster - 2019

    Elmer,

    Glad to hear that you attended the CSBA and sorry I missed you. If you had pre-registered for the event you came into the main room to sign in and get a door prize ticket. I was sitting...
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    Re: Front Range roller coaster - 2019

    Disappointed that I didn't get to meet any of you "Front Rangers" at any of the three events mentioned in my Post #103 above but I guess that you all went to the Apimondia in Montreal, Canada. My...
  19. Re: Bees filling mason jars with honey comb

    Michael: What is a "wax tube fastener" ? Picture?

    Thanks.
    Steve
  20. Re: Bees filling mason jars with honey comb

    Good observation & comment, Steve. I believe that people need to give credit where credit is due.
    FYI: I grew up in State College & started keeping in 1947.
    Cheers,
    Steve
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    Re: I left my hive sealed up - UGH!

    I commonly use a wet rag (one quarter of an old sock) to block both the upper and lower entrances. I think that Greg's suggestion of using a piece of painter's tape with a knife slit is an excellent...
  22. Re: Unusual abundance of HB hind legs on mite drop board

    Bump !

    Any more ideas or thoughts?
    None or of the other 10 ajacent colonies have a similar collection of hind legs on the drop boards.

    Steve
  23. Re: Sugar water residue/growth in jars

    Paul,

    You can add a "splash" of vinegar to the sugar syrup to lower the pH. The natural pH of honey is around 4 or 5 so the bees will accept the sugar syrup with no problem and you will have...
  24. Unusual abundance of HB hind legs on mite drop board

    This time of the year I maintain sticky drop boards under my SBB's on all of my colonies and periodically inspect them. This morning I observed an unusual number of honey bee (HB) hind legs on the...
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    Re: Check Your Bear Fences

    I use a continuous sheet metal apron on the ground connected to an 8 foot ground rod all outside the "hot" part (cattle panel) of my fence. Every year new bears test it once and avoid it thereafter....
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